Life Saver
January 24, 2020

Life Saver

nancy lauer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Parallels Desktop

I am the only user as our company is very small. I use Parallels in order to access Windows because my accounting program (QuickBooks Desktop Pro) is only available in Windows and not in Mac.
  • I like how it is a separate entity from the workings of my Mac. I can access the programs on Windows in a separate section on my desktop.
  • Parallels allows Windows to run seamlessly.
  • Parallels uses a lot of RAM, so unless your machine has 16 GB of RAM, it will probably run slowly.
  • It has allowed me to save time because I've been able to use the same accounting software on Desktop that I was using online.
  • This sounds trite, but it's truly saved my sanity. If I had to switch over to a new accounting system, I really don't know what I'd do. Parallels has saved my sanity because I can run Windows on my Mac.
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.
The price isn't extravagant - it's affordable. It enables me to use Windows X on my Mac seamlessly. I allows me to use the desktop version of my accounting system that is only available in Windows.

Do you think Parallels Desktop delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Parallels Desktop's feature set?

Yes

Did Parallels Desktop live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Parallels Desktop go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Parallels Desktop again?

Yes

Parallels is very well suited when your preferred type of computer is a Mac and the software you need is only available in Windows. I was introduced to Parallels when I decided to switch from QuickBooks Online to QuickBooks Desktop. I was dismayed to find that there wasn't an updated Mac version and almost gave up until I found out about Parallels.

Parallels Desktop Feature Ratings

Screen sharing
Not Rated
File transfer
Not Rated
Instant message
Not Rated
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
Not Rated
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
Not Rated
Over-the-Internet remote session
Not Rated
Initiate remote control from mobile
Not Rated
Remote management of servers & workstations
Not Rated
Remote Active Directory® management
Not Rated
Centralized management dashboard
10
Session record
Not Rated
Annotations
10
Monitoring and Alerts
10
Multi-platform remote control
Not Rated