Philips Norelco AT830 PowerTouch with Aquatech Electric Razor is our favorite Philips shaver in the mid-range category. The performance and value for money this shaver offers is something hard to come in our experience.
To simplify your understanding, Philips Norelco shavers come in four categories/ series with their sub series
- Norelco Senso touch 3D and 2D
- Norelco Powertouch with Aquatech
- Norelco Powertouch
- Norelco Basic
Philips Norelco AT830 and SensoTouch 2D/3D
We would love to place the AT830 between the mid level and High-end shavers. This is the best Philips electric razor in the mid level range after the high-end shavers like the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D/1250x or 1280X. Philips AT830 has similar features to the Sensotouch 2D. That said, you could simply do away with the additional features in the 2D, and pay less for the AT830 to get similar features or simply skip straight to the best of the Philips shavers, the 3D series if you want to look beyond AT830.
This shaver is a product of a long line of research and innovation in the pursuit of creating the best affordable electric razor for men. To avoid confusion we would not go into the details but check the features of its immediate successors.
Comparing with Previous Model
Philip Norelco AT810 Powertouch (Check Price and Availability Here) with Aquatec, the previous model, is similar in almost every feature to AT830 and is offered at cheaper rate. The only difference is the flexing heads in AT810 and Smart pivot in AT830. Flexing heads adjusts to the curves and shapes of your face and the Smart Pivot heads allows all the three Heads to keep in close contact with the skin by perpetuating the push and release pressure of the heads individually. This is the benefit in upgrading from the AT810 to the AT830. Buying either one of them would not be wrong, but I personally prefer the latest model.
What is Impressive with the AT830
Wet and dry features in a performance shaver is more of a cliché nowadays. Everybody now knows that the integral featurse of a performance shaver always includes both wet and dry shaving options. Shaving with an electric shaver is ever easier now. Needless to say, we still love the statement because we want to shave the way we want. This Philip shaver has a special Aquatech seal allowing the shaver to be used in the shower comfortably or you can go for quick, dry shaves. This feature has simply helped us narrowed down our decision by allowing us to concentrate more on other factors as well.
Being pleased with the wet/dry feature we want to concentrate on the blades/heads and cutting technology. To get the shaves efficiently at one pass, Phillips Powertouch AT830 Aquatec introduced a feature to cut long and short hairs individually with the Dual precision system. To reduce irritation and enhance cutting performance without tugging the hairs ,the super lift and cut technology allows lifting and cutting of the hairs comfortably. This is important because we don’t want to pass the shaver over and over the same area inviting skin irritation and complications.
The entry level (6945) and other mid level shavers like PT720 and PT730 come with a charge time of 8 hrs and cordless use of 30-40 minutes. AT830 just needs a charge time of 1 hr with 40 minutes of cordless shaving just like the 2D shaver.
This is truly a mid level performance shaver for those of you who are always on the road. When you are in a hurry it also allows you to get a quick last minute shave with a charge time of just 3 minutes. We are really impressed with the quiet motor. The shaver’s motor doesn’t produce a drilling like noise as do some other shavers in the same price range.
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