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Penthouse.com is up for review today, and I'm sure you know the name. This is the official website of the magazine company by the same name. If you're familiar with their content, you'll know exactly what to expect here. They're on the hardcore side for a magazine, but it never gets as crazy as some of the websites you'll come across. The grab big-named stars and have them do anything from pose solo to get fucked in threesomes while tied up, or similar :) They have a ton of content, and even a few of the extras you're used to seeing from their magazine. $25 a month gets you in the door, which isn't bad at all.
Lots to see here.
You expect a site like Penthouse to be pretty large, and they don't disappoint. They've been shooting content for decades; I have no idea what % of their collection is online, but there's a lot to see. There are over 3,200 photo galleries, and over 1,000 videos, all original from their own collection.
Multiple daily updates.
It looks like they have a pretty consistent update schedule with three new videos and one new photo gallery put up each day. That'll really help their video counts get more in proportion to their photo counts, if that's your thing.
Photo gallery viewing setup is pretty nice.
I am not normally impressed by such a basic part of a site, but they did a nice job here. First, you get a view of all the thumbnails, as expected. Once viewing a photo, you can switch between all five of the photo sizes, or start a slideshow if you wish. Even better, they have a dynamic list of the other thumbnails that are near your position, so you can jump to whatever picture you want next with relative ease.
Great download/viewing options.
As I already mentioned, the photos come in five different sizes currently, plus five matching zip files to go along with them. The videos are offered in streaming format, with filmstrip navigation, plus a WMV, MPG, MP4, and mobile download option.
Other Good Stuff:
Of course, Penthouse shoots all of their own content. I would guess it's not quite as 100% exclusive as some other site's content is (that might be less popular), but most of this should be brand new material for you. Subscribers to the magazine, or purchasers of their videos would be another story of course.
The photos look great here. They are obviously well done with great lighting and other technical details. Plus, they offer huge photo sizes that were better than expected (currently 4000x2667).
The navigation is decent here with lists of Pets, pornstars, categories, and more you can browse by.
The 3D videos are a nice touch to keep up with the times. I used some 3D glasses I had laying around, which worked pretty well (I just wish the colors were more saturated using those things). They also offer some kind of cross-eyed thing, or parallel viewing option where you're supposed to focus your eyes differently. They both use two different videos side by side, and you need to converge them somehow. I tried for a couple minutes and never had much luck, even though I'm usually decent at things like stereograms.
Video quality needs work.
This was my one major disappointment. They say they offer HD videos, and they do, sort of (see below). However, even their best quality videos are probably at about average, or less, for what we're used to seeing. They're all just a bit too small and a bit too compressed. I'd feel better if they tried to pump out the best possible quality for their online videos.
Quality gets worse with age, as expected.
Their collection spans decades, so it's pretty standard for the quality to decrease with age. They don't look horrible or anything, but the older sets definitely take another few steps down in quality.
They don't provide any scene info here unfortunately. It makes the site feel more corporate, and less personal. Models do have small bios at least.
The HD video here is streaming only, and cannot be downloaded. On top of that, it really is pretty low quality considering it is 720p.
I was happy to see that their streaming video offered filmstrip navigation. However, the setup could be improved. If you want to jump ahead, it's a little slow going to use their "arrow" navigation tools. Some kind of slider would work better to make it quicker to scan the thumbnails, and to see where you are in the video exactly as you're browsing said thumbnails as well.
There's a ton to see and some great photos, though a few areas are lagging for me.
I always assume a site like Penthouse can afford to do everything at 110%, so I expect a lot from them. In some areas, they don't disappoint. There's a ton of content, several daily updates, and the photos look really nice here. Navigation isn't bad, and the options for viewing the content are decent as well. My main concern is the videos, which don't look as good as they should in my opinion. Granted, I guess they didn't start off as a video company, but they can do better. The look a little compressed and small, and even the new HD videos (that can only be streamed) don't look fantastic. Of course, other content starts to show some age as you go back in the archives as well, but that's pretty expected. I think this is a solid collection overall, but they'd really kick ass if they could step it up in the video arena.
About the Content:
Downloadable exclusive scenes featuring Penthouse Pets and other pornstars posing solo, and getting into all kinds of hardcore action.
Yes, should work.
Channel Max: 16
Able to pause/resume.
Test Software: IDM
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