The razor does a very good job getting my skin soft, however, with that said, it does not seem to keep it that way as long as my old Gilette Fusion ProGlide. The shave is baby's butt smooth until about 2pm (I shave at 5am), and then it starts getting noticeable. Working in the industrial/firefighter environment I do, I have to keep a clean shave for my 12 hour shift. Towards the end of the day, it is probably getting close.
I have never had a 5 o'clock shadow before, but now I get one. It isn't that it's long, the hair just seems thicker, which in my case is not necessarily a bad thing.
The base unit works the best of any brand I have had, and this is my 4th attempt to replace my one from 12 years ago, since discontinued. It actually gets the razor clean AND dry, something the Norelco and Braun couldn't accomplish.
Overall, I am happy with the shave. I get less razor burn (once I learned just how hard to push--be careful at first), and it is really smooth for as long as it needs to be. Is it good? Yes. Is it $400 good? Not for me, but I picked it up for less than half price, and it is well worth what I paid.