Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
||Over 2800 exclusive scenes downloadable in multiple formats (up to 720p wmv files for new members)
Decent/occasionally good customer service
||Keep 1080p only for "elite" members (or those who are willing to pay on a per-scene basis) and don't make note of that anywhere before you join.
For such a large network, the content is very repetitive (easily the most repetitive out of all the large networks I've been to).
Pre-checked cross-sell on signup.
Site navagation could be much better.
Pics are not very large (533x800px if I remember correctly, but definitely not much larger than that).
They seem to have more billing issues than most major (and trusted) websites
Some older scenes with pages up, but no videos there (so no way to view videos)
||The dilemma I face with grading Brazzers is something I think is a little interesting. The basic question is: How do you grade a company that puts out good content regularly but engages in business practices that are at best greedy and at worst intentionally deceptive? To me, the answer is that you talk about them both, and let the person reading it make up their own minds about it.
As far as their content goes, it is among the upper echelon of network sites. They put out about 15-17 updates a week, in multiple formats all the way up to 1080p. They very recently allowed access to the 720p files for all members, but 1080p still requires you to either pay extra or be a member for an extended period of time. I can't judge how well it looks, because I don't have a computer beefy enough to run it, but I have heard good things. As far as the actual content inside the scenes, it's about what you would expect from mainstream porn. There's a thread on this site about the roughness that is becoming prevalent in porn, and that can definitely be seen creeping into the scenes on this site. In fact, they just debuted a site that is specifically dedicated to rough sex in "Pornstar Punishment". The content also suffers from another problem that many online networks face, which is that the content isn't very original, so after you've seen a few scenes from each "site", it seems like you've seen them all. The pictures are there, and there are a bunch of them, but they aren't very high-res (533x800), and to be honest, there are large groups of pictures that show basically the same thing, like no one took the time to prune though the set at all. Some people may like this, I find it a little annoying.
The website navagation is okay, but it leaves something to be desired. There are tags, but there aren't as extensive as they could be. There is a model list, but it isn't very easy or welcoming for just browsing through all the models. I might argue that navigating through models is easier on the tour page than it is on the member page, which should never be the case. The search bar works, but only for girls and scene names. The scene pages look a little cluttered, with a little too much content/information filling up the bottom of the page. And while it's easy to find out who the female talent is from the scene page, figuring out the male talent is a good deal harder, especially if you don't know them by look.
Now, as far as their business practices. The first thing, and I think it's the easiest and biggest one to harp on, is the HD content. It doesn't say anywhere that it doesn't come with the regular membership until you actually become a member. They've slightly remedied this by allowing access to the 720p content, but they still advertise the 1080p, which you can't get without the strings attached. There's also a pre-checked cross sell, which basically automatically reduces 5 points from the score of any site that has it. (continued in replies)
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