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4.0 out of 5 stars Great new mid-line Philips Norelco shaver bests shave of top of the line from a few years ago, July 22, 2008
This review is from: Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Men's Shaving System (Health and Beauty)
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Before obtaining this shaver (through a promotion) I had been using the Philips Spectra 8890XL shaver (the so-called "James Bond" shaver), which was the top of the Philips line a few years ago, which at the time was widely reviewed as the best available electric shaver, and which retailed for around $200. I had doubts that this shaver, which retails for about half that, could best the one I already had.

In terms of shave, I was wrong. This 8240XL (which is identical is shave to sister models 8250XL and 8251XL) is a TERRIFIC shaver. With this new shaver, I can shave much more quickly, and it handles the hard to shave areas (e.g. my neck) with more aplomb. In addition, it's a lot quieter than my old shaver, and it's lighter!

Outside of the shaving ability, this is a somewhat bare bones model. That means no shaving height adjustment, no digital readout of battery life remaining (just a light which lights only when you're charging and blinks when the charge is done), and no stand. But the shaver itself is excellent. What a surprise.

Now I'm left in the strange position of considering relegating my old expensive Spectra to my travel kit!
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Initial post: Apr 27, 2009 3:55:31 PM PDT
Thanks for mentioning this was a stripped down version. I saw it for $10. less at CVS drug stores around
April 24. This price is high. And the long charge must be annoying, especially w/o a battery light indicator.
Excellent review.

Posted on May 8, 2009 6:58:45 PM PDT
The present $79.95 price is a steal. How long does a charge last?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2009 10:49:39 AM PDT
Hi Alan, according to the manual, it should give you about an hour of couninuous working time, which should be good enough for about a week of use for most people. Howerver, as you know, people shaving needs vary greatly, for example I could use it for a month because my beard is not thick and use I only shave 1 or 2 times a week.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 7:35:27 PM PDT
Does anyone know the voltage rating of the charger? Does it work with 220V?

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 9:53:28 AM PST
Simdude says:
I also have the "James Bond" version and it's still going strong. I love the digital readout on the Bond model and most importantly, the battery life. I still get 130 minutes on a charge. That's double most of the current models. I wish they would add the old display and battery to this model to I would have a nice replacement when (or if) mine dies. The current high end Norelco's have that articulated head that looks too fragile to last as long as these models.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 9:24:03 AM PST
Gruagach says:
I just looked at Norelco's specifications. It work with both voltages.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2013 2:09:57 PM PDT
David Bland says:
I totally agree with Simdude re the great battery life of the James Bond shaver. That was the best electrical system of any Norelco razor and mine is still going strong too
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