Close, comfortable, non-irritating shave!
I received this shaver from my wife as a Christmas gift.
I've only had rotary electric shavers in the past, Remington brand, because of their affordability.
I decided I'd like to try a foil shaver, and the Braun name is legendary.
I chose this model because it doesn't have any extra frills. There is no cleaning base station, or expensive cleaning solution required. Just use the supplied brush and rinse the cutter head under the faucet. Let it air dry.
There is a charging cord included, which this will work cordless or corded. I really like this feature because the battery is dead on my old Remington, but I could continue to use it with the cord. Shavers that will only charge on a base don't have as much as a useful life, IMO.
The shave is great. It's considerably closer than my previous shaver. Granted, I'm comparing an old rotary head to this brand new foil head, but it's closer than the rotary ever was, even brand new. I have to include that I've been following Braun's recommendation of shaving before washing my face. I've previously shaved after washing my face, as this always seemed to help with my sensitive skin.
I didn't suffer any skin irritation from the new shaver. I seem to have slightly sensitive skin on my neck and was anticipating a bit of razor burn before my skin adapted to the new shaver, but I haven't experienced any.
The pop up trimmer is on the back of the shaver, and just slides up when you need to even out sideburns, etc.
It's a little awkward at first, to get used to, but it works great.
The initial charge was pretty quick. It has an LED indicator light on the front to tell you when it needs charged.
It also has a quick charge that lets you get 1 shave in, but then you'll need to let it charge for several hours to receive a full charge.
So far I've gotten 3 shaves out of it, and no signs of diminishing quality of shave.
It does come with a plastic blade cover/guard, but no travel bag. You shouldn't have a problem getting this to fit in another travel bag,or a toiletry bag.
It comes with a 2 year warranty, which I hope I don't need to use. But it is reassuring that the company will stand behind their product.
Overall I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality budget shaver. If you can forego the cleaning base station, grab this shaver!