Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 760cc vs 799cc vs 7865cc

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Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 760cc vs 799cc vs 7865cc

With Braun’s current flagship shaver — the Series 9 — still being offered at a premium price, the tried and tested Series 7 is looking increasingly more like a very compelling alternative.

Moreover, for the majority of men, the Series 7 still represents the best choice as it’s a great compromise of performance and costs and very few men will really benefit from the features of the more expensive Series 9.

The Series 7 is a great option for men with sensitive skin that suffer from razor burn, but also for anyone looking for a high quality electric shaver that is capable of providing close and comfortable shaves.

There’s a plethora of currently available Series 7 variations and trying to decide which one to buy can be frustrating and confusing. Things are actually much simpler when we consider the differences between the Series 7 models that actually matter.

In this this post we’ll address precisely that and help you narrow down your options and hopefully make the best decision.

Let’s get started.

An overview of the successful Series 7

The Braun Series 7 was first launched in 2010. It quickly became one of the best-selling electric shavers of all time and a mainstay in pretty much every list of recommended shavers.

It was and still is highly acclaimed for its performance, particularly for the supreme comfort it provides during the shave.

For the other manufacturers the Series 7 was the shaver to beat as it quickly became the unofficial benchmark in the industry.

Its main selling points were the unmatched comfort, close shaves, reasonable price of the replacement shaving heads, excellent cleaning station and a robust build quality, despite a couple of well known issues as you’ll see next.

The head locking mechanism was prone to breaking if you applied excessive force and the paint just below the shaving head would sometimes flake after a couple of years. This problem is caused by the alcohol based cleaning solution; however, the damage is only visual.

The head locking switch of the Series 7

Apart from these overall minor shortcomings, the Series 7 was a complete and highly capable electric shaver that stood the test of time and actually gained some sort of iconic status in the shaving community.

The 790cc is probably the quintessential Series 7 as all the other variations are derived from it, be it by adding or removing certain features.

Braun Series 7 790cc

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It’s important to note that these features don’t affect the actual shaving performance in any significant way. This goes for all Series 7 variations as you’ll see next.

The new Series 7

The Series 7 has been around for quite some time since its introduction, so Braun decided to give it a refresh.

Braun Series 7 7865cc [New]

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In 2016 new models were introduced and this probably caused even more confusion. The names don’t really make any sense and Braun also used some marketing terminology in an attempt to make the update look more than just a cosmetic makeover.

In reality, the differences compared to the older Series 7 shavers are minor.

Here’s a summary:

  • All the newer Series 7 models are suitable for wet & dry use; in the past there were both dry only and wet/dry variations, like the 790cc and the 799cc respectively. Also, the wet/dry models (both older and newer) cannot be used while charging as a safety precaution. This is however possible with the (older) dry only shavers.
  • You have the option of a silver, grey or black color (market specific).
  • The newer Series 7 use the same shaving heads as the previous models (70s, 70b cassettes), even though Braun says they have 4 shaving elements. They don’t, the so called SkinGuard doesn’t count as an active element.
  • The new marketing terms (Protective SkinGuard, 8-D shaving system, MacroMotion etc) don’t really refer to any new additions that weren’t already present on the older models.
  • The personalization modes (5 of them with the newer shavers, from extra sensitive to turbo mode) continue to be of little to no use. In theory, you would use them to adjust the output of the motor — less power for shaving sensitive areas, more for shaving thick stubble. In reality they just make the shaver feel slow and you should use the highest setting all the time as the Series 7 remains adequately comfortable.
  • The automatic cleaning stations included with the newer shavers lack two features that were specific to this series: the induction heating mechanism for actively drying the foils and the quick clean option.
  • Some of the newer variations come with an updated LCD display (7865cc, 7893s).

You can easily tell them apart from the older models as the updated Series 7 shavers follow the 78xx naming scheme. For example, the models for the North American market are the 7865cc (grey), 7899cc (silver), 7898cc (silver), 7893s (silver).

The new Series 7 7865cc comes in a grey color scheme.

As it was the case with the updated Series 9, Braun tried to unify the Series 7 line with this update: all the shavers are now suitable for wet/dry use, they all cost the same (previously the dry only variations were usually cheaper) and they even ditched the model names altogether on their UK site and only refer to them as Series 7 Silver or Series 7 Grey.

Here’s a comparison table with the currently available Series 7, both the original and newer models:

ShaverUseCleaning stationSpeed settingsColor
Series 7 790ccDry onlyYes3 settingsSilver
Series 7 799ccWet & dryYes3 settingsSilver
Series 7 797ccWet & dryYes5 settingsSilver
Series 7 760ccDry only*Yes3 settingsBlack
Series 7 740sWet & dryNo3 settingsBlack
Series 7 720sDry onlyNo3 settingsBlack
[New] Series 7 7865ccWet & dryYes5 settingsGrey
[New] Series 7 7899ccWet & dryYes5 settingsSilver
[New] Series 7 7898ccWet & dryYes5 settingsSilver
[New] Series 7 7893sWet & dryNo5 settingsSilver
*[New] Series 7 7790ccDry onlyYes5 settingsSilver
* The Series 7 7790cc is an oddity — both the model name and the features are not in line with the rest of the shavers. It’s a dry only razor, but has the updated LCD display and comes with the updated cleaning station, so it lacks the induction heating system and the quick clean mode.

