Everyone’s hyping up the Hydro 5 like it was created by god and sent down to earth for man to have the best shave ever. Well, i’ve come to give you a more honest non-hyped review.I had been using the Gillette Fusion Power for 2 years until the Hydro 5. I considered that the best shaver I had ever used (previously using electric shavers and disposable ones). I bought the Shick Hydro 5 (NON POWER VERSION) a month ago, not knowing there was a power version. The powerless version was a great shave, but I have to say honestly that it shaved better about a week into use than at the very beginning. Maybe it was because my face was adjusting to a new razor. For the past 3 weeks, I had been shaving with the Hydro 5 and started getting better at it.Now with the new Hydro 5 Power, I can give a true opinion against the GIllete Fusion power. The blade is obviously the same as the powerless version so no different there. The upsides of having the power version is a MUCH better grip (the powerless version was annoying to use after having the great shape of the Gillette. Hydro 5 power is pretty interesting in the features it comes with. There are 3 power modes; low, normal, and high. In order to cycle through these options, you simply push the power button. Push once for low, twice for medium, 3 times for high, and a fourth time to turn off. There is a small LED light indicator that shows you if you are using low, medium, or high. It also comes with a very user friendly format for battery strength. Green means power is good, red means batteries are dying, and it will flash red to indicate you need to change batteries (Power options will be disabled until fresh batteries are put in). It takes one AAA battery which comes included.My only complaint about the Shick Hydro 5 (all versions) is the lubricant strip. It’s the best thing, but also the worst thing about this razor. I love that the lubrication lasts a very long time (easily 2-3x longer than Gillette Fusion). However, the annoying part is that during your first few shaves with a fresh blade, the lubrication will get all over your face, and spread your shaving cream around and get messy. I will admit to having a slightly messy shave anyway, but this thing really makes it worse.To finish off this review, i’d like to throw in some comparison info vs the Fusion power.-Fusion Power–Comfort: 5/5–Shave: 4/5–Blade life: 3/5–Lubrication strip: 2/5–Price to effectiveness ratio: 2/5===OVERALL: 3/5-Hydro 5–Comfort: 4/5–Shave: 5/5–Blade life: 5/5–Lubrication strip: 4/5–Price to effectiveness ratio: 5/5==OVERALL: 4.5/5Hydro 5 has its downsides, but if you can look past them, this is one of the best shavers you will ever own. If this review helped or you liked it, please check ‘yes’ that this review was helpful, as it encourages me to write more great reviews, thanks.–Update 4/20/12: I’m starting to tell now after using the razor a few times that the power controls are very weak. I don’t know how to fully describe what I’m talking about, but on the Hydro 5 its like a tinny cheap type of vibration, while on the Fusion Power the power is completely smooth. It seems like the Hydro 5 is less comfortable when I turn the power settings on. Could be just me or maybe the razor I have is faulty.–Update 5/20/12: I’ve now been using this for a while. My face is getting used to the Hydro and while at first I would get a few uncomfortable shaves, I am now getting a nice smooth shave every time. I will add that when I had my fusion power, I only had to run over my hairs once, but with the Hydro 5 I have go over it twice to get that perfect smooth look. Not a big deal, but I thought i’d share it.