NordVPN Review 2017
|3.5 / 5.0 User Ratings||57 |
Today we are going to dissect NordVPN in our review, to educate our readers about the services and the features it offers to its users – without any sugar-coats.
NordVPN claims to be the best VPN service when it comes to protecting users from hackers, surveillance agencies and malware while browsing the internet. However, we will only share our nordvpn review final verdict with you once we have thoroughly taken you through its services.
Where are the Servers of NordVPN Located?
The VPN servers play an integral role in establishing the utility of a VPN service. We have said it before and we will say it again: if you are to leave an impression on a general user, impress him with your server count and locations. Initially, we were a bit disappointed to see that NordVPN provides only 724 servers as of now, but then we looked at the countries where the servers are located.
The server locations are not as bad as we thought they were. NordVPN offering its 724 servers in 57 countries, including the UK and US. What we liked the most about NordVPN is the fact that it offers a proper guide to help users and connect to their desired servers. For example, if you want DDoS Protection against hackers, NordVPN recommends you to connect to its Canadian server.
NordVPN provides 724 servers in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Russia, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Brazil, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Romania, Austria, Australia, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Isle of Man, Chile, Israel, New Zealand and Japan. Unfortunately we cant test all the servers while writing nordvpn review.
NordVPN DNS Servers List
NordVPN DNS Server connects automatically through their native desktop & mobile apps ensuring that your DNS requests are not routed through Google servers. Following are the DNS Servers which can be configured manually, in case you are not using the applications:
How to check if NordVPN servers are down?
For the express purpose of keeping subscribers’ updated, NordVPN offers a dedicated page so that the clients can easily check if their required server is:
- Available or down due to maintenance
- Server Load Time
- Using which protocols
The Server maintenance page offers real time statistics offering details including server load, vacant locations etc. all in one place. Statistics are offered for all servers including:
- Double VPN
- Onion Over VPN
- Ultrafast TV
- Anti DDoS
- Dedicated and Shared Severs
Nordvpn Servers Bandwidth and Ping Review
What haunts internet users the most? No online security? Low speeds? High Pings? Honestly speaking, it all comes down to your needs and demands. A streaming lover may compromise on his online security for faster speeds, and a privacy enthusiast may compromise on high speeds for solid online security.
There is no denying that a VPN service reduces your internet speed and gives you high ping sometimes, but when it becomes a regular practice, it haunts users even more. We speed-tested the services of NordVPN before we wrote this review because we wanted to check if they had any limitations set the allocation of bandwidth and if the pings reduced.
We are sharing the results before and after testing the speeds with our readers so they can get an idea of how fast their service is and how it can affect their internet speed. The picture we are sharing below was taken when NordVPN wasn’t connected. Although we would have liked a lower ping, See all three observations were pretty impressive.
Once we connected our device to NordVPN’s fastest server “US” the speed was significantly reduced; upload speed hardly noticed any changes but the ping won the contest for us! Imagine getting 0 ping with a download speed of 85Mbps! Who wouldn’t want to watch TV shows and movies in high definition for hours and hours?!
Nordvpn Device Compatibility
Having reviewed various VPN services in past, we have always given priority to two particular features of a VPN service over others: the servers and the device compatibility, in that same order.
Offering support for Windows, iPhones, iPads, Mac and Android is pretty standard for VPN services, but NordVPN misses out on supporting Linux, Routers and Gaming Consoles in the devices it supports.
The mediocrity of device compatibility of NordVPN client is beyond any explanation. We fail to understand why NordVPN is not working to extend its support to Xbox One, PS3 and SmartTV users. The current device compatibility suggests that it needs to upgrade its device support as soon as possible, if it is to stay at VPN industry for the long haul.
How to Connect NordVPN on Windows
After signing up for the service, you can download the software for your Windows from the custom profile page. Once you have installed the VPN, open it up and enter the credentials assigned to you by NordVPN.
Click on “Log in”.
After you have successfully logged in, select your desired VPN server and click on “Connect”.
Wait for the connection to establish, once NordVPN is connected, you will be presented with this window.
See the “Settings” tab on top? We clicked on it as well to explore the other options. Can’t say we were disappointed. Upon clicking the “Settings” tab, you can also find the App Kill Switch option that lets you kill all the activity on other applications as well when your internet connection drops.