At this point I think we can safely say that all Series 7 shavers will provide the same shaving performance, regardless of other features.

What are the things you should consider when buying a Series 7?

When trying to decide which Series 7 would be more suitable for you, there are only a few things you should factor in.

1. Wet & dry use.

If you won’t be shaving in the shower or with shaving cream/gel, then you probably should opt for a dry only variation as they usually cost less.

The Series 7 790cc will probably be the best choice for most men.

For wet shaving, the 799cc, 797cc or any of the updated models like the 7865cc are equally good options.

2. The inclusion of an automatic cleaning station.

As you probably know, the Series 7 is available with or without an automatic cleaning station.

The station is included only with the cc models like the 790cc, 7865cc etc; the s models (like the 740s or 7893s) don’t come with one and usually cost less.

Braun Series 7 7893s

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However, you’ll probably want a Series 7 that comes with a cleaning station for the added convenience.

Just like the Series 5 and 9, the Series 7 is very difficult to clean manually because the inner blades and the foils are merged into a single piece — the cassette — and it offers limited access for a thorough cleaning. This is where a cleaning station is very useful.

The Series 7 70s cassette

But do keep in mind that the cc models are a bit more expensive and you’ll also have to buy the cleaning cartridges.

You can also find cheaper alternatives to Braun’s solution or even make your own, but be aware that this may void the warranty.

Does the Series 7 cleaning station work with s (solo) models like 740s and 7893s?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions about the Series 7. And the short answer is YES, it works.

Braun Series 7 cc station

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Now, there is a bit of a nuance to that statement.

First of all, the cc variations feature a special coat of paint that will withstand constant exposure to the cleaning fluid. The s models don’t have it, so over time the alcohol based solution will affect the outer finish. The damage will only be visual.

Braun officially recommends against using the S models with a cleaning station because of that, but there are many users that have successfully done so.

And to be perfectly honest, this is a problem that affects the cc models as well and the area right below the shaving head will start to flake.

The Series 7 solo models are the only ones in Braun’s lineup that will work with a cleaning station. The rest of them — Series 3, 7 and 9 — will NOT.

That’s because despite looking identical and even featuring the two metal studs on the back, they lack a special chip used by the cc models to communicate with the station.

The Series 7 is an exception to this rule and even the s variants are fitted with that particular chip.

So if you’re planning on getting an s model and use it with an older Series 7 station for example you can do it. Or maybe you plan on buying a solo model and buy the station later on.

Please note that in case anything goes wrong you are fully responsible and the warranty won’t cover any damage.

Old vs new Series 7 cleaning station

As I mentioned previously, the cleaning base of the updated Series 7 lacks the induction heating system and the quick cleaning setting that were present with the older stations (790cc, 797cc, 799cc etc.).

The new Series 7 cleaning station (no induction drying or quick clean mode)

I wouldn’t say that this is a deal breaker, but it is a letdown to see two distinct features that made the Series 7 station that much nicer gone for good.

In practice, this means that in the case of a newer Series 7 like the 7865cc you won’t get a cleaning station fitted with a system that actively dries the shaving head after the cleaning cycle.

The Series 9 station uses a fan, while the older Series 7 used induction heating. Induction heating was an optimal solution as it was very fast and completely silent.

A Series 790cc that comes with the older station will be perfectly dry after 30 to 40 minutes, while a 7865cc for example will need a few hours for the alcohol based fluid to naturally evaporate.

UPDATE: It appears that Braun phased out the older stations for all the Series 7 models that are currently being manufactured, including the 790cc. All the Series 7 now come with the new cleaning station, meaning no induction heating or quick clean mode. Also, there is no additional model name/number to differentiate between the 790cc shavers that come with the old or the updated station.

Again, I personally don’t consider this to be a major drawback — the station still does a great job at cleaning and lubricating the shaver — but I admit that I would rather have a nice feature than not having it.

You can still get it with some of the older 790cc/799cc/797cc that were manufactured previously, but you’ll have to thoroughly check it with the vendor.

You can identify it by the distinct blue quick clean button that is not present with the new stations:

Finally, you could get the old station separately from sites like shavers.co.uk. or Amazon.

Dropping the induction heating system is definitely a cost reduction measure from Braun; we also saw it with the Series 5 cleaning station that lacks any drying mechanism.

3. Price.

If you can find a Series 7 that checks pretty much all the boxes and is significantly cheaper than other similar Series 7 shavers, definitely go for it.

As I said previously, the difference in performance throughout the entire series is negligible.

