The Best Remote Desktop Managers [July 2019]
Since the first release of TeamViewer, one of the most popular desktop managers out there, these programs have gained widespread popularity. These can easily be used to gain control of a computer from another computer, whether for work or travel-related reasons. Below is a list of some of the best remote desktop managers around.
Released in 2005, TeamViewer remains a major success. This famous program relies on cloud data storage to satisfy its users’ needs. There is a free version available. Other upsides of using TeamViewer include support for a wide range of platforms and 4K desktops, as well as its remarkable ease of use. It has uses other than a typical remote desktop manager, as it’s good for file sharing as well.
It’s not perfect, however, as it’s known to lag, it is unable to show more than one remote system at once, and its older and newer versions aren’t compatible with one another.
VNC Connect Desktop Tool
VNC Connect is a remote desktop manager made by a pioneer in the VNC server world, a company called RealVNC. It’s divided into VNC Server and VNC Viewer, the former serving as a manager for the controlling device, while the latter manages the device that’s being controlled.
This tool is often used by big companies, and for good reason. It has everything that such a program ought to have: support among different platforms, very good security options, as well as printing, file transfer, and chat functions. It’s a fast remote desktop manager with added support for multiple languages.
It doesn’t come with a lot of downsides, but there are some notable ones. Its mobile app isn’t really great, and it tends to be too complex for newcomers. Additionally, there’s currently no way to share multiple screens.
Chrome Remote Desktop
If you need a remote desktop manager that doesn’t take much to install and is very easy to use, give the Chrome solution a try. It can let multiple PCs sign in and it’s completely free to use. Emphasizing the ease of use even further is the fact that this app can be installed as an extension for Google Chrome. It also has Android and iOS versions.
This, however, means that you need to set up a Google account and have Chrome installed. Unfortunately, its features are rather lackluster in comparison to other similar software, but that’s the price that comes with free software that’s well suited for beginners.
This program is more about remote support, or seeking help with a computer when necessary. It can be used from a browser as well, and it supports many different platforms. Outside of Windows, Linux, and Mac, it also supports Android, iOS, Chromebooks, and Raspberry Pi. It even has a free version that’s useful for testing the app out. The paid version costs less than many of its competitors.
This is a great program because it’s easy to use, lets you record sessions, and supports multiple languages. The only major downside is that some features only work on a single platform, e.g. remote print only works inside Windows.
Another company that specializes in remote connections is LogMeIn. Its application, called LogMeIn Pro, is an expensive but powerful tool that’s also regularly used by companies. It offers a free trial and very good security measures, it is good at remote controlling, and it even offers a terabyte of cloud storage, as well as a premium LastPass subscription. There is support for multiple screens, but that requires some additional work.
One would expect LogMeIn Pro to have a mail client of its own, considering the price, but it doesn’t. For casual users, this app definitely isn’t the best choice.
Getting Work Done
All of these remote desktop managers have their pros and cons, so take the time to find the right one. If the price is not an issue and you value extra security, LogMeIn Pro may be a good choice. If you’re on a tight budget, there are lots of free alternatives and free program trial versions you can take into consideration.
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