ExpressVPN publishes the list of websites it unblocks
BBC iPlayer was no match for ExpressVPN
Vudu is an American-based streaming site with a wide variety of free content to choose from — but only if you’re in America. With ExpressVPN, we were quickly able to access the site and, after making a basic free account, stream any of the content we wanted in high quality with minimal buffering.
ExpressVPN unblocks Vudu content
ExpressVPN successfully unblocks Netflix
We carried out our own speed tests to see just how fast ExpressVPN is. We looked for consistency in download and upload speeds across different servers, and checked to see if distances from the server impacted our internet speed. Our tests showed that:
1. ExpressVPN has similar download speeds across different servers.
2. Connecting to servers closer to your physical location results in faster speeds.
3. Connectivity speeds were consistent throughout tested locations worldwide.
4. Occasional drops in download speed didn’t affect the streaming experience.
5. The average connection time is between 2 and 5 seconds.
Overall, we were able to stream, torrent, and browse the web seamlessly.
Consistent download speeds across ExpressVPN servers
Baseline test without ExpressVPN
Nearly matched the connection with the San Francisco server
Our speed increased while using the Sydney, Australia server
Result #3: Drops in Download Speeds Didn’t Affect Streaming
Connecting to Smart Location resulted in a drop in download speeds
Choosing protocol options on ExpressVPN is simple
Speed determines how fast content uploads, so if you're torrenting or streaming, you want the speed to be somewhat identical to your regular internet speed. Since a VPN encrypts your data, it usually takes a bit longer to send your data back and forth, which can slow down your connection. However, if your ISP deliberately slows down your connection (also known as throttling) a VPN might increase your internet speed. Testing a VPN is somewhat pointless because new servers pop up and affect speed. Your speed can also differ according to your location, so your speed test might not match ours. Having said that, we tested the speed in numerous locations to provide you with the average.
When it comes to VPN servers, you need quality and quantity, and ExpressVPN certainly delivers on both fronts. With 3000+ servers in 94 countries, ExpressVPN offers a massive selection for you to choose from — and those numbers are growing all the time.
ExpressVPN’s quality servers are encrypted with sophisticated security protocols to protect you online. Firstly, TrustedServer technology ensures that your data is not stored on servers. Secondly, ExpressVPN uses OpenVPN by default, which is the most secure VPN protocol currently available. This protocol is encrypted with 256-bit AES and uses a 4096-bit SHA-512 RSA certificate to ensure your online activities stay safe. We were certainly impressed with how ExpressVPN has gone the extra mile to ensure the highest level of security.
Whilst many VPN services lack transparency when it comes to disclosing details on their no-logs policies, we found ExpressVPN refreshingly different in its honesty. ExpressVPN clearly states that it does not log sensitive information, such as activity and collection logs. It also lists down the minimal information it collects for customer support and service purposes (which is pretty much an industry standard). This transparent nothing-to-hide approach definitely helped earn a little more of our trust.
Torrents upload and download speeds with ExpressVPN
ExpressVPN is very easy to get started with. It only takes a few minutes from making your purchase to getting set up and accessing servers.
The mobile app, available for Android and iOS, is optimized for smaller screens but just as easy to navigate as a desktop version. We found the one-click feature particularly useful, enabling us to connect to our desired location quickly. The app also features space for 5 shortcuts to our most-used or favorite apps (like Netflix, Spotify, and our web browser), making it easy to use.
ExpressVPN’s mobile app interface is intuitive and easy to use
The WizCase IP tool could not detect our local IP
ExpressVPN successfully prevents DNS leaks to guard your privacy
We personally test the customer support team of every VPN we review. This means asking technical question through the live chat feature (where applicable) and measuring the response time for email questions. Whether you need to connect to a specific server, change your security protocol, or configure a VPN on your router, finding a VPN with quality customer support should be important to you.
Is ExpressVPN’s monthly subscription really all that costly, or are there cheaper ways to get it? The monthly pricing may be above average when compared to other VPNs, but we know that the extra dollars are worth the quality of the service.
Several different plans are clearly outlined on the ExpressVPN website. The monthly premium is the most expensive, as it is with other VPN services. The best value deal is the 12-month subscription, which is currently available for 49% off and includes an additional 3 months extra for free – a total of 15 months of VPN service. A 6-month subscription also includes a discount.
ExpressVPN offers a wide range of payment methods
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