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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent shaver, eyewatering price, 5 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Braun Series 5 590cc Clean & Renew System Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver (Personal Care)
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I've been using Braun shavers for years - currently using an old 5775 that's a little worn out.

I've tried rotary shavers but with little success - I never get a close shave. And I can't be doing with the pain, blood and foam of wet shaving.

So - it's a new Braun for me. Usual excellent service from Amazon.

It's a lovely little shaver - smaller and more rounded in the shaft than the rather bulky 5775. It's also very quiet which makes it sound feeble, but it's not.

It has given me the best electric shave I've had. I usually have trouble getting a close shave under the jawbone, especially at the back. This does it quite well, with a little effort. Not so good on the odd ingrowing hair, but no electric shaver I've used has been.

It also comes with a lovely semi-hard case and a normal length (i.e. a little short) power cable. The cable can charge the shaver directly or via the base unit.

I can generally get 2-3 shaves from a full charge - about 10 minutes and nothing like the 45 minutes advertised.

The base unit is used for cleaning the shaver with alcohol and perfume. It takes about 4 hours, and works very well. I'm not paying for refills however as a quick run under the tap and a regular brush will do for me.

The base unit is bulky, not easily transportable (unless you want alcohol running through your overnight bag) and generally unnecessary.

The full RRP is bordering on the obscene. I think I've bought flat screen televisions for less. I'd rather grow a beard than pay full price.

I'm not sure if it's possible to buy the shaver without the base station, but if so I'd recommend that option as the shaver itself is very good. The base unit is going in the bin. Once I've emptied out the alcohol.
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