Win! Shavers with balls for shaving your, er, face

New Gillette razor with FlexBall could spell end to "necky pain" shaving misery

Want to scoop the all-new ProGlide Fusion with Flexball tech? Special packs are on shelves now, prior to its release next week. Or you can just head to our Facebook page and like it for a chance to win one.

New disposable razors appear only once every few years and are a big deal. In recent times they've piled on more blades, lubricated strips, tiny springs and battery-powered vibrating motion, to become something more akin to a smartphone than the blade on top of a stick that your dad once used.

Now Gillette brings something men have wanted for years in their morning grooming routine: balls.

The brand's added a "Flexball" to its previous state-of-the-art ProGlide Fusion line of powered and unpowered shavers. We've been testing one for the last few weeks and can say that it does add a little extra sheen of smoothness and closeness to our shaving, most especially around the ever-tricky neck area, where your skin is rougher and direction of hair growth more inconsistent.

The official UK launch is next week, but right now you can pick up this limited edition pack that features the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor with FlexBall Technology and a can of Fusion ProGlide Shave Gel with Shea butter and Glycerin, at selected Boots branches, for £14.

You can also try to win one of two of these special packs from us, by pretending to be our mate. Just head to our Facebook domain, here, and like + share the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor with FlexBall Technology plus can of Fusion ProGlide Shave Gel with Shea butter and Glycerin-related post you'll find therein. Hopefully we can make that product name fit in a standard-sized post.

We'll pick a winner at random on Monday morning, editor's decision is final, no cash alternatives will be offered, etc etc.

We recently paid a visit to Gillette's R&D facility in funky Reading, and learned two things: firstly that the amount of effort and technology Gillette pours into its razors is quite astonishing, with everything from advanced 3D-print prototyping to robotic testing to a huge "shaving farm" where volunteers shave every morning in front of cameras and a two-way mirror, so the brand's experts can gather data on how different men shave.

And the other thing we learned is that hair growing out of human skin, when seen in very close-up photos, is truly grotesque.

Thank heavens, then, that the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razors with FlexBall Technology (and a can of Fusion ProGlide Shave Gel with Shea butter and Glycerin) are on hand to remove it all.

Duncan Bell

Duncan is the former lifestyle editor of T3 and has been writing about tech for almost 15 years. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. His current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."