Review Parallels Access
Control your computer with an Android device from anywhere in the world
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 12 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Simple interface, minimalist design
Not powerful enough, functions slowly, is lagging, uses a lot of system resources
Parallels Access for Android creates a VPN client between your Android devices and your computers. Easily control your computer, right from your Android’s screen, from anywhere in the world.
Parallels Access aspires to be another Team Viewer or Splashtop remote. It’s a decent VPN with pretty good controls and easy setup. However, it does not perform as well as its competitors. Just install the app then download a companion program onto the computer you want to control. Setup of the computer companion program is very easy and you’ll be up and running within minutes. After which, you will be able to fully control and use your computer, direct from your Android device’s screen.
The interface is clean and I like how once your computer comes online, it functions just like a tablet. Launch programs and execute tasks just by touching your Android’s screen. The connections happen via the internet, and there is no way to create a local connection, so this will rack up data fees even if you are controlling a computer in the same room.
Connection speeds are decent, but certainly not great. Generally, Splashtop is the fastest at rendering video, Team Viewer is great for file transfers, and Parallels Access is about on par with Jump Desktop; both suck at rendering video but offer decent computer access with easy setup.
The biggest flaw with this app is the expensive annual subscription. Jump is only a one time fee, while Splashtop and Team Viewer are free for personal use. So you just have to decide what you are using this for and how much you are willing to pay.
Parallels Access is a decent VPN app, however, there are better and cheaper alternatives. It’s decent, just not great; especially for the money.