Now it’s time we check out one of the fastest and the most premium VPN in the competition. I’m talking about ExpressVPN.
Right of the bat, ExpressVPN is one hell of a powerful VPN. It’s crazy fast. It almost feels like you’re not even connected to a virtual encrypted server.
Just on the U.S server alone, ExpressVPN managed to achieve speeds of up to 90Mbps on my 100Mbps internet connection.
Thanks to ExpressVPN’s 3000+ blazing fast servers, streaming Netflix shows and downloading torrents is an absolute breeze.
Best of all, ExpressVPN manages to do all this without compromising my true identity.
Although ExpressVPN is a bit expensive, however, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried, but nonetheless, it also offers 30 days ExpressVPN free trial.
So, in ExpressVPN review 2020, I’m going to tell you all about ExpressVPN and why you should consider getting it right now.
Is ExpressVPN a good value for money?
I’m going, to be honest with you guys, ExpressVPN is NOT CHEAP! If you’re considering paying 2 to 3 dollars a month, ExpressVPN is not for you.
However, if you’re cool with paying $8 and above, there’s no better VPN to get than ExpressVPN.
Just wait till I tell you all the amazing features ExpressVPN has to offer later on in this review. But first, let’s take a look at some of the pricing plans of ExpressVPN. Just like most VPN services, ExpressVPN offers a bunch of different subscription plans. At the moment you can choose between three subscription plans, 1-month, 6-months, and 12-months.
Now, to be honest, I can’t really recommend you guys to go for their 1-month or their 6-months plan. Both of these plans are way too expensive.
However, their 12-months plan is not only reasonably priced but also comes with a generous 35% discount.
Here’s a screenshot of their current pricing plans:
ExpressVPN User reviews
ExpressVPN is without a doubt an exceptional VPN service. In terms of performance, apps, customer support, there’s no match for it. I literally mean it!
But enough of what I think, let’s check out what other users have to say about ExpressVPN. To check out some authentic reviews about any VPN service, there’s no better place than TrustPilot. First, let’s check out ExpressVPN’s official TrustPilot page.
Right of the bat, their 5-star rating is more than impressive.
Out of 2417 user reviews, 88% has rated ExpressVPN “Excellent”. Barely any other VPN service in the industry has such a positive TrustPilot rating.
What’s even more impressive? Only 2% have rated ExpressVPN as “Bad”.
Take a look at some user comments below:
Now that we’ve seen the TrustPilot rating of ExpressVPN, why not check out what Twitter has to say about this service.
Here’s a recent Tweet about ExpressVPN:
ExpressVPN In-depth review
Now that we’re done with ExpressVPN pricing and user reviews, it’s time to check out some of its features.
Here’s what I’ll be covering:
- Server network
- Data logging policy
- Device compatibility
- Customer Support
- Technical features
Let’s start with Speeds, shall we…
ExpressVPN Speeds Review
ExpressVPN is probably the fastest VPN service I have ever reviewed.
While I normally come across VPNs that are burdened down with encryption, ExpressVPN was total bliss to use.
Even though I was using the OpenVPN protocol, things didn’t felt any different. In fact, I couldn’t even tell if ExpressVPN was working, that’s how fast it is.
To test the speeds of ExpressVPN, I used my 100Mbps office internet connection.
To keep things concise for this review, I only performed the ExpressVPN speed review tested on the following servers:
- U.S (New York)
- U.K (London)
- Asia (Hong Kong)
Let’s check out the U.S server first…
U.S (New York)
After connecting to the U.S server, I didn’t notice any significant drop in my overall internet speeds. On my 100Mbps connection, I managed to get about 85.61 download and 77.4 upload speeds.
The London server also managed to offer just as impressive speeds. This time I managed to get about 75.1 download and 72.21 upload speeds.
Asia (Hong Kong)
Last but not the least; I also performed the speed test on the Hong Kong server. This time I did notice a bit of a drop in my speeds.
I was averaging about 55.6 download and 42.5 upload speeds.
However, this is perfectly normal since I’m not located in the Asian region.
Overall, I’m highly impressed by the speeds of ExpressVPN.
ExpressVPN Data logging Policy Review
Similar to pretty much every other VPN in the industry, It also claims to offer the ExpressVPN legit No Data Logging Policy. However, I’m going to be the judge of that.
Just like I deconstructed the privacy of NordVPN in my NordVPN review, I going to go through their Logging policy and see if they truly don’t log user data.
Here’s a link to their Logging policy.
Right from the start, ExpressVPN clearly mentions that they will never log the following information:
- IP addresses (source or VPN)
- Browsing history
- Traffic destination or metadata
- DNS queries
They also honestly mention what information they do collect. For instance, under the “What ExpressVPN collects and why” heading, they briefly state what information they collect from their users.
