The Cognito made by Joseph Lingua of the eponymous LMS Gear is in it's second iteration. I figured I had better pick one up and see what all of the hype was. And as with so many other popular high end spinners, I was in for a long wait. Sometimes, you're disappointed after that wait. This wasn't one of those times.
The Cognito is an extremely well machined and finished fidget spinner. It is almost too well done. It's hard to believe that an individual made this and not a large company with a practiced machining and finishing method. Not that a small shop can't accomplish this, it's just that this looks like a Lego piece almost. When I first opened it, I thought it was a prop or something. I'm really impressed. I chose to go high end with this spinner and get the titanium version. I don't own many titanium spinners, and...I regret that now. Titanium, being near the top of the hardness scale for metals and in between aluminum and stainless steel as far as metal desnity really is an ideal metal for a fidget focused spinner. And, with it's cog design, that is of course what the Cognito aspires to be.
At just under 2" in diameter, this spinner is perfect for all hand sizes slanting towards small for you hamburger helper types. It is offered in, from lightest to heaviest, aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, brass and copper with dizzying array of patterns and hand finishing options. Buttons match the body. The Cognito offers much personalization within it's own family of spinners making it so each spinner has a bit of novelty to it. I'm particularly fond of the honeycomb pattern that's in my hand right now. I'm typing with one hand.
The cog or gear design has 12 evenly spaced almost semi-circle cutouts and the body tapers ever so slightly as we reach the perimeter of the spinners. While subtle, this is a very shrewd design decision giving the spinner more clearance from wayward fingers and skin while spinning. The machining and finishing, as mentioned are extremely well done. The buttons sit dangerously close to the body and are threaded and easy to remove. Under them you'll find a full Zr02 ceramic 608 7 ball open bearing with a retainer.
As much as I love the Cognito from a design standpoint, I like it even more as a pure fidget focused spinner. This isn't a long spinner. Let's get that out of the way right now. Record setting spin times aren't the goal here. And as celebrated as the r188 bearings have become in the fidget spinner industry, this is the perfect use case for a 608 bearing. If you enjoy a smooth completely wobble free spin with a soft metallic hum, then the Cognito will be right up your alley. Perfectly balanced...as most circles are, it gives you a really unique feeling while spinning.
Being fidget focused, this spinner might top the list as far as ease of spinning. There are no bad spots to send the circle moving. Additionally, almost any type of flick you prefer to use to spin your fidget spinner will work exceedingly well with the Cognito. You may actually come up with a few different techniques not possible with other spinners. Being so well-balanced, this is an easy to balance on one finger type of spinner as well. I'm gushing here, but it's warranted.
If the Cognito isn't the most fidgetable spinner on the market, it's certainly close. And it's far and away my favorite cog style spinner on the market having virtually started the category. The Cognito is offered in metals and prices for all budgets starting at the ever affordable aluminum model at just $50 (this spinner would be my choice for sure if I was looking for an aluminum spinner) up to the high end titanium at $130. I'll go ahead and say it...this is my new favorite spinner. Great job LMS Gear.