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PARALLELS Desktop 10 for Mac, was £79.99, now just £26.99 @ currys

£26.99 @ Currys
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I have to laugh when people pay through the nose for a Mac and then pay extra to be able to run Windows on it. Then they comment how great the Mac is as a Windows PC.

If people simply spent as much money on a Windows PC as they do on this Apple stuff...but they don't.

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#1
this seems like an amazing deal.....any comments on this...should I bite the bullet and get it...currently using Bootcamp which is fine but it does of course mean I have to reboot each time
#2
Im using Parallels Desktop 9 at the moment and working in OSX on one desktop and Windows 7 on the other with Outlook 2013 and Lynx 2013 exposed to OSX as native apps works really well, excellent product.
#3
I had an older version in past - worked great - was about to buy '10' - this is an excellent price - thank you.
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jouster
this seems like an amazing deal.....any comments on this...should I bite the bullet and get it...currently using Bootcamp which is fine but it does of course mean I have to reboot each time


Bootcamp does run faster (as it's running directly on the hardware) but I switched from bootcamp to Parallels about 6 months ago and have never looked back. It's so convenient to run both at the same time.

It depends how much of a OS X vs Windows fan you are. If you prefer Windows I would probably stick with bootcamp (my macbook is the best Windows pc I've ever owned in 20+ years of Windows use.)

If you want to get into OS X (as I did) then Parallels is the way to go. You can even import your bootcamp partition into Parallels as a new VM.

This is a bargain, although Parallels is normallyon offer for similar pricing a couple of times a year if you miss out.
#5
jouster
this seems like an amazing deal.....any comments on this...should I bite the bullet and get it...currently using Bootcamp which is fine but it does of course mean I have to reboot each time

The beauty of Parallels is that you can run OS X and Windows in unison. I'm a web developer using a Mac but I have to test sites on all platforms so this is a perfect solution. At this price you really can't go wrong. Buy it!
#6
If you already use Parallels 9 and only use it lightly then 10 probably isn't worth the upgrade but if you use it a lot and it's constantly open then it probably is worth the upgrade.
#7
I use Bootcamp all of the time, and in fact my wife only uses our iMac in Windows mode....and I have to agree with the comment above, I think Macs make amazing Windows machines once the bootcamp drivers are installed correctly.

Might treat myself to a MacPro in the New year so thinking that this would be great for that...as the newer machine would have no issues running something like this on one of three 4k screens...

Sod it, reserved for pickup later on
#8
I bet some people will still buy that who use computer only for web surfing and not a lot more and the windows will just sit there in the background.
1 Like #9
i knew being off work today would be expensive. buying for the sake of it :-)
#10
jouster
this seems like an amazing deal.....any comments on this...should I bite the bullet and get it...currently using Bootcamp which is fine but it does of course mean I have to reboot each time

Personally prefer vmware fusion but these emulators are really good now the hardware has the oomph to run them well, haven't used a 'real' windows box for yonks.
#11
Was looking at buying this a while back but can a) never find a cheap version of Windows OS and b) am concerned that it is basically a subscription you are buying in that whenever Mac release a new OS, Parallels doesn't always support it unless, surprise surprise, you buy the new version! That being said....I am tempted at this price! :)
#12
I love this software so much! It's a scorching deal.
#13
Hi I use VMware Fusion , is Parallels Desktop better ?
#14
Excellent price, I paid more than this to upgrade to this latest version!
Does everything I need for running windows apps on the Mac.
#15
cjblfc
Was looking at buying this a while back but can a) never find a cheap version of Windows OS and b) am concerned that it is basically a subscription you are buying in that whenever Mac release a new OS, Parallels doesn't always support it unless, surprise surprise, you buy the new version! That being said....I am tempted at this price! :)

Can't get over the windows side but fusion is much better at keeping going with an older version if you don't need/want the new features.
#16
Is this any better than Oracle VM VirtualBox (which is free)?
#17
Super hot, been using this for the last couple of years..it cost me more to just upgrade :(
#18
YoshimiMac
Is this any better than Oracle VM VirtualBox (which is free)?

Yeah, the integration is seamless. If you have Office installed on Windows and click on a document in OSX, if opens Windows window with your document in it. It's really good these days. Plus, the graphics drivers do more.

I have both. My work pays for the Windows 7 & Office licenses for that machine, and I run Windows 10 in Virtualbox on my Macbook. Games don't play too nicely with virtualbox, and if you want it for playing windows games on mac, you're better off with PlayOnMac or similar.
#19
Amazing price and thanks for posting.
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I have to laugh when people pay through the nose for a Mac and then pay extra to be able to run Windows on it. Then they comment how great the Mac is as a Windows PC.

If people simply spent as much money on a Windows PC as they do on this Apple stuff...but they don't.
#21
Forgive me if this is a silly question and I have missed something obvious, but would I also need to buy a copy of Windows to use this on my Mac ?

Sorry just read on the currys site
"You'll need to purchase a copy of Windows before running Parallels 10 for Mac"

Edited By: brindy66 on Dec 24, 2014 11:30
#22
I'm still on 10.9.5 with no immediate plans to upgrade to Yosemite atm, but this is VERY tempting
#23
brindy66
Forgive me if this is a silly question and I have missed something obvious, but would I also need to buy a copy of Windows to use this on my Mac ?

