The name of ExpressVPN sounds so promising, that I had great expectations as I sat down in front of the computer, made an ExpressVPN subscription, downloaded the client and got started. Curious about what I thought about ExpressVPN after trying it for some days/months/years? Keep on reading the ExpressVPN review for more information.
The first impression that was given to me was the ExpressVPN homepage. Since I originally wrote this article in 2013 it has changed a lot, and for the better. It is now a very clean website, containing all the information you need without having to search the full website. You can easily log in, purchase a subscription, or find out where ExpressVPN has their servers. The sign-up process is also very easy and quick, meaning you can finish the entire sign-up process in a few minutes.
After signing up it is time to download the ExpressVPN application. They have finished applications for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, and they have thorough guides on how to setup ExpressVPN on different routers etc.
As of 2019, ExpressVPN also has browser extensions available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. They also support devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, Smart TV, PlayStation, and other similar smart devices.
ExpressVPN have servers in 94 nations, and amongst those you can for example find:
United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Panama, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, India, Russia, and Egypt.
ExpressVPN runs more than 2000 servers, located in approximately 150 different cities around the globe.
We have tested several ExpressVPN servers in nations all across the world. Often we suffer from much lower speeds as we connect to VPN servers in countries far away, but we actually could surf with almost no speed trouble using all the different ExpressVPN servers. Here are some examples from our test process:
- Before using ExpressVPN: Upload speed was 36 Mbps – Download speed 22 Mbps
- Connecting to a server in Switzerland: Upload speed 30 Mbps – Download speed 20 Mbps
- Connecting to a server in the UK: Upload speed 25 Mbps – Download speed 20 Mbps
- Connect to a server in the USA: Upload speed 26 Mbps – Download speed 10 Mbps
This speed test was made in December 2018…
These are just some examples, but we consider these to be very good results and way better than many of the other VPN providers on the market.
- You can read more about different VPN speed tests right here.
ExpressVPN technical info
Once you download the ExpressVPN client you will by default use OpenVPN running over UDP. Other protocols are available as well such as TCP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and PPTP. ExpressVPN is located in the British Virgin Islands, a place with no data retention laws. They claim to be a no-log company.
ExpressVPN offers services like a kill-switch (all activity will stop if the VPN connection disconnects) and split tunneling (only certain online activities run through the VPN, while others use your normal connection).
There are quite some VPN services out there cheaper than ExpressVPN, but there are also several services more expensive than ExpressVPN. Here you will get an overview showing the prices for the different ExpressVPN subscriptions.
- 1 month subscription: 12,95USD
- 6 months subscription: 59,95USD (9,99 USD per month)
- 12 months subscription: 99,95USD (8,32 USD per month)
ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee and all subscriptions include unlimited bandwidth.
You can also use one VPN subscription on five different devices simultaneously, meaning that you can easily share your credentials with some friends or family members and split the cost (if you feel like).
ExpressVPN and unblocking streaming sites
The true strength of ExpressVPN is discovered when you try to unblock websites and streaming sites online. While many VPN providers will give you IP addresses in other nations, no other provider will give you access to as many streaming sites as ExpressVPN. They are among the best when it comes to unblocking Netflix regions, they are always working well if you want to stream Amazon Prime abroad, you can use them to watch HBO Now, CBS All Access, Fox, and NBC outside the States, and they can be used to stream the content on European TV channels like ARD, ZDF, ORF, ITV, BBC, Channel 4, and lots of other channels.
In other words, ExpressVPN might be the best service you will get if you want to watch the content on different streaming websites and TV networks online outside the actual nation of the country.
ExpressVPN review conclusion
ExpressVPN is easy to use, has a nice looking client and reasonable prices. They are by far the best VPN provider on the market as of 2019 when it comes to unblocking streaming services such as Netflix, so if that is your goal, ExpressVPN is the best! However the 30-day money back guarantee makes it quite harmless to make a subscription and try, and if you are unsatisfied, you can ask for the money back whenever you want and go try another VPN service instead.
If you have tried ExpressVPN yourself, feel free to write a comment and share your thoughts. If you have not yet tried ExpressVPN, but want to make a subscription and try it yourself, visit the ExpressVPN site right away.
Do not forget that you will get 3 months of ExpressVPN for free if you sign up for 12 months using the ExpressVPN link above!
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