Helix Studios was reviewed on 2 Apr 2013 by GayDemon
|Site Score: 91 out of 100||Videos:||15 / 20||Tour Claims:||5 / 5||Find out more about ratings, read the score criteria.|
|Pictures:||4 / 5||Uniqueness:||19 / 20|
|Content Amount:||20 / 20||Usability||4 / 5|
|Updates:||14 / 15||Value:||10 / 10|
2010 exclusive videos. MP4s sized from 640x480 @ about 1.1 Mbps (oldest) at amateur quality to 1280x720 @ 3.56 Mbps and 2 smaller sizes (newest) at good amateur quality. Videos are downloadable full scenes, streaming versions available, no DRM used.
2010 photo sets. New photos are digital stills sized at 1333x2000, good amateur quality or better. Old sets are screencaps or amateur quality digital stills sized at 480x360 or 640x469. Slideshows and downloadable zip files available. 15 to 40 pics per set.
Blog in free section of site. Scheduled live show.
- Monthly (streaming only): $19.95 (recurring every 30 days)
- Monthly: $29.95 (recurring every 30 days)
- Monthly: $34.95 (30 days, non recurring)
- Quarterly: $69.95 (90 days, non recurring)
Helix Studios is one of the biggest and best-known twink sites out there and has been delivering high quality porn for more than ten years. The Helix Studios site was launched at the beginning of 2002 and later that year they released their first full length movie on DVD. Back in the day, they were releasing videos under the brand name SpankThis. Along the line, five more sub-studios have been introduced; 8Teenboy, Fratboy, LatinStuds, HotStuds and RawLads. Each has its own specialty and all together they make the Helix Studios brand.
The focus here is on smooth twinks, college-aged guys and jocks. While most of the guys have slender bodies, I did find some more muscular and beefy guys as well. In my opinion, the majority of them are handsome and attractive. Since the Helix models come from North America, South America and Europe, there is quite some variety in types of guys. Plenty of the guys have pretty big and thick cocks, too.
This is a very large site and it offers all kinds of action, from jerk off videos to hardcore duos and from horny threesomes to gang bang action. Besides the usual cock sucking and ass plowing, there is also some more kinky stuff, such as bareback fucking, double penetration, bondage, spanking and role play. It has been more than two years since we last reviewed this site, so let’s see what is happening inside the member’s area.
At the time of this review there are 2010 scenes inside the video section. Some of the scenes have been pulled from DVDs, while others have been filmed exclusively for the website. Besides the normal scenes, there are plenty of recorded live shows and behind the scenes videos, too. The site updates with five new videos every week.
The videos here are offered as downloads and streaming videos, but it does depend on which membership you are buying. There is a full membership that comes with downloads and streaming videos and there is a cheaper streaming-only option, as well.
The DRM-free downloads are available in M4V format, the newer vids at 1080x720 and 1 or 2 smaller sizes at good amateur quality, the older videos at 960x540 or 640x480 at fairly good amateur quality, although the very oldest vids are low-amateur. The streaming videos come in three different sizes. Looking at the largest sizes, newer videos play at 960x540, while some of the older videos play at 640x480 or 640x360. The smaller downloads play fine on most mobile devices including iPhone and iPad, and membership comes with access to a mobile optimized site, as well. The videos are also optimized to play on your Roku streaming player. Overall, the video quality ranges from average to good and everything in between.
Every Helix Studios scene comes with a short description of the action, links to the model pages and a picture gallery. Each gallery contains between 15 and 40 pictures. You can watch the pictures online in a Flash based slideshow or download them all together in a zip file. The new photos are digital stills sized at 1333x2000, while the older photos are screencaps at either 640x469 or 480x360. The newer pictures are sharp, the older aren't bad, and they all show the action quite well.
Helix Studios offers weekly live shows on their site. Some of them are free for anyone and others are exclusively for members of the site. There’s also a blog with previews, backgrounds and news, but that blog is accessible for anyone. Inside the members area, there is also a link that leads to a DVD store, where you can order all the physical Helix Studios DVDs. As a member, you get 30% on all purchases, a plus if you're a fan.
Helix Studios has built a quality product over the years and there aren’t any major issues here. There's a pre-checked email offer on the join page, so if you don't want to get emails, you'll need to uncheck it. As mentioned, some of the older videos aren’t the best quality and could use some work, but there are plenty more good quality videos. And one last thing is to make sure that if you want to save the videos, don't accidentally choose the streaming-only membership option.
Helix Studios is one of the best and biggest twink sites with a huge video library. There is plenty of variety in both the types of guys as well as the action they are in. Videos are available as DRM-free downloads and streaming versions, and they are compatible with mobile devices and Roku players. With five exclusive scenes added every week, the site constantly offers something fresh for its members. The weekly interactive live shows are a nice bonus. If you are looking for a site that offers tons of content featuring horny fresh faced guys, Helix Studios is definitely a site you'll want to check out.
Things we liked:
- Exclusive content with Hot twinks and jocks in action
- Five updates per week
- Videos are downloadable (No DRM)
- Regular interactive live shows
- Access to mobile version of site
Things we didn't like:
- Pre-checked email offer on join page
- Oldest videos are low amateur quality