Sorry just read on the currys site
"You'll need to purchase a copy of Windows before running Parallels 10 for Mac"

Yes. Parallels is a virtual machine you can install Windows onto, and doesn't include Windows.
#24
Excellent price. Thanks OP.
#25
Good price. I've been using Parallels to run my work software for years and had very few problems.
#26
Got tempted and reserved one! ARGH!
#27
yes £7 cheaper than upgrade - plus you can sell on a boxed version
1 Like #28
ro53ben
I have to laugh when people pay through the nose for a Mac and then pay extra to be able to run Windows on it. Then they comment how great the Mac is as a Windows PC.

If people simply spent as much money on a Windows PC as they do on this Apple stuff...but they don't.

What laptop would you recommend with a similar price and spec as a Mac book pro? I'm a Windows user but struggling to find a new laptop powerful and portable enough. The PC market only seems to cater for cheap and cheerful, super light but underpowered or gaming machines
#29
MrRobin
ro53ben
I have to laugh when people pay through the nose for a Mac and then pay extra to be able to run Windows on it. Then they comment how great the Mac is as a Windows PC.

If people simply spent as much money on a Windows PC as they do on this Apple stuff...but they don't.

What laptop would you recommend with a similar price and spec as a Mac book pro? I'm a Windows user but struggling to find a new laptop powerful and portable enough. The PC market only seems to cater for cheap and cheerful, super light but underpowered or gaming machines

Look for a fairly cheap laptop that's say Lenovo, HP or Sony (My favourite brands, but each to their own).
Processor: Intel i3 series minimum (i5 or i7 tend to be better within their respective generations)
Hard Drive doesn't really matter, if it comes with an SSD that's where the speed comes from.
RAM: 8GB is preferred, 4GB minimum.
Integrated graphics are pretty standard so don't dwell too much on the graphics processor.

That's a good build for a home/business laptop for your office needs & DVDs/netflix etc imo.
Hope this helps.



Edited By: Nbaker on Dec 24, 2014 12:41
#30
MrRobin
ro53ben
I have to laugh when people pay through the nose for a Mac and then pay extra to be able to run Windows on it. Then they comment how great the Mac is as a Windows PC.

If people simply spent as much money on a Windows PC as they do on this Apple stuff...but they don't.

What laptop would you recommend with a similar price and spec as a Mac book pro? I'm a Windows user but struggling to find a new laptop powerful and portable enough. The PC market only seems to cater for cheap and cheerful, super light but underpowered or gaming machines
Dell Alienware 14 is a good alternative but I still love my Late 2011 Mac beast.
#31
Does this work with games? Could I play The Sims 4 on a Mac using this?
#32
isnt this usually free?
2 Likes #33
MrRobin

What laptop would you recommend with a similar price and spec as a Mac book pro? I'm a Windows user but struggling to find a new laptop powerful and portable enough. The PC market only seems to cater for cheap and cheerful, super light but underpowered or gaming machines

I don't recommend laptops, ever. Always amused that the IT press for years proclaimed that the desktop was dead and that we'd all switch to laptops. It didn't happen, the desktop market shrunk a little but continues strongly outside of media companies. Now they are predicting tablets will do the same. They won't.

I've not used a laptop in 3 years now, I just don't see any point in them for my life. Either I am working or I am not. If I am working, I use a desktop. If I am not, I don't sit at a computer.

I used to sit on the sofa with my laptop adjacent to my wife. I realised that I was neither concentrating on my work or the TV show.
#34
Don't forget the alternative of using VirtualBox which is completely free.

I've been running Windows 8 on OSX Yosemite using this and it's pretty good. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles as Parallels or VMWare but I have found it works well for my uses.
#35
Does it come with cd or just manual and key?
#36
Very good deal but I bet you Parallels 10 won't work with the upcoming Windows 10 and they'll force an upgrade on you. Really like Parallels. Was an essential app switching from Windows but how I feel like a heretic every time I fire it up for something obscure..
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ro53ben
I have to laugh when people pay through the nose for a Mac and then pay extra to be able to run Windows on it. Then they comment how great the Mac is as a Windows PC.

If people simply spent as much money on a Windows PC as they do on this Apple stuff...but they don't.

My Macbook Air cost £800. What do you get for spending all that money on a Windows PC? Do you get the best trackpad in the industry? Do you get AC wifi that can pump my 1gig (1gbps hyperoptic) internet through my flat? Do they get the ability to click on a phone number in Google and have your laptop make the call using your mobile minutes? Do they get an all metal laptop? Do they get the lightest laptop? Do they get a 12 hour battery life? You could pay double on Windows laptop and not get a 12 hour battery life. Macs can achieve this because of software/hardware integration. ie the way Safari disables flash content that you're not looking at to save battery.

The reason people use Parallels is mainly for enterprise reasons, ie Windows has a greater enterprise ecosystem. Does the average person need this? No. The average person doesn't even need Word or Excel (which are available native on the Mac). The average Joe will be fine with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote which are free, and actually produce better looking documents.

Even the enterprise user is smart by purchasing the Mac. They get a portable powerhouse for £800 that can run any software and get all the benefits of the Mac. You could spend double on a Windows laptop and it be a piece of junk within 3 years, overidden with registry errors and malware.
#38
Great Deal, I'm a graphic designer and I run Parallels 10 on my 27" iMac and 8 on my macbook pro, although windows is only used for office, particularly publisher as Microsoft don't add that in Mac office, and also other business software, especially for commercial printers that have yet to upgrade the software for Mac OS.

it costs £35 to upgrade to 10 from 8, so this is a bargain!

Don't mind the mess!

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/327906515/par10.jpg
#39
hima5
Does it come with cd or just manual and key?

You download from here
http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/download/

and enter code in the box
#40
its a good bit of software just be prepared to shell out for another copy when windows 10 or a new OSX come out.

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