We-Vibe Tango X Review: Hell Fucking Yes!
Do you ever get some news that feels too shocking to be true? That’s how I felt when Betty’s Toy Box reached out to me and offered to let me review the new We-Vibe Tango X. When I wrote my review of the We-Vibe Tango, I had expressed how badly I hoped to get the chance to review the Tango X sometime in the future…but I hardly expected it to be like, less than two months after posting my review of the Tango! Wow! So, thank you so much to Betty’s Toy Box!
The Tango X boasts all the features that I loved about the original Tango and has resolved literally every complaint I had about the original Tango as well. I’m so hyped up about every single aspect of the Tango X, but I’ll try and contain my enthusiasm so that I can get an actual review put together.
First Impressions of the We-Vibe Tango X:
The Tango X arrived in a minimalist navy blue box that matched the navy blue of the vibrator itself. Incidentally, I had just spent a leftover Christmas gift card on new sheets at Target, and the Tango X matches those, too.
When you open up the box, the Tango X itself is the first thing you see, and after you remove its cardboard…display layer, I don’t know what to actually call it, you access compartments containing the instruction manuals, charging cable, a sample pack of lube (which I will not be using since it contains glycerin), and a silky white storage pouch just like the pouch the original Tango arrived with.
The Tango X had some charge when I first took it out of the box, and as soon as I turned it on I was immediately taken aback by its power. I could actually SEE it moving back and forth in my hands at the lower speeds, which was uh, incredible? Already impressed, I took the Tango X and its USB charger into the bedroom to get it set up for testing.
The finicky USB charging cable of the original Tango was one of the most-cited gripes users had with the toy. Both the Tango and the Tango X connect to their chargers magnetically, but the Tango’s magnetic charging prongs were pitifully weak, and frequently caused the charger to disconnect from the toy. Seriously, you could just BLINK at the original Tango charger the wrong way and it would disconnect. It was super annoying.
Thankfully, the magnetic charger for the Tango X connects to the toy much better. The strength of the magnets has increased, making disconnection much less likely to occur. Additionally, the magnetic charging connections on the Tango X lay flat against the vibrator’s surface, creating a sleek visual design and helping to maintain a more seamless connection.
The Tango and Tango X both promise a run time of 120 minutes after a single charge. While I would’ve loved to see the Tango X offer a longer run time, no toy can be perfect. I mean, after all, in my perfect world the Tango X would somehow be Immortal and thus be able to vibrate forever, with me never being obligated to actually take responsibility and charge it.
Controls and Settings:
To turn on the Tango X, simply press and hold down the “+” button for a second or two. To turn it off, press and hold the “-“ button. In use, the “+” and “-“ buttons are used to adjust vibration intensity. This is a blissful reprieve from the single button of the original Tango, which offered no ability to return to a previous setting or decrease vibration intensity at will. Even worse, if you were like me and often accidentally pressed the button and went from “strongest vibration setting” to “pattern setting number one” on the original Tango, you would be forced to cycle through all the vibration patterns AND powering the toy off AND going through all the lower vibration intensities again to return to the high setting. Fortunately, my thumbs are used to button mashing thanks to furiously pushing my way through Animal Crossing dialogue all the time, but it was still inconvenient and frustrating.
The Tango X has graduated from one control button to three. In my excitement to try out the Tango X, it took me a bit to figure out where the third button was. It’s actually a little squiggle between the “+” and “-“ buttons. Fortunately, blissfully, amazingly, this single squiggle button bears the sole responsibility for controlling patterns, meaning you will no longer accidentally enter pattern mode when you were really just in a frenzied pursuit of stronger vibrations. Additionally, since patterns are controlled separately, it means you can now adjust the vibration intensity of each pattern.
In comparison to the original Tango’s four vibration settings and four pattern settings, the Tango X has a whopping EIGHT vibration intensity settings and seven pattern options. Or…it might be better to say six pattern options, since one of the “patterns” is just standard steady vibration.
The seven different vibration patterns on the Tango X are described as:
As a final feature, the Tango X also now boasts a travel lock. To activate the travel lock, press and hold the “+” and “-“ buttons at the same time for two seconds. The Tango X will pulse twice, and then lock. To unlock it, hold the buttons down in the same manner.
We-Vibe Tango X Performance:
When I used the Tango X for the first time, I actually felt a brief flash of terror as I realized the Tango X was missing one of the things I loved about the original Tango. You see, my go-to method of using the original Tango was to just sort of nestle it between my labia, do some sort of squeeze/grind combo, and go to town, basically. Because the Tango was 100% ABS plastic, the vibrations traveled throughout the whole toy and made it very…slippery and consistent, well suited, whatever to the way I personally liked using the Tango for masturbation.
I’m realizing now that maybe I have been using bullet vibrators “incorrectly,” and I should’ve been holding them in my hand like a clitoral laser pointer this whole time. Whoops.
The silicone grip handle of the Tango X makes keeping a steady grip on this toy a breeze, but it means I can’t use the Tango X in the way that I enjoy using the original Tango. Sure, I can achieve mostly the same effect, but the silicone dampens the vibrations and doesn’t create the same texture experience that I’ve enjoyed in the past. Once, my outer labia were a conveniently designed bun to fit the Tango’s hot dog. Now, I have to adjust my technique to accommodate the Tango X.
