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Review: iGino One

 

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Posted June 8, 2013 by

I’ve been lucky enough to have been contacted by iGino to review their first sex toy, the iGino One.  iGino are a bit different from other manufacturers and this review is a bit long, so I’ll break it down into sections.

iGino MacBook Air

Who are iGino?

First of all, I’d like to write a small amount about the team that makes the iGino.  They’re a bit different from other sex toy companies as they’re new, independent and crowdfunded.  I believe it’s now closed, but their Indiegogo page is here.  It’s never easy for companies to start out in any industry and sex toys are no different.  Having an idea for a new toy is one thing.  Sourcing funds, taking the project off the ground and actually producing units is a whole ‘nother thing entirely.  To come this far is impressive, to say the least.

So what is the vibe itself?

The iGino One is the first sex toy (or personal massager, as they like to call it, but I prefer not to use euphemisms) from iGino.  It’s essentially a single speed vibrator, although the movements of the head are different from any other vibe I know of, but I’ll go into more detail in a moment.  It’s small in size, about the same size as a mobile phone or iPod and it’s USB chargeable.

iGino One and Apple iPod

It’s marketed as a the most discreet toy there is.  It’s certainly discreet, that’s for sure, but there are definitely others that are around to give it a run for its money.  There are more and more USB chargeable vibes now that are designed to look like Flash Drives.  This one looks more like a USB Hard Drive. See below:

iGino & Portable HDD

The toy itself is very simple.  It has a USB charging point (that easily flips out when you want to charge it), a single button and a tight lid (to keep dust etc. out).  Once you take the lid off, you’ll see the business end of the iGino One, a small ABS plastic (like the rest of the toy) nub that “vibramooves”. Vibramoove? I hear you ask. That’s the name of the technology iGino have created to make this toy different from (currently) any others.  Instead of simply vibrating, the toy moves from side to side at a very fast rate.  It’s single speed, but very powerful. If you hold on to the end  and grip firmly whilst it’s turned on then you *can* stop it from moving, but I’d advise against doing that as you’ll burn out the motor.  It won’t stop moving when you use it, so there’s nothing to worry about.

What’s included?

Packaging and the contents of the box are obviously important to iGino.  Opening an iGino One isn’t like opening a lot of toys where the packaging is little more than a plastic bag or cheap cardboard box.  Opening the iGino One is more like opening an Apple product.  Anyone who’s bought an iPod in the past couple of years will recognise the style of the packaging and box.  The box itself is made from a solid, high quality cardboard and is beautifully smooth & decorated.  There is another smaller box inside the big one that houses all the accessories and on top of that sits a plastic cradle for the iGino One itself, making it the first thing you see when you open it.  It’s very classy and you’ll want to keep it.  My only (minor) criticism is that the plastic used to make the cradle is very hard.  This might seem a bit picky, but when you take the iGino One out from it, it’s quite noisy.  At first I thought the iGino One was crafted from cheap plastic, but then I realised it was just the cradle that was.  A cardboard (or different plastic) cradle would work a bit better.

iGino One Box Contents

Once you remove the toy and the cradle, underneath is everything else you’ll need (unless you’re in the UK). The only thing that’s missing for UK customers is a plug adapter for the British 3-pin system, but I don’t think it’s worth including, if I’m honest.  iPods, mobile phones and other USB chargeables often don’t come with plugs.  Most people own computers these days or already have an adapter if they want to charge it from a plug socket.  What is included is a USB extension lead, an instruction manual, a soft carrying pouch, a couple of 2-pin plugs an attachment for the toy itself (but I wouldn’t worry about these, will explain later…) ans some spare gaskets. Yes, gaskets, like on your car’s engine.  These ones are tiny foam pieces that help keep dust and debris out of the mechanism.  Three spares are included but, as yet, I haven’t had to replace the first one that comes already attached to the toy.

iGino Measurements

So what’s it like to use?

