parallels or fusion?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Meric, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. Meric macrumors regular

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    just ordered mba 13 4gb ram...

    now time to get a virtualization software before BF ends...

    which one u guys using? are they pretty much the same..or one is better than another...

    for windows... which version to go with ? xp , vista or 7 ?
     
  2. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I struggled with whether to get Fusion or Parallels when I bought my MBP three years ago. It is a very close call. Both virtualization programs are fine but they are also somewhat different. Although I have been very pleased with Fusion over the past three years, I really think that I would have been equally happy with Parallels. The bottom line is that you can't go wrong with either virtualization program. I should add that Fusion 3.1 has handled the same setup on my MBA I run on the MBP and does so just as well.
     
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  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    I used to work with Parallels (version 3), which was really good at that time, till VMWare released their version 3 of Fusion (which is still the most current one), which performed quite a lot better on my machines. Since it was better I didn't look back to Parallels till recently.

    Today, I highly recommend the current version of Parallels (6). It blows Fusion 3 out of the water, by any means. It is considerably faster and system integration is better as well.

    VirtualBox is alright, I prefer Parallels, though. Especially the 3D graphics support is amazing. You really don't realise that it's a VM any more.
     
  5. Meric thread starter macrumors regular

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    do any of these apps help moving from Windows? like moving files etc...

    there is a deal on Parallels now... its buy the version 5 and free upgrade to version 6.. costs only $ 16...

    fusion is like 45 bucks...

    should I get the parallels before the promo ends?
     
  6. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    No, I don't think you can do drag 'n drop files between Mac and Win with Virtualbox.

    Are you saying you can buy Parallels 6 for $16? Please show link. I am using Fusion 3, but would be happy to try Parallels for $16.
     
  7. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    +1. I've used both for years and while Fusion offers better cross platform compatability, Parallels significantly outperforms Fusion. I'm running an XP VM om my 11" MBA under parallels 6 and it is fast and responsive, has very low overhead, and doesn't interfere with OSX performance. Fusion 3 has higher resource needs and runs much slower.
     
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I have both as I got them each through various promos. Either one works fine. I use Parallels 6 as the graphics performance seems faster than Fusion's. In any case, on a 4GB 2.13GHz MacBook Air, Parallels with Windows 7 64-bit flies, even with only 1GB of RAM allocated to it (I give it 1.75GB).
     
  9. Meric thread starter macrumors regular

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    http://www.amazon.com/Parallels-Des..._1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1290813964&sr=1-1

    this is version 5. there is a $ 20 MIR..

    then it says u can upgrade free from parallels website...
     
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  11. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Same 3D acceleration support
    Same Seamless window mode
    Same fullscreen support

    Free.

    Seriously, why anyone would waste money on Fusion or Parallels is a mystery to me.
     
  12. akbc macrumors 6502

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    Both Parallels and VMware Fusion are great softwares, and they perform quite equally from my experience running some mid-range games and stuff.

    If you can get Parallels for so cheap, I see no reason why you wouldn't get the parallels.

    I've been using VMware Fusion since version 2 on my mac (now 3.1), and I've bought Parallels for my girlfriend's mac just for the sake of variety. Both are amazing software.

    Get the cheapest and the newest.
     
  13. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    By far the best way to transfer files between Windows apps and OS X apps, or between any two apps for that matter, is with Dropbox. I have setup Dropbox in both Windows and OS X on both my MBA and MBP. That way, any file saved to the Dropbox folder in one OS will automatically be saved to the other, as well as to the other computers upon which the Dropbox app as been installed. The Dropbox app automatically syncs all files via the Internet to all other Dropbox folders with the same account that you setup on other computers or different OSs on the same computer. Better yet, a 2GB account is free. Try it, you'll like it.

    PS: Although I have long used Fusion and like it, the current deal you can get on Parallels sounds like the way to go to me at least.
     
  14. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    I have Parallels 6 and Windows 7 installed on my MBA11. Works great. I use VMWare at work. Meh. Parallels is much better.

    Dittos on the Dropbox recommendation. I share files across 3 laptops, 1 desktop, an iPad and iPhone albeit less frequently on the last 2 devices.
     
  15. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    So why are people saying Parallels is better? Back when I first got Fusion, Parallels was considered slow and buggy and everyone seemed frustrated with the company. What changed, why is Parallels considered better by some?
     
  16. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    It's no longer slow and buggy.
     
  17. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    That's good, but why do people think it's better? I'm not saying it's not, but it not obvious to me from any posts I've seen.
     
  18. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Parallels is just that much faster than Fusion... less laggy response, uses less CPU. The only issue people have now with Parallels is that its being developed so much they're changing major versions and forcing everyone to upgrade on an almost yearly basis.
     
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

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    VirtualBox lacks some features of Parallels and Fusion. For instance, it doesn't work well using a Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine. Anyway, I got Parallels 6 for next to nothing since I purchased v5 for $40 in September, got a $20 rebate since I had an older version of Parallels, a $20 "competitive rebate" since I had an older version of Fusion, and a free update to V6 since I purchased it in September.
     
  20. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    That's one. It supports everything else.

    And honestly, how many people really boot in bootcamp and in Fusion/parallels often enough to justify the money ? Not to mention all the issues it can cause with suspending the VM's state, not to mention all the hardware suddenly changing between boots...
     
  21. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    I've been using VirtualBox along with Dropbox across my ThinkPads / MacBook Pro & Air / iPhone / Android phones. Performance (admittedly my laptops are loaded with ram) has been stellar. I'm running two VM's Win7 & Linux on my i7 MBP and I could not be happier.
     
  22. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    By definition, all virtualization programs are memory hogs. My MBP failed to give me satisfactory performance when I was trying to run Windows 7 apps in VMware Fusion's Unity mode with only 2GB of RAM. Only after upgrading the MBP to 6GB of RAM did it satisfactorily handle my setup. My MBA handles the same setup with 4GB of RAM that the MBP did with 6GB but does require a 1GB swap file, which results in a significant number of page outs. The page outs, though, don't slow things down noticeably. I think, that's primarily a result of the MBA's ultra fast flash storage.
     
  23. bobm macrumors member

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    I've used all 3...

    I've use Parallels, VMware and VirtualBox. Here is my take on it.

    I use Parallels 5 for my windows work, it's very fast and feels better than vmware 3. The memory usage is less (for some reason) and the integration seems more seamless.

    I use VMware 3 when I need to deal with a vm from work (since that's the standard there). I've tried doing my windows 7 work with vmware and it's not as nice.

    I use VirtualBox when I'm messing around or running Linux. It's OK, not as good as parallels or vmware but it works.

    If you spend a lot of time in the VM I would vote for Parallels over the other 2 but if you are only going to spend a short time then I don't think it really matters.

    Now, my wife has a MBA and the difference between vmware and parallels is night and day with parallels winning hands down. The MBA is slower than my MBP and so it makes a big difference in performance.

    I admit that the Parallels team fell behind up till version 5 but they are really better for the mac platform now. If you want to move images between windows/linux/macs then virtualbox/vmware might be a better choice.
     
  24. The Viking macrumors member

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    VMWare will let you export your PC to a virtual image. Seems pretty slick to me.

    http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
     
  25. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Do a two step export - PC > VMWare > Parallels. It works just fine, have an old XP laptop that's now preserved as a Parallels VM.
     

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