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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

NetSupport Manager

NetSupport Manager is amazing for WAN and LAN networks and for all kind of companies that want to connect and support users fast. Whether they have access to a console and to IP or PC name quick connect to all computers, or to servers to perform support operations, deploy software, and chat with users, NetSupport is well suited.
Miguel Nuñez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

Parallels is excellent for QA teams who need to test on a variety of operating systems, or from Mac users who need to run Windows apps in an integrated way simultaneously with their Mac apps, without a lot of performance overhead. Parallels is especially well-suited for power users who have state-of-the-art hardware running the latest version of both Parallels and Mac OS X. It is less-suited for those who cannot upgrade to the newest version of OS X or Parallels, as certain combinations of host operating system with Parallels will not work at all. It is also less-suited for those without high end hardware, and for game developers, VR developers, and others who are hoping to run PC games on a Mac at a decent frame rate. Finally, Parallels is also not suited for those who wish to run very old versions of Mac OS X like Snow Leopard (released in June 2009) which is only supported in its hard-to-find Server edition, or older than Snow Leopard, which are not supported at all.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
9.3
Screen sharing
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
7.0
File transfer
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
9.7
Instant message
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Remote management of servers & workstations
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Centralized management dashboard
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
7.6
Annotations
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Monitoring and Alerts
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
9.6
Multi-platform remote control
NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
9.4
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Over-the-Internet remote session
NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Remote Active Directory® management
NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
9.0
Session record
NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
10.0

Pros

NetSupport Manager

  • Remote administration to all Network PCs
  • Application deployment
  • Inventory
  • Console capabilities
  • File Transfer
Miguel Nuñez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

  • USB device compatibility. This is ESSENTIAL when using some of the USB-connected testing hardware I often have to work with.
  • Parallels also makes it seamless to share data between the host OS and the virtual environment.
  • I spend most of my time in Parallels running Windows, but at times I do load up a Linux or Android VM for testing. I am able to switch back and forth between them or run multiples with little to no effort.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetSupport Manager

  • Integrations, it would be nice to see it integrate with an aplication like Microsoft SCCM
Miguel Nuñez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

  • No update for OpenGL 3, which prevents some 3D applications from launching. The Windows-version of SketchUp is but one example.
  • Frequent (yearly) updates which don't always bring benefits (I always skip at least one version).
  • If you don't be careful, it generates 100s of useless Windows-application wrappers in macOS which sometimes take precedence in spotlight over the Mac apps I usually need to use (e.g. SketchUp, Excel, Word, Evernote...). More than once I launched Parallels instead of opening the native Mac app.
Stefan Boeykens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetSupport Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It has a good integration, including the connection of peripherals. Taking files back and forth works well and I can attach my Home drive as a network drive in Windows. There is even integration with iCloud and other macOS services. There are also a few different display modes which are useful and fleixible (coherence, windowed, full-screen with multiple screens)
Stefan Boeykens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetSupport Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop 8.7
Based on 6 answers
We have had rare occasions to contact support about the product. Most questions were easily answered from the knowledge base. When we have had to contact support they were able to provide us with a couple of different solutions and enough resources about how to accomplish said solutions that solving the problem was easy enough.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

NetSupport Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Parallels Desktop

Parallels Desktop 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The only advice I can provide is think about who is using the product and build the image based on the true needs of the user.
Denise Wade | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetSupport Manager

I think NSM does not have a rival when you truly use all of its capabilities. It has the flexibility of an application developed for multiplatform support and allows you to remote control any device at your reach. It has a file transfer feature that truly works and a complete system inventory in which you can set up smart alerts, voice, and chat capabilities to connect with the affected user.
Miguel Nuñez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

I have not used any other program to meet these needs and to be honest I didn't want to. Parallels had great reviews and from my research it would do what I needed, so there was no reason to look elsewhere. On top of that, Parallels is not overly expensive for the capability you get
nancy lauer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetSupport Manager

  • NSM allowed us to quickly update our core applications to minimize downtime.
  • NSM allowed us to perform better and faster support to our end users.
  • NSM allowed us to perform complex tasks remotely.
Miguel Nuñez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels Desktop

  • Parallels has enabled us to move to MacOS for some of our roles, and those users couldn't be happier. Even though they are still using Windows under the covers, Continuity Mode abstracts that away, and users feel like they never have to leave MacOS.
  • We often don't need most of the features that Parallels offers, and so, it doesn't always feel like money well spent. Parallels would do well to consider additional price points to help justify its cost versus free alternatives.
  • Parallels struggles to justify why users should upgrade alongside the yearly MacOS upgrade. Screenshots and email integration are amongst the headlining features this year. Yawn.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetSupport Manager

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Parallels Desktop

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NetSupport Manager
10.0
Parallels Desktop
9.2

Usability

NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
8.0

Support Rating

NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
8.7

Implementation Rating

NetSupport Manager
Parallels Desktop
9.0

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