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3.0 out of 5 stars good, not great, August 20, 2008
This review is from: Philips Norelco Speed-XL 8240 Men's Shaving System (Health and Beauty)
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Having not used an electric shaver for nearly 30 years, I was interested in how much they had improved (if any) in that time. This Norelco is pretty good as electrics go.

You are required to do a 12 hour charge before using the shaver to fully condition the battery (also after periods of one month or more of non-use). After that, the shaver is supposed to recharge in as little as 1 hour. I have yet to run it down enough to require a recharge, though, so I can't comment on how accurate that is.

The shaver feels good in the hand and is easy to move and control. However, with its round heads, it is problematic to sculpt a beard or mustache. This shaver is pretty much for those who go completely clean shaven. The pop-up trimmer is just about useless, as it does not lock into place, and moves when you put any pressure on it. I took an unexpected divot out of my beard because it is so flaky. I recommend that you just ignore the trimmer in considering this shaver. The trimmer dropped this from a 4 to a 3 star review. It is pretty badly designed.

Needless to say, electrics just don't give as close a shave as a blade, period. That said, I was able to get a clean "looking" shave easily with this shaver, although you could obviously feel the difference by touch. For quick touch-ups, however, this works well, and I find myself using it more and more for that.

Since I have a goatee and mustache, there are many parts of my face where this just doesn't work. I still have to trim around the goatee with a blade or smaller trimmer (I tried a Norelco trimmer set, too, with mixed results.), so this shaver cannot fill all my shaving needs. It is good for large blocks of open face or head only.

Construction seems good, although the head seems kind of light weight. Lots of plastic parts, but a good, solid feel in general. The rotary cutters and related assembly can be replaced (annually, per the instructions). The heads track well over uneven skin for a consistent shave. Directions are included for several levels of cleaning, and they are clear and concise.

If you are clean-shaven on face or head, this could be a very useful shaver for you. If you have more sculpted facial hair, it will be less useful. I will not be giving up my blades for this, although it has become useful for quick touch-ups.
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Initial post: Jun 28, 2009 11:42:25 PM PDT
Masum Ahmed says:
Hey so let me ask you somthing. what about if you hair is long? can it cut that down. canyou shave below...?

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 6:04:25 PM PDT
Precisely what I want it for....touchups. I will never give up my blade for an electric, either.
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