Winner of the 2015 ‘men’s health grooming’ award and the ‘iF’ awards for best design, this all in one trimmer from Panasonic has already created ripples in the man world and is sure to attract attention.
Panasonic ER-GB80-S Review
Ergonomics and design:
It’s not surprising why this body and hair trimmer won the iF Design Awards back in 2015. Panasonic has done a commendable job in designing the Panasonic ER-GB80-S Body and Beard Trimmer. The perfectly sleek, compact, silver and black body complements the sturdy rubberized grip on the sides. The anti-slip grip fits into your hands comfortably and keeps it from falling off. The ergonomics is such that it gives you an easy control over the device so that it can be smoothly maneuvered for a longer period of time without feeling uncomfortable. With a large power button at the lower part of the handle, an adjusting dial settings and a LED indicator, the design oozes elegance at every inch of the device.
Panasonic uses the Japanese blade technology that had been once used to craft sharp and strong swords, and incorporated the state of art technology to build real sharp and strong blades with ultimate precision. These blades are precision honed to an acute 45°. These ultra sharp blades with the angular precision combine to give you an ultimate trimming experience. Due to this precise sharpness of the blades and the angle at which they cut, the hairs are trimmed in a single pass without any occasion of tagging or snapping. These blades can cut off hair of any length, strength and density. The blades are extremely durable and are made of hypo-allergic stainless steel. The hypo –allergic properties of the steel reduces the risk of skin irritation and rashes hereby giving you a smooth trim.
Adjustable Trimming Comb Attachments:
The trimmer comes with three adjustable trimming comb attachments. This all in one trimmer is ideal for your beard, moustache and body. The adjustable trimming comb attachments can be well chosen according to the size of the trim. The trimmer has 39 adjustable settings. The trimmer can be adjusted with the rotary dial placed at the upper part of the trimmer handle to give you the desired trim. The settings are so varied that it can suit everyone’s needs. There is a 0.5mm increment in each setting. The settings can go from 0.5mm to 20mm to give you the trim and style of your choice with perfection. You can snug any of this trimmer attachment on to your trimmer head and adjust the dial settings according to your need. The Comb A (1mm-10mm) is used to trim your beard and moustache to a shorter length while you can use the Comb B (11mm-20mm) for a longer or a fuller length. The 1.5mm comb is generally used to groom body hair especially the underarms, the chest, shoulders etc. The trimming combs also protect your skin from the nick of the super sharp Panasonic blades. Panasonic has taken extra care at each step so that your skin is protected. Each of the combing heads are well rounded to avoid tagging and for smooth gliding over your skin. But you have to be a little cautious while doing the body hair as an unmindful trim can result in an accidental snap that can be painful.
The Panasonic ER-GB80-S Body and Beard Trimmer has an additional slide up trimmer at the back of the trimmer. This slide up trimmer comes handy in doing the edge of the sideburns or the moustache or in removing unwanted popped out strands that come in the way of an otherwise well trimmed look. This trimmer is also equipped with the 45° precision honed blade, unique to Panasonic, to give it the cutting edge. The slide up trimmer can be easily engaged with just the push of a finger to slide it and you are all set to trim.
The trimmer is 100 % waterproof but it cannot be used in wet conditions. It is designed to be used on dry skin only. This can pose a difficulty for some who are used to wet trimming or the use of lather or foam.
Panasonic ER-GB80-S Body and Beard Trimmer is powered by a Ni-MH battery. It takes just an hour to charge completely. This charge can last up to 54 hours. So once fully charged the trimmer can be used for weeks before it has to be put to charge again. It is equipped with a universal voltage charger and hence you can take it wherever you travel. This trimmer can be used even when it is being charged. And that may be the reason why there is no quick charge option in this device. So if the battery is drained you just need to plug it in and use the corded trimmer.
There is an LED indicator, located on the front handle of the device so that you can keep a check on the power and the recharge status of the device at any time of use.
Cleaning the Panasonic ER-GB80-S Body and Beard Trimmer is rather easy. It can be held under tap water and your trimmer will be cleaned without much of a hassle. The trimmer has a Open Drain design that allows the water from a tap to flow easily on to the trimmer head. The trimmer comes with a cleaning brush. You can use it if there are some small hair strands that are not being cleaned off under water. The trimming comb adjustments have to be removed before cleaning it and they have to be cleaned separately. The trimmer has to be cleaned after every use to get that perfect trim every time you use it and to increase the trimmer life.
What’s in the box:
The package contains a Panasonic ER-GB80-S Body and Beard Trimmer, three adjustable trimming comb attachments, a charging cord.
Warranty: Panasonic gives a two year limited warranty on this product.
If you want to groom yourself with an award winning trimmer then this is the one to choose.
- Japanese blade technology with 45° acute precision
- Sturdy and great design
- Three Adjustable Trimming Comb Attachments with 39 settings
- Slide-up trimmer
- Corded or cordless use
- No Quick Charge option
- No Wet use
- The minimum trim size is a little more for some
- Is not that cheap