Outside the box – after a few minutes of fighting to get rid of its plastic throttle – the Remington Omniblade HG5000 leaves a great first impression. Indeed, the main body to which the different heads are attached is made of brushed metal with the most beautiful result. The embossed section – which should improve the grip of the Omniblade when wet – brings a little more cachet.
This sense of product quality is enhanced by the weight of the Remington Omniblade, which weighs just over 100 grams (exactly 107 grams), which avoids the gaming effect that is felt with lighter devices. Note that its use does not suffer at all from this slight unnecessary weight as it is perfectly distributed throughout the razor. The balance is perfect and you can easily turn your head in any direction without ever having the impression that it may fall out of your hands.
However, not everything is perfect and the position of the main switch could have been better studied. In fact, to operate the Omniblade, you must turn a ring at the base of the razor. And if it does not seem much, we curse quite quickly against this idea in full shaving, when we want to turn off the camera to pass it under water to remove e.g. the cut hairs. A button or slider that fell under the thumb would, in our opinion, be much more practical.
Another complaint, the autonomy witness deserved a little more attention. It consists of 3 diodes placed vertically which light up one after the other until the charging is completed. When the Omniblade is running, all the LEDs light up one after the other from top to bottom and from bottom to top. Finally, when only one diode is lit, there are no more than 5 minutes of battery life left. All this lacks precision – which is not so rare in the world of razors – but also simplicity – which is much more.
The Omniblade we tested was delivered to us in the HG5000 Multi-Pro version, the most careful in Remington’s catalog. In addition to the body and the Omniblade blade, the box contains three other heads: a precision clipper (to remove unwanted hair growth in the nostrils and ear canals), a body saw (chainsaw-shaped) and a face brush. To this I add many shoes for each cutting head, including a precision guide, adjustable from 0.5 to 5 mm.
In addition, Remington provides a soft carrying case and a charging cable for connecting to a USB socket. Unfortunately, the shape of the plug on the side of the razor is not so common and this cable should not be used for anything other than Omniblade. We would like Remington to go all the way and offer a USB Type C socket to extend Omniblade compatibility and avoid the environmental impact of a dedicated cable.
If the range of accessories seems complete, we still lack, in our opinion, a small brush to clean the Omniblade after use. Running under running water is unfortunately not enough to remove all hair residue from the blade.
Like those of the same manufacturer’s Power-X Series X6 HC6000, Omniblade blades are sharp enough to offer a clean, crisp cut, even on typically thick, hard-to-cut beard hair. Note that these have a very long lifespan as Remington recommends that you change them every 5 years. For comparison, the OneBlade head needs to be replaced 3 times a year.
The small size of the Omniblade and the narrowness of its blades give it unparalleled flexibility. It goes everywhere easily even in the filter, the gap between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips, a narrow zone therefore difficult to deal with effectively. Of course, it is necessary to avoid placing the driver on the Omniblade blade to maintain this agility. The other side of the coin is that Omniblade will not be used for shaving large areas of the skull, even though, technically, this is still quite possible.
For reasons of conscience, we also tried the extra blades. The small precision tool for removing hair from the most inaccessible places has proven to be extremely effective. It is narrow enough to go anywhere and sharp enough not to pull the hair instead of cutting it – which can be painful in these sensitive areas. The body shaving blades are reminiscent of the Panasonic ER-GY60-H straight razor, except that they are positioned around the case. With a little flexibility in the wrist, you can easily reach all areas of the body. Once again, it’s very difficult to blame him for anything so pure and harsh.
Well finished product.
Perfect size for beard cutting and trimming.
Very limited scope without accessories.
Complex deep cleaning.
Proprietary form of the supplied USB cable
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Given its unique architecture, the Remington Omniblade razor will give complete satisfaction to bearded men who want to effectively maintain their facial hair. There they will find a model whose blades will not need to be changed every four mornings, cutting the hair without firing a shot and agile enough to slide into the smallest corners thanks to a reduced shape that inevitably does not make it easy to clean. On the other hand, those who would like to use it for another purpose can follow their path, unless they go for a very careful version, such as this repetition with HG5000 Multi-Pro seal.