5 April 2013

Jimmyjane Form 2


I was chatting to Sam from Simply Pleasure the other day about my review of the Jimmyjane Hello Touch, and she enquired whether or not there was anything else from the Jimmyjane range that I fancied taking a look at. On the whole Jimmyjane products do seem rather geared towards women, but as I've expressed before I am a man who enjoys vibrators, so the unusual design of the Form 2 immediately caught my eye. If one vibrating motor can feel amazing when pin-pointed on the most sensitive parts of the penis, then imagine what it would be like with two. Now that I have one it's time to put that theory to the test!

I'm going to start this review with a brief disclaimer of sorts: this is in fact my second Jimmyjane Form 2 in so many days, as the first one I received wasn't particularly enthusiastic about working. It's not the only time I've had a toy that showed up DOA (if you remember my Cobra Libre episode last year), but I will say one thing, if ever you have a problem with anything you purchase from Simply Pleasure, then there are some lovely people there who will really go out of their way to make sure you get a replacement ASAP. Jimmyjane themselves also offer a 3-year limited warranty on their products, so if something goes awry you're safe in the knowledge that you're covered.

The Form 2 is a multi-award-winning product from Jimmyjane's luxury collection of rechargeable vibrators, so already it has a fair amount to live up to. There are four products in total in the Form collection, numbered 2, 3, 4, & 6, and no, I don't know what happened to 1 & 5 either. I'm resisting the urge to make a portmanteau of "Form" and "Fibonnaci" in an attempt to create a witty descriptive for this unusual numerical sequence, but if there's one thing I've learnt it's not to question how sex toy designers name their products; in that regard I'm like Captain Janeway and temporal paradoxes, and not doing so definitely helps to avoid some headaches.

The design of the Form 2 is that of a small pocket-sized vibrator which fits conveniently into the palm of your hand. It's intended to be used solely for external stimulation, and the shape is somewhat reminiscent of the "ears" on a traditional rabbit vibrator, so you can see where they were going with the concept. It does almost look as though it could be the head of a bunny from a claymation film, though one friend I showed it to was convinced that it reminded him of a tooth. It has a nice rounded body which is easy to hold, and which is where the buttons to operate it are located, then from the top two finger-sized protrusions emerge, each of which contains a separate vibrating motor.

The Form 2 is available in two colour options: a very bright shade of pink and a more subdued slate-grey. Neither of these are what I would ordinarily describe as my favourite choices, but the slate is actually really nice when you see it in person. It's neither a lifeless grey, nor a severe black, but rather the hue of an attractive pebble you might pick up on a beach, so it works. 

The exterior of the vibrator is coated with a nice layer of velvety silicone, and the whole thing appears to be built to a high quality. There is the notable presence of a mould line running all around the toy, which isn't actually that uncommon in my experience, but what is unusual is just how pronounced the line is. There's a definite raised seam travelling along the sides of the toy and right up to the tip of each finger, and it feels quite firm to the touch. Usually when companies find it unavoidable to have a mould line on their vibrators' silicone coating they go to great lengths to minimise it and make it as subtle as possible, but I see no evidence of that here. It's a slightly strange thing to behold, especially on a high-end product from a luxury toy manufacturer. One of the big advantages of the silicone coating is that it completely seals up the toy into one enclosed unit, meaning it's waterproof as the electronics are all locked away inside. The other benefits are to do with the material itself because silicone is odourless, non-porous, and completely body-safe, so you can feel confident when you're using it.

The Form 2 has a selection of five power levels and four different vibration modes to choose from, and these are controlled by three buttons located on the front of the toy. The (+) button turns the toy on and increases the power level incrementally, while the (-) button decreases the power and eventually turns the toy off again.  Pressing the (~) button while the toy is active will cycle through the different vibration modes. The toy has a couple of useful features to offer involving the buttons: one is that the Form 2 will always remember your chosen pattern, so when you turn the vibrator off and back on again it'll be set to the last mode you were using. The second is that is has a travel lock which is activated by pressing (+) and (~) simultaneously for 3 seconds, so you can take the Form 2 away with you assured that it won't accidentally turn on in your luggage.

The vibrations on the Form 2 are lovely and strong, especially on the higher power levels, and it's quite impressive for a rechargeable toy. You'll find that the vibrations really focus right at the tip of each finger, which is precisely where you want them to be at their strongest. The amplitude of the vibrations is in the medium to rumbly range, and in terms of both intensity and rumbliness the Form 2 is less powerful than the We-Vibe Salsa,  but while still having a commendable amount of strength to it.

