The iGino One

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The iGino One provided for review by iGino

Mimi

As anyone that has read other reviews of vibrators on this blog knows already, my body appreciates a pretty limited range of vibrators. This isn’t something I’m proud of, it’s just a fact. Whenever I’m given a vibrator to review, I feel a bit guilty anticipating a less than shining review, which is not necessarily the fault of the product. We’re just not compatible (although sometimes the vibrators totally suck).

iGino One really surprised me. It’s small, compact, precise, and resembles an iPod. Typically vibrators that meet that description don’t work too well for me because they’re not powerful enough or they’re too hard to hold in place during sex. With the iGino One, not only did the sensation feel good both alone and during sex, but I had… an orgasm! Every time! The specificity and intensity of the vibrator tip can still be a bit awkward to control, especially if you use lube during sex. That said, in my experience using it thus far, it gets easier with practice. There are no settings, just an on or off switch located on the side, so you’re unlikely to accidentally turn it off or mess up your settings during use.

For people who find the vibrator too powerful and lament not having any options for intensity, iGino One includes a clover-shaped EVA foam add-on to ease the sensation. This also disperses the vibration to a slightly wide range if you’re finding it too pointed.

The novelty of covertly carrying a vibrator in my purse is also not lost on me. When you often use a vibrator that could bludgeon someone to death, it’s not exactly easy to bring it with you on vacation, booty calls, or random semi-public sexcapades. And it’s not just that the iGino One is small, I’ve got other great, relatively small vibrators, like the Lelo Gigi. Part of what makes the iGino One design special is that if someone happens to see it in your purse, in your suitcase, on your night stand, etc. they’ll probably just assume it’s an iPod, smart phone, or digital camera.

I wouldn’t want it to be the only vibrator that I own, but it has definitely earned a special position in my small circle of vibrators.

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Joseph

The iGino-one is an impressively innovative sex toy produced by an independent firm. On its face, there is nothing terribly remarkable about this vibrator. It is a small plastic vibrator with a rechargeable battery. However, upon getting familiar with it, I became more and more impressed.

First off, its form is very well thought out. Rather than be vaguely phallic shaped and therefore hard to explain if someone were to find it, it is a rectangular shape roughly the size of a deck of playing cards – or a smartphone. That shape is totally inconspicuous in a pocket or purse.

Also because it is flat it can theoretically be laid flat in-between the body of you and your lover. We have not been able to make that work because it is too hard to keep it in place since the vibrating head is fairly small. Just because we couldn’t make that work doesn’t mean it can’t work.

The intensity that this little rectangle puts out is pretty astounding. It is akin to a smaller Hitachi. In fact, if the Hitachi were a superhero (and let’s be honest, it kind of is), the iGino would be its portable sidekick. It also seems like it would be the one to make all the snarky comments.

The charger is usb and swivels out of the base of the iGino which is nice because it means you can charge it basically anywhere and you don’t have to worry about remembering to bring the cable, though it does come with a cable if that’s more your speed. According to the documentation that came with it, an 8 hour charge will power the IGino for “a full session” but that a full charge (good for 40 minutes of continual use) takes 12 hours. I doubt you will need to use it for 40 minutes continuously, though – it is very intense.

The charger also holds my one and only complaint with this product, and it is a small one. When you plug it in, a blue light glows from the base of the usb arm. That would be cool if it indicated to you that it was charging and went off when it was done charging, but it doesn’t. It just glows. Forever.

Aside from that one nit-picky complaint, I love this vibrator. I love how powerful and portable it is and I love that it gets my wife off without fail.

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The Naked Truth 

The Naked Truth
Aesthetics: ★★★★½
Intensity: ★★★★☆
Volume: ★★★½☆
Ease of Cleaning: ★★★☆☆
Functionality: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★☆

Ode to a Legend – The Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi

The Hitachi Magic Wand is the first sex toy that I ever encountered. I saw it while my wife (then girlfriend) was getting a condom from her “toy box” and was terrified.

“That thing is freaking huge! She puts that inside of her!?! Holy shit. How am I supposed to satisfy someone used to that monstrosity?”

In case it’s not obvious, I was much less educated about sex toys than I am now. Over the years I have come to have a great respect and appreciation for the Hitachi Magic Wand. Speaking of years, it is worth noting that my wife has been using the same Magic Wand for the past 6 years. That’s quality craftsmanship.

Hitachi introduced the Magic Wand to the market in the 1970’s as a personal massager for soothing sore muscles and tendons. It vibrates at a maximum of 6,000 rpm and delivers these vibrations via a 2.5” rubberized head. Though it is certainly powerful enough to be used as a muscle massager, it is indisputably a sex toy. An iconic, legendary sex toy. Popular since its inception, the Magic Wand (commonly referred to as the “Hitachi”) was propelled to fame when Betty Dodson, a pioneer in sex education and pro-sex feminism, wrote and talked about it during the course of her career.

The Hitachi Magic Wand’s stint in the public eye did not end with Betty, though. It has been featured in many popular media venues like Sex and the City. It is also one of the most widely accessible sex toys on the market. You can buy one everywhere, from high quality sex toy stores like Babeland to crappy, shady little sex toy stores in the Bible Belt of America. Walmart and American Apparel even carry them on their websites.

