Panasonic’s Arc5 Shaver Might Just Convince You to Go Electric

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Guys are lucky when it comes to grooming. A scrub here, a bit of moisturizer there, maybe a dollop of hair product and a splash of fragrance and we’re on our way. The only real hitch in our grooming giddy-up is facial hair. At least, that is, if you don’t want any. For the beardos, not much is required beyond, well, scrubbing and a bit of moisturizer. But if you want to go the clean shaven route, or worse, have to go the clean shaven route, your daily grooming routine is definitely more labor intensive. Luckily, Panasonic makes an electric shaver that takes much of that labor away. Even better, it gives you a shave nearly as good as a razor and cream.

Thanks to a whole gamut of technological upgrades, the Panasonic Arc5 shaver dramatically changes the game from those old days of electric razors that did little more than maintain a perma 5 o’clock shadow. It’s a shaver that’s actually capable of comfortably reaching every nook and cranny of your face without burning and irritating the hell out of it. Which makes it a serious grooming time-saver. No more pre-shave oils and post-shave lotions and balms. No more soaps and creams. No more alum blocks to mop up the bloody carnage of an unsteady hand. Just a clean quick shave with minimal fuss. Here’s what we love about it.

The stainless steel foil head adapts to the contours of your face.

Timothy Mulcare

It follows the contours of your face

Multiple design elements help the Arc5 smoothly traverse even the most contoured (and craggy) of faces. First up is the multi-fit stainless steel foil head that helps create a smooth glide over bumps, ridges, and curves by gently conforming to the features of your face. Then there’s the Multi-Flex pivoting head, the most important feature in the Arc5’s contour-following capabilities. It quickly pivots back and forth to trace along with any curves in your face, allowing it to conform to your neck and jaw line and avoid putting undue pressure on ridges that can create points of irritation.

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A pop-out trimming blade lets you adjust sideburns and more.

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It’s high-tech features gives you a surprisingly close shave

The Arc5 uses ultra-sharp and ultra-thin nanotech blades that are honed to a 30-degree angle to cut hairs at the root more cleanly and efficiently. And the flexible micro-thin foils have a slight arc, which allows them to remain in close contact with the skin. The foils also mix it up to help improve shaving quality. There’s the Lift-Tech foil that gently raises and cuts flat lying hairs. The Slit-Blade foil that grabs and cuts the longer hairs that grow in opposite directions. And the Finishing foil that captures and cuts extra thick hairs. The Arc5 is also fully waterproof, so you can shave in the shower, thus creating a mild measure of lubrication. But the coup de gras of Arc5 technology, however, is the built-in shaving sensors. These detect varying densities of beard hairs along your cheek, neck, and jaw line so that as the shaver moves across your face, it adjusts power depending on the type of hair it detects.

The Arc5 is fully waterproof, so you can bring it in the shower.

Timothy Mulcare

It doesn’t skimp on the bells and whistles

The Arc5 is not only a great shaver, it’s also a one-stop groomer thanks to its built-in mustache and sideburn trimmer. One quick flip and you have a precision 45-degree trimming blade that sculpts and grooms all secondary facial hair. The Arc5 is also fully washable, and comes with automatic cleaning capabilities on its charging station. Simply pop the shaver into its station and a mix of running water and sonic vibration rinses and cleans the blades. Once clean, the station then dries and charges your shaver, so it’s always ready for the next shave. And finally, the Arc5 can be taken on the road of a portable AC adaptor, travel safety lock, and travel pouch. It’s even designed with universal voltage for all international shaving needs. If you’re into the clean-cut look but hate the hassle of shaving, the Arc5 is pretty much the dream set up.

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Prop styling by John Olso

Photography by Timothy Mulcare

Source : Esquire