How to Setup NordVPN on Android OS
NordVPN is compatible with Android OS (4.0 devices or higher) with a great application available on the Google Play Store. If you wish to connect NordVPN manually on Android, you can setupthe service using L2TP/IPsec protocols:
- Go to to your android device Settings> More
- Then select VPN
- Click on the add (+) sign
- Enter a VPN Name, for example, NordVPN
- In Type option, select L2TP/IPSec
- Enter Server Address (Select your required server address from this list)
- Leave L2TP Secret and IPSec Identifier empty
- Enter IPSec pre-shared key as: nordvpn
Pricing Plans of NordVPN – Pocket Friendly!
This NordVPN review was designed to be critical. That is why we were poised to compare the price offerings with those dished out by other VPN services. The limited compatibility had left a bad taste in our mouth, but all of that changed when we saw those beautiful pricing plans that look like a Wal-Mart sale!
The pricing plans are simple, and easy to understand. For starters, they are offering a universal package for different prices, a common norm in VPN industry.
The plans are clearly designed to cater to the needs of different users with different needs. So if you are interested in buying the monthly service, subscribe to the Monthly Package, which is available for $8/month. The Monthly Package is referred as “Simple” package by NordVPN.
The “Standard” package (the half-yearly plan), is available for subscription for $5/month. This package suits individuals who frequently travel to the countries where strict censorship policies are in place. NordVPN refers to the annual package as its “Best Offer”. You can get the subscription for as low as $4/month. With a subscription to the annual package, you get to save 50% of the original amount!
NordVPN Trial Package Review
NordVPN currently offers a 3-day free trial for new users and begins after completing the signup process. Furthermore, they also offer 30-day money-back guarantee on all their packages for “accounts in good standing”— but users who avail their services through Apple App Store or Google Play Store cannot be reversed or refunded.
NordVPN Latest Discount Offer
NordVPN usually offers discounts and deals for all major events like New Year, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas etc.
- The 6 months Standard Plan is currently on a 41%discount offer
- The 12 months Best Offer Plan is currently on a special 52% discount offer
Nordvpn Protocol and Encryption Support – Which is Best?
In times, where online privacy has become a subject of debate due to increasing online surveillance policies, NordVPN takes a solid stand and provides support of OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP and IPSec protocols.
All of these protocols are rock solid and keep your online traffic safe by tunneling them. The SSL based encryption support of 2048 is too good for the likes of hackers and online surveillance agencies to lay their eyes on your data. It makes your data complicated for the hackers, and also protects you when mass-surveillance laws are passed.
Nordvpn 24/7 Available Customer Support
Okay, this is a tricky part. We’ll be very precise here in this norvpn review part. We liked their Customer Support for its excellent compliance and relevancy skills, but we absolutely hated it for its slow response. When we talked to one of their support technicians, we had no idea that it would literally take them ages to respond. When their representative finally joined the Chat session, we asked the reason for delay.
He responded by saying, “Your chat did not show up”.
That was not the kind of reply we were expecting, anyway. Once he joined the chat session, we decided to stress-test the support and grilled him. We kept asking him questions about the service and the guy at the other end was gentle and answered all our questions very calmly.
So while their Live Chat Customer Support is absolutely fine, their response time is not. They need to work on that before it begins to haunt them.
Nordvpn Payment Options
To make sure that users feel safe and secure, NordVPN offers Bitcoin, Web Money, Paypal, Paysera and Credit cards as payment modes to users. The payment options are diverse and the users can easily opt for one the suggested options to pay their due invoices.
Nordvpn Multi Logins
As far as the multi-logins are concerned, we think NordVPN is better than many of the VPN providers that are not even offering the multi-login option.
But when we compared it with others, it clearly let us down. With only two multi-logins, we feel that it needs to offer more login queries to its users.
Nordvpn P2P Traffic Review
We’ll be honest with all our readers here; we will vouch for any VPN provider that offers assistance for P2P traffic. Imagine downloading torrents without fearing the cops running after you for copyrights infringement cases. We tried the P2P service of NordVPN and were actually impressed that it offered us extra layer of security without causing any disturbance in the downloading speeds.