For example, the 790cc has 3 personalization modes, while the 797cc has 5. Will this translate into any noticeable improvements in the actual shaving experience? Nope. Just buy the one that is more reasonably priced.

Before making your purchase check out both the older and updated Series 7 models as their price seems to fluctuate quite a lot.

Braun 70s replacement head

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All Series 7 use the same replacement shaving head — the 70s (silver) or 70b (black). Also, all Braun cleaning stations use the same cartridges, so your costs of maintenance will be the same regardless of which model you end up choosing.

4. Color scheme and included accessories.

I guess these details can matter for some; if for example you absolutely want a black Series 7, then you can buy the 760cc or the 740s or one of the new 78xx models (country specific).

Some models have different travel cases (plastic, textile, faux leather) or slightly different LCD displays, but again, nothing dramatically different.

What are the differences between the most popular Series 7 models and which one should you choose?

As a general guideline, I would say to simply buy the one you can find cheaper, provided it meets your personal requirements (wet & dry use, clean & charge station etc.). My personal picks would be the 790cc for dry use and the 799cc/797cc for wet & dry use.

Also, the new Series 7 7865cc can sometimes be found at an excellent price, so definitely check that one out before pulling the trigger.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 799cc

These two are probably the best selling Series 7 of them all. Luckily, choosing one or the other is very straight forward as the only noteworthy difference is related to wet & dry use.

Precisely, the 790cc is a dry only shaver, while the 799cc is suitable for wet & dry use. That’s it.

Braun Series 7 799cc

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Depending on how you prefer to shave you can opt for either of them.

As it’s the case with all wet/dry shavers, you cannot use the 799cc while it’s plugged in. The 790cc, being a dry only shaver, doesn’t have this limitation and you can shave with the razor connected to the mains.

The 790cc is almost always priced lower than the 799cc. Both use the same replacement shaving heads (70s/70b) and come with the same cleaning station.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 790cc-4

The –x used by Braun for the variations of the same shaver signifies an incremental, usually minor improvement. It also designates shavers sold in different parts of the world, even though they are identical.

In this case, the 790cc-4 has 3 personalization settings (sensitive, normal, intensive), while the original 790cc only had one speed setting. This is a rather gimmicky feature as I mentioned previously and it won’t make any real difference.

It’s also worth mentioning that nowadays all 790cc shavers are actually the -4 variant, even though the retailers don’t always list it explicitly as the 790cc-4 and almost everyone refers to it as 790cc, including myself in the rest of this post.

Braun Series 7 790cc (it’s actually the 790cc-4)

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It’s very easy to spot the 790cc-4 as the old 790cc didn’t have the two personalization buttons below the ON/OFF switch and it came with a white cleaning station (pictured below). It’s also discontinued and nowhere to be found.

790cc with no personalization settings and white cleaning base. Image source: Pinterest

The 790cc-4 includes a zip up travel case instead of the plastic one that came with the very first 790cc.

Bottom line: the Series 7 790cc vs 790cc-4 is non-issue nowadays.

Braun Series 7 790cc vs 7865cc

This is another case of dry only vs wet/dry Series 7 and there’s no clear winner as your decision should only be based on your shaving preferences.

The 7865cc is a recent iteration of the wet & dry 799cc, with 5 personalization modes and touted as a totally new shaver, but in reality it’s pretty much the same. You can check out my 7865cc review to get all the details.

Braun Series 7 7865cc

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The cleaning station included with the previous 790cc is fitted with the induction heating mechanism and has a quick cleaning mode as well. The Series 7 7865cc cleaning base doesn’t have these features.

To sum it up: buy the 790cc if you shave dry or the 7865cc if you prefer to shave in the shower or with shaving cream/gel.

Braun Series 7 799cc vs 797cc

The 797cc features 5 personalization modes vs only 3 in the case of the 799cc. The two additional settings are an extra sensitive mode and a turbo mode that supposedly is 12% faster than the high power setting of the Series 7 shavers that only feature 3 modes (like the 799cc).

Braun Series 7 797cc

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As mentioned previously, in practice this turbo mode doesn’t seem to improve the results by a noticeable margin. However, since the 797cc costs the same or even less than the 799cc (at least at the moment of writing), I recommend it over the 799cc.

Braun series 7 790cc vs 760cc

The Braun Series 7 760cc used to be a great inexpensive alternative to the full fledged 790cc.

While the shaver was almost identical, the cleaning station that was included with the 760cc had some of the features removed: no quick clean mode, no automatic cleaning function and no hygiene indicator.

Braun Series 7 760cc

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This wasn’t necessarily a deal breaker and considering that it was priced significantly lower than the 790cc, it was actually the better option in the past.

These days the price is pretty much the same, in which case the 790cc is the shaver to buy. Moreover, it has an upgraded LCD display and comes with a faux leather pouch instead of the textile one.

Conclusion

All the Series 7 models use the same shaving heads and will basically provide an identical shaving experience, despite some apparent differences that would suggest otherwise.

