Gel Reservoir lasts much longer than lubricated strips.
Blades are more spaced out.
Lubricates the face.
Gives a very close shave.
Cartridges are cheaper than Gillette. None. I've had this razor since it first came out about two years ago. To me, this is the best razor out there. I have very sensitive skin, and I've tried many different razors available (DE, Gillette Fusion ProGlide, Disposable, etc). The Hydro 5 is the only razor that does not irritate my face. It offers and close and comfortable shave, lubricates while it glides over the skin, and the gel reservoir seems to last forever. Overall, I highly recommend this razor!