It is good? Worth to buy? What do people think about this? Pros and cons! Review 2022.
When it comes to options for running Windows on Mac, some of them stand out — and certainly Parallels Desktop is among them.
The new version of the popular virtualization software now supports macOS Ventura 13 (still in the testing phase), the ProMotion display on 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and improved performance for the M1 Ultra chip — among other new features.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Windows (or other OS) virtualization on machines running MacOS. Using Windows apps side by side your Mac apps. Coherence Mode allows you to hide the Windows Virtual Machine and only interact with the Windows Apps (no Windows desktop in browser window).
Cons: I think that over time it slows down, but this is really linked to Windows bloating. I think Coherence Mode could improve slightly… how the windows search window populates and moves around sometimes is weird. (this could be changed in settings, but I’m not sure). Memory Usage optimization (again, they do a great job, so I’m nitpicking here)
In addition to supporting the Stage Manager virtual workspace on macOS Ventura, Parallels Desktop 18 also offers faster GPU1 operation on Apple chips with higher core counts such as the M1 Ultra.
Additionally, the update adds support for automatic screen refresh rate syncing between macOS and Windows on ProMotion displays — although this isn’t the same as supporting adaptive refresh in a game, it’s worth noting.
Some improvements in the version still exist for games. First, Parallels Desktop now has the ability to run over 200,000 Windows applications, including classic games. It will now also link Bluetooth to macOS controllers (Xbox and PlayStation) for Windows (or Windows) — all without any additional latency.
Paraels or USB 3. interface streaming capture devices and file operations do not work for better performance applications at x8 as Apple Silicon chips is based on ARM, as the best at x8, as Apple Silicon chips is more smooth on ARM. Intel and AMD like file operations can always benefit from some optimization.
There are also improvements for IT personnel in the Pro version, including better deployment and provisioning tools that support credential-based VM2 image download as well as SSO3/SAML4. Finally, developers using the Business version gained tools such as simulations of network conditions for testing, easier sandboxing for VMs, possibility to boot a Linux VM from the network, other features.
Parallels Desktop 18 is available for $100 (a year’s subscription with free updates), as well as a perpetual version (which does not include free updates) for $120. For advanced users, the Pro Edition and Business Edition of Parallels Desktop 18 are available for $120 and $150 per year, respectively. Users of previous versions (Pro or not) can also upgrade the software for US$70.