Today's review is of Club Jessica Jaymes. This is the official site of pornstar Jessica Jaymes, and this is a hardcore site focusing on a single model (obviously). But Jessica Jaymes isn't just a pornstar, she's also Hustler's first contract girl, has hosted a reality show on PlayboyTV, and is a former elementary school teacher. The site tour promises weekly updates, a weekly webcam, hi-res videos and photos, and access to 8 other sites, so let's see how it stacks up.
The members area is easy to use if a bit on the simple side. The main navigation comes from a link bar at the very top of the pages. Everything is easy to find, there's not a lot of distractions, but with the way the pictures and videos sections break down further, it might be confusing at first to someone new to the web (there isn't much text, but reading will help that). Watch for the easily-overlooked page 2 link on the solo photos page. And there are no ads on the site.
The star of the site is of course Jessica Jaymes. She's an attractive brunette, mid-20s, medium height (which means tall for porn) and has a good body - though I find her implants a tad orb-ish. Although originally she was known for doing only girl-girl scenes, on this site there's a mix of solo, girl-girl, and boy-girl content. Videos run generally from 7 to 20 minutes a piece, though some of the cam archive vids run way longer, up to an hour.
There are 49 videos total including the 9 cam archive vids. The site updates irregularly from a week to 10 days or so, but most of that seems to be photos, videos are added a lot less often than that, lately once or twice a month judging by this updates page.
Streaming videos are in WMV format, and there are also downloadable versions in WMV and QuickTime MOV formats. There's no single largest size of video, some are 400x300 with about 600 kbps bitrate, while others are 640x480 at about 1000 kbps, and there are still other sizes in between - and that doesn't seem to be based on how new they are. Each video also has a lower-bandwidth version for both streaming and download versions. A nifty thing about the cam archive vids is that you can move the slider to any point and it'll load right up instead of making you buffer the whole video first.
Videos are generally good quality, nice professional porn work in terms of image, composition, lighting and such. The video transfers on some make them a bit soft, but those are still decent. And the archived cam vids look alright too, especially since the word "cams" makes me think of choppy shit vids that look like they were shot on the world's oldest cellphone camera - my point is these ain't that. The larger vids of course do well at fullscreen, while the smaller ones do alright. Sound is sometimes at a good level and sometimes quiet.
There are 82 solo photo galleries, 13 girl-girl photo sets, and 7 boy-girl galleries, for a total of 102 photo sets. The galleries have around 40 to 120 photos per set. The pics are high quality images and generally professionally shot. Photos are either about 680x1024 or 850x1280, and around 100 to 225kb. The galleries also offer low-res versions, and zip files to download the entire set at once.
The site also has a semi-regular blog from Jessica, it dates back to July of 2006 although there is a gap in the archives for November and December. There's also live cam access, occasionally Jessica will do these but it's not clear when and the current "upcoming" date is from 3 weeks ago as of when this was written - we do know she does them though since there's a small archive of the cam shows. Bonuses include access to 5 other sites in the network, including the official sites of Catalina Cruz, Brooke Banner, and Sydney Moon. And there's access to 87 other video feeds.
The first negative is the low number of video updates, twice a month or less isn't enough. The live cam doesn't seem to be weekly either, and the next update date isn't current. I also find the site a little impersonal for a model's official site. The blog isn't in the members area, so some of the picture thumbnails take you to a join page instead of a larger version. I would like to see more consistent sizes in the videos. And the tour says there's 9 bonus sites when there's only 6.
Let's face it, you're probably going to join this site if you like Jessica Jaymes. It has a decent amount of content both videos and photos, you can spend quite a while just watching a single cam archive video, and there's also blog entries and the occasional live cam show, plus a handful of decent bonus sites. At the end of the day, Club Jessica Jaymes is a recommend, but it needs a little more to get past the threshold of being good-enough to be really good.