Parallels Desktop for Mac vs. Splashtop

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Parallels Desktop for Mac
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Parallels® Desktop for Mac is used to run Windows on Intel or Apple silicon. Users can switch between Mac and Windows applications, while retaining the macOS appearance, or use the familiar Windows desktop aesthetic.
$99.99
per year
Splashtop
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Splashtop is a software solution for both remote access and remote support. Boasting 30+ million customers worldwide and users among both large and small organizations across the globe, Splashtop states they have a secure, high-performing solution to fit specific use-cases. Splashtop is ISO certified, SOC 2 and GDPR compliant. Splashtop Business Access is a remote desktop software solution for business professionals and teams, allowing them to work from wherever, using…
$5
per month per user, billed annually
Pricing
Parallels Desktop for MacSplashtop
Editions & Modules
Parallels Desktop Standard Edition
$99.99
per year
Mac App Store
$99.99
per year
Parallels Desktop Pro Edition
$119.99
per year
Parallels Desktop Business Edition
$149.99
per year
Splashtop Business Access Solo
$5.00
per month per user, billed annually
Splashtop Business Access Pro
$8.25
per month per user, billed annually
Splashtop Business Access Performance
$13.00
per month per user, billed annually
SOS
$17.00
per month per concurrent technician, billed annually
SOS+10
$19.00
per month per concurrent technician, billed annually
SOS Unlimited
$34.00
per month per concurrent technician, billed annually
Remote Support
$40.00
per month billed monthly or annually
Splashtop Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Parallels Desktop for MacSplashtop
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
Parallels Desktop for MacSplashtop
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Parallels Desktop for MacSplashtop
Application Virtualization
Comparison of Application Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Parallels Desktop for Mac
8.7
2 Ratings
14% above category average
Splashtop
-
Ratings
Application support8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ease of deployment9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Security9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Remote Administration
Comparison of Remote Administration features of Product A and Product B
Parallels Desktop for Mac
-
Ratings
Splashtop
7.8
43 Ratings
5% below category average
Screen sharing00 Ratings9.337 Ratings
File transfer00 Ratings9.039 Ratings
Instant message00 Ratings7.930 Ratings
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers00 Ratings3.013 Ratings
Over-the-Internet remote session00 Ratings9.342 Ratings
Initiate remote control from mobile00 Ratings7.626 Ratings
Remote management of servers & workstations00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Centralized management dashboard00 Ratings7.132 Ratings
Session record00 Ratings7.219 Ratings
Annotations00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Monitoring and Alerts00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Multi-platform remote control00 Ratings8.733 Ratings
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User Ratings
Parallels Desktop for MacSplashtop
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(32 ratings)
8.8
(474 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(34 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(4 ratings)
9.6
(24 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(6 ratings)
8.7
(433 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.5
(15 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(5 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.9
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
5.4
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Parallels Desktop for MacSplashtop
Likelihood to Recommend
Alludo
Parallels works just like a window or application on the Mac. Hence, it is beneficial to keep both OS versions hand in hand. Parallels is very useful when writing code for mobile/iOS applications. File sharing and paste functions are very easy to use. More than one machine can be taken on Parallels. It also integrates with Microsoft Intune. It can run other OS versions other than Windows.
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Splashtop
In my position Splashtop is perfectly suited for my needs. Allows me to connect to remote workers, or those who work from home. I use it while in the office as well as if I am doing after hours support at home. If you have workers who are local but at a different address, also useful. If you are supporting users just in the office you are in, obviously, it's not going to be a tool you will need
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Pros
Alludo
  • File Transfer - You can easily transfer files between Parallels virtualized desktops and the host desktop either through Copy and Paste functionality, or Drag and Drop. You can also configure shared folders.
  • Switch Between Virtual and Host Desktop - You can configure swipe gestures on a MacBook Pro to be able to switch between the virtualized and host desktop. You can also launch apps from the OS X Taskbar.
  • Performance - Apps in Parallels run quite smoothly on my 2015 MacBook Pro, as of 2020. Considering they are running on a 5-year-old computer, I give Parallels top marks for performance.
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Splashtop
  • Splashtop lets me see what my clients see.
  • Splashtop usually works even when my client's computer isn't in great shape. I can sometimes do things remotely that an onsite user cannot.
  • Splashtop lets me work on many computers from one location, without leaving my own desk.
  • Splashtop allows me to serve clients who are hundreds and even thousands of miles away. I can do work for people I've never met.
  • My clients can usually install Splashtop by themselves, preventing the need for a costly and time consuming site visit.
  • Splashtop lets me create installation links for remote access that have been configured specifically to my particular needs and the needs of my clients.
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Cons
Alludo
  • Having to buy a new upgrade whenever Apple updates the OS with its yearly releases seems a bit excessive.
  • The integration features between Windows and Mac are enabled by default, which can clutter both sides; I would rather it was not default.
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Splashtop
  • Web Access should be available to all Splashtop Versions so support personnel do not need to have their laptop with them or Executable on USB Drive etc..
  • Remote access and scaling of screens sometimes is very difficult and have to resort to using keyboard commands to Navigate a screen because the mouse does not show where it is accurately on the remote screen no matter what changes you make on the client although I think this has been improving.