NordVPN Netflix Access Review
Blogging platform Comparitech covered in January of this year how most VPN providers have now been red flagged by Netflix and their IP addresses don’t unblock the US library anymore for users connecting from other countries. Instead Netflix users’ are welcome by this message:
I have tested over 18 services with Netflix when they initially enacted the ban. Only 3 services successfully managed to unblock the US library, while some 16 PVN services (9 of them US based) failed to bypass the block. NordVPN was one of the 3 brands (other two being PureVPN & ExpressVPN) that successfully unblocked US Netflix on all its servers.
NordVPN has remained one of the few providers that still provide access to Netflix US on all of its provided IP addresses. I would highly recommend to manually configure NordVPN when accessing Netflix US and always run a DNS Leak test with IPlocation or WhatismyIP.
NordVPN Vs ExpressVPN
The true grit of any VPN provider is tested when put against the best VPN providers in the world. So, I chose to compare NordVPN with industry legend Express VPN. The comparison is as follows:
|Software/Apps||Win, Mac, Android & iOS||Win, Mac, Android & iOS|
|Multi User||6 users per account||5 users per account|
|Torrent & P2P Support||Yes||Yes|
|Tunneling Protocols||OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP & IPSec||OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP & L2TP|
|Encryption||AES 128bit & 256bit||AES 128bit & 256bit|
|Editor’s Rating||4 out of 5||3 out of 5|
NordVPN offers a competitive service bundle but does not come close to ExpressVPN’s server performance. That being said, NordVPN & ExpressVPN perform terrible in Asia, I would recommend other options. If your requirements are streaming & downloading torrents,then possibly the best option would be ExpressVPN. If however you wish to browse, use email, shop & bank online, and be gentle on the wallet while doing that I would suggest to try NordVPN.
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NordVPN Reddit Review
Possibly the best place to get real time user reviews of NordVPN would be Reddits forums. Take this disappointed user for instance:
NordVPN performed very poor for this user when it came to downloading torrents. After the provider began marketing its services on various torrent websites, the service has seen a radical decline in performance.
Users have also complained that the service doesn’t work with Netflix, but after they upgraded their servers and hosted new ones in the US NordVPN works fine with Netflix US, but on selected servers only. In another interesting NordVPN review on Reddit, user VPNHunter2014 establishes that NordVPN actually performs better and offers a better service compared to other popular brands. I highly recommend NordVPN prospects to consider this review for a realistic preview.
In a fairly new review posted in December 2016 user Conundrum1911 establishes that speed & disconnection issues are now frequent when he connects through his region. This has been a common occurrence for mostly subscribers in Europe and some cities of the USA. I tested NordVPN for well over 6 hours (no test for torrents though) and it worked fine when browsing on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and other shopping websites.
Finally we come to another distraught user who had a bad experience with Nord’s iOS app:
Some VPN do tend to pay less attention to user on boarding and ease of use hence such user testimonials. I avoid iOS devices any way due to their difficult compatibility with many hundreds of apps that are already available on Android. But I do agree with the user above, NordVPN began with an appalling VPN app for iOS devices. Even to this day disconnections and no server connectivity are big issues on the iOS app when we tested it last.
NordVPN Proxy App
NordVPN offers SOCKS and HTTP proxy servers in addition to VPN service. Users of SOCKS proxy are required to get authorization to get connected & unrestricted access, whereas HTTP works with all the major browsers available i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer.
To setup up Nord VPN proxy servers you can find all relevant tutorials on the website or feel free to ask in this nordvpn review comments
NordVPN Logs Policy
If you want total anonymity on the internet, then NordVPN may help with its do not store any logs policy. NordVPN confirms on its website that it does not store any:
- Personal information
- IP addresses
- Connection time stamps
The Final Verdict on Nordvpn Review
We mentioned in the start that we will give our final verdict when we have thoroughly reviewed NordVPN. We want to be very honest with all our readers here:
Pros: NordVPN needs to work on certain aspects like its device compatibility, customer support and the server count.
Cons: You can’t ignore its speed, low pings, multi-logins, protocol and encryption support.
It works fine, but as of now, to be the best in the VPN industry, NordVPN has a long way to go.