ExpressVPN Review | Torrent Friendly

ExpressVPN

Incognitoline

ExpressVPN
Packages & Price
Software & Connectivity
Speed
Servers
Reliability
Level of Privacy
Support

Summary

ExpressVPN is a solid VPN service, reliable and secure. There are plenty of locations all around the world. The speed we get is OK but could be better.


3.8

Who are they? Where are they from?

ExpressVPN’s words:

ExpressVPN is a leading VPN service provider enabling users worldwide to safely and anonymously browse the web. With 3000+ servers across 94 countries and new servers added each week, ExpressVPN offers a comprehensive reach and provides uncensored access to international websites. The company’s award-winning apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, and Linux preserve customer privacy and provide best-in-class internet security.

Headquartered in the British Virgin Islands with staff worldwide, ExpressVPN has been operating since 2009 and today is one of the world’s largest providers of premium VPN services. A vocal advocate for internet freedom and privacy, ExpressVPN is a proud financial supporter of nonprofit organizations fighting to protect these rights. ExpressVPN continues to grow its customer base and service offerings as an ever-greater number of people are adopting critical online security tools.

Price / Packages

Package Configuration

ExpressVPN includes the same feature, regardless of the pack we choose.

  • 24/7 customer support by Live Chat
  • 3000+ Ultra-fast servers in 94 countries
  • Apps for Windows, Mac, iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, and Linux
  • Best-in-class security & encryption
  • Unlimited bandwidth & server switches
  • 30 Days Risk-Free. Not satisfied? Get your money back, no questions asked.

The Ordering Process

To order a package, you are asked to enter your email address. You will then go to the payment page. When all requested data has been entered and sent, ExpressVPN will send an email with login information.

Payment Options

ExpressVPN supports different Credit Cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express…), PayPal, Bitcoin and Paymentwall.

Packages

  • 1 Month: $12.95
  • 6 Months: $59.95 – $9.99 per month
  • 12 Months: $99.95 – $8.32 per month
ExpressVPN-Payment2

Software & Connectivity

ExpressVPN offers Windows, Mac, iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, and Linux clients. The essence is kept in the different versions, with few configuration options and ease of use.

Windows Client

We tested ExpressVPN v6.1. Once we installed the software and activated the product, we didn’t have to log into the application. The interface is intuitive, with the option to turn on and off the VPN as the main option.

Before you turn on the VPN, you can take advantage of the speed test included to see the servers which will better fit your needs. Furthermore, you will be able to change the preferences.

If you click the Choose Location button, you can select the country (and specific server if there’s more than one). Also, it provides a Smart Location function, which will select the server for you. The list is divided into tabs make it easy.

  • Recommended
  • All
  • Favorites

When picking protocols, you can choose between:

  • OpenVPN (UDP)
  • OpenVPN (TCP)
  • IPSec (L2TP)
  • PPTP
  • SSTP
  • Auto choice

Each one has its own features, and some servers will only be available when using a specific one. General options are a startup option, a Network Lock, and account settings. The advanced tab has only a DNS setting and a Diagnostic Data option.

The program works nicely on Windows 10 (64 bits), installation sometimes seems to crash, but you have to wait till it ends.
Showing the server load in the list would be a welcomed addition.

Android App

App version 6.1.9 has been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, running Android 6.0.1. The main interface looks the same as on the tested Windows client. The biggest difference is the lack of options. You can only select the OpenVPN (UDP or TCP) protocols.

There’s no kill switch or auto-reconnect, so you will continue to be connected without a VPN and possibly expose yourself if the VPN connection drops. You can search servers by country or city and ping all the servers in the list. There is no way to sort the list by ping, which would have been handy. But worse, no server load is shown.

iOS App

Not able to test at the moment due to the unavailability of an iOS device. It’s assumed the iOS app is very similar to the Android one.

Connectivity Options

As mentioned before, the Windows software supports OpenVPN (UDP), OpenVPN (TCP), IPSec (L2TP), PPTP, SSTP as protocols. Some programs, such as BitTorrent-based applications, require many connections, so using OpenVPN UDP is highly recommended when, for example, the TCP wouldn’t work okay as too many connections are being made. No problems in connectivity have been detected in our tests.

Speed

Our standard and most reliable testing methods that we found are by downloading from the nearest and fastest HTTP or FTP link for 60 seconds and measuring the average and max transfer rate. Upload and ping tests are performed by the closest beta.speedtest.net server, the most accurate HTML5 speed test thanks to 3000+ servers worldwide.

We also tested the built-in speed test in the ExpressVPN software. However, those speed tests are unreliable due to the short testing period of many servers.