The four patterns on offer are as follows: constant, random jitter, a slow increase and decrease in power, and a series of rapid pulses. Having only 4 patterns is a little less than some other vibrators offer, but they cover all the main bases and nothing especially stands out as being missing. Sometimes having too many patterns can be detrimental as they start to employ strange sequences, and it takes too long to cycle through them all to find the one you want, so I'm quite content with four 

The Form 2 is a wonderful toy to use on the penis, and the smooth silicone glides easily over the surface of the skin with very little drag, eliminating the necessity of lube. I'm pleased to say that the raised mould lines around the tips really weren't noticeable to me during use, and that was something of a relief as the last thing you want is to feel scratching on the genitals. My original hypothesis was that the two fingers would work nicely when placed either side of the frenulum, and I'm glad to be able to report that I was correct. The frenulum is one of the most sensitive and nerve-rich areas of the penis, and typically when using a vibrator you would stimulate it directly, so indirectly stimulating all around it produces a wonderful alternative sensation. It's especially nice to slide the tips up and down the length of the entire shaft, nestling them below the head when you reach the top. The two fingers have a gap of around 1cm between them at their widest point, but they're both flexible allowing you to squeeze them together for more pinpointed stimulation, or even just to pinch the frenulum gently between them. What works really well about the design is that the two tips stay in place on the penis in whichever position you want them to be; this allows you to hold the Form 2 n position against the frenulum with one hand, and then use the other for a masturbating action on the shaft of penis. If you try this with a regular bullet then typically the tip will drift out of place and you'll have to break your focus to reposition it.

The dual motors in the tips work very harmoniously together for the most part and compliment each other. The only real exception to this is with the jittery pattern, which doesn't always seem to function at the highest power setting unless you squeeze the fingers together slightly. In a technical sense this may be considered a fault, or a flaw in the design, but it's so minor that it doesn't especially bother me. In general my preference is to use the constant setting whilst moving the vibrator about, and this stimulates both the surface of the skin and has the vibrations penetrate deep into the shaft. It can also be pleasurable to hold the side of the vibrator flat against the shaft of the penis and set it to one of the pulsating patterns. However you choose to use it you can be assured that it can produce an orgasm swiftly if that is the desired effect, but by reducing the power and dancing around the periphery of the most sensitive areas you can really prolong a sense of teasing and titillation.

The Form 2 may not be as powerful as the We-Vibe Salsa but it does make up for it through its design. Having the two motors really gives it some versatility and makes it especially enjoyable to use, all the more so if you're looking for variety. In terms of the level of sound it makes I can happily say that it's quite a quiet toy, and it out does the Salsa in this respect. At the lesser power levels it produces only a low hum, which turns into a soft buzzing when it's turned right up to the max. The Form 2 is slightly louder when on a pattern than it is on constant vibration, and the pitch of the vibrations also changes when you begin to squeeze the tips together, though this pitch change doesn't have a huge impact on the volume. Overall I can safely say that no one in another room is going to be any the wiser when you're using this Form 2.

The Form 2 is a rechargeable toy and this is accomplished by the use of a handy charging cradle which fits any product in the Form range. The base of the cradle has two magnetic contacts which match up with with a metal ring on the underside of the toy, and you simply pop it into place to charge. A light comes on on the toy to let you know that it's being charged, and you can leave it there for as long as you like as overcharging isn't possible. There is some slight confusion over the recommended length of the initial charge, with the manual suggesting 8 hours and the Jimmyjane website only 2, but I'd err on the side of longer just to be careful, so you don't want to be too impatient when you first get it. 

The charging cradle of course must be plugged into the mains, and it comes with another one of these universal power adaptors which I first encountered with the Silver Swan vibrator the other week, and again with the Palm Power. As far as the geek in me is concerned they're quickly becoming one of my favourite things. The charger comes in two separate parts: there's a transformer connected to the power lead which plugs into the cradle, and then there's a selection of different prongs which clip onto the transformer, depending on where in the world you want you use it. There are four different attachments in total, one for the UK, EU countries, Australia/New Zealand, and North America/Japan. The prongs clip on slightly less firmly than on the previous universal adaptors I've experienced, but it's enough to form a secure unit, and it's a simple button push to pop them back off again and switch them. For added peace of mind the button is located in a position where it can't be touched while the charger is plugged into a socket, so there's no chance of accidentally separating it while live current is flowing. The design is convenient in two ways, firstly because you can buy a Form product anywhere and know that it'll work when you get home without the need for adaptors, and secondly because you can customise the charger when you're planning to travel abroad on holiday.

The Form 2 comes in some rather nice packaging; it's simple, tasteful, everything you want really. The Form 2 itself and the base of the charging dock come held securely in a white plastic insert within the box, while the universal adaptor is bundled up within a smaller box inside the box. One thing I will say is that the Form 2 doesn't come with a storage pouch, which is odd for a high-end toy. Nearly every other manufacturer will throw in a simple cloth pouch along with their vibrator once you reach a certain price point. There is the option to buy a separate pouch from Jimmyjane on their website for $5, but I can't help but think "really, you're charging this much for a product, and you want to squeeze an extra $5 from consumers?" Most people I know like pouches for their toys, most people I know also like to feel that they're getting something for free. It really would have been worthwhile for Jimmyjane to bundle the pouch with it and absorb the associated cost, or even inflate the base cost ever so slightly to account for it. I certainly won't be using the main box for long term storage, so some form of pouch would have been handy, but I'll probably just pop it in with my We-Vibe Salsa to keep the dust away from the finish.

Overall I can happily say that I'd recommend the Jimmyjane Form 2 to anyone out there. If you enjoy using vibrators on your penis, or you have a partner who does, then it's definitely one to try out. It's a lovely looking toy, really well made, with powerful vibrations, and the unique inclusion of two separate motors to add a whole new dimension to what you're doing. I'm really glad that it's a new addition to my toy drawer and I can definitely see it getting a lot of use. It also proves that while the Hello Touch might not have been a stroke of genius, Jimmyjane's innovation can lead to good places.

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