Panasonic to Launch New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

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Panasonic to launch New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

Just one year after introducing the revision D of its third generation Arc 5 line, Panasonic announced another update.

The new revision E shavers are expected to be launched in Japan in early September 2019.

There’s no information so far regarding a global launch, but considering that the previous revision was only available to the domestic Japanese market, it’s likely that these new revision E models won’t be officially released in other parts of the world.

However, that shouldn’t stop us from purchasing one as they will eventually be available on various online platforms.

Let’s take a closer look at the E models, see what they bring new to table and what has remained unchanged.

Panasonic Arc 5 revision E models

In typical Panasonic fashion, the new model names follow the same pattern as their predecessors and the letter D is simply swapped with an E to differentiate them.

And at least from the official product photos, that’s the only way to tell them apart from the older models as the razors look almost the same.

For example, we now have a new ES-LV9EX replacing the previous ES-LV9DX (from the revision D).

Here is a product table of the new Arc 5 E lineup that showcases the most important differences between these models.

ModelCleaning stationBattery indicatorDetails
Panasonic ES-LV9EX (Silver)
es-lv9ex
Yes10 levelsMetal body, smart lock, leather case
Panasonic ES-LV9E (Silver)
es-lv9e
Yes10 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch
Panasonic ES-LV7E (Brown or Blue)
es-lv7e
Yes3 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch
Panasonic ES-LV5E (Black or Red)
es-lv5e
No5 levelsPlastic body, soft faux leather pouch

Images credit: panasonic.jp

As it was the case with the previous two revisions, only the flagship ES-LV9EX comes with a few distinctive, premium-like features: brushed aluminum body, hard leather travel case (part no ES-2L13) and a smart lock function.

The last one basically allows you to unlock the shaver when you grab it and hold it in your hand, preventing accidental operation.

The rest of the revision E models feature a plastic body and a classic travel lock, activated by pressing and holding the power button for 3 seconds.

The performance is of course identical throughout the entire range, the differences consisting only in color, accessories and different battery level indicators.

The actual battery life is identical for all the E models (approximately 45 minutes of cordless only use).

They are fitted with a universal voltage converter (100 to 240V), so you will be able to use them anywhere in the world.

The shavers are waterproof, so you can shave with cream/gel or in the shower.

New outer foil, same inner blades

The new Arc 5 revision E shavers are equipped with what appears to be a revised outer foil compared to the C and D models.

The new ES9179 outer foil.

The new ES9179 outer foil. Image credit: panasonic.jp

Precisely, the new foil has the part number ES9179, while the C and D Arc 5 used the ES9177 foil.

So far there’s no information regarding what exactly has changed in the design of the foil since again it looks extremely similar to the previous one.

The middle trimmer is now called a Slim comb slit blade, so that could be one of the changes.

It will also be interesting to see if the new ES9179 will be compatible with older Arc 5 models.

As I mentioned in this guide, all the Arc 5 foils and blades until (and including) the revision D could actually be used on older models, despite the lack of any official information.

The two removable inner blades of the new Panasonic Arc 5 revision E are the same WES9170 introduced with the very first Arc 5 generation.

The part number of the new foil and blades set is ES9038.

New AI beard density sensor

Everything else about the rev E shavers seems to be the same compared to the C and D, including a 14 000 CPM motor and a highly complex flexing system of the shaving head.

Panasonic does however mention an AI beard density sensor for the rev E that supposedly reads the beard density and makes real-time adjustments to the power output of the motor, ensuring a more efficient and comfortable shave.

With the previous models, the sensor was a bit inconsistent and not all that useful, so hopefully this time around it will be better.

The name does suggest that it uses some form of artificial intelligence, but we shall see how effective it is or if it’s merely a marketing gimmick.

You’ll probably won’t be able to disable the sensor and use the shaver in full power mode.

That’s one of the reasons why I still personally like (and recommend) shavers from the second generation Arc 5.

Should you wait for the new Arc 5 revision E models?

If you were planning on getting a new Panasonic Arc 5, being a C or a D model, I’d say to go ahead and just buy it.

From previous experience, the improvements will likely be marginal and not really worth the wait, trouble and probably the price difference.

At least in Europe, models from the third generation revision C like the ES-LV9Q or ES-LV6Q are actually getting cheaper and are a lot easier to find.

As mentioned in the beginning, it’s likely that the new E models will only be released officially in Japan, making them more difficult to buy or to take advantage of the warranty.

And let’s not rule out the second generation Arc 5 with models like the Panasonic ES-LV65-S that can now be found at bargain prices, are still top performers and again, you can actually use the new foils of the third generation, at least the ones used until (and including) the revision D.

As soon as the Arc 5 revision E is released, we will try to get one and review it so we can find out precisely how it compares to the already available Arc 5 shavers.

Images credit: panasonic.jp. Props to our reader Steven for the tip.

2 comments on “Panasonic to Launch New Arc 5 Lamdash Revision E Shavers

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  1. Delamotte Adrien

    Hi Ovidiu
    I’m writing from France. If I wanted to get the new Arc 5 revision E that is due to be launched within 10 days, how could I get it ? Have you got some comments of people that ordered from Japan before and if yes, have you got any websites to share with us ? I’ve tried to see if it’s possible to order from the official Panasonic website but it’s not. And the link you provided is only a marketing link : https://panasonic.jp/tourist/en/shaver/#ESTSTFN
    Thanks a lot!
    Adrien

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    1. Ovidiu Nicolae Post author

      Hi Adrien,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m afraid I don’t have any feedback yet from users that managed to get one. I would try to order it from rakuten.com or eBay (Japan-based sellers that are willing to ship abroad).
      I will update the post as soon as I manage to buy one myself.

      Sincerely,
      Ovidiu

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