Summary: In terms of "does it shave" then answer is yes. The shave is close and smooth. It does take a little more time than my old (OLD) Norelco, but the results are better. On the negative side, I bought the razor online without ever handling one. Even if I handled one, I might have missed the fact that automatic cleaning is via a reservoir of alcohol like fluid. This requires handling of the charger/cleaner unit with care.
Summary: I've liked Braun shavers in the past but I think my beard/facial hair has become very tough, too tough for even the series 7. It would possibly be sufficient for 5 o'clock shadows for me but anything more than that it becomes torturous. The flip-up trimmer is also awkward since the body of the shaver isn't transparent, it makes it difficult to trim. I guess I'll have to stick with straight razors.
Summary: I have used electric razors in the past and always end up going back to a blade. I have been completely amazed with this razor as I actually do get the closest shave I have ever had with an electric razor. I love the base as it cleans the head and recharges to be all ready the next time I use it.
Summary: I gave this to my husband after much research and he absolutely loves it. He had never had a foil shaver before and I was tired of buying one Norelco after another and he loves everything about this Braun. I will buy him another one when he wears this one out. I think you would love it too.