Hopefully this post cleared up some of the confusion regarding the Series 7 and the various models. I will keep it updated and include new models as they are being released.

If you have any further questions, make sure to post them in the comments below.

89 comments on “Braun Series 7 Differences: 790cc vs 760cc vs 799cc vs 7865cc

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  1. Father's Day Shopper

    FINALLY, an explanation for why there are both 3-digit and 4-digit model numbers out there for Braun Series 7 shavers! Thank you for providing such a clear and concise summary of the model number history, marketing, and features. Now that I understand the product labeling, I can choose the model that best suits my husband’s needs and my budget. Thank you!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your kind comment. Glad to hear you found the information helpful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  2. Ralph Perry

    Very clear and well thought-out. Rather than presenting a long list of technical details, this comparison site focused on the much smaller set of attributes that actually matter to users and help users make good, well-informed buying decisions.

    I spent the last two hours on various sites trying to find the razor that was best for me, and was no closer to an answer than when I started. I spent 5 minutes on this site and was able to identify the right razor for me, and I am very confident with that decision. That didn’t just happen by accident – it happened because this site is very well conceived and designed.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, Ralph. I really appreciate it.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  3. Dan Franchini

    Great Explanation of the differences in the series 7 models. I have been looking at the 790CC to replace an old Norelco SensoTouch 3D (1280X/47). I do have a couple of questions. is there any difference between the 70B & 70S replacement heads? the 70s is like $10 cheaper than the 70B. Any opinion in which style works better (rotary vs. foil)? I’ve always used rotary. The only foil razor I ever tried was a panasonic like 20 years ago, and I’m sure it doesn’t compare the Braun series 7.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Dan. The only difference between the 70s and 70b is the color; 70s is silver, while the 70b is black. Regarding the foil vs rotary question, it really comes down to personal preference. For example, I find foil shavers to give a closer and more comfortable shave compared to rotary shavers. It also allows me to control the razor more precisely. But that’s just my experience, others have found rotary shavers to work better. The only way to know which one would give you better results is to actually try them.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  4. Chrin-ahhh

    Finally an understanding of them all. I was on youtube trying to findout reviews vs each other on them but clearly couldnt and even the brUan web page wouldnt provide even this detailed info. Much appreciated!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you found the article useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  5. Duy Quang Nguyen

    This is the most definitive explanation about the Braun 7 series shaver that I’ve ever read. Now I could finally understand what do those numbers mean and be able to pick one for myself. Thank you very much!

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  6. Shaun

    From what I can tell, an “s” or “cc” designation after the model just indicates if the shaver comes with a cleaning station (cc) or not (s). I had an older Series 7 cc model and have now picked up a 7893s model. Can the s still be used in the cleaning and charging station? It appears to fit and charge, but I can’t seem to find any definitive answer.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Shaun,

      As mentioned in the article, the answer is yes, it will work, even though the solo models weren’t designed with that in mind.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  7. Melanie

    Thanks so much for your thorough review! I’ve been reading it over and over- I am trying to buy a shaver for my husband’s birthday. My husband has sensitive skin and his razor right now is awful so he uses a handheld with cream at the end. Do you think I should go with a dry shaver and assume it’ll be that much better and he won’t need to use cream? Or is it safer to get a wet/dry? Also do you know what the -4 denotes in the 7 790cc-4? Thanks so much!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for your comment. The Series 7 is one of the most comfortable shavers out there. However, it would be very difficult for me to say with certainty if using it along with shaving cream would make a big difference compared to using it dry. And that’s because shaving is very personal and the results will vary to a high degree from person to person. If your budget allows it, you could opt for a wet/dry model like the 797cc or the 799cc (whichever has the better price as they’re the same performance-wise).

      All the currently available 790cc shavers are actually the 790cc-4 version and the 4 is actually used to differentiate it from an older iteration (790cc, currently discontinued). I actually touched upon this in the article as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  8. henry hofmeister

    melanie, definitely get the wet/dry. i have very dry at times and sensitive skin. aftershave burns like a shot of everclear. sometimes dry is better, sometimes shaving with a gel is better depending on what the day is like.

    ovidiu, GREAT article. you answered all of my questions in one shot, no need to look anywhere else.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Henry,

      Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you found the article useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  9. Steve

    Hi, great article and really useful … I note however that e.g. Argos and Boots don’t sell the 7 790cc which I’d decided to buy from your review. Instead they sell the 7 898. I don’t see this covered in your review, could you advise? Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      thank you for your comment. The Series 7 7898cc is the model name sold in the UK and it’s basically the same shaver + wet & dry operation. You can go right ahead and buy it.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Steve

        Thanks Ovidiu for your quick reply.

        Just curious though as it seems all ‘best razor’ sites tend to end up promoting the 790cc which is ‘Dry only’ but selling in very few outlets and generally more than £200. The 7898cc on the other hand, which you say is Wet and Dry (by the way, I wouldn’t have looked for that feature) is generally available for ca £165?

        Any ideas why that might be?

