Pros and Cons
- many 1080p HD videos
- favorites tracking
- mobile-responsive design
- limited pagination when browsing
- no advanced search engine
- limited trial
Next Door Studios will ring a bell for some of you out there. After all, it's the name behind a lot of fantastic gay porn, both online and on DVD. In its earliest days, this production house featured mostly amateur talent, but nowadays it isn't generally true of this network.
Next Door Casting might be the one real exception. Despite my initial skepticism, its fresh-faced performers are nervous enough on camera that they may very well be inexperienced. Otherwise, though many are gay-for-pay players, most of the men on NextDoorStudios are pornstars.
Moreover, when you feast your eyes on the 3,289 videos, you'll realize that they're anything but amateur productions. And it's not just because nearly 2,200 of the newer ones are in Full HD, but also because the production values are high. At least it's true of anything newer than, say, a decade ago - some of the very earliest content from sites like Tommy D XXX and Stroke That Dick does look less professionally shot.
To be honest, those sites don't interest me the most. I find some of the newer additions the most interesting, like Next Door Raw. Yes, part of the attraction is the bareback sex, but that's only because some of the action on the other sites seems almost clinical or sterile - some of the gay-for-pay pornstars employed by this studio have been known to simulate the penetration. But they aren't faking those raw poles sliding into tight assholes.
I also appreciate that this network brings you 3,218 photo galleries that often have high-res images. There are some truly beautiful specimens on the various sites and I love that when I find a guy with a hot bod, handsome face and big throbbing rod, I can download his gallery in a Zip file. Many of the guys are white with little body hair. Besides occasionally finding a hairier man, as well as twinks and twunks on Next Door Twink, thanks to sites like Next Door Ebony, you'll also encounter men of color.
As far as the interface goes, you can browse just the videos or just the photos, as well as all the updates from all the sites or just one of them. You can keep track of your favorite scenes and there are ratings and comments - in fact, members seem to provide a lot of feedback. You can sort the content and there are tags, but there isn't an advanced search engine, only a basic one, though at least you can filter your results by movies, guys or photos. Also, the pagination is limited to browsing only a few pages at a time.
Some sites aren't updating at all, but the network is still growing multiple times per week. They've added 23 scenes in the last month alone, which is nothing to sneeze at - cum over, maybe, but not sneeze. Next Door Studios is definitely worth joining. This is honestly a stellar network for hardcore gay action.