Parallels or VM Fusion

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tanvir, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Tanvir macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010

    I need to install Windows XP onto my MBA too run excel (until 2011 comes out, as I use Macros), a Softphone and possibly Webex.

    Would you recommend using Parallels or VM Fusion and why?

    The MBA is a 2.13GHz, 2GB Ram and 128GB SSD.

    Many thanks

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You will get various opinions on this
    And there are many threads you can MRoogle to find previous discussions

    Both do the same job for the most part
    Both have their fans, just like Ford and Chevy, etc.

    Both have a free trial, and I would recommend you try them both yourself to form your own opinion

    I personally use Fusion, but know others who prefer to use Parallels
  3. Tanvir thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Thanks MacDawg

    My biggest issue is which will be less power hungry, as the MBA is relatively light on power, when compared to my MBP which has the 2.53GHz Core 2 duo and 4GB of RAM.

    On the MBP I use VM Fusion with 512Mb of RAM allocated to it, if I do the same set up on the MBA, will it suffer from only having 1.5GB of RAM?

    Forgive me if I am misunderstanding the RAM allocation bit, as I am a MAC newbie.

    Many thanks

  4. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
  5. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    I think vmware is better integrated while ive heard parallels performance is better its definitely a negligible difference with vmware 3.1.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  7. n2arkitektur macrumors member


    Jun 25, 2010
    I've never used VM Fusion, so mine is not an objective opinion. I've used Parallels on my first gen black Macbook for almost four years. I have run Windows XP with reasonable success. I have heard the issue of slowing, with both vm's, is running Vista or Windows 7, but again, I have had no first-hand experience. I would say running Windows XP in Parallels is your best bet if you need to run both OS's side-by-side.

    I will say I have been scanning these forums for almost a year waiting for an MBA with more RAM because the performance is still too slow for me.
  8. animatedude macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    you think?
  9. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2009
    New Jersey
    VM ware is the much better program, but i would not reccommend installing windows on an Air Period.

    Bootcamp will make the computer burn the surface of the sun

    Along with this burning issue(haha) Virtualisation shares resources with Mac OSX so you will be giving windows and Mac only 1 GB of ram each which isnt enough these days...... I would not recommend it!

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