March 11, 2009

Review: Braun Pulsonic Series 7 - Ultimate Shaving Gadget


Guys like gadgets.

Manly, easy in the hand, full of buttons, useful gadgets.

I'm a gadget guy, myself, but the closest to a real shaving gadget I had was the Wahl Groomsman beard trimmer, which I used to achieve the stubbly Miami Vice look a couple of times a week. Not really a tasty gadget...

I've tried other electric razors, but nothing really stood out as remarkable. Until now.

In my humble opinion, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is simply the best electric razor out there.

The Braun shaves close (10,000 microvibrations a minute) with no pain or pulling of whiskers. The head can be locked in place for precision shaving, or can swivel freely to follow the contours of my face.

It's not too loud, and the Lithium-ion batteries run for a long time (~50 minutes) without having to be recharged (of course, when it sits in its cradle, it's charging automatically). The cord can plug directly into the razor if you need to shave and it's not charged, which is a plus for any rechargeable razor.

Here's the extra geeky bit:

The LCD display on the end of the handle shows you how much of a charge is left, and the state of the razor's 'hygiene' (if it's dirty enough to clean with the cleaning station or not). If the Pulsonic needs a cleaning, pop it in the base station and choose either the 'eco' (short), 'normal', or 'intensive' cleaning cycle, and the cleaning station flushes it with cleaning fluid and then uses heat to dry it. The cleaning fluid also contains a lubricant, so you don't have to oil it afterward. How cool is that? It's like a mini shaving robot, except it doesn't shave you robotically...

You can simply rinse the Pulsonic under running water if you want, but then you can't tell your friends about how cool the automatic cleaning cycle is. The one drawback to the system is having to purchase the cleaning cartridge, and the manual says that the fluid will evaporate in 8 weeks if not used daily. One option is to follow a reader's suggestion (probably not recommended by Braun, of course) for a homemade solution.

The Pulsonic's display also lets you know when it's time to replace the foil and cutter cassette, which should be done every 18 months.

My recommendation?

If you want the (in my opinion) ultimate shaving gadget, you'll pick up the Braun Pulsonic for yourself. Ladies, this would make a superb Father's Day or birthday gift for the man in your life, and you'll get to enjoy the super smoothness for yourself...

And right now, the Braun Pulsonic 790cc is about $50 off the regular price, so take advantage of that!

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Posted by Derek Markham at March 11, 2009 10:57 PM
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