Summary: I bought this shaver to replace a top of the line Panasonic that probably would have been fine with replacement blades. Based on reviews chose the Braun 7-790. This is a great shaver well made feels good in the hands, and gives a very close shave. I shave my head as well as my face, and shave every day. I got a very close shave with my Panasonic in around 4 to 5 minutes. The Braun gives me as close a shave but takes closer to 10 minutes.
Summary: I have used the Braun 8000 Series for almost nine years, with good results. The Braun Series 7-790cc shaver was recently purchased, and the technological improvements in the Braun, these nine years, has been impressive and much appreciated. The shave is faster, closer and without nicking (so far). (Nicking, even 'plugging' of the lip, though rare with the 8000 Series, was an occasional nuisance.
Summary: I know it's not designed for it but in addition to shaving my face, I am also bald. I put this on the heavy setting, and not only did I shave my face and head (very smooth shave on both), it took a total of 9 minutes for both. Positively Shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!