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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than Fusion in ways that are the most important."

    December 3, 2011  |   By jatibi

    Pros

    Interface and set-up are very straight forward. If you have Fusion you can migrate the VM from Fusion to Parallels to try it out (as I did) I started with Fusion and after 2 major versions of Fusion I didn't realize how much it slowed down my machine. Parallels is able to shut down my VM and my laptop without specifically closing out of the app. Fusion couldn't do that. Also I upgraded XP 32 but to V7 64 bit on Parallels, again something Fusion couldn't do. Integration between the VM is very smooth. Able to launch Win or Mac programs from within either interface or "lock down" the integration. Gives you a Safe Mode to try a trial install of Win software and be able to toss the changes if the software isn't what you thought it would be. Makes it easy to install a trial software and try it

    Cons

    Doesn't have as many OS options as Fusion (not that I used them) Also there is a number of ad-ware popups that occasionally launch promoting their own "store". These are rare and once dismissed don't show themselves again.

    Summary

    Personally, I prefer Parallels over Fusion. Fusion seemed more "clunky" than Parallels. But, I have a roommate who prefers Fusion. Do a trial of one and migrate the VM to the other during that trial. See which one you prefer.

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