        Thanks again – seems this information would be really useful for UK Customers

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, Steve. Actually price oddities like this one are quite common when it comes to electric shavers; newer, more feature rich models can cost less than others that are arguably inferior. For example, that was the case (and still is to some degree) with the Series 9 and some Panasonic Arc 5 models. Store policies, price bumps from the suppliers etc. can contribute to this. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do a bit of research before pulling the trigger.

          The 790cc is still very popular, particularly in the USA and most review sites are based there and target that specific demographic. Also, a lot of those reviews haven’t been updated in years and at the time of writing the 790cc was probably the only widely available model. There’s nothing special about it and if you can get a newer model like the wet & dry 7898cc for less money then by all means you should get that one.

          I tried to cover the most popular models in this article, but Braun has lots of different names for the shavers sold in the different markets even though they are basically the same products.

          Best,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Steve

            Perfect, thank you for your clarification. I could have assumed the same but it’s good to see confirmation from someone who has clearly done a lot of the homework already.

            Thanks again, saved a lot of web searching for answers.

  10. Steve

    Hi Ovidiu, sorry it’s me again! I’ve had second thoughts about the cc variants – I can see me quickly not bothering to use it as it should be used. I therefore started looking for an ‘s’ option and found 7855s at £99.99 and 7840s at £149.99 from the same store. Please could you put me out of my misery and advise the difference. All of these variants seem totally confusing, it’s hard to imagine how Braun expect the customer base to understand the numbering system (there seems to be no system) or what they are getting for their money.

    Thanks in advance
    Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Steve,

      I totally agree, Braun does a terrible job at documenting the differences between the various models. Regarding the 7855s and 7840s, the color is basically the only difference. I’ve seen the 7855s sold mostly in Eastern Europe and the 7840s is as far as I know made for the UK market. However, both are part of the updated generation (78xx), they come with the same accessories and use the same shaving heads (70s, 70b respectively). All the Series 7 are made in Germany, so you don’t have to worry about differences in quality control or anything like that. With the 7840s you’ll just be spending £50 more for the black paintjob.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  11. Steve

    That’s great, you are a fountain of knowledge, thank you.

    So apart from the cleaning aspect, the 7855s is the same technology shaver as the 7989cc – if I interpret “the updated generation 78xx as meaning they are all the same?

    Sincerely grateful
    Steve

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      You are very welcome, Steve. That is correct. The technology is the same and the shavers themselves are identical for all practical purposes. The only difference is that the cc models come with a cleaning station and inside the shavers there’s a dedicated chip used for communicating with the station (that’s why an s model will never work with a Braun station that was bought separately later on). Again, the shaving performance is identical.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Boris

        Thanks for this useful information. I need to replace my 790cc model and was hoping to keep the cleaning station and just buy a 7855s to use with it. But based on what you are saying the 7855s won’t work with my old 790cc cleaning station, right?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Boris,

          You are very welcome. I updated the article and the information. The 7855s will work with your 790cc station.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  12. D. James

    Hello,
    Thank you for the easy to understand explanations of the Braun shaver series.

    I have decided to go with the Series 7 instead of Series 9, as it seems the Series 9 is made from more plastic parts (housing and head) and the cutting block foil heads are notorious for being flimsy and breaking easily.

    Question: Do you know if the defective head locking mechanism that was prone to failure on the 790cc has been corrected on the updated 7865cc model?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi,

      Not to my knowledge. I would still be extra careful when using the shaver with the head locked into position. I don’t think the mechanism can crack during normal use, but rather when you forget the lock is activated and you try to move the head.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  13. D. James

    Hello,
    Thank you for your detailed comparisons.

    Do you know if the head lock mechanism that was prone to breaking on the 790cc model has been fixed on the 7865cc newer series?

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  14. Quinn

    This was so helpful I just had to leave a comment. I’ve been researching for two days on an electric razor to get my boyfriend for Christmas. He’s in the military and has sensitive skin. This was a great find and I wish I found it yesterday. I know what to get now! Thanks!

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad you found the post useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Larry

        Can you help me with this. I heard the newer 7865 doesn’t have the heated drying like the 979. Is that true, I had read an online review and the guy said she thought his was broken but called Braun and they confirmed. I have purchased the 797cc but found the 7865 for about 15 less. Is this the case and others any other differences that make the 7865 better or worse? I am in my return period and want tho make the right choice. Thanks

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Hi Larry,

          That is correct, the cleaning station that comes with the Series 7 7865cc lacks the induction heat system and the quick cleaning mode. I would personally stick to the 797cc.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Larry

            Thank you, sorry about all the typos. Very helpful article. I also appreciate your quick response time. Do you know why those features have been removed?

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            You are welcome, Larry. Most likely cost reductions – no induction heating components and a simplified manufacturing process. The lower end Series 5 and 3 also don’t have any systems to actively dry the shaver and now the Series 7 will join them.

