I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground for information about toys that combine technology and sexuality. There is actually a field that deals specifically with combining sex toys and computers/technology so that the end user(s) can reach orgasm in different ways. That field is teledildonics.
Lovense contacted me to see if I would be interested in giving Max a shot and I was pretty excited. It’s a “new” (Max is on a 3rd iteration, I believe) sex toy for men that gives you several ways to play. As per usual with reviews where I’m asked to review a product, I was given Max in exchange for an unbiased review.
What Is Max By Lovense?
The “user interface” is very generic, but I actually find it nice. They didn’t try to match something that’s impossible to match perfectly.
Obviously, we’ve already covered that Lovense is exploring the possibilities that teledildonics offer, but that was in a more general sense. Max is a masturbation device (sex toy/stroker/what have you) that is designed for those with a penis. As far as tech goes, Max also contains a Bluetooth chip… The Bluetooth chip gives Max the ability to sync with certain devices (computers, cell phones) and while it isn’t necessary to use Max with a phone or whatever, a lot of the crazier options aren’t possible without getting connected.
How Does Lovense Max Work?
As a sex toy in the most general of terms, just like every other sex toy. You put bits of you in the hole and something moves and there is an orgasm (hopefully!).
Before we get into the modes of operation, connecting the toy to your phone or computer is an important step to introduce. It’s fairly straight forward in that it works much the same way as pairing any two Bluetooth capable devices. Lovense has a guide page with all of the info to walk you through pairing Max or Nora with your device of choice here.
Max has several different modes of operation though:
• Bluetooth with music: by yourself, Max (or its counterpart Nora, for those with vaginae) can be connected to certain I-devices and (I believe) all Windows computers and through software downloaded from the Lovense website, you can listen to music that also causes the toy to react.
• Partner Play (with Bluetooth): Say you are in Austin and your partner is in Tokyo… You want to play together, but geography is still a very real pain in the ass? Lovense’s toys are all compatible with one another; Max with Max, Nora with Max, Nora with Nora are all possible. Two penii can play together, to vaginae can go at it, or a penis and a vaginae can transcend physical limitations for some pleasure.
• Solo, Disconnected Play: All of Lovense’s toys are also capable of being used all alone without being connected with some type of tech device.
Max is also capable of “playing back” recorded sessions from playing with a partner (so is Nora) if you take the time to record a session.
What Is Max Made Of?
Max, (or more specifically, the parts of Max that will touch you) is made of “skin like TPE” and ABS plastic. Just remember that TPE is porous and you have to wash and dry it well EVERY TIME or it will start growing mold/milder/nasties. There are also the charging contacts on the non-cap end that are made of metal:
How To Care For Max By Lovense:
Charging Lovense Max:
Charging Max is simple…. You plug the cord in, and make sure it’s making contact (very similar to We-Vibe and Fun Factory magnetic chargers) and then let it sit until it’s completely charged.
It’s fairly simple really… Pull the sleeve out and rinse it thoroughly with hot water and a mild antibacterial soap, and then rinse the chamber. After it’s all clean you’ll need to let the sleeve and “case” dry thoroughly.
You’ll want to keep from getting water anywhere but inside the portion of the toy the sleeve fits in though.
Really, go with your best bet for privacy. It looks like a damn air freshener dispenser or something, so if you want you could put it on a high shelf and probably get away with it. I’m not your storage expert (but could certainly pretend to be for $50 an hour).
My Experience with Lovense Max
Before I could even get down to actually using Max, I had to pull the sleeve out and check out the internal bits that I could:
Those little tube-ys are what makes Max “throb” around you, and the vibration motor is back behind the plastic barrier at the back end.
There were several different ways I needed to try Max (connected to my phone for control, connected to a computer, connected to my phone and controlled by someone else on their phone, connected to any device and controlled by someone else using their own Lovense toy) and while I’d have liked to break this all down I just feel like there isn’t a good way to do so.
The biggest issues for me are that the air bladders are obnoxiously loud while inflating and they are also slower than I’d like (I think there’s no mechanical way around this yet though) and the vibration motor being out in the end of the toy means that unless I’m slammed all the way into Max, the vibrations are largely just a way to buzz away the battery.
If I do push all the way into Max and just relax and let it pulse and vibrate around me, it feels very good… but after 35 minutes of sitting around with Max working on my cock without any additional help from my hand, I still hadn’t had an orgasm.
Just stroking with it, Max is great… but there is definitely room for improvement.
Overall Opinion Of Lovense Max
Plastic, Metal, TPE
Vibrations, Pulsation, Teledildonics
I really feel like Max by Lovense is a device on the right track but not quite to the home station yet. The sleeve by itself is actually pretty great and if it were just a sleeve in a hard plastic case I’d be rating it higher. Because the features aren’t quite as good as I would have liked, I can’t give it a perfect 10 but I fully expect Lovense to improve Max and of course Nora over the coming years. If you want to grab Max (and/or Nora and another Max), you can click the link below.