This vibe's intent is obvious. The rabbit ears do not seem to carry the vibrations through them very well. In addition, if the dildo is inserted completely, the movement of the pearls isn't felt at all. The swirling is minimal. It does not have a loud sound, it can be easily covered up by the noise of a TV or fan. However, at a price much smaller than most vibrating dildos, it is worth it. It gets the job done enough that I've purchased two. Another suggestion is to remove the batteries when you're finished, otherwise the toy eats them up, providing less power for next use. This is a classic case of you get what you pay for.