Philips SensoTouch RQ1280cc GyroFlex – A Flagship Under The Microscope

Finding the right shaver can be a bit tedious at times, there are a vast range of manufacturers that all provide many different series of shaver that populate what has become an ocean of choice. But sailing at the front of the armada on this ocean, there are a few that stand out from the crowd, and the Philips SensoTouch RQ1280cc GyroFlex is one that indeed stands out and is impossible to ignore. From the inside out, the RQ1280cc is a thing of beauty – it is a flagship in an ocean of choice. Standing out from the competition doesn’t come cheap however, but you get what you pay for and with the Philips SensoTouch RQ1280cc what you get is something both special and superior.

What Makes The RQ1280cc Special

Outstanding Design – There is no cheap plastic or rubber here. The RQ1280cc is built from solid stainless steel adding to a quality robust feel. When you pick it up you can feel the difference in your hand – solid and reliable craftsmanship with functional design.

The Shaver Head – There are 3 rotary cutting heads housed in a 360° pivoting head. Each of these moves independently which is what makes up the GyroFlex 3D element of the shaver. In addition to the GyroFlex feature the 3 shaving heads also have an UltraTrack system which basically involves 3 tracks on the shaving heads that together afford the ability to cut hair of any length. This all makes for an incredibly close shave without having to apply much pressure thus eliminating razor burn.


Lift and Cut – As mentioned, above, you don’t have to apply much pressure to get a good close shave and this is the work of the SensoTouch feature of the RQ1280cc. This in partnership with the patented’ Lift and Cut technology’ – which lifts the hair up from the skin before cutting – make for a very comfortable shave, every time. This is equally effective with both a wet or dry shave, with or without foam or gel which can react with sensitive skin.

Best Charging Station On The Market

In my opinion, the cleaning and charging station that comes with the Philips RQ1280cc is the best on the market – at least the best that I have come across to date. To clean the shaver, insert it upside down into what Philips call the Jet Clean system. The system will clean, dry and lubricate the shaving blades, while at the same time charging the shaver. It does this quietly and efficiently and it’s very easy to use.

Even The Little Things Matter

Beyond the major plus points above, there are lots of little things with the SensoTouch RQ1280 that spill out class. There is a numeric display on the handle that will give you the remaining battery life in minutes rather than the usual LED bar display that doesn’t really put a numeric value on your remaining shaving time. This is the first time I’ve seen this on a shaver and it’s a great little feature for making sure you are never caught short.

The Battery and Charge Time

A full charge will take about an hour and will last you about the same which, while it doesn’t seem like anything to shout about, is a good few shaves more than your average shaver. The above average life is very handy for the frequent traveller if you are living out your back pack for a few days and don’t always want to take up valuable space with your charging station.

Overall Verdict From

The Philips SensoTouch RQ1280cc GyroFlex is not cheap in any form or fashion. No cheap parts and no cheap price tag. What it is, is a market leader and if you are looking for something incredibly well built, robust, reliable and with a shave as close as you can get, this is a shaver worth every penny.