VMware Fusion 4

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Price Best Price: $5.00
Pros
  • Supports OS X Lion virtual machines
  • Easy to use Virtual Machine Library
  • Drag-and-drop install
  • Time Machine-like snapshots of system
  • Windows anti-virus protection
  • OpenGL acceleration in Linux
  • Excellent virtual gaming performance in Windows
  • One-click installs for Ubuntu, Fedora, and Chrome
  • Highly customizable
  • Excellent all-around speed
  • Useful tutorials and transfer cable
  • Useful tutorials and transfer cable
  • Multi-touch support
  • Very fast in all facets of use
  • Very good DirectX and OpenGL support
  • Cleaner installation than prior releases
  • Feature rich
Cons
  • No OpenGL acceleration in Linux
  • Limited video RAM in Windows
  • Bundled anti-virus subscription is only 90 days
  • In-app Windows purchasing is overly complicated
  • Some limits on OS X virtual machines
  • Support for non-Windows OSes not obvious
  • Sets up user as Windows 7 Administrator by default
  • Some users may not find the tutorials and transfer cable worth the extra money over the standalone version of Parallels Desktop
  • Some users may not find the tutorials and transfer cable worth the extra money over the standalone version of Parallels Desktop
  • Sleep mode may prevent resuming 3D games
  • MacLook theme for Windows isn't all that good
  • Features add complexity
  • Defaults to fully-integrated OS X/Windows mode
At A Glance

VMware Fusion 4 is a nice upgrade from Fusion 3; it's fast and stable, the interface is very Mac-like, and its drag-and-drop installation is about as easy as it gets.

Fast, stable, and highly customizable way to run Windows on a Mac.