A First Look at CyberGhost 5.0

September 2013 update – CyberGhost 5 beta 2 is now available.  You can learn more about it here.

We had the pleasure of testing the new CyberGhost 5.0 beta today.  When we wrote about the upcoming beta a few days ago we thought it would be longer before the release.  It was a nice surprise to receive an email from the CG team with the good news.  After a quick download and install we were up and running on the all new CyberGhost 5.0.  You can test it out as well by visiting the beta test page on the CyberGhost VPN site.

CyberGhost 5.0

As you can see in the image above we connected to a server in the United Kingdom from the United States.  After running a speed test we were impressed with the performance.  Achieving download speeds just under 10 Mbps and upload of 6 Mbps.  Connections to the UK and Germany were faster than the US.  This isn’t meant as a review though.  We were pleased with the network performance and choice of server locations.

CyberGhost Coutry Selection

The interface is SO easy to use.  You can let the client choose a location or select one manually.  When we tested the client was showing open servers in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, United Kingdom, United States and the Ukraine.  With fifteen servers available at the time we connected.  Remember this is on a free account.  Premium users will have more options.

CyberGhost connection interupted

What happens when the VPN connection drops?  It’s bound to happen from time to time.  We had it occur once while using their Los Angeles server.  When that happens the CyberGhost 5.0 client will display the message shown above.  You’ll notice that the software disabled our Internet connection in order to protect our privacy.  You have the option to unlock or reconnect.  The client will automatically try to reconnect after a few seconds.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our first look at CyberGhost 5.0.  We’re impressed by the time and effort their team put into the client.  The user interface is intuitive and very easy to use.  We will continue to test and share our impressions.  With a review to come once the software leaves the beta phase.  From what we can tell there shouldn’t be too many bugs to work out.  Remember you can visit their beta test page to join in.

You can read our CyberGhost review to learn more about the service or visit cyberghostvpn.com.