SWANK MAG REVIEW

 
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Site Rating (4.8)
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Site Promises*****
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Content Amount*****
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Swank Mag

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Part magazine, part hardcore mega-site. This masturbation-inducing Frankenstein goes to show how far we've cum since the old days of purchasing our favorite smut rags brown bag style.
Site type: Pay site, category: Megasites, Hardcore
Complete review published on 12.15.2011
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[v]Intro promises(5)

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Swank Mag does a great job of blending the nostalgia one gets from turning the pages of a smut rag while, at the same time, combining it with all of the best elements of a modern day mega-site. The site's had an impressive 6 year run, and in addition to access to all the best issues of the zine, members are treated to numerous high-quality videos, as well as "thousands of explicit photographs," content that has "never before been seen on the Internet!" And in addition to their legendarily intense update schedule, they also throw in behind-the-scenes footage and tons of bonus content.

[v]Content Amount(5)Last updated on December 29, 2012.

Videos:
Over 608 videos about 24 minutes each (download and stream)
DRM: No restrictions
+ Full Movies, Multi-Bandwidth
Format:
WMV (1620kb/s, 640x480)
WMV (9530kb/s, 480x360)
MP4 (1300kb/s, 352x240)
MP4 (3400kb/s, 720x480)
MP4 (800kb/s, 510x340)
Pictures:
Over 1343 galleries about 120 pictures each
+ Fullscreen pictures, Zip archives
Dating:
Extra:
3rd Party Feeds, Bonus Sites, Model Index, Live Chat

[v]PricesLast updated on December 29, 2012.

$19.95 29.95 / one month (recurring)
Terms: May cancel anytime before rebill date
Payment options: Credit Cards, Online Check

[v]Sample Videos

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[v]Sample Galleries

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All 18 galleries from Swank Mag  

[v]Impression(4.5)

Upon logging into Swank Mag, you might at first be a bit taken aback by the layout. Instead of your compact and clean magazine/photography studio style layout, you're redirected to a page much more akin to a mega-site, and rightfully so. Because that's precisely what it is. In fact, the first menu you'll encounter on the page drops down to reveal 14 additional sites. It's a diverse mix of hardcore sites and like-minded e-zines, with niches ranging from teen to tranny; Leg Action, Crazy Ex GFs, and Plumpers, to name a few. Not only that, but they've supplied a generous archive of downloadable DVDs. They've also got a Video-On-Demand section, where viewing prices start at 3.95 per 15 minute session. If you should decide to go that route, I have one piece of advice for you: buy in bulk.

The page itself actually looks good, aside from those pesky, over-sized ads they've placed smack dab in the middle of the page. One banner I didn't mind, however, told of an offer currently available to all members. You have your choice of either a 3 month free subscription to the magazine or a DVD of your choice from the store. Not bad at all. The remainder of the page is filled out with recent site updates, network updates, and a sidebar populated with recent site news and just about any sort of top 30 list you can imagine.

The basic keyword search also ended up cumming in handy, but once you go into advanced mode it really shines. There you can both include and exclude specific keywords, set it for exact matches on strings of text, as well as filter by site, media type, or just limit the results to certain release-date windows, as far back as 90 days. What's more, members can actually suggest descriptive tags for scenes, which is not only a testament to the interactive nature of the site, but is also one more step toward making those über specific, sometimes overly obscure, searches a real possibility.

If you were a fan of porn rags in your youth, then you'll, no doubt, feel right at home once you turn the e-pages. It's a lot like the "dirty books" many of us were scolded by our mothers for looking at, you know, back in the good old days. Although I'd say it's much more akin to Hustler and Penthouse than the likes of Playboy. For one thing, you always get full frontal nudity, with plenty of spread shots and penetration. The shots feature solo masturbation, one-on-one, and lesbian action that looks quite natural and very, very hot. Each issue cums with around 140 pages of goodness.

The photos are professional, studio quality work, just as you'd expect from any reputable magazine. They're also offered in multiple resolutions, with an awesome viewer. It simulates turning the page with each click of the right arrow, and allows the user to zoom in-and-out, as well as fit the image to your current browser window or go completely full-screen. Or if find a shot you're just dying to hang on the fridge, there's always the print button. On the downside, the large resolution, while certainly above average, could have been a bit bigger.

The watermarks were also oddly placed and a little distracting. And aside from the inconsistent, haphazard organization, the most glaring problem of all would be the fact there are issues beyond 2008. Perhaps they're still in the process of adding issues, though, so I'll cut them some lack. Either way, I hope they start adding more, they are, after all, how the site got its name.

The latest videos have okay resolutions and good play-back quality. I'd have certainly preferred a larger resolution, HD if they can swing it, but these babies are still quite watchable. However, the further back you go into the archive, things, quite naturally, progressively go downhill with the oldest of the updates being very poor. Sure, that's the nature of the beast, but I think they could do a great job of balancing it all out by upping the ante in their video encoding. But at least they offer an assortment of formats: Windows Media, MPEG-4, and a few supported by your favorite mobile devices, too.

If you're in for some hardcore scenes, then you won't be disappointed. There are 608 vids altogether, with the main focus being on, shall we say, group efforts. Erect penises will be freed from tight pants, thighs will be parted, panties annihilated. Expect to see Lesbian, interracial, DP, threesomes, foursomes, and straight up orgies. The only downsides I can see are that the porn resembles the old-school, studio style, which can come off as a little formulaic and vanilla to some. Personally, I found the scenes hot. Running times, unfortunately, are a little inconsistent. Some scenes are as short as 7 minutes whilst others are nearly an hour long. It seems, too, that the average running-time has decreased since the site launched.

[v]Conclusion(4.8)

Swank Mag is an excellent choice, especially for those looking to get their first taste of a wide variety of hardcore staples. In all honesty, I feel the actual magazine could have been represented a little more, but I understand the urge to go heavy on the extra video content, as that's what undoubtedly more popular in this day and age. Nevertheless, it's hard to complain too much when they offer so much. So, while they may not be as magazine oriented as I'd have preferred, I think their breakneck update schedule, plethora of bonus sites, and dick-stiffening content are just enough to balance things out. Hell, it's worth a test-drive just for the sheer volume of content.
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