Well, so far I’ve only used it on myself.  I’ll be updating this review (or possibly writing a follow up) when I’ve spent more time using it with my partner, but initially iGino wanted me to try out and test it from a guy’s point of view.  It’s a toy designed for use on the clitoris, but they wanted to know if it felt good when used on the penis, too. Which is where I come in…

So, did it feel good? Yes! It surprised me, in fact.  The first surprise was, unfortunately, the sound.  It’s the noisiest toy I own.  It sounds like something 5 times its size.  I have a professional Wahl plug in electric clipper that I use to shave my head with (think slightly skinnier Vin Diesel), which moves in a similar way, side to side, but even that’s far quieter.  So whilst the iGino One is discreet in the looks department, it certainly isn’t when it comes to decibels.  If you’re looking for something to discreetly use whilst there is anyone else in your house, you might want to pick something else.  I own a four bedroom house and there’s no room I can use it in without it being heard in every other room.

iGino opened

Once you accept the noise though, it does feel good!  I tried using this in a few different ways and positions but, by far, the best was holding it up against my frenulum (the “v spot” on the underside of the penis where the glans meets the shaft).  Holding it there made me orgasm quite quickly in a short intense burst.  It actually reminded me of using the Fun Factory Cobra Libre, which has two powerful motors specifically designed to stimulate the frenulum.  Achieving orgasm this way felt great, too.  Much different from using other toys or masturbators.  The side to side movement still feels like a vibrator, as it’s so fast. but it’s different enough for you to notice the difference.  It also doesn’t feel too buzzy in your hand, either.  Some vibrators vibrate your hand as much as anything else but this one keeps the majority of the movements at the end.

Orgasms aren’t quite as powerful overall, but the climax is very intense and feels amazing.  Because they’re not quite as powerful, my refractory period is reduced too, so I can use the toy (or something else) again sooner than I otherwise could.

The iGino One is also great for a slow, teasing ending to a play session.  Bringing yourself (or your partner) to the edge over and over with it before climaxing is easy and a lot of fun!

Also, if iGino are going to start marketing it for guys, maybe have one in a colour other than pink with a slogan other than “What women want”? Just a thought…

So what else is there to know?

Well, charging takes a while. In fact, a full charge takes 12 hours, which will make the iGino One last for 40 minutes.  A lot of charging for not a lot of usage.  The light when it charges is also very VERY bright. Bright enough to be quite distracting when it’s on your desk. It also doesn’t appear to turn off or give any indication that it’s finished charging so you’ll just have to time it or give it your best guess.

Edit: I’ve just been informed by iGino that you only need to charge it once for 12 hours, before the first time you use it.  After that, it should only take between 1 and 3 hours to charge.  This is contrary to what the manual says but apparently they’re in the process of changing it.

iGino charging

The foam attachment is also not really worth bothering with.  It makes little difference when attached and if it is, the cap doesn’t fit back on it.  If you want to carry it around with the toy then you could either put it in the carrying pouch or drop it in the cap, but neither of these methods is ideal. I just leave mine off.

It’s also quite expensive.  It’s either $119 or €119, which makes it more expensive in Europe than in the US as using today’s exchange rate $119 is only about €90.

Edit: Apparently the launch price for Europe will be €99. I’ve been told by iGino that they’re working on the payment system and the site itself (which still reflects €119 but will change soon).  As it stands, the iGino isn’t currently available in Europe but once they fix their payment site, it will be launched.

So, is it worth it?

Well, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a new sensation and you don’t mind a louder than average buzzing sound, then go for it.  It is quite expensive for what it is, but it’s a great first effort from iGino and if, like me, you’re a gadget freak then you’ll want to grab one as it will be different from any other toy you already have.  If you’re a guy thinking about it then also bear in mind that you can use this on a female partner, too (something you wouldn’t be able to do with a Cobra Libre or other similar penis toy).

You can pick one up by visiting the iGino shop here or if you have any other questions you can head down to the iGino website or maybe ask them a question on Twitter.

Final note

Personally, I think the iGino Two (or whatever the next generation of toy will be called) will be better.  This is a good start but the single speed and harsh noise will put too many people off, I think.  That said, I hope enough people buy them for there to actually be a second generation.

Thanks so much for sending this to me, iGino. It’s been a lot of fun!


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