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Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition review

£80 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Parallels

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition offers an amazingly intuitive solution to making that move to the Apple Mac.

Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition offers an amazingly intuitive solution to making that move to the Apple Mac

Switching to a Mac can be a challenge, even for the some IT-literate Windows user, but Parallels has a solution that enables you to make a painless move to Mac OS X. This switcher edition of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac ensures that you can move all your documents, movies, pictures and music with ease.

Parallels has included a special USB 2.0 cable that allows a simple plug-and-go route from your Windows PC to your shiny new Mac. Even with this cable, you don’t truly have to leave Windows behind. Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition lets you run Windows without the need of an annoying reboot and right within Mac OS X (providing you have a Windows installation disc).

Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition ensures that you can move all your documents with ease. Another useful feature of Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition is on-demand video tutorials, designed to help a Windows user who’s clueless regarding Macs to learn their way around Mac OS X’s sleek, innovative operating system.

Multiple view modes also help users gain familiarity at their own pace. So Full Screen, for example, lets you replace the Mac desktop with Windows, while MacLook makes Windows applications look like native Mac applications.

Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition also includes reference cards. Although informative, we wouldn’t say that many people would take the time to read through them, and at first glance when opening the box, the average, new Mac user may feel slightly bewildered by a random cable, some reference cards and a CD.

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Read our full review and benchmark tests of Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac at PC Advisor

Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition Expert Verdict »

Mac computer with Intel processor (1.66Ghz or greater)
Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later, or Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
1GB RAM, 2GB recommended
500MB drive space, about 15GB for each virtual machine
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

After putting ourselves in the shoes of someone who doesn’t know the Finder from the Dock, we feel Parallels Desktop 6 Switch to Mac Edition would allow new Mac users to painlessly switch their computing life over from their dear old friend, Windows PC, to their new best friend, Mac.

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