Apr 072014
 

Alice from Svakom

Pros:
– Rechargeable
– Multiple settings
– Waterproof
– Made from body safe materials
Cons:
– Difficult to figure out
– Frustrating functions
– Anatomy specific
Overall:

3star

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-Overview-

Sleek and sexy, this simple rabbit style vibrator has a lot of great things going for it.  It features many of the key points I look for in a product; it’s made from body safe materials, is rechargeable, waterproof, and is good quality.  It’s also quite elegant as far as dual stimulating products go, but that’s the extent of it.  Products like this won’t work for everyone because of anatomy differences, but even if it does there are downsides.  The buttons are frustrating to deal with, the motors don’t function separately, the vibrations are on the buzzy side, and it’s quite challenging to figure out.  The quality is there, but is that enough to make this worth purchasing?  I guess it all depends on what you’re looking for.

-Intro/Use-

Alice from Svakom was designed with the female anatomy in mind; to provide stimulation to both internal and external pleasure zones at the same time without the use of both hands.  The simple shape provides a targeted sensation which keeps your focus on the areas the toy is coming in contact with – hopefully the G-spot and clitoris.

The best way to use this vibe is for solo use, but you can allow your partner to control it for you.  Dual stimulating toys aren’t designed to be used in many different ways, but you can get creative.  The external arm acts as a base for the toy and is nice and flexible which means you can also use it anally.  The shaft may reach the prostate on male bodied users while the arm connects with the perineum.  Whether you’re using it vaginally or anally, your personal experience will vary based on your anatomy.

Since the vibe is waterproof, you can safely use it in the tub or shower without worrying about water leaking inside the toy.  It also makes it much easier to clean since you don’t have to worry about avoiding certain areas.

-Material/Texture-

Alice is made from ABS plastic (the base and internal parts) and *silicone (the skin).  Both are body safe, non-porous, latex free, and phthalate free.  These materials are fantastic for a sex toy because they’re so easy to clean and care for, and can be sterilized.  For regular use you can wash with soap and water or your favorite toy cleaner, but you can also sterilize with a 10% bleach solution if you’re sharing or switching orifices.  Being silicone, it’s best to stick with a water-based lube since silicone lube could cause the surface to degrade.

Untitled-4The silicone has a matte surface and is very smooth.  It doesn’t drag across your skin like many silicone toys, but a small amount of lube will allow it to glide smoothly.  Since it’s a skin over the internal parts, the toy is very firm.  The silicone layer must be quite thin because it’s not plushy at all and feels hard during use.  The shaft doesn’t bend or flex, but the external arm has some movement to it.  It easily bends toward and away from the toy without much resistance, which makes it very comfortable while you’re using it.

Apart from the controls and where the silicone connects with the plastic base, the toy is totally smooth.  There’s no texture, no obvious seams, nothing.  It’s fantastic for those that are looking for something simple, but it might be too basic if you need some texture in order to feel stimulated.

*The package, paperwork, and website all state that the material is Medical Silica Gel.  After emailing back and forth with the company they said, “Sorry to bring you so much confusion.It is caused by the translation mistake.All the information of material will be uniformed,and the material is Silicone.”

-Design/Size-

Alice is available in both black and pale pink, giving customers options.  The pale pink looks very subtle compared to the vibrant pinks many toys are made from, and is quite attractive.  I still favor black, but appreciate the fact that there was another option.

The design of this toy is very simple, and not at all realistic.  It’s discreet, but would be hard to pass it off as anything other than a vibrator if someone were to see it.  The shaft starts out thick, narrows the closer you get to the external stimulator, and increases in girth toward the base.  This makes it more likely for the toy to stimulate the right places without making you feel stretched.  The arm itself is fairly thin compared to other rabbit style vibrators, but works well along with the design.  The bottom of the toy is where you’ll find your charging port and also has the company name printed in the plastic.  The whole toy has a great curve that helps it work with the natural shape of your body, though your exact experience will vary.

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The size of Alice should be suitable for beginners and those that prefer thinner toys.  It might be a little too thick for someone who’s not used to penetration, but it should work for most.  If you need something thick, this will likely leave you wanting, but it’s great if you’re looking for more targeted stimulation.  The total length is 7 1/2″ (measuring straight across, not along the curve) with 4″ being insertable.  The girth ranges from 7/8″ in diameter to 1 1/4″ at the thickest point.  The external stimulator measures 1 7/8″ from the shaft to the tip.

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-Functions/Controls-

Untitled-7Alice is rechargeable and arrives with a partial charge, but it’s recommended you charge the toy fully prior to use.  The toy comes with a wall adaptor that plugs into the bottom of your vibe (it’s actually the same charger you see with LELO products).  Once plugged in, a light will flash around the buttons, showing you it’s properly connected and charging.  The initial charge takes less than an hour since it was already partially charged when it arrived.  Charging time after will vary depending on how drained the battery is when you plug it in.

Untitled-6There are a total of three buttons that control the functions of the toy; an up button, an ‘S’ button, and a down button.  The ‘S’ button turns the toy on, starts the SVAKOM mode, and turns the toy off.  The up and down arrows control the intensity level of the steady vibration settings, and the down arrow is also used to cycle through the six vibration settings.

To turn the toy on, you press and hold the ‘S’ button until the vibrations start.  Once they’re on, the light behind the buttons will glow and you’ll be on the third intensity level.  From there, you can press the down button twice to decrease the power, or you can press the up button (up to two more times) to increase the power.  When you want to start the patterns, you have to press the down arrow twice or you can press the ‘S’ button for a pattern build up.  When you’re ready to turn the toy off, you press and hold down the ‘S’ button and the lights will blink three times and power off.  Each time you turn the toy on it will start on the third intensity level, no matter which setting you were on when the toy was turned off.

