Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac

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Price Best Price: $5.00
Pros
  • Multi-touch support
  • Very fast in all facets of use
  • Very good DirectX and OpenGL support
  • Cleaner installation than prior releases
  • Feature rich
  • 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
  • Lower CPU usage than prior version
  • SmartMount for using devices in both OSs
  • Support for eight CPUs
  • Modality mode
  • Bundled Windows software
  • Free e-mail and phone tech support
Cons
  • 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
  • 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
  • Incomplete DirectX support
  • Bugs in upgrade process and other features
  • $40 upgrade cost
  • All sharing features enabled by default
At A Glance

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