Take a look:
- Apps and app versions successfully activated
- Dates (not times) when connected to the VPN service
- Choice of VPN server location
- Total amount (in MB) of data transferred per day
Even though the information they collect might sound excessive, however, if you clearly read their Logging Policy, you’ll know that none of your online activities can be traced back to you.
After carefully going through their Logging policy, I must say, they genuinely don’t log user data.
Devices, OS and Apps supported by ExpressVPN
Compatibility wise, there’s no match for ExpressVPN. I’ve never come across a VPN service that offers support for such a wide range of devices.
Here’s a list of all the devices ExpressVPN currently supports:
- Kindle Fire
Aside from that, ExpressVPN is also compatible with browsers, Chrome, Firefox, and even Safari is supported.
That’s not all, they also offer support for a whole bunch of other devices.
Take a look:
- Apple TV
- Nintendo Switch
- Amazon Fire TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- Chrome cast
- Nvidia Shield
ExpressVPN Customer Support Review
There’s nothing more annoying than slow and unprofessional customer support.
Thankfully, I didn’t experience any of it with ExpressVPN. Not only was the customer support representative really polite but also quickly resolved my issue.
Here a screenshot of the chat I had with their customer support:
Aside from their super handy live chat support, I also like the helpful documentation they have up on their website.
Technical Security Features Review
Now let’s check out some of the most noteworthy features of ExpressVPN.
Here’s a brief overview of all of them:
- Split Tunneling
- Best in class 256-bit AES encryption
- IP masking & Zero-knowledge DNS
- Netflix compatibility
- Built-in speed test
- 5-simultaneous connections
Right of the bat, the Kill Switch feature worked exactly as it should. As soon as I manually changed my IP address, the Kill Switch feature immediately disconnected me from the internet.
It’s a very handy feature for clumsy folks like me.
Another feature that I really find useful is Split Tunneling. This feature gives you the option to secure one source of Network traffic while leaving the other source unsecure and not burdened by encryption.
If you’re the kind of person who wants to keep their torrenting traffic separate from their streaming traffic, this feature is perfect for you.
ExpressVPN also offers powerful 256-bit AES encryption and various protocols for all sorts of applications.
The IP masking & Zero-knowledge DNS features of ExpressVPN also worked flawlessly. Even after multiple tests and constantly switching servers, ExpressVPN still managed to not leak my real IP address.
Netflix also worked without any issues. Streaming speeds were exceptionally good and I didn’t encounter the dreaded proxy error, not even once.
One feature that I really like the most is the built-in speed test. You can perform a quick test without even leaving the app.
Lastly, let’s talk about the simultaneous connections of ExpressVPN. You can connect up to 3 devices at a time.
If you’re a features geek like I am, ExpressVPN has you totally covered.
ExpressVPN Server Review
Let’s talk about servers, shall we?
Like I said in the speed test section of this review, ExpressVPN offers one of the fastest speeds I’ve ever experienced. This is obviously because of their super-fast and geographically diverse servers.
At the moment ExpressVPN offers about 3000+ servers in around 94 countries across the globe. Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa are all covered by ExpressVPN.
Now, I’ve already performed the speed test on the U.S, U.K and the Hong Kong server but for added diversity why not perform the speed test on few other servers that ExpressVPN offers.
Let’s start with the Australian server first…
ExpressVPN review Australia Server
Similar to the U.S server I reviewed earlier, the Australian server of ExpressVPN also managed to offer mind-blowing speeds.
Here are the results I got.
- Ping = 229ms
- Download Speeds = 69.5
- Upload Speeds = 58.56
ExpressVPN review Canada Server
Same story with the Canadian server, it too managed to offer quite noteworthy speeds.
Here are the results I got.
- Ping = 187ms
- Download Speeds = 74.5
- Upload Speeds = 69.6
ExpressVPN review Singapore Server
The Singapore server of ExpressVPN offered slightly slower speeds. Although not drastically slow but I did notice quite a drop in my original 100Mbps internet connection.
Check out the results below.
- Ping = 300ms
- Download Speeds = 51.57
- Upload Speeds = 47.6
ExpressVPN review China Server
Similar to the Singapore server of ExpressVPN, the Chinese server also offered slightly slower speeds.
Check out the results below.
- Ping = 297ms
- Download Speeds = 57.1
- Upload Speeds = 62.6
So, what do I think about it after testing and writing the detailed ExpressVPN review, do I recommend it?
Although ExpressVPN might not be the cheapest VPN around, it is certainly the best in every other way.
So, what do you guys think about ExpressVPN? Do you think it’s worth getting? Let me know in the comments below.
Ray is a cybersecurity analyst who loves writing about privacy and security. Holding 10 years experience in an information security organization has made Ray a cybersecurity evangelist. As a writer, Ray’s portfolio includes technical articles, best discount deals, and content marketing.