The Max2 was my first toy. I bought it for the remote connectivity aspect. That didn’t quite work out, as she lost interest, so I instead used Max with scripts. It’s OK that way, but there are very few scripts that command the contractions. Typically, it’s just the vibration. After owning the Max for a year or so, I felt…restless and decided to buy The Handy.
The two are almost completely opposite in their philosophy. Max is an automatic vibrator that you manually stroke. The Handy is an automatic stroker that doesn’t vibrate.
I find it easy to get going with Max. Lube the sleeve, myself, and slide in. I can do that even if the video is running and Max is vibrating. The Handy takes me out of the moment, because I can’t put it on when the video/script are running. I have to stop the video and get the sleeve into the band, which sounds easy, but the silicone sleeve is grippy, and the stock band isn’t super long, so it can be a little fiddly to strap in. By the way, the sleeve IS grippy - I never had it come out of the band. I find The Handy to be quite strong. I’m learning to use lots more lube than I do with Max.
The Handy is quieter than the Max. My ear says about 5 dB. Neither one is objectionable in my opinion. Both clean up easily - they both use a removable sleeve.
Gripping Max is natural - I hold it like I’d hold my penis (if my penis was monstrous). Gripping The Handy is like holding the far end of Max, where the charging port is. I need to actively press The Handy against my abdomen, or it lifts itself off of my penis!
Using scripts for local control is about the same with both devices. I use Intiface desktop, MultiFunPlayer or Scriptplayer. There are many thousands of scripts that work with The Handy; most script authors are writing for a stroker of some kind, if not The Handy in particular. There is a good population of script authors for strokers; almost none for Max.
Going from Max to The Handy takes a bit of patience. With Max, I control pretty much everything about the experience, plus I get vibrations. With The Handy, the script controls everything. As you note, ‘the stranger effect’. Once I got used to it, I began to like the…surprises that I’m experiencing. One thing to note: I found it necessary to adjust the stroke parameters so that the bottom was a few mm higher up. Everyone’s different, which is why the top and bottom are adjustable. Nice touch.
The stock sleeve seems…short, like it’s intended to focus more on the tip. But that perception might be an artefact of being accustomed to Max. I bought the 2nd Gen sleeve, but haven’t tried it yet. I want to keep experimenting with the original for a while. Science!
I’m not a gamer, so no VR here. So far, I’m enjoying the 2D videos and scripts that this community has made for them. I’m finding that I prefer different videos with Max than I do The Handy. I didn’t expect that at all, but it’s a pleasant surprise to enrich my repertoire. I haven’t used The Handy’s video partners; many seem VR oriented.
I still use Max and That One Favourite Video™ when I’m in a rush, and I’m using The Handy when I can take some time to relax and enjoy things. They both have their place, and I’m glad that I bought Max, but I am very happy with The Handy, and I’m still finding ways to enjoy myself with it. As time goes on, I’m finding myself using The Handy more than Max.