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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Parallels Desktop
9.3
Screen sharing
Parallels Desktop
7.0
File transfer
Parallels Desktop
9.7
Instant message
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Over-the-Internet remote session
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Remote management of servers & workstations
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Remote Active Directory® management
Parallels Desktop
9.0
Centralized management dashboard
Parallels Desktop
7.7
Session record
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Annotations
Parallels Desktop
10.0
Monitoring and Alerts
Parallels Desktop
9.2
Multi-platform remote control
Parallels Desktop
9.4

Pros

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parallels Desktop

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Parallels Desktop
9.2

Usability

Parallels Desktop
8.0

Support Rating

Parallels Desktop
8.7

Implementation Rating

Parallels Desktop
9.0

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