Which one is best Parallel Desktop 7 or VMWare Fusion 4 for Web Designer?

paul-westperth

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Before I buy one of those 2 software, I just want to know which one is best? I'm using MacBook (15-inch, 2.4 GHz, 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 4GB 1333MHz, 750GB 5400-rpm1). I feel that Parallels Desktop 7 is faster and the graphics are better than VMWare Fusion 4. Any suggestions?
 

johnhurley

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Before I buy one of those 2 software, I just want to know which one is best? I'm using MacBook (15-inch, 2.4 GHz, 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 4GB 1333MHz, 750GB 5400-rpm1). I feel that Parallels Desktop 7 is faster and the graphics are better than VMWare Fusion 4. Any suggestions?
Parallels 7 is what I am using.

I would seriously think about an inexpensive 3rd party ram upgrade up to 8 gb first before doing anything else. This would allow you to deploy a lot more ram in support of a windows virtual machine config regardless of which product you pick.

You can change the memory size of the virtual machine later but then for windows you will need to re-activate.
 

bcburrows

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Parallels 7 is what I am using.

I would seriously think about an inexpensive 3rd party ram upgrade up to 8 gb first before doing anything else. This would allow you to deploy a lot more ram in support of a windows virtual machine config regardless of which product you pick.

You can change the memory size of the virtual machine later but then for windows you will need to re-activate.
I agree 8Gb of ram is essential, from my research Parallels was the way to go - at least according to all the resources and opinions I read...

Works well but does really need 4Gb for it, and 4Gb for mac
 

D.T.

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I'm running Parallels v6 (so v7 would be even better) and it's pretty solid. 2.3Ghz i7/quad, 8GB RAM, 7.2K HDD with my VM setup for 4GB.

I'm using Coherence mode mostly, where it puts the Winders© windows on the Mac desktop, even has a theme it can deploy that really blends them in aesthetically. All my Win7 system/notification icons are right up in the Mac menu bar, plus I have access to my start menu right from the top menu, or a folder on the dock.

I'm running VS2010 and a couple of DB tools (SQL Studio and EMS for Oracle), plus an instance of IIS and SQL or Oracle), along with all my native OSX apps I keep open like Mail, iCal, iTunes, and Chrome.

Easy resource sharing, and in full screen mode, I can easily access my "core" OSX apps from right within the Windows native start menu.
 

iFalcon

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Where is this "theme" you mention?

Thanks.

I'm running Parallels v6 (so v7 would be even better) and it's pretty solid. 2.3Ghz i7/quad, 8GB RAM, 7.2K HDD with my VM setup for 4GB.

I'm using Coherence mode mostly, where it puts the Winders© windows on the Mac desktop, even has a theme it can deploy that really blends them in aesthetically. All my Win7 system/notification icons are right up in the Mac menu bar, plus I have access to my start menu right from the top menu, or a folder on the dock.

I'm running VS2010 and a couple of DB tools (SQL Studio and EMS for Oracle), plus an instance of IIS and SQL or Oracle), along with all my native OSX apps I keep open like Mail, iCal, iTunes, and Chrome.

Easy resource sharing, and in full screen mode, I can easily access my "core" OSX apps from right within the Windows native start menu.


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Where is this "theme" you mention?

Thanks.

Never mind. Google is a wonderful and powerful search utility. Hanging my head in shame.
 

Jnardis

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I just started using VM Fusion 4 and I'm happy with it so far. I didn't even know about Parallel...
 
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