By Rayy Zar
The AT830 is part of Philips Norelco’s popular mid-price PowerTouch range. The “AT” (Aquatec) designates it as a wet/dry model. It is similar to the AT810 model, though with what the company calls a Smart Pivot, for hard-to-reach areas, in place of the flexing heads of the AT810.
According to an official company description:
The first blade raises each hair while the second blade comfortably cuts it below skin level, for a really smooth result. The grip’s unique, ergonomic design and anti-slip materials make it easy to shave with precision and comfort.
The AquaTec seal on the Philips electric shaver makes it 100% waterproof. Use it in the shower with your favorite shaving gel or foam for extra skin comfort. Naturally you can also shave dry for convenience.
An efficient, powerful lithium-ion battery gives you more shaves per charge. Charge it for an hour and you’ll have up to 50 minutes of shaving time – that’s around 17 shaves. Charge it for 3 minutes and you’ll have enough power for one shave.
DualPrecision heads comfortably shave both long hairs and short stubble. 1. Slots cut long hairs. 2. Holes cut stubble. Rounded low-friction heads adjust to the contours of your face to limit skin irritation. The low-friction SkinGlide shaving surface slides smoothly along your skin for a close, easy shave.
Flexing heads stay in close contact with your skin, while the pivoting neck adds an extra dimension of movement – all giving you a close, fast, and comfortable shave. Complete your look by using the Pop-up trimmer. Perfect for maintaining a moustache and trimming sideburns.
The AT830 has received generally good reviews at various websites. At the Philips Norelco site it has attracted more than 80 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4 stars. At Amazon it has received more than 220 customer reviews, with an average rating of 4.1 stars.
Here’s part of a four-star review:
Personally, I prefer regular razors over electric razors, but this one is pretty decent. Anyway, this one shaves well, is shaped well to the hand, and runs for about 45 minutes until you have to charge it again. Charging takes only about an hour, which I don’t think is too bad. There is a blinking light that tells you when the thing needs charged. It seems to be constructed well also.
There isn’t a stand for the thing, as other people have mentioned, but I don’t care, since I just toss it in a drawer when I am done anyway. There really isn’t anything fancy about this razor. You get a razor that works well and a charger. To me, that is perfect. I don’t want to pay for extra stuff I don’t really need or won’t use. I don’t need a charge meter, a stand, a charger with multiple settings, or backup singers. I just want a razor at a reasonable cost that works well.
And here is an excerpt from a three-star review:
I shaved with a blade for many years, but have tried several different electrics over the past year because I like the convenience of not having to stand in front of a bathroom mirror to shave. In my quest to find the right razor for me I tried a Norelco SensoTouch 3D, a Braun, and now this Norelco AT830.
The AT830 actually gave me a better shave than the fancier and more expensive SensoTouch. The closeness and time shaving were about the same, but I got less irritation with the AT830, particularly in the sensitive area below my chin. One big thing I like about the Norelco rotary razors is the fact that they are really quiet. They’re also comfortable to hold and lightweight. Thumbs up for ergonomics.
What I didn’t like about the AT830 were the lack of features. There is no battery meter, only a light that flashes when the battery is about to run out. A big detractor is the fact that you cannot use this razor plugged in; you have to wait until there is a charge and unplug it before you can use it. If you need to shave and the battery’s run out, you’re out of luck.
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