The shaft and external stimulator each contain motors, but they’re not controlled separately.  Some of the patterns are very basic (such as pulsing) but others are unique; sort of tossing the vibrations back and forth between the shaft and arm.  The good thing about the patterns is that the power of each can be increased or decreased to suit your needs.  It’s a little difficult to understand how to work the toy, but the quick start guide provides all the information you need to know.

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The SVAKOM (or ‘S’) mode starts off weak, but grows stronger with time; providing different patterns that increase with your pleasure.  If you want to stay on a single pattern rather than go through a variety of them, you have to press the down arrow twice.  It seems a little backwards to me, but that’s how the product works.  Admittedly, it took me a while to figure out how to work the product, even with the directions.

All three buttons are in the exact same area and it’s easy to accidentally press the wrong button or not press the buttons hard enough.  Though they are individual buttons, the surface you press is the same.  It can be very frustrating when you’re using the toy and it doesn’t function the way you want it to.

The power behind the vibrations is decent, but leans more toward the buzzy side of the things.  If you need a lot of power in order to climax, this might not be right for you because it’s not deep and rumbly.  However, it’s great for warming up; especially since some of the patterns are so unique.  The good thing is that even though it’s a little buzzy, it doesn’t numb your fingers during use.

The sound level is modest, but the product is far from being silent.  On the highest setting someone would be able to hear the vibe if they were in the same room with you, but wouldn’t likely hear it through a closed door.  Not bad, but should be quieter if it’s going to be considered ‘noiseless’.

-Packaging-

Alice arrives in a thick cardboard box with a thin sleeve surrounding it.  The sleeve has a life size image of the toy on the front along with the company name, and the back contains some basic information about it.  It’s not discreet because of the image on the front, but it’s tasteful.  Once the sleeve is removed a white box is revealed.  It has the company name on the top of it along with a silver swirl, there are no markings or information apart from that.  It almost looks more like an over-sized package you’d receive from a jeweler than a box containing a sex toy.  Opening the cover immediately exposes the toy which is resting in a piece of black foam that fits the toy perfectly.  At the bottom is a small box that contains the charger and grey drawstring storage pouch (which is really great quality).  Underneath the tray you’ll find all the paperwork that comes with the toy.  Some of it’s a little hard to understand because of translation, but can be figured out.  Within the paperwork you’ll find the product registration card, quick start guide, and more.

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-Experience-

I had been eyeing the products available from Svakom for a little while now, so when I was offered one to review I jumped on it!  I loved the elegant designs, the soft color options, and the overall look of their products.  I couldn’t wait to test out Alice!

When it arrived I was really surprised by the size.  It’s much thinner than a lot of the dual stimulating products I’ve seen, but that just means there’s another option available for those that prefer thinner toys.  After charging the toy, I started checking out the functions.  Typically I try to see if I can figure out how to use a toy prior to reading the booklet (unless it’s really complicated), but I struggled with this one.  I understood the steady vibration levels, but thought the SVAKOM mode was the only vibration setting.  Perhaps I’ve been having a few off weeks, but I couldn’t figure it out without reading the booklet, and even then I didn’t immediately understand.  If I was a brand new toy user, this would really frustrate me.  You shouldn’t have to spend a long time figuring out how to use a product, that’s one very powerful way to kill the mood.

Once I had it all figured out, I decided to test it.  I was able to angle the toy so that it mostly reached my clit, but it was nowhere near my G-spot when I held it in that position.  If you have a high clit and want something that will truly stimulate both areas at the same time, this won’t do it for you.  I was okay with that because I prefer clitoral stimulation, but it sort of defeats the purpose of dual stimulating products if they aren’t properly stimulating both areas (not the toy’s fault, it just doesn’t fit my anatomy).

The type of power disappointed me.  I was really hoping this would be a deep and rumbly toy, but it just didn’t measure up.  The power itself is nice, but it’s more of a teasing product than one that I can use for orgasm.  Surprising even myself, I really enjoyed the SVAKOM mode.  I loved just laying back and enjoying the increasing power and changing vibrations.  There’s one part of the mode where the vibrations sort of roll from the shaft to the arm and back again – that felt amazing, even without the deep rumbles.

Overall I think this is an okay toy.  Had it been easier to understand, the buttons been less frustrating to deal with, and had deeper vibrations I would have thought it was great.  There aren’t many things that annoy me about this toy, but they just happen to be the right things that really get under my skin (and not in a good way).  If you don’t need deep rumbles, don’t mind taking time to get to know a toy, and have a lot of patience when the buttons don’t want to cooperate, this might be right for you.  If not, there are certainly better options available for you to consider.

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Alice was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.  This is in compliance with FTC guidelines.

  4 Responses to “Review: Alice from Svakom”

  1. This is such a elegant toy, sorry to hear it did not fit your anatomy.

  2. Looking at the pictures, I thought this one might work for me. It looks like the clit arm reaches higher than the dual stimulators I’ve tried (that always hit me too low). But I guess it probably won’t reach high enough. Bummer.

  3. It’s pretty, but not for me. I need the rumbly feeling!

  4. Rabbit vibes don’t really make any sense to me. What’s the point of having the internal part if you can’t thrust with it if you want to maintain contact with your clitoris. They would be a great product, if they were actually adequate at stimulating you dually. This one is quite sleek and lovely though. Too bad I can’t get off by just looking at a toy.

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