ZenMate is one of the most popular VPNs on the market. But why this popularity?
ZenMate VPN Summary
|Daily Policy||No Log|
|IP, DNS, or WebRTC Leaks||No|
|Support||Email and Online Resources Only|
|Cheapest Price||$ 2.05 / month on a 2-year plan|
- Extremely high speeds
- Quick and easy access to Netflix
- Torrenting and P2P is allowed on all servers
- Simple installation on the most popular platforms
- Connect securely to 30 countries
- Inconsistent speeds on the server network
- Few configurable settings
- Germany based
Ease of Use
ZenMate’s proprietary range of applications has always been simple, but the updated ZenMate 5 makes it even more attractive. The desktop app is best for beginners with a one-click secure connection.
There are configurable settings to change the protocol and turn on the kill key and DNS leak protection. Still far from detailed. We want to see more transparency in the details of our connection, such as the new IP address, as well as a few more advanced features to fine-tune.
ZenMate browser extensions provide an excellent user experience, but unfortunately, it only encrypts your browser traffic.
ZenMate, a highly respected VPN provider, has one of the smallest server networks on the market. There are only 30 countries well below average.
Even in the US, there are no city-level servers. Likewise, Asia is limited to three regions, and there is only one server server in Africa, Australia and South America.
In addition, in terms of IP addresses, ZenMate has only 3,000 IP addresses. This small number is likely to cause congestion.
Speed and Reliability
Before using ZenMate:
When you connect to ZenMate:
Download speed without ZenMate: 95 Mbps
Download speed with ZenMate: 86 Mbps
Download speed while ZenMate is running: 9%
ZenMate offers very fast speeds on local connections. However, international connections are reduced to affect your convenience. However, it is possible to get a good experience by connecting to nearby locations.
Platforms and Devices
ZenMate offers the usual range of native applications for a variety of platforms, including:
- Microsoft Windows
- Mac os operating system
- Android TV
- Amazon Fire TV
The ZenMate website provides manual installation guides for devices that do not have special applications such as Linux, but it may be difficult to implement them. ZenMate also provides a set of instructions for manually configuring several other devices with VPN, including routers and several game consoles.
Pricing and Opportunities
ZenMate VPN is one of the cheapest VPN services on the market with a monthly payment of 2.05 euros for a 2-year plan. This also means 79% savings. Apart from the 2-year plan, there is a 1-year plan and 1-month plan. The 1-year plan is € 3.99 per month. The 1-month plan is a high price of 9.99 euro.
ZenMate also offers a money back guarantee and a free trial. The refund guarantee will be refunded without asking any questions as long as you cancel before the end of your 14th day of subscription.
You can also take advantage of ZenMate’s seven-day free trial. This gives you unlimited use of the service for a week, and the best part is that you don’t automatically upgrade to the paid version, so you don’t have to submit any billing information when you sign up.
Encryption and Security
ZenMate offers a good level of privacy compared to top VPN competitors.
ZenMate uses Open VPN and encryption is very strong: ZenMate uses AES-256, which is thought to be ‘unbreakable’. ZenMate also has a VPN kill key that blocks all web traffic when the VPN is disconnected for any reason, preventing your actual IP address from being leaked.
DNS leak protection is a highly appreciated feature that prevents DNS requests from being sent to your ISP, thus keeping your online activity private. Once you see that the application can leak DNS requests when it is closed, be sure to enable this setting before connecting.
ZenMate also provides several ‘premium features’ in browser extensions, such as malware blocking and tracking protection. They block malicious sites and prevent third-party services from tracking you and collecting information about your online activity.
However, it is disappointing that they are not available on the desktop client.
ZenMate, compared to its competitors, does not have live support is a negative situation. Instead there are online resources and information stores on the site. Troubleshooting FAQs are also well organized and clear, but they can use some extra images and videos to make them a bit more accessible. ZenMate needs to do better on this front to compete with other providers.
Do you recommend?
ZenMate is one of the best VPN services in the VPN market. However, it is still disappointing in some cases.
At an extremely low price point, ZenMate is a VPN that we are happy to recommend to people with low expectations or who do not need a more expensive high-end VPN.