July 23, 2007

USB Rechargeable Shaver

Back in December we reported on a shaving novelty item - a USB rechargeable shaver which had just come out in Hong Kong. Looks like that shaver has now made it to the States. Yesbuy.net is now offering the USB Powered NiMH Rechargeable Shaver, with Brush for $18.95. Should this replace your brand new Braun Pulsonic? No. Will this sync with your new iPhone? Nope. Will this give you the ability to shave when all you have around is a laptop with a USB port and the charge has run out? Bingo!
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July 16, 2007

Popular Mechanics' Review of the Braun Pulsonic

A couple weeks ago Gizmodo published their review of the Braun Pulsonic. Around the same time Popular Mechanics did the same. And a quite positive one at that.
The Pulsonic's head vibrates laterally, making the skin on your face ripple, and making hairs stand up a little straighter. Braun claims this reduces irritation while cutting closer, with less friction between blades and skin, and hairs hacked shorter than ever. I've been using the Pulsonic for weeks, and Braun is right: Compared to other electric shavers, the Pulsonic pulls off a smoother, less painful shave.

Makes sense. The vibrations are similar to the way the Gillette Fusion or Mach3 Power vibrates, which in all our testing here at ShavingStuff yielded a better and more comfortable shave.

Read the full Popular Mechanics review here. The Braun Pulsonic is now available for $249.99.

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July 6, 2007

'Follicle' Phil Fontana and the Philips Norelco Bodygroom

Oh man, are you in for a treat. Pull out those headphones or make sure no one else in the office can hear, then surf on over to the Philips Norelco Bodygroom website www.shaveeverywhere.com. Yeah, yeah, I know. Funny, but you've seen it before. Hold on - there's a new installment. Click on the "see how the Bodygroom saved the beach" beachball in the lower right corner, sit back, and enjoy.

This mock-umentary takes you through the brutal origins of unsightly body hair removal and makes you realize just how far we've come. Truer words were never spoken from 'Follicle' Phil Fontana, one of the poor souls who suffered through early barbaric hair removal innovations, just to get the girls. I shed a tear at the end for Frank Sack, the broken inventor, as his body hair was scattered from a boardwalk on Coney Island. So real.

Philips Norelco Bodygroom - $34.99. Removal of unsightly body hair - priceless.

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June 28, 2007

First Thoughts On The Philips Norelco Arcitec

arcitec.jpgHad my first shave with the Philips Norelco Arcitec the other day. It's been a while since I've shaved with an electric razor and the technology has improved greatly. Here are three of my initial reactions:

Plus - Ease of Cleaning
The three heads of the top of the razor pop open and allow for easy cleaning. Not only that but you can run them under water. Very convenient and very easy. And worth it. I was shaving on several days growth, and after I cleaned out the hairs halfway through, the shave got noticeable better.

Plus - Wide and Forgiving Shaving Area
The Arcitec's three heads cover a lot of ground. I was able to shave my cheeks with a couple swirls. Also, the heads are mounted on springs so they have a little give. This makes them mold to your face rather than dig out a divot.

Minus - Trimmer
While I consider it a big plus that the Arcitec has a trimmer (for sideburns or other existing facial hair), the trimmer wasn't able to shave close enough to double as a razor itself. I think with some practice I would be able to maintain the lines of my sideburns with one of the rounded heads on the top of the Arcitec, but I was hoping that the trimmer - since it's a straight line - would be able to do that for me.

More to come as I use the Artitec again.

The Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090 will be available on July 8th.

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June 20, 2007

This Just In - Philips Norelco Arcitec

arcitec.jpgThe Philips Norelco Arcitec hits online and retail stores on July 8th, and we've been fortunate enough to receive one several weeks in advance. (Hey Steve Jobs - how about an iPhone?) This is a totally new and futuristic design from Philips Norelco - three heads floating above the base. The picture to the right shows the Arcitec in its stand (which smartly has several suction cups on the bottom so you don't mistakenly knock it over). The 1090 model which we got also includes a plastic case (great for travel) which complete encloses the Arcitec, but still provides the ability to charge even when encased. What I'm trying to say it, the thing looks really well designed.

Other cool features include:

  • Multi-Purpose Display: Battery Full and Charging Indicators, Shaving Head Replacement and Cleaning Indicator
  • Hair Collection Chamber
  • Washable
  • 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee and a Full Two-Year Warranty.

The Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090 will start at $239, and there will be several other models coming in at a lower price point. We'll be trying the Arcitec out over the next week or two and will report back our findings. In the meantime click on over to Gizmodo's Arcitec review and see how this new electric razor stacks up.

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June 14, 2007

Philips Norelco 7110X Rechargeable Shaver for $30

PhilipsNorelco7110X.jpgAmazon is offering the Philips Norelco 7110X Cordless Rechargeable Shaver for only $29.99. With free shipping that's a great deal for an entry-level electric razor.

The 7110X offers the Precision Cutting System, the Patented Reflex Action® System, Individually Floating Heads, and three more marketing phrases designed to stimulate your inner shaving desire. That said, it's rated four stars over an average of 52 reviews, so a fair number of people like it.

If you're in the market for a new electric razor definitely click over to the 7110X page on Amazon. Even if you don't end up buying the 7110X there's a great comparison chart showing all models of Norelco electric razors and which features are on which models. The 7110X is definitely the low end (although it's the cheapest) at $29.99. At the top we've got the Philips Norelco 9170XLCC SmartTouch-XL Jet Clean Men's Shaving Set weighing in at $169.99. Hey, if you've got to have a Multi-function LCD display and a SmartTouch contour following system on your electric razor, expect to shell out the big bucks.

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June 11, 2007

Gizmodo's Take on the Braun Pulsonic

The Braun Pulsonic will be released on Friday July 13th, and the guys over at Gizmodo have posted a video of their sneak peek. It's really worth a view. Not only do you get Louis's reactions while he's shaving, but you also get an idea of dimensions. The Pulsonic itself looks like other Braun electric razors. The cleaning and recharging base-station looks as big as, well, a base-station.

There's also a nice write-up of his experience with the Pulsonic, which he ends up liking, although not as much as wet-shaving:

The Pulsonic's motor delivers over 10,000 vibrations per minute, which the folks at Braun claim will expose and shave more hair. The first time I used it—it left a few patches here and there. Not to mention my neck was tomato red. (To be fair, this was the first time I had used an electric razor in years).

The Pulsonic will be available in two models - 9585CC with LED Lights which retails for $239, and the 9595CC with LCD Screen which retails for $269. No doubt you'll be able to get them a little cheaper with a couple minutes of googling. More info to come as it becomes available.

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May 3, 2007

Braun Pulsonic Launch?

Got cryptic invite in my inbox last week for a major launch by Braun on Tuesday May 15th. Not sure but I think it might be the US release of the Braun Pulsonic. Can anyone who speaks German read this Braun website? The above pic was the best I could get from the invite. Guess we'll have to wait another two weeks. We'll have coverage of the launch when it happens. Stay tuned...
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April 23, 2007

Panasonic ES-8168S Men's Vortex Hydraclean Wet and Dry Shaver

PanasonicES-8168S.jpgThe Panasonic ES-8168S Men's Vortex Hydraclean Wet and Dry Shaver is only $99.99 at JR.com. That's $80 less than Amazon's price, which is usually one of the best. The ES-8168S features

  • Cordless
  • Rechargeable
  • Linear Motor with speeds to 13,000 RPM
  • Adjustable Pivot Head
  • Convex Foil
  • LCD Screen

Amazing price for what you get.

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April 16, 2007

Review - The Vidal Sassoon Nose Trimmer Rocks!

As you know from my recent posts I did not have much luck the Panasonic ER421KC Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer. The situation was getting critical since I was in dire need of a trim. As luck would have it I was at Target recently and I stopped by the electric razor aisle. For $9.99 they had a Vidal Sassoon nose trimmer. I figured, what the hell...

Turns out Vidal turned my nose hair hell into a clean-shaven heaven. The Vidal Sassoon nose hair trimmer is far better than the Panasonic. No fancy useless LED lights on the side. A much more powerful motor means I'm in and out quickly. And you can still rinse it out when you're done. Only lame thing about it - doesn't come with the one AA battery it needs to run.

The link above goes to the Vidal Sassoon nose hair trimmer on Amazon, which is currently $7.95, and comes with some extras like a stand and a comb which I didn't get from Target.

I guess their old slogan is true - "If you don't look good, we don't look good." And, damn! I look good. Well, at least a lot better now.

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