In operation for more than a decade, ExpressVPN touts their ease of use, headquarters location, and speeds as major
selling points. But with all the competition on the VPN market, do they have what it takes to compete?
Let’s see what reviewers have to say...
ExpressVPN has a simple pricing structure that allows you to pay either month-to-month, every 6 months, or every
year. As with other VPN services, the yearly plan provides the biggest savings and even tacks on an additional 3
free months. Still, when compared to other VPN options, pricing is on the higher end.
You can use the service on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. They also have browser extensions for Chrome,
Firefox, and Safari. Unlike other VPN services that use an extension to supply proxy server connections, the
ExpressVPN extension controls the desktop program so you can start the VPN without leaving your browser.
Ease of Use
You can be a complete VPN beginner and still use ExpressVPN. When you start the client, all you have is an on/off
button and two other buttons: “smart location” and “choose your location”.
There’s also a basic list of settings, such as deciding whether you want ExpressVPN to launch at boot, whether you
want the Kill Switch enabled, and specifying your VPN protocol.
But overall, you won’t find a ton of customization options. Reviewers suggest looking elsewhere if you’re looking
for a high level of flexibility and control. With that said, it’s perfect for people who want something simple to
Despite its higher price tag, ExpressVPN only allows for 3 connected devices. Many competitors offer more
connections for a lower price.
ExpressVPN makes up for the higher price tag by including a lot of features such as:
- Kill switch protection
- P2P support
- Encrypted DNS service on servers
- Perfect Forward Secrecy support
- Military grade encryption
Perfect Forward Secrecy adds a layer of security by assigning a new key each time you connect to the VPN and
replaces your key every sixty minutes while in session. In addition, ExpressVPN runs their own 256-bit encrypted
DNS on each server. This further reduces logging risks and protects against potential hackers.
Privacy and Logging
If you’re worried about logging, don’t be.
Islands -- a region with no data retention laws. And, like other VPN services, it runs OpenVPN protocol, but on the
server itself for an additional layer of security.
And while most reviewers were impressed by the company’s dedication to protecting their users’ identity, some were
less than thrilled with the lack of information on the company. PC World was especially critical stating, “...
the secrecy behind who runs the company and where they are is disappointing... hiding who you are is not how
you build trust with customers.”
Reviewers mentioned very few issues with speed when browsing the Internet although some ran into issues with
connecting to a handful of servers. However, resolving most issues was as simple as reconnecting a few minutes
Latency was good with the fastest speeds on servers nearest to their physical location and then getting slower the
further away the server was.
Unsurprisingly, locations that didn’t have the best infrastructure were slower. But even with the slower servers,
they could easily stream and download HD videos with no problem.
While all companies claim they have fast support, ExpressVPN backs up that claim with 24/7 live chat support. You’re
able to connect with someone within minutes if you have an issue. And, as critics discovered, the representatives
were always knowledgeable and able to fix the problem quickly.
ExpressVPN might not be the cheapest VPN service available, but it provides a nice set of features for the price.
TechRadar notes, “ExpressVPN is a quality VPN which delivers in just about every area.”