Comparison

BlackVPN review vs. Express VPN

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between BlackVPN and ExpressVPN is ExpressVPN. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: Same quality
  • Features: BlackVPN has more features than ExpressVPN
  • Speed: BlackVPN is faster than ExpressVPN
  • Countries:  BlackVPN has less countries available than ExpressVPN
  • Security: BlackVPN has worse security than ExpressVPN
  • Price: BlackVPN is cheaper than ExpressVPN
  • Compatibility: BlackVPN supports less platforms than ExpressVPN
  • Support: Same support

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NameBlackVPNExpressVPN
IP addressNoNo
DNSNo No
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoNo
TimestampsNoNo

BlackVPN is located in Hong Kong which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while ExpressVPN is located in British Virgin Island which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of BlackVPN and ExpressVPN such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NameBlackVPNExpressVPN
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)NoYes
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, BlackVPN has kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside ExpressVPN has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test BlackVPN was more on the below average side while ExpressVPN had fast speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption BlackVPN and ExpressVPN use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameBlackVPNExpressVPN
Encryption256-bitAES 256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSecPPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN
IP leaksNoNo
DNS leaksNoNo

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. BlackVPN uses 256-bit and OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP/IPSec protocol and ExpressVPN uses AES 256-bit and es 256-bit and PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and BlackVPN had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while ExpressVPN had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether BlackVPN or ExpressVPN is cheaper.

NameBlackVPNExpressVPN
Price$4.48$8.32
Trial versionYesNo

6. Compatibility

BlackVPN supports 7 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use ExpressVPN on 5 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameBlackVPNExpressVPN
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
LinuxYes
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with BlackVPN or ExpressVPN you can reach out to their support via:

NameBlackVPNExpressVPN
LivechatYesYes
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

BlackVPN ranked in our list on 45. position while ExpressVPN. is on 5 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.