ExpressVPN Review

Verdict

ExpressVPN is relatively expensive, but its combination of seamless streaming, fast connection speeds and a very thoroughly proven no-logging policy make it the best VPN around right now.

Pros

  • Good transfer speeds
  • Wide range of endpoint countries
  • Clear no-logging policy, demonstrated in court
  • Excellent video streaming performance

Cons

  • Expensive

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £82.48
  • UK pricing: £10.69 per month, £49.47 per six months, £82.48 per year
  • US pricing: $12.95 per month, $59.95 per six months, $99.95 per year
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Supports OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP/IPSec
  • Clients for Windows, macOS, Linux (command line), Android, iOS, Chrome, Kindle Fire, FireTV
  • Clear information on connecting other devices without dedicated clients

What is ExpressVPN?

Despite being one of the most expensive VPN providers out there, ExpressVPN has proven itself to be one of the best services you’re likely to see. It provides a stable,versatile and feature-packed virtual private network service with clients and documentation for a wide range of devices and operating systems.

It’s one of the few VPN services that’s had its no-logging policy demonstrated in a court case, making it a good choice for the privacy-conscious. In July 2019, the company also published the results of an independent audit showing that it complies with its privacy policy.

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No.1 trusted VPN on the market, with unrestricted access to Netflix, HBO and iPlayer. Get 49% off on their one year subscription and receive a further three months completely free.

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ExpressVPN – Features and usability

It’s not a great option if you’re on a budget, and a relatively weak pound does it no favours with a high annual price of £82.48 (working out at £6.87 per month) and a month-to-month subscription fee of £10.69. The middle ground is a six-month subscription for £49.47.

On Windows, ExpressVPN has a pleasingly simple interface, with a cheery-looking button that, when pressed, will automatically connect you to either an optimised endpoint or the last one you selected.

Additional features include a speed test on all available endpoints and a diagnostics output that lets you see your log files – a welcome feature for those who want to know exactly what’s going on in the background when they connect.

An options menu allows you to configure ExpressVPN to start and connects on Windows startup, enable an internet kill switch that stops all internet traffic if you lose your VPN connection, and switch from automatic protocol selection to your choice of OpenVPN or a range of other supported protocols.

Extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari allow you to start the VPN directly from your browser, block potential data leaks from the WebRTC protocol and automatically connect to the last used location when you open your browser.

Clients are also available for macOS, Linux and the usual mobile platforms, plus Amazon’s Kindle Fire and FireTV, with instructions available on using ExpressVPN with routers and other appliances.

Screenshot of ExpressVPN running on Windows 10.

ExpressVPN – Performance

Endpoints/VPN UK Netherlands United States
ExpressVPN HTTP 147.60Mbps 150.08Mbps 104.32Mbps
ExpressVPN FTP 138.94Mbps 119.21Mbps 41.02Mbps

During our latest performance tests, ExpressVPN produced some of the fastest HTTPS transfer speeds in the group: 18.45MB/s from the UK (147.6Mbps), 18.76MB/s from the Netherlands and 13.04MB/s from the US. FTP test speeds were a little more restrained in the UK and Netherlands, at 17.4MB/s and 14.9MB/s respectively and a relatively slow 5.12MB/s from the US.

Historically, ExpressVPN is has always been one of the quicker services around, and its performance this month didn’t disappoint.

It’s also one of the best options for to region-shifting for streaming video: we had no trouble watching Shudder and Crunchyroll’s US services, Netflix in the US or iPlayer and All 4 in the UK.

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Should I buy ExpressVPN?

ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands which, although a British Overseas Territory, doesn’t share the UK’s strict data retention laws. If you’re after anonymous payment options, you can buy your subscription with bitcoin, and the company has a clearly stated no-logging policy.

ExpressVPN’s no-logging policy has been put to the test in a court of law: when its Turkish endpoint servers were seized by local authorities in December 2017, no logs were found on the systems. In July 2019 it had an independent audit carried out to confirm the accuracy of its no-logging claims and to confirm that its new TrustedServer system fully wipes all servers every time they’re rebooted.

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Verdict

ExpressVPN’s fast speed test results, rock-solid privacy pedigree and excellent media streaming media performance make it our current favourite VPN provider. The only catch is the price. If you’re after something cheaper, Private Internet Access provides even faster speeds but mediocre streaming, while privacy-audited NordVPN is a consistently excellent option for video fans.

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