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Buffered VPN review: It gets the job done

Buffered VPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Number of servers: 30+
  • Number of country locations: 46
  • Cost: $99 per year

Budapest-based Buffered VPN isn’t an exceptional product. It ‘s not particularly speedy, its Windows app is serviceable but nothing special, prices are a little high, and its server count and country locations aren’t that impressive. Still, in my time with it, I found the VPN to be pretty good.

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Buffered VPN’s primary interface.

Buffered has a very simple one-panel interface with a list of every country it supports. To connect to a country, you just scroll down the list to your desired country, click on the entry, and the app starts connecting you. It would be nice if you could search for a desired country, but currently you have to use your mouse or touchpad.

Each country listing has a heart icon on the far right allowing you to make it a favorite. Favorite countries then show up at the top of the country list.

Once you’ve connected to your destination of choice, the VPN interface switches to information about your connection including current upload and download speeds, total bandwidth up and down, and your current IP address.

Note: This review is part of our best VPNs roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Features and services

This connected panel also has a Tools drop-down menu with a bandwidth test tool that allows you to see the speed of your current connection.

Going back to the primary country list interface, the upper-right corner features a “hamburger” menu icon where you can access the app’s settings, a firewall test, and other features. The firewall test is a useful tool if you’re having connection problems—it will tell you if any of the VPN ports that Buffered wants to use are blocked on the network you’re using. You can then choose to an open port to use for the VPN.

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Buffered’s navigation menu.

The Settings section of Buffered doesn’t offer any extra features, though there are a few nice touches. You can, for example, choose how the “X” button in the upper-right corner operates. By default, clicking it closes the application. Alternatively, clicking the “X” can minimize the application to the system tray, removing it from the taskbar. The latter behavior is how some VPNs operate by default, but I really like the notion of offering both options and allowing the user to decide.


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