While this broke my heart a little bit, I recognize that the silicone grip has way more positives than negatives. Being given the ability to independently adjust vibration settings and being able to go forward and backwards in a setting menu is simply too good to turn my nose up at. The silicone grip handle allows for easy tactile manipulation of the raised buttons, and most importantly, it lets you keep a fucking grip! For everyone who may have had the audacity to tell you to “get a grip” during the hell year of COVID-19, the handle of the Tango X will allow you to get a grip on at least one thing in your life.
For handheld use, the silicone grip handle of the Tango X also does a great job at slightly dulling the vibrations so that my hand doesn’t go uncomfortably numb or get buzzed out from holding the Tango X in place. For partnered sex, the silicone grip of the Tango X is even more beneficial, as it offers much better dexterity when holding the toy aimed against someone else’s genitals. Since accessibility is something I care about a lot in sex toys, I’m fundamentally hyped up that the Tango X offers its users a much better grip.
Okay, I Don’t Care About Ergonomics. Did You Orgasm or Not?
Yes. Absolutely. Yes.
The Tango X is even more rumbly than the original Tango, delivering deep, satisfying vibration quality that delivers fantastic orgasms. The Tango X didn’t leave me feeling like something was missing after I orgasmed. I felt…complete. It’s like the feeling of when you eat a home-cooked meal for dinner as opposed to eating something like, uh, just ten fucking slices of ham while standing in front of the fridge. The original Tango always left me with this same feeling of complete satisfaction, but the Tango X somehow does it even better. Maybe it’s the feeling of eating a home-cooked meal AND knowing that someone else has already done the dishes. Now THAT makes me horny!
With eight vibration settings (eight! EIGHT!!!) the Tango X offers a wider range of vibrations with a more subtle change between each setting. Like I said earlier, when the Tango X is on its lowest setting, you can visually see it moving back and forth. This slower paced setting is a concentrated “thump” to counter the overwhelming intensity of the “holy fucking shit” strength of the Tango X’s highest setting. At every setting, the Tango X’s vibrations are deep, rumbly, and truly the fucking best. It’s hard to talk about a sensation as well executed as the Tango X, but like….really, what can I say except 10/10, did orgasm, will do again.
Finally, Some Good Fucking Gender:
Without a doubt, the thing I was MOST excited about upon seeing the Tango X was the new midnight blue color option. While the original Tango was available in a periwinkle-ish blue, it still felt so…painfully…girly. As the original Tango was also heavily marketed, heavily reviewed, heavily….spoken about in general as a “lipstick vibrator,” I got that uncomfortable feeling that I tend to get whenever I feel overburdened by the specter of femininity. Maybe it’s empowering and sexy for some people, but not for me.
The Tango X is still I GUESS a “lipstick” vibrator, but it doesn’t feel associated with femininity or lipstick anymore to me. It feels more like a USB flash drive, or really…just a vague object that isn’t really like anything but itself. It’s sleek, it’s minimalist, and it’s simple. Plus, the midnight blue is really visually gorgeous to look at. It feels like a more mature vibrator, too. The original periwinkle and pink colors of the Tango felt like Lisa Frank, but the new midnight blue and cherry red colors for the Tango X feel more like standard electronics, like the different colors available for iPhones.
I appreciate the added level of maturity—while I love fun, bright colors, I also like colors that make me feel like the grown-up that I am. For an extremely multipurpose vibrator that is likely to be used in a variety of situations, such as placed in a dildo or in a strap-on harness pocket, placed against a partner, or used on yourself, I think it’s good to go for neutral colors. After all, whipping out a bright pink or sweet periwinkle vibrator in a setting like a BDSM dungeon or a structured roleplay scene can really kill the mood. Midnight blue can suit any scenario—maybe the person holding the midnight blue Tango X is a serious alien dominatrix from outer space, maybe they’re a sexy boss giving you a sexy spanking in their sexy office, maybe they’re doing something else entirely. Who knows! Navy blue is an all-purpose color, and it looks nice. Great call, We-Vibe.
Final Thoughts on the We-Vibe Tango X:
The We-Vibe Tango X met all of my expectations, and I’m so happy that Betty’s Toy Box granted me the opportunity to try it. The vibrations are of amazing quality, and the expanded range of vibration intensity options and pattern settings offer a greatly increased number of ways to use the Tango X compared to the original Tango . Ergonomically, the Tango X is a delight, and every aspect of it was designed to make using it convenient, effortless, and easy. The original Tango was a legendary vibrator for good reason, and releasing a “new and improved” version of such a beloved product was bound to leave fans of the original (like myself) desperate to know how the updated version would compare to the original. I’m happy to say that the Tango X improved on every aspect of the original Tango’s design, and resolved every complaint I had with the original model. If you’re looking for a high quality, all-purpose bullet vibrator, I can’t recommend the Tango X enough.
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Affiliate links have been used in this post.