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3.0 out of 5 stars I want to like it more than I actually do, 6 Aug 2013
This review is from: Philips Shaver Series 7000, Wet and Dry Shaver with Stubble Styler RQ1195/17 (Personal Care)
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Generally speaking, I like Philips. They seem to have a good design team at the mo', putting a little extra thought and effort into their products, seemingly with the worthwhile aim of prioritizing user-friendliness. With that said, my personal reaction is that they haven't quite hit the nail on the head with this particular shaver...

The razor itself is well designed for sure, and has some nice added touches such as the beard trimmer and the ability to be washed and used for a wet shave. Ironically, however, I feel that it is these water-related features that indirectly let the product down...

You see, when it's time for a recharge, you sit the shaver into its little docking station, and then plug the docking station into the plug socket. That way, the shaver itself doesn't need to have any exposed electrical openings (unlike the docking station) and thus remains watertight. (At least, I assume this is the whole point behind the docking station, otherwise I don't get it at all.) This docking station, however, causes a few problems...

Firstly, it means that you have to have the station sitting around all the time, which could easily be a space issue (as in clutter) for a lot of people. It would be so much easier to be able to bang the shaver directly into any socket you want whenever a recharge is required. Second, a more minor point, there isn't enough room in the provided carry pouch for both the razor and the charger. Since you'll need the charger because it's the only way of charging the unit, you'll have to figure out alternative storage arrangements if you're planning on taking it on holiday, which of course rather undermines the whole point of including that nice, soft pouch in the box! Third, and what could be the biggest problem, the charger is a little on the plastic-y side: if you break it, which would be likely if dropped, you won't be able to charge your shaver any more! (Philips may well offer replacements, I don't know, but that's not the point.)

All in, although it's a nicely designed main unit, at the time of writing the price is set at approximately 200, which simply seems too high for what you get for the money, especially considering the above docking station issues. If it were 100 cheaper, it might get a solid 4 stars from me. For the moment though, it is with reluctance going to have to be 3.
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