9.6
Compatible with
  • Mac

  • Windows

  • Linux

  • Android

  • iOs

  • Mobile

  • Desktop

  • Smart TV

Parent company: Tefincom S.A.
Country of incorporation: Panama
Founded date: 2012
Simultaneous connections: 6
Refund policy: 30 days

Highlights
  • Download speeds up to 500 Mbps
  • More than 4,000 individual servers
  • Zero-logging policy and not data sharing
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NordVPN is a premium VPN that has extremely fast servers in over 60 different countries. It’s one of the “top 3” big names in the industry. NordVPN focuses on two main things, which are privacy and high-speed servers optimized for streaming.

Privacy is ensured with the help of its zero-logs policy and advanced encryption and high-speeds are ensured though latest generation server technology that allows even up to 200 Mbps download speeds.

Read this full NordVPN review in order to learn more about the services provided by this network.

10.0

Speed

NordVPN is one of the premier VPN service providers when it comes to speed. When I have reviewed this VPN, I have connected to most of its servers and have measured the download speed. On average NordVPN provides download speeds of around 65 Mbps. In my evaluation it never went below 50 Mbps on any individual server. On fast servers it even reached speeds of up to 500 (!!) Mbps.

USA, UK and Australia avg. download speeds are around 100-500 Mbps.

Just as a comparison, most other paid VPN networks have download speeds averaging around 20-25 Mbps. Most free VPN networks only achieve download speeds of around 5-10 Mbps.

This is also the reason why NordVPN is excellent for streaming. If you use NordVPN in order to unblock Netflix then you will always be able to watch movies in HD or 4k without any buffering issues whatsoever. Every time. This of course provided you have a decent internet native connection at home. If you do, using NordVPN will barely even decrease your download speeds at all.

When it comes to connection times, NordVPN connects in about 10 seconds, which is pretty quick. Once the connection is established you will extremely rarely, if at all, experience any drops.

A great thing about speeds at NordVPN is the fact that it’s not just a few servers that are high-speed but most of their servers offer above-average to high speeds by default. So, while US, UK and Australian servers have speeds around 200-400 Mbps, servers at other places are still more than decent with 80-120 Mbps download speeds.

9.5

Locations

The second reason why NordVPN is great for streaming is because it has servers in 62 countries, totalling over 4400 servers with more than 10,000 individual IP addresses. This means that you will be able to watch the local Netflix libraries of all countries Netflix (but also other streaming services) is available.

It also means that in case Netflix or other streaming service providers block an IP address belonging to NordVPN, you will have a huge list of alternative IP addresses and servers at your disposal to quickly switch over to, experiencing minimal interruptions.

This is also why a free VPN will never work with streaming services. It does not have enough servers and IPs and resources to quickly and constantly replace banned IPs. To truly watch Netflix and similar services online though a VPN you need a premium VPN like NordVPN.

Only “downside” is that it has somewhat less individual IP addresses than our top pick, so it would have been strange to award a perfect 10 to both, so NordVPN “only” gets a 9.5 in this category.

10.0

Privacy

NordVPN is better than almost any other VPN provider when it comes to privacy. It’s even better in this regard than other major VPN networks that offer similar services when it comes to locations and speeds.

This is because NordVPN has a true and real zero-log policy. What this means is that it does not log absolutely any data whatsoever related to you or your internet activity. This includes even anonymised meta data such as login times. Nothing recorded truly means nothing whatsoever recorded. No small exceptions to “improve performance” or similar. Once you connect to the VPN network you will become completely invisible to your ISP or any third party – including NordVPN itself!

NordVPN is legally registered and located in Panama. This is great because Panama does not have any data sharing agreements with jurisdictions such as the USA or EU member countries. Panama also does not require companies to store any user data of any kind.

Even if NordVPN receives a third party data sharing request from, lets say, the US government, it has he full legal right to reject such a request. But even so, it does not record any user data at all, so there would be nothing for it to share anyway.

Two super amazing features that usually are not available at most other networks are the Killswitch and Double VPN.

The Killswitch will automatically shut down any internet traffic in case your VPN connection drops, protecting you from accidentally reverting back to your normal connection.

The Double VPN feature will allow you to connect to TWO VPN servers at the same time, massively increasing your privacy. Say, you are in the UK and would want to connect to a US IP. With Double VPN you can first connect to another country like Australia and only after that to the US. This will essentially hide your connection and device behind two different servers and IPs. Good luck to anyone wanting to track you! Even if somehow they figure out you are using a VPN, most they will think is that you are in Australia (also very unlikely to find out); there is no way possible for them to go even further and guess that you are actually in the UK. 🙂 This just goes far too deep now for anyone to figure out.

NordVPN also has split-tunneling, allowing you to adjust it so that certain applications would always by default use your VPN connection, while other applications would continue using your normal connection.

10.0

Ease of Use

In my opinion NordVPN has one of the best looking platforms in the industry. Its platform has only recently been updated and it shows. It’s extremely elegant and very easy to use. You will find all basic and needed features such as list of servers and the on/off button on its main dashboard. Advanced features can be adjusted on the settings page.

It also has native apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux.

It has browser extensions for Chrome, FireFox and Safari.

I’m repeating myself here, but being also a web designer, I’m just truly in love with the modern and minimalist style NordVPN uses. Huge props from a fellow developer who designed the new website and platform.

9.0

Customer Support

I hate most VPN’s customer support department because most of them suck and have no idea what they are doing. This is also the least favourite aspect for me to review (you can notice this by me usually writing less in these segments 🙂 ).

However, NordVPN’s support staff seems to be professional and knowledgeable. When I’m reviewing the customer support part I usually send a technical question though live chat. I’ll then wait to see how quickly they respond and if their answer will solve my “problem”.

Usually I’m being told to write an email instead (i.e. the support rep has no clue and wants to deflect responsibility of solving the issue). However, this is not the case at NordVPN. When I did the test a support rep replied within 4 minutes with the correct and detailed answer to my question.

It also has an extremely elegant and easy to understand tutorial and FAQ section. Only downside here is that it only contains straight forward and simple answers (which can be good I guess?) but no in-dept and detailed guides. This is why this section is only 9 instead of 10.

9.0

Pricing

NordVPN costs around the same as others from the “top 3” big VPN providers. It’s a bit more expensive than the regular VPN platforms but not with that much.

If you want to pay on a monthly basis then the price is $11.95 per month. For 1 year pre-paid it’s $5.75 per month, which is $69 total. For 2 years pre-paid it’s $3.29 per month or $79 total.

It does not however have a 6 months plan, which might have been useful for some people.

A 30 days money-back guarantee is also provided.

Each subscription type comes with full features. NordVPN can simultaneously be used on 6 devices.

Our Rating

9.6

NordVPNis extremely fast, simple and private: a truly standout VPN

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