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Parallels Access 2.0 review: Remote desktop control from your Android phone or tablet

Jon L. Jacobi | June 19, 2014
It's excellent remote PC control software that makes your life easier by focusing on what you want to do rather than simply providing access to the remote PC desktop.

Just an FYI for those used to Remote Desktop, which turns off the remote display by default: Parallel Access 2.0 leaves the display on the remote desktop enabled by default. There's an option to lock the remote PC, which in effect hides what you're doing, but that's disabled by default. Also, the remote computer can break the connection at any time by pressing the ESC key.

Beyond what I've described, using Parallels is just like using a PC or Mac with a touch display. Add "with blinders" if you're using a display with a resolution considerably less than that of the PC being controlled. And of course, as I've mentioned, Android displays are physically smaller the majority of the time, so you may find yourself zooming and scrolling a lot.

All those issues are inherent in controlling a PC from a smaller device, and Parallels Access does the best job of ameliorating them. It's excellent remote PC control software that makes your life easier by focusing on what you want to do rather than simply providing access to the remote PC desktop. Nice job.

 

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