Published on January 21st, 2012 | by Greg0
Shave in 3D: Philips Norelco SensoTouch 1290x
Shaving might not be fun. But it should be painless, easy, and hassle-free. Regardless of your type of hair, the shape of your face, or your skin, a good razor can help make your grooming simple. Whether you're on the road, or living in a small apartment without much room, Philips Norelco offers a pretty broad range of solutions- electric razors for every budget.
Their top of the line model is the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D Deluxe Edition (Model 1290x). They describe it as the ultimate shaving experience, and so we had high expectations- and are happy to report that the touted GyroFleX system actually works as well as hoped, moving smoothly across uneven skin, without irritation. Most of the time, you need a few days or even more than a week to get used a new razor, but we didn't require it with the SensoTouch 3D. Further, though we're used to shaving wet, this is one of the first razors we've tried that works equally well dry.
Instead of cramming a bunch of extra stuff into a larger unit- auto-cleaning chambers and a bulky base- this one is lean, slim, and light. Ultraportable, it also feels great in the hand- well balanced and obviously a precision. The grip is great, important since you don't want to drop your expensive razor in the shower, bathroom, or anywhere else. As with every razor, Philips touts a bunch of technology, much of it custom- tracks and channels and AquaTec. The bottom line, though, is that the dual-blade system simply works well, and was faster and much more comfortable than any straight manual razor. We liked the clean looks, though missed the carbon fiber from the Arcitec line. And speaking of cleaning, it was pretty straightforward.
Right now, you can expect to spend about $230 for one of these lovely pieces of engineering. That seemed a bit pricey to us when it was in the box, but once we had a chance to compare it against the competition for a few weeks, the choice was clear. The battery life is impressive- it's a small unit, but an hour of charge time gives you an hour of solid shaving, which is enough for twenty or so days. And you'll never be at a loss for how much battery life is left, the built-in display is easy to read and seemed accurate. The trimmer wasn't amazing- they rarely are- but was good enough for some sideburn and goatee trim work. All in all, this is the gold standard of electric razors, and is available now widely online and in stores.