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It doesn't deliver.
on 20 June 2014
There is no point writing a review on this if you are going to compare it with a £50 hair ripper. I am going to compare this with the Braun 790 since I have owned both..
I started off with the Braun, which I was really happy with. So how did I end up forking out money for yet another expensive shaver. Well, I belong to a group of people whose beard grows more tight to the skin than away from it. So I was getting a bit fed up with the Braun missing some hair. The problem persisted despite replacing my cutting foil with a new one. So when I read about the "lift and cut" from the Philips Senso Touch I felt that was exactly what I needed. I was wrong. I did not see much lifting and the cutting was rather old fashioned.
There are many differences between the two shavers. In summary, the Braun feels more sturdy, compact and of better build. I also prefer the simple layout of the cutting surface of the Braun to the octopus like layout of the Philips. The biggest difference between the two comes in the sensation you get on your skin when you are shaving. With the Philips you get the tingling sensation which is caused by your hair being pulled. This is something that is almost completely, if not absolutely completely, eliminated in the Braun. In this respect, the Philips behaves like a traditional or old-fashioned electric shaver, which is a big disappointment.
And because your hair has been pulled, you experience the usual fire under your chin starting the afternoon after the shaving. We all know what follows - bumps. To be fair to the the Philips the bumps were much less than I had experienced in traditional electric shavers.
There are areas where the Philips perform better than the Braun but these are not enough to make up for the shortcomings in cutting. The cleaning action is quieter and less elaborate in the Philips. Whether this is good or bad I can't tell. The one area where the Philips completely beats the Braun is its trimmer. It's sharp, crisp and you can see exactly the difference between the cut and the not cut, something that I struggled with in the Braun. In fact I found the trimmer in the Braun to be very close to useless.
In summary. if your hair is not so sensitive to being slightly pulled, and you consider a good trimmer to be important grooming accessory. then the Philips may just be the one for you. But if you are prone to coming up in a bumpy rash and you don't mind a useless trimmer, then go for the Braun.