Philips Norelco 1280cc/42 SensoTouch


The 1280cc/42 is another of the high-end shaver models in Philips Norelco’s SensoTouch range and here we show you its main features, what you can expect in terms of performance and review some of the comments from people who have used it. You can also take a look at where this shaver features in my top ten best shavers list.

Appearance and Inclusions

It’s certainly a stylish unit, black, silver and metallic blue in color, 6.2 inches tall, tapering ergonomically down its easy-grip handle from its pivoted rotary heads.

It comes supplied with a Jet Stream cleaning and recharging station, a protection cap, a power cord, cleaning brush, some JetClean solution and a soft carry pouch. A lithium ion battery is also included.

Main Features

  • The heads use the 3-D GyroFlex system for three-dimensional contouring on the face, whereby it pivots around, tilts inwards and flexes outwards to reach every area effortlessly, without much pressure being applied and without any scraping or irritation.
  • This combined with the UltraTrack shaving heads which provides three shaving tracks – slots for long hairs, channels for longer hairs, and holes for stubble – and the Lift & Cut system which raises flattened hairs, really covers all the bases for providing the closest shave possible from an electric razor.
  • This unit can be used wet or dry – allowing it to be used with foam or gel and also for quick rinses under warm water to clean excess hairs away and perform an effective basic clean.
  • It also features a trimmer that offers skin-friendly precision for conveniently trimming a mustache, goatee or side burns.
  • It is powered by a lithium ion battery which means it can be used cordlessly for extensive periods (60 minutes on a 1 hour charge) and makes it convenient for traveling.
  • Worldwide voltage function that adjusts automatically making it ideal for international travel.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintenance-wise you are informed via the 3-level display when it needs cleaning, lubricating and charging. For that, the easy-to-use docking station will look after it all and it can be operated on energy-saving settings.

You fill up the station with cleaning fluid from a bottle rather than cartridges, which is cheaper in the long run. Using it about once every 3 or 4 days seems to be enough.


Even more so than the other razors in the range, this one is for the serious shaver! You can probably find this one online for around $250, though the normal retail price is $350, so it’s a real top-end of the price bracket model.


The SensoTouch 3D 1280cc/42 comes with a two-year warranty.

User Reviews

From users, the SensoTouch 3D 1280cc/42 rates very well for the speed and the quality of its shave (closeness and lack of soreness or irritation, especially when used with gel), the low noise level, its great battery and its general ease of use. 90% of people who are prepared to spend the extra dollars for a top range model seem to be well satisfied with what they got.

It is difficult to find any real negatives about this unit, except perhaps the pop-up trimmer for sideburns etc, which has a few negative comments. Other than that it seems to be worth the extra dollars that you pay over and above the 2-D model from the same range. Highly recommended and definitely in my top 10 electric shavers list.

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