Hotspot members enjoy unlimited VPN with servers located throughout the US, UK and Australia. They offer both a free, ad-supported service and premium plans. We definitely prefer the paid accounts which they call Hotspot Shield Elite. For $29.95 a year you can remove the ads and enjoy faster connection speeds. Let’s take a closer look at the service.
- Connect to any server using their free VPN client.
- Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.
- Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
- iOS and Android apps.
Hotspot Shield VPN Servers
- Server locations: United States, United Kingdom, Australia.
- Connect to Hotspot Shield using PPTP or L2TP protocol.
Hotspot Shield Performance Testing
- Hotspot Shield US speed test – we tested a server in the US and were able to achieve 6.68 Mbps download speed.
- Hotspot Shield UK speed test – we followed up by testing a UK VPN server and were able to achieve 21.38 Mbps.
- Conclusion – performance was good. We streamed content in the US just fine. Note: you can expect any VPN to slow your connection some as the traffic is being encrypted.
Hotspot Shield Compatibility
- Hotspot Shield supports PPTP and L2TP connections.
- System compatibility – Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP), Mac OS X
- Mobile compatibility – Hotspot Shield offers apps for both iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android devices.
- Browser compatibility – supports Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera.
Hotspot Shield Pricing and Special Offers
- Unlimited VPN – $29.95 a year
- Free VPN – ad-supported
Hotspot Shield Review : Conclusion
We enjoyed testing the Hotspot Shield Elite service. It is best suited for users that want to enjoy unlimited VPN access in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. We streamed Netflix without any issues. We like that Hotspot Shield offers a free account. They only offer a yearly plan but the price is very affordable. All sign ups include a 30 day money back guarantee. Let us know how the service works for you.