Everything about the Philips Norelco PQ208 (which is also known as the Shaver 510) is optimized for use in a travel situation. Having two rotating cutting heads (instead of the usual three) makes it compact, and AA battery power means you don't have to worry about matching voltage or being near an electrical outlet. That said, it still provides a close and surprisingly quiet -- if somewhat slow -- shave.
Your patience will be rewarded. The Philips Norelco PQ208/Shaver 510 has just two rotary cutting heads instead of the usual three found in most rotary shavers. Users notice that the heads spin a little more slowly than in models powered by built-in rechargeable batteries, but they also say that the PQ208 still works surprisingly well for an AA battery-powered travel model. Users generally say that the PQ208 gives a close, clean shave, but expect the job to take about 50 percent longer than with a conventional electric shaver.
No frills, no problem. The Philips Norelco PQ208/Shaver 510 doesn't have the pop-up trimmer you'll find on most of the competition, including the Braun Mobile Shave M-90 (Est. $23), another AA-battery powered foil travel shaver. That said, most users seem willing to live without the trimmer for short periods of travel, and the PQ208 still draws user praise for being easy to hold and easy to use. The company claims 60 minutes of shaving per pair of AA batteries (and a set of batteries is included in the package), which translates into six to 10 shaves, depending on how long it takes you. Some users say they actually get even more run time before needing to replace the batteries. The PQ208 has a cap to protect the cutting heads, and although it's not washable, it comes with a cleaning brush.
No worries. Noise levels haven't been expertly evaluated anywhere, but user feedback says that it's fine. Comments indicate that it's a little noisier than a conventional rotary razor, but most that say anything at all on that front don't seem to mind.
Surprisingly sturdy. No electric shaver is immune from complaints about durability, but such comments about the Philips Norelco PQ208/Shaver 510 are few enough in number to not raise any concerns. What is a little surprising considering the price is that the shaver is backed by the same warranty the company bestows on its non-travel models, some of which cost into the hundreds: Two years limited, plus a 45-day money back return period.
Philips Norelco PQ208 Reviews
We see lots of feedback for the Philips Norelco PQ208/40 Travel Electric Razor at Amazon.com, and good satisfaction. It earns a 4.3-star rating following more than 730 reviews. It's not a speed demon, users say, and some miss the trimmer, but most are at least reasonably satisfied with performance and value.
Review: Philips Norelco PQ208/40 Travel Electric Razor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2015
More than 225 Walmart.com customers give the Philips Norelco PQ208 electric shaver a 4.4-star average score. Most users applaud performance -- comparing it favorably in some cases to the company's pricier non-travel models. About 93 percent give it a recommendation.
Review: Philips Norelco PQ208 Travel Electric Razor, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2015