  • Intermittent loss of streamer access and showing that a system is online in the Dashboard has been flakey lately. What I mean by this is systems show offline then they come back online their own then offline again - intermittent
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Likelihood to Renew
Alludo
Users are familiar with the application which will keep us going for a little while. However since we are seeing a decline for a need for the software, I wouldn't be surprised to find that this answer changes dramatically in the near future. We would probably keep it to some extent, but we would probably reduce our licensing count.
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Splashtop
I believe that I will renew Splashtop without any problems in the coming years as eating stable costs without increases even in critical periods such as the Covid virus, Splashtop allows access to 25 unattended stations and has continuous updates and new features. It also allows resale to users with sub-accounts
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Usability
Alludo
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)
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Splashtop
It's hard to find any significant faults with Splashtop. It offers a very responsive remote access experience with clear and simple interface. There's very little learning curve as it's toolbar mimics other popular remote access solutions graphical user interface. It's gives you access to your remote computer quickly and stays out of your way
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Reliability and Availability
Alludo
No answers on this topic
Splashtop
I've never had any issues with it, nor any connectivity issues. They always say when they'll be maintaining the system and it's always in the odd hours, so nobody uses then. But I've never had any issues.
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Performance
Alludo
No answers on this topic
Splashtop
Pages and servers load fast, normal speed. It doesn't lag or anything like that. I don't integrate it with anything else.
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Support Rating
Alludo
So, this rating is a little skewed toward older behavior from Parallels, as I haven't had to contact them recently. However, in an older version of Parallels, an "update" included pop-ups urging users to upgrade to the latest version, implying that their current version wouldn't work for the latest MacOS. I found it very frustrating to be getting ads for a new version of the software in a version I had already paid for. I contacted support about this and got a generic, uncaring response. It was pretty disappointing.
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Splashtop
Tickets lingered in the support queue. Our environment is complex and some solutions never work in it but inconsistency and long turn around time on seemingly simple support issues force our pursuit of alternative solutions. Our environment is atypical and should not be used as a litmus test for solutions however we found the support issues were more wide spread with other orgs voicing the same delays.
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Implementation Rating
Alludo
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.
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Splashtop
It couldn't have been any easier to setup and I have had no issues with it since it was implemented. It's a great product and makes remotely connecting to another device so simple and quick. I can't recommend it enough
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Alternatives Considered
Alludo
Main two features that made the balance decission go to the Parallels Desktop were the possibility to pause the Windows partition easily (allowing to consume less resources in Mac and save battery) and the other one is the user interface feature called "Coherence" with allows you to show the Windows application windows as if they were native to the macOS, allowing for a better user experience.
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Splashtop
Splashtop Business Enterprise is actually easier to implement and get it up and running, all users have to do is download the standard or personalize file and run it, then share the code with you and you are all set to go, i like it because you can even do it from your phone if necessary
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Alludo
No answers on this topic
Splashtop
Terms were simple, straightforward, and acceptable.
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Scalability
Alludo
No answers on this topic
Splashtop
It's a product that allows us to work remotely and access our servers from anywhere in the world. Our team works from different parts of the world and it's a great tool for us.
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Professional Services
Alludo
No answers on this topic
Splashtop
Easy to work with
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Return on Investment
Alludo
  • Saves money on having to buy a Windows and MacBook, as the MacBook can run almost 99% of all Windows software and usually run it faster and share between your MacBook transparently.
  • Gives employers the most flexibility with regards to which OS to adopt across an enterprise
  • We are a media company and everyone uses Macs in our industry, Fortune 500 companies also use Windows and MS Project, Parallels gives you the most flexibility for almost all of these use cases
  • Improves efficiency as the MacBook Pro M3 systems are much faster than some of the fastest corporate issued Windows laptops. What takes me 3-10 seconds for a video export can take 5 minutes on a similar Windows laptop
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Splashtop
  • Clients are happy that we can support them almost instantly without needed to come on site
  • Clients have asked us to do more work on their computers remotely and more often which means increased billing
  • Clients rely on our rapid response with Splashtop which helps build a stronger relationship with them
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ScreenShots

Parallels Desktop for Mac Screenshots

Screenshot of Parallels Desktop running Windows applications, on a Mac.Screenshot of the ability to switch between operating systems without rebooting.Screenshot of Coherence Mode, which minimizes distraction.Screenshot of file sharing between Mac and Windows.Screenshot of application development and testing in Windows, Linux, and virtual macOS (Pro & Business Edition).Screenshot of license management in Parallels Desktop (Business Edition).

Splashtop Screenshots

Screenshot of Splashtop Business Access - The solution enables users to connect with remote computersScreenshot of Splashtop Business Access - Managers can assign role-based access and define permissionsScreenshot of Splashtop SOS - Access with a 9-digit session codeScreenshot of Splashtop SOS - View current sessionsScreenshot of Splashtop Remote Support - Files can be transferred between local and remote computersScreenshot of Splashtop Remote Support -  Administrators can control remote capabilities