Fuzz, stubble, shadow – facial hair has many unseemly names. But none of them obscure the fact that if not handled right and frequently, it has a way of overwhelming and, ultimately, derailing a man’s overall appearance. So, we shave. We make time for it and subject our faces to the routine of removal.
The ol’ razor-and-foam method is one way to do it. That’s the way we were schooled in, and for most of us, our point of entry into the ritual of shaving. If it works for you, great. Continue on. Then, there are electronic shavers. Again, if that helps you skin the cat, keep it up. But, no matter which camp you belong to, you must awaken yourself to the best and latest shaving innovation that has entered the market to give men the best, closest and most comfortable shave one can get: The Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige.
Look at it.
Angles, curves and a sheen so gorgeous, it looks like a luxury variant designed by H.R. Giger himself.
Even before you put it to the test, the shaver already looks like a winning proposition, a pinnacle of human ingenuity in uniting form and function for the optimisation of both.
The main head-turner is the pentagonal top of the unit where most of the firepower is unleashed from. Within its casing is housed an array of 72 Philips’ NanoTech Dual Precision Blades, the strongest, sharpest blades in this line, which deliver 150.000 cutting actions per minute.
What it rests atop is also a beyond-impressive feat of engineering: The Ultraflex Suspension System which controls the blades such that they adapt to every contour of your face and deliver the most precise cuts, even in areas with the most difficult hairs.
All these next-level affordances are complemented greatly by the ease of accessibility proffered by Philips’ excellent design language, which assures that the user experience will be personalisable, fuss-free, and very satisfying.
In hand, the unit feels light but substantial. Despite the many moving parts, it's so easily – intuitively – usable: All you have to do is gently guide it over the areas you want to trim and it works its magic with the lightest, deftest contact.
Having been legitimately won over by it, I must be upfront about the shaver’s merits. One of the most formidable aspects of it is just how quickly it delivers the goods. Whichever mode you select – sensitive, normal or fast – you get a fantastically close shave in a matter of seconds. Especially if I’m favouring a stubbly-to-clean look that day, using this shaver has incredibly shortened the time it takes for me to get the desired shave.
Philips’ proprietary features are the main reason for this. This shaver is designed with SkinIQ technology, which programmes the hardware to calibrate its functions to your natural dimensions. On the head, protective SkinGlide coating makes the blades travel with ease, while the pressure guard sensor prompts you into applying just the right pressure for the desired shave.
When it comes to power, this machine comes front-loaded with it: The Top Spin Digital Motor is the brand’s most advanced motor for high-speed efficiency, even for a full week’s beard.
The best kind of lifestyle technology is the kind you don’t see. It so seamlessly integrates into your life that you don’t need a reminder of its nuts and bolts. The Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige sits firmly in that class of distinction.
Efficiency, power and speed in a gorgeous body – it’s not a dream because it’s sitting on your shelf.
The Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige retails at $699 at leading electronics stores.