Speed Testing

We used two different PCs, both connected by cable. One is located in Madrid, Spain, and the other in The Hague, Netherlands. Both locations are connected with a 300/30 Mbps cable connection.

Results without VPN in The Hague, the Netherlands

Download link used: http://ftp.snt.utwente.nl/pub/os/linux/ubuntu-releases/16.10/ubuntu-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso

  • Your IP address, Ziggo
  • Nearest testing server The Hague
  • Ping 10 ms
  • Average upload 3,79 MB/sec
  • Average download 30,1 MB/sec
  • Maximum upload 3,35 MB/sec
  • Maximum download 32,2 MB/sec

Results WITH VPN in The Hague, the Netherlands – Dutch server

  • Your IP address 31.204.150.253, i3d.net
  • Nearest testing server The Hague
  • Ping 10 ms
  • Average upload 30 Mbit/s
  • Average download 84.3 Mbit/s
  • Maximum upload 31 Mbit/s
  • Maximum download 231 Mbit/s


Results without VPN in Spain

Download link used: http://ftp.udc.es/ubuntu-releases/16.10/ubuntu-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso

  • Your IP address, Telefonica de Espana
  • Nearest testing server Madrid
  • Ping 3 ms
  • Average upload 3,79 MB/sec
  • Average download 27,3 MB/sec
  • Maximum upload 3,88 MB/sec
  • Maximum download 32,3 MB/sec

Results WITH VPN in Spain – Spanish server

  • Your IP address 192.162.26.2, Sologigabit
  • Nearest testing server Madrid
  • Ping 63 ms
  • Average upload 608 KB/sec
  • Average download 1,25 MB/sec
  • Maximum upload 2,50 MB/sec
  • Maximum download 2,03 MB/sec

Note: that it is in MB per second, not Mb per second. 1 MB/sec= 8 Mb/sec.

It doesn’t matter which server is chosen; the download speed seems capped at 84 Mbit/s but is stable and consistent experience.

With the built-in speed tests performed with ExpressVPN, we got lower speed (inaccurate) but similar in general. It seems like being near the server (physical distance, meaning the country) means a lot, but the top speed isn’t super high, but still enough for heavy tasks like streaming and downloading.

Servers

ExpressVPN provides 160 different server locations in 94 countries and adding more every month. 3000+ is a great number of servers if you compare it to IPVanish. This was the server location list at the time of writing.

Server Locations

Reliability

The software allows you to connect quickly to every server, no matter how far they are. It is stable (we haven’t experienced drops), and the speed is constant, even when connected with multiple devices such as your Android, iOS, OSX, and Windows ExpressVPN clients.

Level of Privacy

The ExpressVPN logging policy states that they won’t collect or log traffic data when connected to the VPN. The information we provide, like email and payment information, will be stored but never shared unless necessary for the service. They use this info to contact or help you.

They specify the data they may collect to improve the speed and stability. Their website uses cookies and website analytics tools to track sales ads and understand which pages on the site receive visitors to know their target audience.

The software doesn’t require you to log in and can be used by several people simultaneously, so we are safe using it to hide our internet activities.

IPv6, DNS and WebRTC IP Leak Test

We tested for IP leaks at https://ipleak.net. ExpressVPN did not leak our IP through WebRTC and IPv6. It also did not leak the DNS address of our ISP. This is consistent with company claims.

  • IPv6
  • DNS
  • WebRTC

Support

ExpressVPN provides 24/7 support in three different ways: Contact Form, Live Chat, or email. The Live Chat gets you an instant response but may lead to a less detailed answer. The other methods may take a few hours to respond, but on the other hand, they can provide more personal and technical help.

Apart from that, they have tutorials and a troubleshooting section which may solve our problem, in case we have one. At least, during our test, we haven’t had.

FAQ

Can ExpressVPN bypass Netflix?

ExpressVPN can bypass Netflix, Hulu, BBC, Spotify, and more. You can stream videos and music with privacy.

How many devices at once with ExpressVPN?

You can install ExpressVPN on any number of devices, including computers, tablets, phones, routers, and browser extensions.

Where is ExpressVPN based out of?

ExpressVPN is based on the British Virgin Islands, which has stricter laws concerning information disclosure than most countries.

Pros

  • Number of locations
  • Ease of use
  • Performance (stability)
  • No IP leaks

Cons

  • The speed is capped and was not that fast
  • The built-in speed test isn’t really reliable
  • A bit pricy

ExpressVPN
Don’t let anyone see your internet activity

Browse online with greater anonymity with the #1 trusted VPN Today

2 Comments

  1. Initially paid for a month for this vpn, right after I pay for longer term I got terrible speed. Some times it won’t connect and when connected, it will disconnect all of a sudden. I’m paying more, I hope to get better service.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.