Gillette. The Best a Geek Can Get?

I lost my shaving stuff somewhere between London and Seattle last week. So I went off to the local shop and was confronted by an array of choice. I've been a Gillette 'man' for as long as I can remember shaving. So when I looked at the Gillette shelf, I was intrigued to see the new M3Power product.

I mulled it over, but my inner geek won over and decided to go for the gadgetry. It has a battery in the handle...oooh. And there's a good ROI case here...(read on)

I tried it out on four days growth, and it was like a hot knife through butter.

There are no moving parts. When you switch on the power (by pressing on an ergonomically positioned geeky luminous green button on the handle) it begins to hum and you feel a very slight vibration in the handle.

When the power is on, you can't see anything move. It just hums away. But there is a huge difference between having the power on and having the power on when using it. With it on, it really glides. It's a faster shave. A lot faster.

No cuts - and I tried. It's a closer shave. A lot closer. Look:

I love Gillette. Over the years they've brought out great products that ooze technological advancement. This latest offering does it for me. I've stayed away from the electric shavers for one reason or another, but the M3Power really works. It's like Steve Austin. Faster and a closer shave.

It feels so....nano.

I'm actually looking forward to my next shave. Are you?

Now, in case you're wondering, no, I'm not sponsored by Gillette. but I wish I was though. I'd save hundreds of dollars a year...shaving is expensive business.


But here's the thing. There is a good ROI here.

Shaving is time consuming stuff. Taking an average of 3 minutes per shave and shaving each day works out to about 18 hours a year. That's a lot of unproductive down time.

In actual fact, I tend to shave once every two days. So this works out to be around 9.1 hours a year. For most people that's a whole working day.  But I think with the M3P I can shave <groan> that down quite a bit, over two dimensions. The first is the amount of time spent shaving. For me, the average shave using the M3P has gone down from about 3 minutes down to about a minute and a half. The second dimension is the closeness of the shave. It's a lot closer than using my old Mach 3. So instead of shaving once every 2 days, I think I can get away with shaving once every three days. That brings the total annual shave time to 3 hours - down from 9 hours. That's a whopping 6 hours saved in one year.

Of course, buying batteries is an additional cost (I don't know how long it'll last shaving once every three days at 1 and half minutes per shave) and the replacement blades cost more than the Mach 3 blades (TCO), but hey - over ten years I'll save myself 60 hours - 7 working days!

Think of all that time I could waste! (like, writing this post, for instance) I'll have some of that.

Comments (19)
  1. hehe, not a busy day?

  2. BlakeHandler says:

    Since YOU brought this topic up — I live the FIVE blade version (even thought you must shave MUCH slower) — but the BEST feature is the single blade trimmer on the opposite side (good for under the nose).

  3. Make sure you deduct the time it took to take the pictures, write the blog post and read the comments.

    Drat, there goes another 3 minutes!


  4. Adding TRISA toothbrush with ultrasonic-feature…

  5. Sahil Malik says:

    Gotta ask, why shave at all?

  6. +1 to the five blade version (aka Gillette Fusion). Much better shave.

  7. Craig says:

    Don’t forget to add the additional time you work for the additional cost of the M3 and its blades into time wasted.  🙂

    I’d also factor in winter hibernation. Plenty of time  to be saved there. It being winter here and sitting on a computer all day, I don’t actually need to shave at all! It’s cold and when I do venture out I need all the winter wollies I can get!


  8. Alex Barnett blog : Gillette. The Best a Geek Can Get? &quot;I love Gillette. Over the years they’ve brought out great products that ooze technological advancement. This latest offering does it for me. I’ve stayed away from the electric shavers…

  9. Always partial to a good shaving story me, well, here&amp;#8217;s Alex B&amp;#8217;s first encounter with the MP3Power shaver thingy&amp;#8230;…

  10. Curiously, I use a Philishave to do my face — takes 1-2 minutes each day, quick, easy, no fuss. It’s great, and after you’ve gotten the knack, even better.

    But when it comes to shaving "everything else", I always fall back to the M3P. Underarm or "up the crack", performance is always superb, and the only downside is that it has never convincingly kept the area around my guiche "in trim".

    I’m keeping all of my (remaining) parts crossed that when the Gilette Fusion launches over here, my remaining concerns will be addressed (lest forevermore I’m cursed with a mirror and tweasers).

    Sometimes, I really wish I was making this up.

  11. MSDNArchive says:

    Hey Chris (is that you??), thanks for sharing those ‘details’…


  12. Dug Falby says:

    Up the crack?!

    Bloody hell, Chris, I had no idea you were into that sort of stuff;-)



  13. Hi Alex! Yes, it’s me — followed the link from Dug’s site to this post and before you know it… 🙂

    Still, I think these things are important when assessing the versatility of a razor — after all, you wouldn’t want to knick those family jewels if you could possibly avoid it? 😉

    Of course, I could be making everything up — why not give it a try and report back? 😉

  14. MSDNArchive says:

    "Of course, I could be making everything up" You? Never! 😛

    Hey Dug!

  15. Dave Smith says:

    Dear god Chris somethings you really should keep to myself… and if you shave all those other areas, what about the bit you always "miss" just near the T-Shirt line ?

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