Though primarily used by women, it can also be rather pleasing for men to use. The same deep, powerful, and well-dispersed vibration that makes it earth-shattering for women also feels great for men. Placed along the shaft or against the head (on low for me, thanks) can be quite fun. If you’re into anal play, you can also use it to vibrate a plug.

Surprisingly, to my knowledge there have not been any sonnets or love songs written to or about the Hitachi Magic Wand. Yet.

The Little Rooster

The Little Rooster provided for review by Gallus et Mulier Limited

Mimi

I can’t think of a better way to wake up than to have my clit stimulated, first gently and then more vigorously. The only way it could get better is if pancakes and coffee closely follow. My love of breakfast food aside, when Joseph told me about the Little Rooster, I was really excited at the prospect. It takes a lot for me to orgasm, so I didn’t expect to wake up to that particular sensation, but I still expected it to be better than waking up to cats meowing in my face or repetitive, loud beeps.

It arrived in a white box with GALLUS ET MULIER printed in black letters across it. “Cock and woman”, I believe. Overall the design is stylish in an austere way. There’s a black satin pouch (again, with “GALLUS ET MULIER” but with white text), a small manual, and a transparent sheet of paper that says (translated): “Every animal is sad after sex, except the human female and the rooster. – Claudius Galen (AD 129 – 217)”.

The Little Rooster itself has a hard, white plastic body with a small digital clock that also indicates how much battery power is left. The manual explains very clearly how to use it.

For a cordless vibrator, it can get surprisingly intense. When it started the first morning, I woke up comfortably, then waited for it to go through its whole cycle. I expected it to be done and was a bit startled when I felt it vibrate stronger rather than hear the beeping that indicated it was “done”. Applying a bit more pressure, of course, intensifies the sensation. To the extent that you may want to masturbate or have sex immediately.

I was also impressed with how well it stays in place during sleep, even for an active sleeper such as myself. It’s not terribly snug, but unless you sleep completely nude, you should be fine. One night the button that’s supposed to be in the middle during sleep slid out of position so that it didn’t go on in the morning according to the timer. Every other night is has worked fine.

Cleaning the Little Rooster is easy because aside from the texture of the seams, it is completely smooth plastic. Plus, it’s not meant to go inside you, so there’s not really an excess of bodily fluids to be concerned about. Since it’s rechargeable and the charging socket is smartly located at the flat end which rests on your pubic bone, there’s no battery compartments to worry about either.

If I were to recommend a sex toy to a friend, this wouldn’t be in the top five, especially if they don’t already own any other sex toys. However, I do appreciate it as an extra luxury, as a means of waking up without personal offence while also encouraging a… stimulating morning.

 

Joseph

This product appealed to me for a couple of reasons. I like innovation and I have never seen anything like The Little Rooster before so I was excited to see how this cool idea would translate into reality. Secondly the thought of having my wife wake up horny every day was pretty appealing–well ok, maybe that was my primary motivation. Being sexed awake seems like a MUCH better method than the alarm clock.

When it arrived I was rather impressed with both the packaging and the minimalistic design of the product itself. Sleek and slender, it looks fairly elegant if you can stop your brain from comparing it to a tiny spatula. The two round buttons to either side of the display are unlabelled and unobtrusive and (with the help of the instruction booklet) control the time, the alarm, and the intensity of the device. Speaking of the controls, while using the Little Rooster is fairly intuitive, if you lose the instructions, it may take awhile to remember how to do everything.

Mimi wrote about the user experience and, since I didn’t use it and it was not designed for me and my balls, I’ll leave that alone. I will note that what happens most often when she uses it is that she will half-sleep through all of the vibrations and then turn the buzzer off and go back to real sleep. This product has not induced the morning ravages that I was hoping for but that may just be due to how sleep deprived we have been lately.

Even though it failed to turn Mimi into the sex-crazy zombie that I’d hoped it would, The Little Rooster is a great product. It was an awesome idea and it was realized awesomely. One thing that I think is really appealing about it is that it is very accessible. Because of its design and ease of use, I could see many women who are normally stand offish about sex toys because they are intimidated or disgusted being completely open to a product like this. I imagine ladies in pointlessly large hats discussing the merits of their Little Rooster over tea.

There is also the possibility of using it for sexy fun times out on the town. Because it lays flat against a woman’s pubic bone it does not make a noticeable bulge in clothing. So long as you are not wearing a skin tight dress or yoga pants (which you should not do in public) no one will be the wiser. So you (or your date) can set the alarm to go off at any chosen time in the evening and viola! — the boring lecture you have to go to is more stimulating, the fancy dinner you and and your date have planned is more exciting, or lull in your workday afternoon is conquered. Just be sure to switch if off before you panties start beeping!

My business idea: The Big Rooster

 

The Naked Truth
Aesthetics: ★★★★½
Intensity: ★★★★☆
Volume: ★★★★★
Ease of Cleaning: ★★★★★
Functionality: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★