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Plenty of server choices
Option to pick server location within country
Wide device compatibility
Competitively priced with money-back guarantee
Zero log files stored
Wide range of payment options, including Bitcoin
UI is clunky and lacks explanation
Streaming optimized servers are buried within menus
Some random lag during gaming
Websites occasionally load slowly, despite high bandwidth
Torrent optimized servers are limited
Amazon Video and Netflix can't be reliably connected to
No double VPN option
Le VPN's service is an affordable, streamlined one, with an exceedingly simplistic interface that borders on being opaque with its limited options per window. While there is support for torrents and a great selection of international servers, missing U.S. and U.K. media servers makes accessing services like Netflix and Amazon Video almost impossible.
Le VPN is a fast VPN service that is designed to run as streamlined and as out-of-sight as possible, with a minimalist user interface, a wide selection of servers to choose from, and promises of high-speed anonymity online. While it does live up to many of its promises, most notably on the raw speed and variety of countries to choose from, it's not perfect – especially when it comes to streaming. We tested and reviewed the service, so read on to see our findings and if it's right for you.
Getting setup with Le VPN is amazingly easy. You can pay for the service in a variety of ways, including Bitcoin, for an anonymous setup. It also works well on a variety of platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. Whichever payment method or OS you opt for though, once you've signed up, you download the client and install it like any other. Then just login with your provided information and hit the connect button. You'll automatically be connected to the most obvious server for your location.
That's all you need to know about Le VPN if you want to use it as a basic VPN service, with your IP anonymized online. If you want to go a little further and select individual countries, you'll have to delve through the somewhat unattractive user interface. It's only a small point, but every country's flag is heavily pixelated and text looks a little blurry in some parts of the UI.
Unlike some VPN services, Le VPN has a wide selection of servers you can pick from. There are more than 100 countries to choose from, with multiple locations in most of them. That's great if you want to appear to be from one country but find that a particular server is overcrowded. There is no way to know which one is the best for you though, as Le VPN gives you no indication of server load, distance from you, or user numbers.
If you want to pick one you have to dive into its various categories which are portrayed in compact lists in a small window, with no ability to drag it into a larger format for ease of use. There are also no grouped listings for torrent servers or streaming optimized servers. In fact, unless you want to watch content on an Italian service, you'll find the options there are rather limited.
There were no U.S or U.K.-based streaming servers when we tested Le VPN. Although the SmartDNS service Le VPN offers does make it possible on occasion to access services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, that's not guaranteed and it's locked away in the website's client area, making it far from easy to access.
You also can't choose another server while connected to one. You have to disconnect first. That makes server-hopping a bit longwinded compared to most other VPN services.
Downloads and uploads are quick, but we did run into some odd lag and latency issues in some cases.
By the numbers, Le VPN offers a fantastically quick VPN service, barely knocking off a single megabit of bandwidth from our standard, non-routed connection. That means downloads and uploads are quick, but we did run into some odd lag and latency issues in some cases.
Gaming saw occasional random stutters, which in high stake games was problematic. We also found websites and YouTube videos could sometimes take an oddly long time to load. Once they had started they appeared very quickly, but those few seconds waiting for them to start could feel like an eternity at times.
Le VPN is a Hong Kong VPN service, so it's outside of most jurisdictions for Western governments. However, Hong Kong has been known to cooperate with international enforcement agencies in the past – one very notable example is the Kim Dotcom and MegaUpload case.
Le VPN's security is firmly entrenched in the service it offers, with a number of important features to make sure you stay safe online while using its VPN.
This isn't the most extensive selection of security features – we would have liked to have seen the option for a double VPN connection – but it's robust.
Torrenting isn't supported by every company out there but Le VPN firmly throws its hat in with P2P file-sharers around the world and provides servers optimized for file sharing. They are in a limited number, however, with only five servers offered at the time of writing, and only two of them were marked for torrenting: Luxembourg and Czech Republic.
By the numbers, Le VPN offers a fantastically quick VPN service.
Le VPN is nothing if not fair in its pricing. While it does offer greater discounts for longer purchase periods, they are staggered and not weighted as we see with some VPN services.
Le VPN has three offers, starting with $10 per month on a rolling contract. There's an option of $45 every six months (working out to $7.50 per month), with the $59 for a year contract representing the best value ($5 per month). There's also a money-back guarantee if you don't like the service.
Payment options are some of the most varied we've ever seen, with standard credit card and PayPal offered right alongside Bitcoin, OpenBucks, CashU, Boleto, and Oxxo, among others.
One of our favorite VPN services in recent years has been NordVPN, so how does Le VPN measure up to it? Nord is by far the more expensive of the two services, making Le VPN much more accessible. However, that's where Le VPN's advantages stop because Nord offers more servers, a more attractive and intuitive client, and the option of double VPN for added security. Le VPN isn't far behind in every respect, but it's definitely the weaker of the two VPN services.
Le VPN is a promising VPN that has a lot going for it; most notable its attractive price and excellent bandwidth. It also has a great selection of countries with multiple servers per region. But it does have a few problems we couldn't overlook. The stuttering on some servers was particularly aggravating and for many, the lack of Netflix and Amazon Video block circumvention will be a deal-breaker. The client's UI could do with some work, too.
It's not a bad service by any means and you'll likely be mostly happy with it if you take out a subscription, but there are better services out there.
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