Last Updated: July 22, 2015
Currently, we have done a test about ExpressVPN in Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. And we plan to do a larger update once the Great Firewall gets bigger. But in the meantime, ExpressVPN works pretty well in China.
In A Nutshell：
What ExpressVPN impressed us most is its impressive download speeds. If you are looking for an effective VPN for China, then ExpressVPN is a all-round choice. It is a pretty fantastic service with great speeds, strong security, and dedicated support.
In our experience with ExpressVPN, we found that they are quite responsible to China users. A few months ago, the ExpressVPN.com domain was blocked in China. However, they provide alternate domains (Expressvpn.co，Expressvpn.cc). You can access their mirror site by clicking here. Account management and customer service has worked very well.
Why Should You Trust Us
We were engaged in foreign trade, VPN was always essential. We used it to access websites sifted cleared by the GFW. It’s a nightmare without a VPN. We’ve been using ExpressVPN for the past three months, and we like it. We came to these conclusions after exhaustive research on technology as well as 6 total man hours of testing. Testing is performed in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
Easy Installation and Use
It took but a minute to setup. Run it, then copied and pasted the activation code they gave, and we had access to ExpressVPN services! No user input (username or password) was required. After the first use of it, we still be able to access to ExpressVPN services without entering the activation code again.
We particularly like the ExpressVPN’s concise User Interface. You don’t have to bother finding which locations work best for you. It has a list of Recommended Locations which suggest the best locations for you in terms of connection speed and protection. It is very easy to change servers and protocols. Simply click on the “Run a speed test” button and you can find out which location is the fastest.
ExpressVPN offers 103 locations in 78 countries. During our test, there were only 4 locations failed to connect to the server, most of the rest can be connected and works fine. It indicates that ExpressVPN is not blocked in China for the moment.
Generally access censored content like Facebook and YouTube, Asia locations will be faster. However, if you want to access content that’s only available in certain countries, we suggest you Pick a location in the country that you want to access.
Here is our internet benchmarks (using speedtest.net):
Broadband Internet Speed (without VPN): 5 Mbps (China Mobile, Changsha), which is about equal to that of the China average.
ExpressVPN claim they can offer Unlimited Speed. This is the real thing. In our test, when we connected to the speed test winner “Hong Kong 2”, we can reach the maximum Broadband speed. It’s so exciting. With ExpressVPN, 720p HD YouTube video can play smoothly.
As you can see from the screenshot below, Asia servers has the fastest speed and lowest latency (ping) times，followed by US West Coast servers. During our experience, US West Coast servers are more stable than Asia’s. Also, you can run a speed test yourself.
Express VPN supports 5 protocols (OpenVPN UDP, OpenVPN TCP, L2TP, SSTP, PPTP) along with 256bit encryption. According to our test, OpenVPN TCP and SSTP appear to be the fastest protocols. But the security level of SSTP is lower than that of OpenVPN, so we suggest you use OpenVPN TCP whenever possible. Also, you can choose AUTO mode which will automatically chooses the best protocol. If you have connection problems, just try switching to a different protocol or location.
Some Other Features
- Dedicated customer support
- 99.9% uptime
- No activity logs
- Simultaneous connections
- 30-day money-back guarantee
The only downside to ExpressVPN is that it doesn’t offer a free trial, which may be a little disappointed. However, it offers 30-day Money-Back Guarantee which acts the same way as a free trial.
What we like about ExpressVPN:
- Super fast
- Extremely safe (256-bit OpenVPN encryption)
- Easy to set up and use
- 30-day money back guarantee
What we don’t like about ExpressVPN:
- A little expensive (but worth it)
- No free trial
After thorough research of ExpressVPN, it can be said that ExpressVPN is a pretty good service. We personally love it! Over the pass three months, we experienced a few times of disconnections, but it’s rarely and we don’t run into many such issues. Beside this, we’ve never had any other issues with it. They do offer a 30-day money back guarantee with good customer support. Our best advice is to give it a try and see for yourself how you like the service. The Yearly Plan is one of the more expensive, but the money is well worth it.
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