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Health and Shavety?
on 18 August 2010
My favourite electric shavers have always been Philishaves which I used for many reliable years so I had high hopes for this product; the RQ1280. In general I like it but sadly it doesn't match expectations.
This shaver is supposed to represent "the ultimate shaving experience", I disagree, but although it doesn't match that claim it still does do a pretty good job. However, would you really want to fork out £270 for the sake of a pretty good job?
For example, I've wet shaved for a number of years and I expect to not feel stubble regrowth for around 10-11 hours and, although the skin is smooth after shaving with the RQ1280 (similar to wet shaving), I can distinctly feel the regrowth after 7-8 hours. To put this another way; when I wet shave in the morning it's fine for most of the rest of the day (c.9-10 pm), but when I shave at the same time with the RQ1280 instead I feel the need to shave again much earlier (c.5-6 pm). Therefore, Philips' `Super Lift & Cut' which is meant to cut hairs `below the level of the skin' is not as effective as a wet shave.
The shaving head is best compared to a flower with a 3 petal cluster; each petal (shave head) pivots independently within the shaver head housing, and each of the 3 of these in turn pivots independently too. This is easy flexing is helpful for following facial contours but if you have some stubborn stubble it feels like the shave heads are trying to bend away from the area where they're needed. It's as though Health & Safety had too much say in the design! Nonetheless, I found the best way around this problem is to curve an index finger around the neck of the shaver in order to make the shaver head more rigid and able to be pressed into the skin more effectively if need be.
The RQ1280 has a large easy to read display indicating shave-time remaining and it feels comfortable in the hand although the styling feels it owes more to Star Trek than it does to ergonomics!
There is a travel pouch supplied which holds the shaver and a little cleaning brush but there's no room for the charger and, considering the RQ1280 only holds an hour's charge and you may need to shave twice a day, this seems like a clumsy oversight for such an expensive shaver.
Overall, the job it does is effective but the price tag is a little unrealistic.