  15. Mariusz

    Hi, is this true, that 799cc-7WD has the same steel foil placed into the shavinh heads like series 9 ? And what about the 7899cc according to the question above? I’ve just found the 7899 cc cheapper than the 799cc-7WD, so would be grateful for your advise?
    Thanks

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mariusz,

      All Series 7 variations use the same shaving head, the 70s or 70b cassette replacement. The 7899cc is identical to the 799cc in terms of shaving performance, so you can confidently buy the cheaper one. The only real difference between them is the cleaning station – the one included with the 7899cc lacks the quick clean mode and the induction heat system used for drying the shaver.

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  16. Martin

    Hi Ovidiu thank you for post8ng that amazing article! I like many have been doing loads of research and was going to buy the 7840s in the Black Friday sale but missed out. There are still 7855s for sale at a decent price but I couldn’t find anywhere till now that even described them! I want a new razor to upgrade from a Braun 340s which doesn’t shave close enough. Do you think I will notice significant difference with a 7855s?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Martin,

      Thank you for the kind words. A Series 7 will be a solid upgrade coming from a 340s. It’s a superior shaver in every aspect. However, the closest shaving electric razor in that price range is in my opinion the Arc 4 from Panasonic (for example the ES-LA63-S), but that one comes with a small trade-off in comfort compared to the Series 7. If you have sensitive skin, I suggest you to go for the Series 7, especially if you can get a great deal on it.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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  17. Fred

    Hi Ovidiu. Somewhere I read that the wet/dry option allowed cleaning with water instead of the cleaning station; thus saving the purchase of the replacement parts for this purpose. Is this possible? If its is would I go with the 797cc?

    Fred

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Fred,

      It’s definitely possible – with the 797cc or any other electric shaver. Even if it comes with a cleaning station, you don’t necessarily have to use it; it’s there for the added convenience as it takes care of everything for you. However, you can definitely clean your shaver manually if you choose so. Most modern shavers can be safely cleaned with a bit of liquid hand soap and then rinsed under tap water. Just make sure to read your user’s manual and follow the instructions for a manual cleaning.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

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      1. Fred

        Thanks Ovidiu. Great website. BTW, since the 790 is waterproof, I may not have to go to the wet/dry option in order to allow cleaning with soap and water. Is this correct?

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are welcome, Fred. That is correct, you do not have to buy a wet/dry variation of the Series 7 in order to clean the shaving head with water. The dry only 790cc can be safely rinsed under tap water. Generally the wet/dry label refers to using the shaver with cream/gel or in the shower.

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  18. Kevin

    Three questions:
    1- Can the 7865 be used in my old 790cc-4 Cleaning Station which is still in great shape and what is the difference in the two cleaning stations ?
    2- Is the newer 7865 any quieter than the 790cc-4?
    3- I have the opportunity to buy a new 790cc (had my existing one for 5 years) or a 7865 at two different stores for about the same price! Is there any advantage with one over the other?
    Thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Kevin,

      1. Most likely yes.
      2. They are the same in this regard.
      3. The 7865cc can be used wet or dry, while the 790cc is a dry only shaver. The 790cc can also be used when charging. The station included with the 7865cc lacks the induction heating and quick clean mode found on the 790cc station. Unless you’ll be using your Series 7 for wet shaving, the 790cc is actually a better option in my opinion.

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      1. Kevin

        Ovidiu
        Thanks for your quick response!
        A few more questions on the 790cc:
        1- I know the 7685 can be used wet or dry when shaving which I wouldn’t be using but for cleaning under the tap water, is it safe to do this with the 790, which I would require when going away for a week or two where you wouldn’t have the cleaning station. In the past I would just use the brush after taking off the foil cutting head as I thought running it under the tap and taking off the cutting head for a thorough washing would cause a problem but perhaps it won’t if I were to do it every few days!
        2- I noticed the power cord in the 790 can also charge the shaver along with a shave when the charge runs out, which I understand cannot be done with the 7685!
        3- Is the heat induction any better than a fan which I understand is in the 7685, it seems the fan would possibly be quicker but could break down easier!

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are welcome, Kevin.

          1. You can safely clean the 790cc under tap water, Braun actually recommends this as a manual cleaning method. You just can’t use it to shave in the shower or with cream/gel.
          2. That is correct.
          3. The 7865cc doesn’t have a fan either; it doesn’t have any system to actively dry the shaving head once the cleaning cycle is complete. The cleaning fluid will naturally evaporate, which takes at least 3 to 4 hours. Induction heating is the best in my opinion, it’s quiet and fast. I own a Series 9 9290cc that uses a fan and the drying takes longer than induction heating. I haven’t used it long enough to comment on the reliability of the fan though.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Chris,

      The shavers are the same, the model names differ depending on where they’re being sold.

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  19. vaqaas

    Hi,

    Great article! Whereas the Series 7 razors of old and new are broadly similar – the same cannot be said for the cleaning stations.

    I notice one massive ommision. The clean and renew cleaning station from the 790cc-4 of the past have a 5 stage cleaning action that takes 40 minutes and includes drying by an induction heat mechanism.

