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Review: VMware Fusion 3

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Sat October 31, 2009

VMware's Win 7, Snow Leopard update tested

Virtualization on the Mac has had to move forward rapidly in the past several months: where it was once enough to run basic tasks in Windows XP, users increasingly expect an experience much like what they would have in Boot Camp. That's all the more true with the launch of Windows 7, where the visual effects are not only useful but often essential. Between this and the changes in the background brought about by Mac OS X Snow Leopard, VMware's Fusion 3 has much ground to cover. We hope to find out in our review whether it's an essential upgrade or simply nice to have.

by MacNN Staff



  1. herojig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hope this is working for ya!

    "We hope to find out in our review whether it's an essential upgrade or simply nice to have"
    Well, did you? One would hope that after reviewing the product that you could definitively say one way or another.

    Here in the hinterworld, after installing on a handful of machines, ranging from old Parallels machines to upgrades from VMware Fusion 2.0.6, we can tell you that it's a nice to have, but not required. Fusion 2+ works fine on snow leopard, albeit slower and less efficiently then Fusion 3.

    Fusion 3 looks better, runs a bit faster, uses a little less memory and fewer CPU cycles. Is that worth 50 bucks a pop? Probably, unless you are updating hundreds of boxes, or don't care about such things.

    All in all, VMWare continues to produce a quality product, has good support, and provides improvements over time that keep up with the rest of the software rat race. Highly recommended.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is it still easy to disable Unity and Shared Applications? I'm one of those who DO NOT want the virtual machine's apps and OS so well integrated with Mac OS X. I want to sandbox the virtual machine as much as possible.

    Thanks in advance.

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Disappointed with Fusion3

    Performance is terrible for V3, constantly accessing the hard drive even without a VM running. When a VM is running, my CPU temp increases at least 20 degrees. These are unacceptable issues that did not occur with V1 or V2.

    Have uninstalled V3 and reinstalled 2.06

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Free Alternative

    Try VirtualBox. It works great and it's free.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Free alternative

    It's only free for personal use.

    Although this is the Mac. I guess it isn't ever used for business...

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