Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
+Content is all exclusive and is dated.
+You can stream or download all the videos.
+Videos can be downloaded in multiple resolution from tiny 160p all the way to true 1080p HD.
+Download speeds are decent and you can use a download manager.
+They have photos of each scene.
+They have the first and sometime only anal scenes of some very popular models.
-The site is rather small with only 48 videos and little chances of increasing that number by more than 4 per month(if that).
-The photos are all taken from the videos and you can`t download them as a single zip file.
-They have an upcoming video section but it only shows one upcoming video so not very reassuring.
*This is the site of the Hard-X studio so instead of buying their dvd you can now join and download their scenes individually. That's great news for fans of the female director Mason who was with Elegant Angel before it`s demise. They don't have many scenes but the ones that are here are quite good and well worth a membership.
*I think one of the biggest selling point for anal fans is that you get to download 3 of Allie Haze`s anal scenes. On a related not. Those that aren`t fans of anal might want to think before joining because half of the videos include anal in them. It`s worse if you want lesbian porn because there is only one lesbian scene.
*This is all gonzo porn but not the too extreme kind. It`s well lit, well shot and offers a wide variety of angles and views. The acting from all between the different performers as well.
*I got a special 5$ offer but I don`t think that 25$ or in our case 15 is an outrageous amount considering what you get for your money.
**Now some may think that my score is a little high for what is still a rather small site but I believe that it's better to have only a few great videos than a huge amount of less than stellar ones.***
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
- New studio site
- Affiliated with Open Life and Erotica X
- All scenes directed by Mason
- Supports download managers
- Many choices for viewing scenes
- TBP / PU discount
- Several Ďfirstsí
- Small site for now
- Videos arenít associated with the DVDs they appear in
Hard X is both a new studio and new website that features videos from the studio. The studio (and site) feature scenes directed by Mason, formerly from the Elegant Angel studio. Itís also a sister site to Masonís other studio/site Erotica X. Obviously the scenes at Hard X have a much harder edge than those at Erotica X. In my opinion, Mason is one of the best directors in the business. She brings a unique feel to her scenes and brings out the best in her performers.
One of the reasons Iíve been waiting impatiently for this site to go live was that Mason has brought a number of Ďfirstsí here. Iím a big fan of anal scenes and Hard X made a (justifiably) big deal over the first anal scenes for Maddy OíReilly and Annika Albrite. The site promises more in the future too.
Iíll deal with the major negative element first, since it will likely be a deal-breaker for some potential members. Because the studio is new they donít have a big catalogue yet, so the site is small too. There are currently only 30 scenes available. Since the site only launched last week I canít verify an update schedule, though the site itself has an Ďupcomingí tab and that shows a new scene being added per week. Yes, I know that seems slow, but this is a new studio and they donít have a lot to offer yet. A potential member will have to make his or her own decision on value, but with the TBP / PU discount I think this is a great value. I think that this isnít Ďcommodity porní but is unique and uses A-list models in scenes with high production values. I like to think of sites like this (and Erotica X too) as high-end steakhouses in a world of greasy buffets. (And yes, I realize that my analogy is unflattering.) TBP reports that the site also offers a full 2-day trial. This would be an incredible value for someone who just wanted to check out what the site has to offer.
The other negative is probably more subjective, but when Iím on a studio site I prefer that the videos be grouped by DVD title or capable of being sorted that way. For some reason, Hard X doesnít do that. I hope as the site grows they add a ďDVDĒ tab.
The site is well laid out with four scene per page, each with one large screenshot and two smaller ones. The scenes are titled with the modelís name in the title. There are tags for specific niches and the modelís name is a tag too. Each scene opens into its own page where you have all of the same information and brief description of the scene too.
As with all Open Life sites, there are a range of options for viewing and downloading the scenes. Streaming is available in seven resolutions ranging from 160p to 1080p. Downloads are available in WMV format (160p, 240p, 360p and 480p) and MP4 format (160p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 540p, 720p and 1080p). I downloaded the 720p and those are 1080x720 at 4800kb/s and 29fps. They look crisp and show no pixilation. Those files are, on average, about 1.3GB in size.
I had no problems using a download manager to queue up the scenes I wanted. There were no unreasonable time-outs on the links and my downloads hit and sustained the maximum speed that my manager allows (11mb/s).
The bottom line is that I highly recommend that you check this site out of you like hardcore porn with a slightly rough edge. This contrasts well with its sister site where the hardcore is softer and more couples-oriented. The site offers some excellent porn with some of the biggest names in adult these days. The site is well organized and logical. There are lots of options for viewing or downloading the scene too. When you add it up and apply the TBP discount I think this is a great value. As the site grows, it will become an even better value.
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Check you inbox for promo offering of $5 for the first month of Hard X.
I've never been a member, but lately, it seems I've been getting a lot of promo offers from sites to join for $5 for the first month.
Don't know if this is a sign of desperation, or if the hard economic times are still continuing for the porn sites.
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