Product Review of Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator
“Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum”
I recently bought the Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator for my daughter and had mixed feelings about it. Perhaps the idea of using an epilator has to grow on me. Disgusted by shaving and razor cuts, I was eager to embrace this new concept of epilation for my daughter. Not wanting to take any chances, I ordered the Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry epilator; the latest epilator from Braun backed with the newest technology.
Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator: The Look
When the package came in the mail, I was definitely pleased. Unlike other epilators from Braun (SE7781 and the SE7280), the new Braun SE7281 was well equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery and could be used in the shower. The cute, green epilator came with various attachments like the beginner, efficiency and a shaver cap. A packet of Olay Pre Epilation wipes and a nifty pouch for your belongings was also included.
The look of the Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry epilator is sleek. Even for my daughter who’s tiny, it was easy to handle.
Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator: The Process
Like I mentioned before, novel and apprehensive about the idea of epilation, my daughter and me were eager to give this new toy a shot. Well, epilation hurts. You experience a stingy sensation as the head revolves on your skin. But according to experienced pros, the pain gets better with time. My daughter who’s twelve didn’t scream or bawl on her first attempt, but often stopped. Guess, wiping with the Olay Pre Epilation wipes helped too. On our first attempt, she did her arms and legs and they felt silky smooth. The feel was a definite A+. I liked the concept of smart light that revealed even the finest hair as the massaging head pivoted.
Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator: The Drawbacks
Though pleased with the total effect, what irritated me was how long it took. For almost half an hour she struggled with an arm and then the other. The whole process took a couple of hours. But then we were amateurs and the hair was pretty long. It was hard to epilate on the bony parts like the knees. Another annoying part was the battery. The charge didn’t last long enough. One could easily save money and get the corded model again. A refill of Olay Pre Epilation wipes that were included in the package isn’t available in the stores.
Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator: The Total Experience
It’s been almost three months since my daughter has been using it. The hair-free claim for four to six weeks doesn’t work for her. She has to use it every couple of weeks for a smooth feel. It took out all the hairs, though she loves the feel. Unlike shaving where one remains soft for a day, with epilation, the softness lasts for weeks.
I have to wait and see if the hair growth decreases with time and how satisfying the whole experience remains. Till then Braun SE7281WD Xpressive Wet & Dry Epilator gets my recommendation.
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Entertainment notebooks are selling like hotcakes these days. They’re versatile enough to go on the road yet powerful enough to hold it down in the living room as part of an entertainment system. Today I’ve got my hands on a Toshiba Satellite A305-S6845 one of Toshiba’s best selling entertainment notebooks. I’m going to tell you just how well they’ve managed to balance mobility with high performance and tell you if they’ve made a product worth your hard-earned money. Let me start with the basics.
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Display: 15.4″ LCD
Imaging: Integrated Webcam
Processor: 2.10 GHz “Penryn” Intel Core 2 Duo T8100
Storage: 400 GB via dual 200 GB Drives
RAM: 3 GB RAM (expandable to a 4GB maximum)
Optical Drive: A CD R RW with integrated dual-layer DVD +/- R RW
Graphics Accelerator: ATI Mobility Radeon HD
Dimensions: 14.3″ x 10.5″ x 1.55″
Right out of the box you’ll notice that this is geared more towards entertainment than mobility. It weighs a little more than your standard 15.4″ notebook and is a little wider. It isn’t huge but it is noticeable.
It uses the Penryn which does help with battery life, although there is a little bit of performance loss in my opinion. In this type of notebook, I would like to see something else perhaps one of AMD’s stronger offerings. It is strong enough for all of the “multimedia” tasks like HD movie playing and some decent graphics rendering, but if you’re a gamer just don’t expect to crank everything up to 11.
The RAM is perfect 3GB does just fine and you can expand to 4 if you need it. The hard disk space is phenomenal at 400GB that’s among the most space I’ve ever seen preloaded on a widely manufactured consumer notebook. You really could hold a lot of HD movies on the hard drive of this machine, or even use it as a digital video recorder (thanks to vista’s pre-included multimedia center options).
4 2.0 USB ports (for use of things like digital cameras, MP3 players, printers, etc.)
1 FireWire port (for fast data transfer between other PCs or digital camcorders)
1 HDMI (to connect to an HD television)
1 VGA output (to connect to a standard monitor)
1 S-Video (to connect to select TV’s or projectors)
1 audio out / 1 mic in
The connectivity is great. I love that it comes complete with an HDMI port. Although it should since it is considered an entertainment notebook. This is a great well-rounded notebook, though, in the end, it would be a shame for it to only be found in the office or classroom. The consumer that picks this up really needs to be able to take advantage of all the features that this notebook has to offer. At its current full retail, it looks like a good deal, watch for sales through midyear as the market slows down and stimulus checks start to come in.