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Peek Shows is a little more expensive than some of the other sites in this category. Moreover, it's questionable whether you're actually getting any more for your dollar here. Whilst it doesn't look all that great either, there are one or two novel features to be found, the babes are friendly and there's the odd bonus offer to tempt you.
Peekshows.com is free to join and you get 25 credits free when you purchase credit for the first time. This will probably come in handy as the free chat will only keep you interested for a short duration. There's quite a range of credit packages available. The basic rule of thumb is that the more you spend the more you get free. However, when you start out it's best to buy the smallest package.
The performers come from all over, but you'll mostly find European and US performers here. For those whose first language isn't English there can be the odd problem with them understanding you. Nonetheless, when you drop by you'll find that the girls here are friendly and welcoming. You should expect to find over 100 performers online at any given time. There are a number of chat room categories to browse. On the homepage you'll find thumbnail lists of performers online, in the top 10 on the site, newest, featured performers of the hour and your favorites (if you have created a favorites list). The thumbnails are quite detailed and you can enter chat rooms by clicking them, or access biopages and movie and picture galleries.
There are just a couple of options available for paid chat in addition to the free chat rooms. Private chat is the most popular, and more expensive of the two. Private chat allows you to chat with a performer and direct the action, without any interruptions from other members. The cam streaming is at a higher speed in private chat and you can also use the cam2cam option if you have your own webcam connected. The second option is voyeur chat, where you can choose to spy on the video stream of another member's private chat. You don't get to interact with the performer, nor do you get the audio stream. Plus, when the member ends the chat session you are disconnected too. It's difficult to find chat prices on the site, which is quite annoying.
The cam streaming quality can vary depending on the chat room. The standard isn't quite up to that of the top 10 sites in this category but, other than a little jerkiness or pixallation, your chat room enjoyment won't be interrupted. Rather than toggling the screen size there's a purple circle icon that you drag in order to resize the video window, which is a nice touch. It's also possible to enter multi-mode, where you can view a number of cam streams all on a single page. Whilst these features are handy, navigating the site more generally is a little confusing, especially when you use it for the first time. The problem is that there are lots of menus and the screen can be a bit crowded with information. The site claims that it has improved navigation, which not only indicates that there was a problem in the first place, but signifies that a little more tinkering may be needed. In case you have problems or questions there's live customer support chat in which you can chat online with a customer support representative.
In terms of other features, there are a couple worth mentioning. The bank and wallet feature is an interesting one as it confirms what most cam site users already know; that if you have lots of credit in your account the performer will string out the show to get as much as she can. To combat this, you can switch money from your 'wallet', which performers can see, to your 'bank', which they can't. This allows you to control your spending in the chat rooms too. Some performers have uploaded pictures and movies to their profiles. At the time of this review there were plenty who had not uploaded pics and none had uploaded movies. This may change as time goes on.
All in all, Peekshows.com is an average looking site that struggles to rise above the glut of sites in this category. It does have a couple of novel features but the chat is much like you'd get elsewhere, with the same kinds of performers. Nonetheless, it covers all the basics and whilst chat isn't the cheapest here, there are a few discounts and offers that might persuade you to stay.
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