Remington Omniblade HG5000 Multi-Pro Review: The Beard Sculptors’ Ally

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

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Out of the box – after a few minutes of struggle to get rid of the plastic aisle – the Remington Omniblade HG5000 leaves an excellent first impression. In fact, the main part on which the various heads are attached is made of brushed metal with the most beautiful effect. The textured part – which should improve the grip of Omniblade when wet – provides even more cachet.

A well-known form ...

A well-known form …

This sense of quality product is enhanced by the weight of the Remington Omniblade, which reaches just over 100 grams (107 g exactly), avoiding the toy effect that can be felt with lighter devices. Note that its use does not suffer in the least from this slight overweight, as it is perfectly distributed throughout the shaver. 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 location of the main switch could have been better thought out. In fact, to operate the Omniblade, turn a ring located at the bottom of the razor. And if it does not work out much, we swear quite quickly against this idea in full shaving when we want to turn off the machine to run it under water for e.g. to remove the clipped hair. A button or slider that falls under the thumb would, in our opinion, have been much more practical.

The power ring encloses the charging socket.

The power ring encloses the charging socket.

Another complaint, the autonomy widget deserved a little more attention. It consists of 3 diodes placed vertically, which light up one after the other until charging is complete. When Omniblade is working, all LEDs are lit one after the other from top to bottom and from bottom to top. Finally, when only one diode is turned on, there is 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 its HG5000 Multi-Pro version, the most equipped in the Remington catalog. In addition to the Omniblade body and blade, the box contains three other heads: a precision trimmer (for removing unwanted hair in the nostrils and ear canals), a body trimmer (which is shaped like a chainsaw) and a face brush. To this I add several shoes to each cutting head, including a precision guide that can be adjusted from 0.5 to 5 mm.

Omnibalde in its HG5000 Multi-Pro version comes with a large number of accessories.

Omnibalde in its HG5000 Multi-Pro version comes with a large number of accessories.

In addition, Remington provides a soft bag for transport and a charging cable to connect to a USB socket. Unfortunately, the format for the razor side plugs is not that common and this cord should not be used for anything other than Omniblade. We would have liked Remington to go all the way and offer a USB Type C connector to extend the compatibility of Omniblade and avoid the environmental impact of a proprietary cable.

One standard end, another much smaller.

One standard end, another much smaller.

If the range of accessories seems complete, in our opinion it still lacks a small brush to clean Omniblade after use. Passing under running water is unfortunately not enough to remove all hair residue from the leaf.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Shaving

Like those from the same manufacturer’s Power-X Series X6 HC6000 trimmer, Omniblade’s blades are sharp enough to deliver a clean, clean cut, even on typically thick beard hair that is difficult to cut into slices. Note that these have a very long life as Remington recommends that they be replaced every 5 years. By comparison, the OneBlade head needs to be replaced 3 times a year.

The 10 cent coin allows you to better understand the size of the razor.

The 10 cent coin allows you to better understand the size of the razor.

The small size of Omniblade and narrow knives provide the unique maneuverability. It goes easily everywhere, even on the philtrum, the space between the base of the nose and the top of the lips, a narrow zone therefore, and difficult to treat effectively. Of course, it is necessary to avoid placing a guide on the Omniblade magazine to maintain this agility. The other side of the coin is that Omniblade will not be used to shave large areas of the skull, although technically it is still very possible.

The omni-blade and its head to the body.

The omni-blade and its head to the body.

For the sake of conscience, we also tested the extra knives. The small precision tool for removing hair from the most inaccessible places has proven to be extremely effective. It’s narrow enough to go anywhere and sharp enough not to pull at the hair instead of cutting it into slices – which can be painful in these delicate areas. The blades for shaving the body are similar to the Panasonic ER-GY60-H razor, except that they are located around the holder. With a little flexibility in the wrist, you can easily reach all areas of the body. Once again, it is very difficult to blame him in relation to the clean and hard cut.

Strengths

  • Well finished product.

  • Perfect size for cutting and trimming beards.

  • The life of the leaf.

Weak points

  • Very limited field of action without accessories.

  • Complicated depth cleaning.

  • Proprietary format of the included USB cable

Conclusion

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Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

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Due to its special architecture, the Remington Omniblade scraper will give full satisfaction to bearded men who want to maintain their facial hair effectively. There they will find a model whose leaves they do not have to change every four mornings, cut their hair without firing a shot and agile enough to slide into the smallest hooks thanks to a reduced format, which inevitably does not facilitate cleaning. On the other hand, those who would like to use it for another purpose can go their own way unless they go for a highly accessory version like this iteration stamped HG5000 Multi-Pro.

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