Review date: March 2018
The Hot Desert Knights studio has been releasing bareback video productions since way back in 1998. HDK Central is the studio's large online collection of over 900 semi-exclusive videos, a destination for those who want to watch bareback sex and fisting videos of more regular looking guys. The most recent 20% of videos are in HD and great quality, but the further back you go in the catalog, the less impressive the quality. Also, the site stopped updating some time ago.
HDK Central is actually a one-price membership for three related sites: HDK Raw, HDK Fisting and Making Gay Porn. At the top left of the HDK Central non-members homepage, there is a video montage clip and just below, in "Featured Bareback Videos," are 18 explicit preview clips. Click on any other link as a non-member and you'll be forwarded to the sign-up page. Of course, you're going to see many of the same models on the three branded sites, since they all originate from the Hot Desert Knights stable.
Sadly, the trial on this site is very limited: you can only watch six videos without upgrading to a full membership.
Navigation is quite straightforward and you can access all the content from the three sites right from the HDK Central menus. There are buttons across the top of each page in the member's areas for the Scenes, the Photos, and the Stars. The button marked "Bonus" provides access to some extra video feeds. The "Search" button takes you to a page where you can complete an advanced search, using either keywords or drop-down lists to find models or browse specific categories.
The Men and the Action
The men of Hot Desert Knights are a varied bunch, ranging from hairy, muscular sex pigs to some slender collegiate jocks. What they share is a taste for sweaty, raunchy, mostly bareback sex. The emphasis, however, is on the sex, so you won't find any information about the models on their individual pages. In most of HDK's videos, the action begins right away and remains intense and often kinky throughout. Scenes range from solos, to basic suck-and-fuck duos, to heavier group, fetish, leather and fisting action. One thing missing: there are images for only a third of the models in the model directory.
HDK Central's videos may not be artistic, but they are solidly produced, with clear lighting, good visuals, nice sound and well-paced editing. Most importantly, all of the videos get us into the action without missing a beat: every fist, thrust and cumshot is captured. While those videos in HD (around 20%) are excellent quality as both streams and downloads, the others are just good quality when you view them as a download and below average in the embedded Flash (with a drastic loss of quality at full screen).
HDK Central's collection of videos is just over 920. Currently there is almost one update a week, but from time to time the wait can be up to 3 weeks for new material. The videos average about 20 minutes in length and are available for DRM-free download.
Recent videos (just over 20% of the total) are available to stream and download as high-definition MP4s (1280x720 pixels, 5000 kbps)
For older videos, which make up the vast majority, the following applies:
Video can be streamed in MP4at one quality only; these are about 720x405 pixels in size.
The oldest video can be streamed or downloaded in Windows Media format. Most of these have a bitrate of 1500 kbps and are either 640x480 or 720x480 pixels in size.
Screens:There are MP4 files that are sized for mobile devices. Only the videos rendered in high-definition (about 20%) are suitable for watching on a TV screen.
Image and Other Content
HDK Central contains over 1420 digital photo galleries, along with a video capture gallery that accompanies every video, totaling tens of thousands of images. Some of the older galleries seem to be from the now defunct HDK Men, a photo only site. Each gallery can be downloaded as a zip file, though the photo sizes and qualities are not the same for all scenes. When you click on a thumbnail image the gallery opens up and the slide show starts automatically. To get out of slide show mode you have to click the play button at the bottom right of each photo.
Additionally, in the "Bonus" section HDK subscribers have access to ten streaming video plug-ins from companies such as Treasure Island, Cyberbears and Raging Stallion, plus 12 streaming movies from AEBN.
While some of the action (ie: the fisting) will not be for everyone, the HDK sites do offer a very large selection of hardcore kink and bareback videos. The streaming video quality is overdue for improvement, but the more recent HD MP4s are excellent quality. While the choices for bareback porn have exploded in the past few years, HDK Central remains an option if you're looking for masculine men and intense action.
30 day: $24.87 (rebills @ $24.87)
No condoms used.
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30 day: $24.87
(rebills @ $24.87)
HDK Central is operated by Panorama Pacific Ltd. and has been online since 2008.
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