Norelco's come a long way though. Last black Friday I picked up a mid-range Norelco for $35 that normally sells for like $100. Of course I didn't need it but at that price I figured why not? I was curious since I hadn't used one in years (I started shaving on a Norelco). I dare say it shaves almost as close as the Panasonic! It's been with me on a couple of short trips as I've found it light, quick, convenient & super quiet. And I read a couple articles that the top of the line Norelco is even better! Mine is made in China but the top of the line "Prestige" is still made in the Norelco factory in the Netherlands. The build quality is supposed to be off the charts!Outstanding thread with great contributions. I was a dyed in the wool electric shaver for many years. No longer have interest in electrics. However, here's my $0.02: It seems like I've had something like 50 electrics in my lifetime. If I had to use one, it all comes down to only two. A Panasonic or a Norelco. If closeness is what you're chasing, Panasonic is the way to go by a mile. If 'a comfortable shave' is your bag and 'micro closeness' isn't what you must have, Norelco is the way to go.
Anyways, I don't want to derail the thread since the topic actually is Panasonic!