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Philips Norelco 1280X/42 SensoTouch 3d Electric Shaver Review

Philips Norelco 1280X/42 is the most expensive shaver in the Norelco family. This is mainly because it has the best jet cleaning system by Philips yet. I’ll get back to it later on this review. But if you think your shaver should have a jet clean system, this is the best shaver out there with it.


Philips-Norelco-1280x-42Design is very close to Norelco 1290x/40, but not the same. This one has a chromed finish while 1290x/40 is full metal zinc. Both shavers come with luxurious pouch and are the only 2 shavers with luxurious pouch. There’s no doubt that the design is going to be awesome comparing to its price. As usual with all Norelco shavers, this one is also very easy to handle and feels good in hand. You’ll enjoy shaving with Philips Norelco 1280X/42.
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This actually is very similar to 1290x/40. If you have a closer look at it, it won’t be so long before you realize there’s absolutely no different in terms of performance in these two shavers. For a moment I though this will land more closely to Philips Norelco 1250x/40, but it’s no way near 1280x/42.

In brief it has the same shaving technology as 1290x/40. It’ll provide an extremely close and safe shave. Shaving can be wet or dry and will be quick with fewer strokes. It features the most powerful battery in the Norelco series with 60 minutes of shaving time and 20 days stand by.


Features I’m going to list below are the once that make Philips Norelco 1280x/42 more powerful, safe and efficient. Once again, you’ll find everything below on 1290x/40 as well

  • GyroFlex 3D – Minimizes the risk of irritation and amount of pressure needed
  • UltraTrack Heads – Catches every type of hair, from longest to shortest stubble
  • Lift&Cut – Provides the closest shave by cutting hair below skin level
  • SkinGlide – Prevents irritation by sliding smoothly along the skin
  • AquaTec – Gives the option to shave wet or dry

In addition to all the technical stuff above, shaver has LED indicators which will show battery level, when heads need to be replaced and when shaver needs cleaning. One thing missing here is automatic Travel Lock. 1280x/42 does have a Travel Lock, but it’s not automatic which is on 1290x/40.

With jet clean system, maintenance of the shaver becomes even easier as cleaning and charging handles by it. If you go with 1290x/40, you’ll have to clean your shaver manually. It’s not that hard though. But on 1280x/42, jet clean system will handle it for you.


Feedback is what gives us clues about how well a product performs in practical life. I’m sure you want to hear about Philips Norelco 1280x/42 from people who actually brought it and are using it. Let’s look at some of the reviews at Amazon.

1280x/42 has recorded 4.4 out of 5 ratings on Amazon; I have to say that this is pretty high rating for any product on Amazon. This means that most people who have brought this on Amazon are very happy with it. Below are few 5-star reviews,

  • Best shaver yet – You don’t need the Jet Clean System
  • Like shaving with a soft cloth!
  • Norelco 1280cc – Super Razor
  • The best razor Norelco has made-closer than a blade

You can find more reviews on Amazon. Actually there are more than 200 reviews.
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What’s in the Box?

Like all other shavers in Norelco family, this one is also backed with 2 years warranty. Following are the pieces included in the package.

  • SensoTouch 3D 1280X/42
  • Charging stand
  • Soft pouch
  • Protective cap
  • Jet Clean system
  • Jet Clean solution
  • Power cord
  • Cleaning brush

That concludes the review. Although the shaver is pretty expensive, it’s well worth the money. Especially if you have a busy lifestyle or you just hate shaving. Norelco 1280/42 is the solution for you. You’ll enjoy shaving with it.
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