Zizo Please-O!The Zizo is a wonderful introduction to the realm of insertable vibrators and the enormous variety of vibration patterns available. Advanced users may find that its subtle curves fall short in the g-spot stimulation department, and its ungainly control placement places it in the middle of the pack. It has quite a bit of power, but its somewhat buzzy vibrations only run for about two hours on one set of AAA batteries.
There is also a PicoBong logo embossed in the left side. Otherwise, the toy is free of texture. It is smooth and matte and velvety. This texture is appropriate for beginners and advanced users alike. It depends upon your preferences, but a smooth surface is a great starting point for people who are new to vibrating toys.
The size is somewhat on the larger end of the beginner's spectrum, though it will please more advanced users as well. It is definitely suitable for beginners who are looking for something to step up towards more intermediate toys. It measures 7 3/4" from end to end. If you want to have access to all of the control buttons, there is just under 5" of insertable length. However, if you've adjusted it as much as you need to and you're settled at the vibration setting you like, you can comfortably insert it beyond the buttons to about 6 1/4". At its widest, the head measures about 1 1/4" in diameter, narrowing only slightly to about 1 1/8". The handle widens a bit more to 1 1/2". The textured plastic base is helpful in keeping a hold of the toy during play.
Fasten the cap by aligning the tabs (you'll notice one is slightly longer than the others) and pressing down gently and turning the vibrator clockwise. You'll know it's secure based on a muffled click. Make sure it's securely closed to ensure water-proofing. As long as it is closed properly, the toy performs well under water.
The vibrations are controlled by three buttons on the side of the toy: +, M, and -. When you have the toy inserted with the curve towards your belly button, these buttons are on the left side, with the + on top, then the M button, then the – button on the bottom. This is somewhat ungainly, depending on your natural grip. If you are right handed, it will be fairly easy for you to hold the toy and operate the controls with your left hand. If you are left-handed, you may have a bit more trouble.
In order to use your PicoBong Zizo, press down the + button. This will start a steady vibration on the lowest strength, which is hardly a vibration and more of a rattle. If you click slowly through the vibrations, you'll find there are eight different levels. However, the easiest way to control the levels is holding the button down, instead of clicking. This will steadily increase the vibrations. Pressing the - button will have the reverse effect, cycling down through the various strengths. Holding the + button down firmly for one second will take you all the way up to the strongest setting, but you can release it at a lower speed whenever you please, using the - button to adjust downward as well. Each of the power levels can be used with every different pattern, making for a huge amount of customization.
Pressing the M button will cycle you through the available patterns, which are as follows:
1 - Steady vibration
2 - Slow, steady pulsing
3 - Medium, steady pulsing
4 - Fast, steady pulsing
5 - Very fast, steady pulsing
6 - Slow, escalating pulses ("One, two, three, four, fiiive!")
7 - Faster, escalating pulses coaster (See above)
8 - Slow, smooth roller coaster
9 - Faster, smooth roller coaster
10 - Escalating pulse pattern ("Lllong, short, short!" The first pulse escalates, the following are at the same strength.)
11 - Escalating pulse pattern ("Short, short, short, short short." Slight pause. Repeat. The first pulse escalates, the following are at the same strength.)
12 - Random, musical-type pattern (Sounds like it's playing a song! It's not completely random because it is the same "tune" each time.)
One more press of the "M" button loops you back to the steady vibrations, at whatever power level you had previously selected. Holding the - button down firmly for one second at any time will automatically power off the vibrations.
The toy is fairly quiet, though not quite as quiet as some of the rechargeable toys by Lelo.
Do not use silicone- or oil-based lubricants with your toy.
In order to remove it, you must open up the cardboard base, which reveals an instruction packet, a one year warranty, a small sheet of DOs and DON’Ts, and a little PicoBong charm. You have to actually unscrew the battery cap from the Zizo in order to separate the two parts and free the toy from the base completely. It’s a little annoying, but it’s a one-time procedure and it’s a great way to minimize packaging waste.
The Instruction manual is succinct and very informative. It contains information about the care and keeping of your PicoBong toy in English, Spanish, German, and French. The DOs and DON’Ts are handy as well. All of the information in these documents is restated in this review. If you like, be sure to hang onto your warranty paperwork, so that you have it if anything happens to your toy.
The real downfall of this toy for me is in its slight errors in shape. This toy simply does not work for me, because of a few seemingly small issues. First, it is ever so slightly too long to easily and effectively hit my g-spot when thrusting. It simply passes right by it. Its curve is not dramatic enough, and its swollen insertable end does not bulge out quite enough to apply upward pressure to the g-spot without applying painful downward pressure on the posterior fourchette, which is the bit of thin, delicate skin at the bottom of your vaginal opening.
Here are a few comparisons of the PicoBong Zizo to the Zini Roae and the Lelo Ella, which have similar (but better) shapes.
You'll notice that the Roae is wider, but has a more swollen head. Likewise, the handle of the double-ended Ella is narrower and more tapered, but it has a larger, more concentrated swell which helps focus on the g-spot. Both of them have a slightly sharper angle that makes g-spot stimulation much easier.
With how similar these toys are, it's surprising that the Zizo just doesn't quite do it for me. The contrasts are big enough that they make all the difference in the world.