    The newer Series 7 – for example 7898cc have a 4 stage cleaning action taking roughly 15 minutes and no drying process.

    I phoned Braun Customer services to ask why my 7898cc would was wet after a cleaning cycle and i was told that my old 790cc-4 had a cleaning station with an induction heater – the newer razors don’t.

    I’ve notices the accessories e.g. the travel pouch and the electrical cord all seem of much lesser quality…

    I loved my old braun 790cc-4 and i find my 7898cc-4 just as good – except the cleaning station lets it down.

    i have ordered a cleaning base from http://www.shavers.co.uk for £35 which has a heating induction mechanism.

    looks like Braun are cutting cost…. this is very apparent on the Series 9 which has plastic on the body of the razor. I was disappointed and went back to the trusted series 7!!

    Many thanks

    Vaqaas

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vaqaas,

      Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your experience.

      You are absolutely correct, I actually mentioned the same thing in a previous comment about the cleaning stations of the newer Series 7. I will update the article as well to reflect this particular aspect about the newer models.

      Also, as far as I know, a 7898cc shaver won’t work with the previous generation cleaning stations that include the induction heating mechanism (I assume that you intend to use the station from shavers.co.uk with your 7898cc). The same goes for the 790cc, you can’t pair it with a newer cleaning station like the one included with the 7898cc.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. vaqaas

        Hi Ovidio,

        Just to let you know the 7898cc is backwards compatible with the previous 5 action cleaning stations with induction heat mechanism.

        Hope this helps – works exactly as my old 790cc-4 did. no more wet razor!!

        thanks to Andrew at http://www.shavers.co.uk for his knowledge and advice and free next day despatch!!

        Many thanks

        Vaqaas

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          Thank you for the follow up, Vaqaas. That is actually very interesting. Do you happen to know if that particular station is a genuine Braun part or if it was modded in any way? I am asking this because a Braun representative explicitly told me that the newer models are not backwards compatible with the older stations fitted with the induction heating system.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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          1. Vaqaas

            Hi Ovidiu,

            Firstly a humble apology for spelling your name incorrectly in last comment.

            It’s a 100% genuine part and as I mentioned I phoned Braun customer services and asked the question on newer models not having induction heater.

            Braun customer services connected my call to Olympic Shaver Centre (www.shavers.co.uk) as they are Brauns authorised retailer in my district.

            This is how I came into contact with Andrew and he supplied the original part in sealed retail box and told me it was backwards compatible – and when it arrived yesterday I tested it and it worked perfected. Tested it again too and it’s awesome.

            No modifications needed whatsoever! Result…

            Many thanks

            Vaqaas

          2. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

            No worries, Vaqaas. Thank you again for your detailed reply. I can only assume that Braun’s customer support rep was actually wrong about this when he replied to my inquiry.

            Sincerely,
            Ovidiu

    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad to know you found the information useful.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  20. Paul Rushen

    Thanks for the great article. I just received the 7865cc for Christmas. What has me so confused are the battery lights. Can you explain them as I am considering a call to Braun thinking it’s defective. I have one that’s completely lit (at 3 o’clock), the light at 6 o’clock is half solid and the one at 9 o’clock is not lit at all.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your comment. I totally agree, the battery status lights are counter-intuitive and unnecessary complicated. The one at 9 o’clock is the low-charge light, it will blink when the battery is almost drained (you can still shave once or twice when that happens). The light at 3 o’clock represents a full battery, while the one at 6 o’clock stands for a 50% charge.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  21. Mark

    Ovidiu –

    Thank you for this. Very helpful.

    Replacing a prior razor.

    1. As to the cleaning station, am I to understand from your article that it is useless with the s series, or just that certain features don’t work.

    2. How do we know which cleaning station we have (mine looks a bit different than those pictured above).

    3. Costco carries the 7893. Can I presume cc, or possibly s?

    Thank you

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your comment. Regarding your questions:

      1. I updated the information, an a Series 7 s model will in fact work with a cleaning station.
      2. You can identify the station by the shaver’s model number (you didn’t mention your prior razor, so I’m afraid I cannot help you here).
      3. Definitely the 7893s, so no cleaning base.

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  22. JT

    I pulled the trigger and bought the 7865cc, mostly because of the wet+dry function & the cleaning station. I need to be clean shaven for work at my new job, have the Braun BT3040 and maintained a 2mm or 3mm beard at my old job where we could get away with a lot at work.
    Im planning on using it in the shower with shaving gel most times and I have 2 questions. Does a certain shaving cream work better with the electric shaver? Also would just rinsing the head under water after shaving with shaving cream for a couple days & then running it through the cleaning station damage the shaver in any way?

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Any quality shaving cream should work just fine. I use Proraso, Speick and Nivea most of the time as they’re inexpensive, widely available and the quality is excellent. You can check out more options here.

