Review: bswish bcurious

Throughout my sex toy reviewing career, I have only ever reviewed two clitoral vibrators – both of them Lelo toys. This is somewhat surprising, considering that I get off from clitoral stimulation more often than anything else. I suppose my dildo obsession simply overpowers my love of clitoral stimulation. Anyway, when I saw that the bswish bcurious was being offered for review, my interest was piqued. It was a perfect chance to try out a clitoral vibe from a new company.

I was drawn to the bcurious’s design – the black and pink color scheme and curved shape – and that it’s rechargeable. Besides the Lelo toys and Fun Factory’s click-n-charge line (which is relatively new), I’m hard pressed to name other rechargeable clitoral vibes, and I definitely prefer recharging over using batteries.

My feelings about the bcurious are lukewarm. In many ways, it’s an excellent toy, but there are a couple of things that bug me about it and prevent me from giving it a stellar rating. Firstly, the positive: its shape doesn’t just look snazzy, it feels completely intuitive in my hand. It fits in my palm, my index finger curls over the top and my thumb rests on the controls. It’s not evident from the picture, but a dip runs along the back of the toy that my finger rests in very comfortably. Plus, can we get a cheer for pinpoint stimulation? This is the only clit toy I currently own that is both pinpoint and ergonomic. The Lelo Siri and Layaspot are round and blunt. The Lelo Mia is pointed, but rod-shaped. The Lelo Lily is just a little too small to fit well in my hand. I can see myself reaching frequently for the bcurious for its shape alone.

The bcurious is made of black matte plastic and has pink silicone accents. The charging port is at the side of the toy and is sealed with a tab-like thing similar to what you find in cell phones and digital cameras. The toy is marketed as waterproof and, while I haven’t tried it underwater, the seal and lack of perceivable gaps in the toy make me feel fairly confident about it.

As for the vibrations, there are seven different options: low, medium, high, escalation, pulse, fast pulse, and short-short-short-long pulse. The low is great for warm-up, but I usually switch to medium before long. And here’s the first problem: apparently 3 vibration levels is just not enough for me. I can usually make do with the low and medium settings alone, but sometimes the low is just a little too low and the medium is just a little too high. If there was a mid-point between the two, that would be perfect. As for the patterns, I generally don’t use them much, but I do like the pulse settings alright. Noise-wise, the bcurious emits a buzzing sound that you could probably hear across a room, but not through a wall.

The controls consist of two buttons at the toy’s base: one button turns the toy on, and the other starts the vibrations and cycles through the different settings. The buttons are at the perfect place for my thumb, and depress in a very satisfying pressy-button way. There’s no way to “lock” the controls, but I wouldn’t be worried about traveling with this toy since you need to press both buttons to turn it on. I actually put the bcurious in my checked luggage on a number of flights and long bus rides with no problems. My second issue with the toy, though, concerns the controls: you can press the button to progress to the next setting, but to get to the one before, you have to cycle through them all. Or you can turn the toy off, then on again, to start at the beginning. I find this irritating because I sometimes want to go from the medium to the low setting, and can’t.

The bcurious comes with a manual, a storage pouch, and a charging cord. The pouch is made of what feels like the same material that sweatpants are made of, has a drawstring top, and a tiny tab on the side with the name of the company, but it’s barely noticeable. The charging cord can be plugged into a USB port (!), or into an adapter and then into a regular outlet. Charge it for 2 hours to get 2 hours of play. The control buttons in the base blink blue when the toy is charging, and glow continuously once it’s done.

So there you go. I can’t call this toy a favorite, but I definitely like it and wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend it to anyone else.

Review: Fun Factory Gigolo G2

The video review of the Fun Factory Gigolo G2 is a little rushed because my sister was in the room when I was recording it and I felt self-conscious :/ I didn’t even talk about what it felt like! To be honest, I don’t have much to say about that besides: the vibrations felt good, they were strong enough to get me off, and they were quiet. Not whisper-quiet, but but not terribly attention-seeking, either. I like how it sounds more like the thrum of a cell phone ring, and not… buzzy and drill-like, like some vibes are. Definitely satisfied with the vibrations. Gripping the base of the toy in order to thrust with it was a little awkward, though, since the base is also where the control dial is located.

The Gigolo comes in Fun Factory’s signature red and tan packaging with a clear, plastic side that displays the toy, and magnetic snaps that keep the box closed. It comes with a brief manual, mini catalogue, and Toyfluid (water-based lube) sample. The manual that comes with this toy doesn’t indicate whether or not it’s waterproof, but I would guess that it isn’t. The battery compartment isn’t airtight and there’s an obvious seam all around it. The specs at Vibrator.com indicate that the toy is “splashproof” but I’d probably still be hesitant to use this around water.

Though it could use some improvements, I really do like this vibe.

Lelo Mia Review

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you would have read that I recently answered a sex toy reviewer ad at Vibrator.com. I was accepted, and they sent me the LELO Mia to review, from their discreet sex toys line =)

First impressions

First, let me get a couple of things straight – I don’t normally use sex toys. I’ve never even used a vibrator before (I’m not counting the vibrator-component of an unopened Trojan vibrating cock ring that me and the Actor stole from the college newspaper office… and no, I don’t know what it was doing there). That said, I’ve also been aware of LELO for quite a while, and I love them. Their products are sleek, simple and beautiful, and the Mia is no different. No tacky semi-see-through plastic, no garish pictures of half-naked babes on the packaging. LELO nicely presents their products in pretty gift boxes, complete with storage bag and 1 year warranty (!). LELO is pretty much the “Apple of sex toys” (well, one of the Apples of sex toys, at least).

Time for first use

I happily took Mia to bed with me every night the first few nights after I received her in the mail. Mia is a “lipstick vibe” that comes in pastel pink and dark rose. Definitely discreet – it basically looks like a tube of lipstick or a highlighter or a large USB stick, and I’ve frequently left it lying around on my desk without any of my friends commenting on it.

Functionality

Concerning the vibrating itself, Mia has ~ 10 intensity settings and three different “pulsation” settings (long pulses -> short pulses). LELO’s website points out Mia as a good beginner vibe. I don’t exactly have anything to compare it with, but I hadn’t expected to be able to take the higher intensity settings, but turns out that I was able to after all =) Mia takes 2 hours to charge and provides up to four hours (!) of pleasure.

The cleverest thing about the Mia? To charge it, you plug it into your computer’s USB port.

F found it a little annoying that you don’t have the option of charging it at an outlet, but for college students like me =) or busy working women, it seems perfect since we’re on computers all the time anyway.

Oh, and the Rationalist was using my computer while I was charging it for the first time, and he typed away for about half an hour before being all “This isn’t a USB drive, is it?”, took it out of the USB port, and turned it on, which… um… sort of gave the game away. Granted, the + – buttons make it obvious what the Mia is, but not if you don’t look too closely =)

Yay Mia! 4/5 Stars.

For the g-spot, I recommend the Lelo Ella.

The Mia can be purchased from https://www.lelo.com/mia-2.