parallels, vmware or virtualbox?

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    iMartijn macrumors newbie

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    I need a VM, which one is the best choice for general use?
     
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    Which host OS? Which guest OS? Which Mac?

    Is cost an issue?

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  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    I would try virtual box as its free. For general use, it's great. If it lacks in what you need, try the commercial offerigs
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Its completely personal preference.

    VirtualBox - decent application, less features and performance but its free
    Parallels - best performance, typically has stability issues particularly with new updates
    Vmware - Stable product, has similar features as Parallels but not on the same performance level as parallels

    I like Vmware, in part because it has great tech support
     
  5. iMartijn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your replies! I am going to a use the VM on the new 27" iMac with Windows 7 pro. I am happy to invest but it has to be well spend.

    Stability is crucial, so VMware seems the product to go for.
     
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    I've found that their tech support is top notch, so if you do run into an issue, they'll respond very quickly.
     
  7. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

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    I have used both VirtualBox and Parallels in the last 3 months...I like them both but as to which is better depends on your personal preference but have had no problem with either.

    I am using VMs on both Windows and OS X host systems and it is nice having the same interface on both.

    And, both have very good technical support.
     
  8. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    VMWare has always been the more appealing option to me. It is much more intuitive and 'Mac-like' than Parallels, which I find clunky.

    Both those options are about $100 though, so if you're a casual user and don't depend on it (or require the premium features of the paid software), then use VirtualBox.
     
  9. iMartijn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all! I have purchased a VMware Fusion 5 Pro license :)
     
  10. scarred macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone know which works best with retina display? I have the 13" rmbp. I think both vmware and parallels support running in full resolution, but that doesn't interest me at all (way too small). Do either of them to a better job at "best for retina"?
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    I think both parallels and vmware are retina compatible at this point.
     

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