Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 173
Rated 1 out of 5 by KLFG LOVED until they changed the blade
GREAT razor -- have had for over six years. Loved it! Unfortunately, when looking for a replacement head a few months ago I found out they no longer make the same head - a replacement is offered but doesn't do nearly the same job (the new one pulls and cuts).
Not sure why they felt to discontinue this one, but now I'm looking for a new razor.
8 January 2017
Rated 1 out of 5 by KennyG Rated a 5 star until I needed to replace RQ12 head (discontinued) with inferior RQ12+
For the first year the Norelco 1280XCC with the RQ12 head was to date the best Norelco razor I have ever owned and I've had about 7 or 8 over the past 40 years. I only upgrade about every 5 years to get the latest technology not because the old ones stopped working. After about 18 months I attempted to find a new head or just fresh cutters and found the head discontinued and replaced with the only option the RQ12+. Since every razor I have gotten was a better shave over the previous I expected even better results. What a mistake! The RQ12+ is bad! Noisy,rough, irritating shave not nearly as close, comfortable or fast as the original RQ12. It's a giant step backwards in shave quality of at least 20 years. Don't your engineers test a new product before discontinuing the old? I've searched for hours online and nobody has any RQ12's left except for a couple gougers charging more than the entire razor or Chinese replacements of questionable quality. My favorite shaver now is nearly worthless and I've gone back to using my old 9195XL...or the now over 2 year old original head that shaves smoother and closer than the new 12+! I've tried foil razors in the past but have always preferred the triple heads. Guess I'll have to give the competitors latest another try as it appears Norelco has lost there edge.
3 January 2017
Rated 1 out of 5 by Originalgyp0 Why did they change the design....
When i bought this razor it came with a head where the 3 would open up seperatly on a spring it was the most comfortable and incredible shave id ever had.. Now the design has changed. It pulls the hair it tears my face up its noisy and takes twice as long to shave. Not worth the money. Im going to change my brand completely. Its almost as if they know that the guys who bought the original loved it and then philips decided to make a cheaper head. Not a lot of people will change to a new brand because of the original price that was payed for the razor...shame...shame.
27 December 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by JasonC Extremely poor replacement for RQ12 shaver heads
Unbelievably poor quality replacement head. Quality of the shave is poorer, and causes more irritation than the original RQ12 head because it requires several passes to get a close shave. Noisier, and does not glide over the face as smoothly. The original RQ12 head had much more articulation and therefore adjusted to the face much better, the RQ12+ replacement is clearly made much more cheaply than the original RQ12, yet offered at a premium price. I am also told that there is no alternative replacement, so I am now left with a very expensive paperweight. Very, very disappointed in Norelco, will no longer be a customer after this.
27 December 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Fwk68 Worst head they every made
I have use norelco for 50+ years until you change the heads they are the worst heads every made quit using my electric razor until you up date.
27 December 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Tomf Horrible product support
New shaving head w/blades for 1280x is a RQ12+. It fits fine and works, but printed materials in packaging does not explain the model. It says it is for the rq12 and its newer replacement the SH90, but it only tells you how to remove and clean the SH90. Nowhere, not even on the companys web site, can I find how to clean the RQ12+ blades. The blades do not open like the previous iteration. Nothing pops open. All i can do is rinse the entire head and hope it does some good. Time to give up on Norelco. Every year i spend too much having to upgrade my units with Norelco, instead of being able to get good support, blades and heads. I'm done.
2 November 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ryderdawg Works fine even though not as solid feeling
Don't let the whiners stop you from buying and using this product. Yes, it's not as heavily built as the previous incarnation (with the cutters that rotate up for cleaning) and it has a cheaper feel. It shaves just as well as the older shaving head and is perhaps easier to clean with the cutters being removable as a snap in module that detaches easily for cleaning. However, Phillips has gone the route of ink jet printers (inexpensive printer, pricey ink). In this case a new razor costs slightly more than the replacement shaving head.
15 December 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by CarlosL Quality of product is poor
I have the 1280x and have nothing bad to say about, perhaps the best one i have used.
However this RQ12+ is a complete waste of money and is no true replacement as it does not carry the same quality of design as the original shaving head that came with the product.
It does not have the same movement as the regular one and I am annoyed that this is what the "replacement" is.
29 September 2016