Parallels Access

The Good Parallels Access lets you control apps stored on your desktop from your iPad with a clean and simple touch-friendly interface. It supports most of the standard iPad multitouch gestures.

The Bad There is a slight delay between touching a button and the reaction. You need to get subscriptions for each computer.

The Bottom Line Parallels Access is a must-have for iPad owners who need to control apps on their desktop PC.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.1 Overall

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Review

An excellent way to control a PC from your iPad

Parallels Access lets you connect with both Windows and Mac computers from your iPad, and even gives you an iPad-like experience for launching and using regular desktop computer apps.

When I met with the folks from Parallels, they described the launcher interface using the word "Applified," as in, the programs on your desktop computer are "applified" to work well with the touch screen of your iPad. What that means is, Parallels Access detects the programs on your computer's hard drive and gives you app icons in its own special launcher for your desktop apps, laid out just like other apps on your iPad.

It's important to note that Parallels Access is a subscription-based service that costs $79.99 per year, which you will pay for in the App Store. But the problem is that it's $79.99 for each computer you access, so if I were a paying customer, the ability to access both my Mac laptop and my Windows desktop for this review would cost $159.98 per year. On the other hand, it may be worth the money if you spend a lot of time away from your desktop and need to show something to a client or edit documents on programs that are only available for desktop. Still, it seems like the pricing is a bit steep for access to each additional computer.

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  • Brand Parallels
  • Compatibility iOS
  • Category Operating systems, Tools, utilities, and drivers
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