      Regarding the cleaning, you can definitely perform it that way, just make sure to rinse the shaving head very thoroughly. I always clean my shavers with a bit of liquid soap whenever I use shaving cream. That’s simply because lather residues tend to dry and harden very quickly and are a real pain to clean later on. Using a few drops of liquid soap should only take an extra minute. Besides, Braun requires the shaver to be completely dry and free of any foam residues before using the station.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  23. Bianca

    Ovidiu, just wanted to express my gratitude for your article. It helps me find a perfect shaver for my bf in just 10 minutes – really, your effort is very much appreciated!

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Bianca,

      Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you found the information useful. I hope your boyfriend will enjoy his new shaver.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  24. Dorothy

    Looking to get my son a shaver. Walmart has the series 7 790 for $249.99 Canadian & Best Buy has the series 7 7893s for the same price. Which one do I go with?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Dorothy,

      The 7893s model is suitable for wet & dry use; the 790cc is a dry only shaver, but includes an automatic cleaning station. The 790cc would probably be a better pick for the added convenience of the cleaning station and it can also be used while charging. Most men prefer dry shaving anyway as it’s quicker and less messy.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  25. JCNeto

    I have no words to say tks!
    So many letters and so many models that drive us crazy.
    Very helpful explanation and honest.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you so much for your comment, I’m very glad to hear that!

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  26. David S

    Hi Ovidiu,

    I have an 7505 Braun, and like the fact that is on an electric cord and can carry it and charge it anywhere – health club, hotel, etc., without a charging station. I always dry shave.
    I almost purchased the 790cc and then recognized that the cord is for the charging station, and not directly to the razor.
    Are there any mobile razors like the 7505 that I can easily carry and connect to an electric cord?
    Thanks. – David

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi David,

      You can also plug the charging cord of the 790cc directly into the razor, so you’re not in any way restricted by the inclusion of the cleaning station. You can charge the razor via the station or directly using the same cord. Since you always shave dry, the 790cc seems like a great option as you can also use it while charging.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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      1. David S

        Thanks, Ovidiu.

        OK. I am going to buy it.
        Your written reports of the Series 7 and Series 9, and comparisons within each and against each other are excellent and really made me think about things.
        Thank you.

        David

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        1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

          You are very welcome, David. I’m glad you found the information useful.

          Sincerely,
          Ovidiu

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  27. Adnan

    Thanks so much for the well written article. It has been a great help and I can now confidently make my purchase.

    Just one question, after looking at the comparison table above, I was wondering what is the difference between the newer models, 7865cc, 7898cc and 7899cc (besides the color)?

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adnan,

      Thank you for the kind words. That’s pretty much it — the color. The 7865cc has a slightly different LCD display, but for all practical purposes the three of them are the same. As I said in the article, I would simply buy the one I can get for less money.

      Hope this helps.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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  28. Joerg

    Hi Ovidiu,
    just to make things more complicated: here in Europe (I am actually from Germany) a “7790cc” is available and sold in a lot of shops as Series 7 790cc (!!!) now which also has the 5-way intensive/sensitive-setting and the automatic cleaning station without any active drying – unfortunately. So the main difference between this Series 7 790cc/7790cc and the 7865cc – besides the colour and display – is just the possibility to use the 970cc corded because of only dry shaving.
    Manual available: http://www.service.braun.com/line/SH/S5692/S5692_33_MN.pdf

    With best regards
    Joerg

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Joerg,

      Thank you for the info. I knew that the 7790cc was basically a silver dry only 7865cc, but I wasn’t aware that Braun actually sells it as a 790cc. It’s a bit disappointing to see Braun resorting to this type of sneaky tactics — after discretely ditching the induction heating and presenting the newer Series 7 as having 4 cutting elements. At least the shaving performance remained the same.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to share this with us.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  29. Vince

    Very good summary! What is the lowest price you’ve seen the 790cc and 7865cc? I saw the 7865cc was $169 for a brief period on Amazon. Now the 790cc is $169 and 7865cc is $200. I am not in a hurry so I want to get a good deal.

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Vince,

      Thank you for your comment. Not counting Black Friday deals and such, I think the 7865cc was on sale for $149 until recently. Can’t really recall the lowest price of the 790cc, sorry. Keep an eye on both, you’ll likely find them at a lower price again. Also, don’t neglect other models like 799cc or 797cc if you can get a great deal on them.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  30. ayman alhaj

    i guess its more information than braun its self
    all the information i need i found it really full review and all data are in depth thanks alot

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment, ayman. I’m glad you found the information helpful.

      Best,
      Ovidiu

      Reply
  31. Paul Pap

    Have had two 790 cc-4 for 15 years and still going strong.
    Caught this price at BJ’s and am considering 2 more for the future.

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  32. Charlie Black

    Hi,

    Great review, thanks. Can I use the cleaning system from my 790cc (with heat induction) with my new 7865cc? The 7865cc came with one obviously, but I want the heating…

    Reply
    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Charlie,

      You are very welcome. The answer is yes, you should be able to use your older station without any issues.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

      Reply

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