NordVPN Review 2018,A Beginner’s Guide

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NordVPN is a well-known VPN service provider with more than 1 million worldwide users. It receives many good reviews, including those from trusted sources like PCMag, Forbes and BBC.
This is our most complete and newest review about NordVPN in2018, we will cover NordVPN’s VPN speed, price, VPN free trial, customer services etc. This NordVPN review was based on our real VPN testings.We hope it could help you choose the best VPN service for you.

Pros:

  • Fast speed, reliable connections.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Desktop software offers obfuscation option to bypass VPN blocking

Cons:

  • Mobile apps don’t include the obfuscation option yet.

Starting Price : 3.29/mo(best deals)

Free Trial : 30-day money-back

Maximum  Connections: 6 devices (if not connected to the same server with the same protocol)

NordVPN’s Features

NordVPN has 1000+ servers in 59 countries and regions, and offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited server switches and unlimited speed. It supports almost all VPN protocols, including IKEv2/IPsec, OpenVPN (TCP and UDP), L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and SSTP.

NordVPN allows users to connect from computers (Mac, PC and Linux), tablets and smartphones with their clients and apps. and the maximum connect is up to 6 devices at the same time. Note that there’s a limitation on this: You can’t connect to the same VPN server using the same VPN protocol with more than 1 device. But you can bypass this restriction by letting different devices connect to different servers or using different VPN protocols .

In addition, NordVPN has a no-logs policy so your internet activities won’t be logged. P2P is allowed by NordVPN, so you can use it for torrenting and other types of P2P file sharing.

NordVPN’s Price & Free Trial

NordVPN offers 3 different plans: $11.95/month if you pay month by month; $5.75/month if you pay every 12 months and $3.29/month if you pay every 24 months. Beside  Paypal and credit Card, NordVPN also accepts  bitcoin and other altercoins.
NordVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing customers to try their VPN services essentially for free up to 30 days. You can try it thoroughly before buying it.

NordVPN’s Clients and Apps

NordVPN provides  clients and apps for many different platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi, DD-WRT router and Tomato router etc. Below is a screenshot of NordVPN’s download page:

Based on our test, the best way to use NordVPN is to use its desktop software, including Window and Mac client (OpenVPN version).  Since NordVPN’s desktop software includes an obfuscation option, which is necessary to hide VPN traffic and avoid  blocking.
Below are some screenshots of NordVPN’s Windows client. As you can see, under the “Servers” section, it allows users to select different VPN servers from worldwide locations. Also, you can choose to connect to an obfuscation server in addition to the VPN server.Under the “Settings” section, you can turn on/off features such as auto connect, kill switch and so on.

NordVPN also provides free VPN apps for Android and iOS users. You can download those apps in iOS’s app store or Android’s Play Store by searching with the keyword “NordVPN”.

NordVPN’s Connections & Speed ​​Test

Is NordVPN reliable fast to be used ? In our test, we used a Windows 10 computer from Shanghai, China. Our ISP is China Telecom. Without VPN, we could get a download speed of around 58 Mb/s. Below is the SpeedTest.net test result without connecting to VPN. Please note: this speed only reflects the speed when visiting local websites within China.

After we  connected to NordVPN’s Taiwan server, we got a download speed of 25.40 Mb/s, which is super fast. You can find the result from SpeedTest.net below.

Also, we found NordVPN has been quite stable during our test on a Windows 10 PC.

NordVPN’s Customer Support

NordVPN provides very professional support on their website, you will be asked to type in your question first and you will get an auto response if  your question was already there.Otherwise, you will be connected to a live chat session with a support staff . We tried  NordVPN’s live chat support and the response speed was very fast and we were able to Get an answer almost immediately.you can also contact to their support team by wring an email, a staff will contact to you in 24 hours.

NordVPN Review Conclusion

NordVPN is a popular VPN service provider with world-class quality and support. They provide various supports to help you access their service without effort . If you use VPN mostly on a desktop computer (Windows or Mac), NordVPN is a good choice because its desktop software comes with an obfuscation feature to bypass VPN blocking and its VPN connection is quite fast and stable.