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Chrome Remote Desktop vs Splashtop

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More and more people are now working from home and distributed teams have become increasingly common. This is why accessing computers and devices remotely is becoming more important for modern business users.

In order to find out the best remote desktop software for businesses, we will compare Chrome Remote Desktop and Splashtop in this article based on their features, ease of use, performance, support, and pricing.


Overview

Chrome Remote Desktop

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Let’s investigate Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop first. This tool is a free remote access software solution, great for people with a limited budget. It requires users to install the Chrome web browser. However, the tool might not be best suitable for business users because of its limited features.

Chrome Remote Desktop is a good solution for use cases like connecting to a home computer or a remote device while traveling or helping family or friends resolve their computer issues. This cross-platform solution runs on devices that support the Chrome web browser. Currently, it is one of the best free remote solutions in the market.

Since Chrome Remote Desktop is free, you can easily try it out without any risk and determine whether its features are enough for your use case.

Splashtop

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Splashtop is a commercial remote device access solution for individuals, businesses, and people in the education field. It allows users to virtually connect to any device type over the network. Since it has extended features and functionality, it’s a better option for business users.

Business users can buy Splashtop by taking its annual subscription. There are various plans catering to users with varying feature needs. It’s also suitable for larger technical support teams wanting to access unattended and attended computers or remote devices that are physically distant.


Features

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop comes with many valuable features like cross-device functionality to streamline the user experience.

If you use a desktop placed at another location (remote device), some logical problems can arise. But the Chrome Remote Desktop makes it easy to eliminate such issues because of its advanced features and functionalities.

For example, while using a mobile device, a user can switch to trackpad mode or keyboard via the menu button located in the lower-left corner. The application also has dedicated menu options for Print Screen and Ctrl-Alt-Del.

In fact, we tested Chrome Remote Desktop by remotely accessing a 2018 iMac via an iPhone 11. Sadly, the application was missing some critical keys such as Option, Command, and Control. Therefore, many useful keyboard shortcuts were unavailable.

However, you can use your computer remotely without issues on another laptop or desktop. In addition, if both devices include a physical keyboard, you can easily reconfigure key mappings.

This remote desktop software has an option – Remote Support – where remote users will get a one-time code that they can use while accessing a desktop and troubleshooting issues. This way, IT professionals can fix issues faster without receiving ongoing access or being physically present at the location.

On the other hand, there’s a disadvantage that you won’t be able to transfer files from one device to another with Chrome Remote Desktop.

Splashtop

If you are looking for a remote access solution with highly targeted and specific features, you can go for Splashtop. Let’s discuss some of the global features that you must know about.

Splashtop has a simple interface and you don’t have to install any software in order to enable remote access to a computer. Its intuitive application allows you to access and manage your unattended computers from any device. In addition, you can easily connect various unattended computers using Splashtop and ensure all your important information is always accessible to you.

Furthermore, Splashtop comes with many additional features that vary according to the chosen plan. For instance, all subscriptions include file transfer tools. Its support packages have a built-in chat module while session recording is available where applicable.

Features

Chrome Remote Desktop

Splashtop

Mobile Accessibility

Session Recording

Audio Support

Session Transfer

File Transferring

Real-Time Chat

Remote Printing

USB-Sharing


Interface Comparison

Both Splashtop and Chrome Remote Desktop have intuitive interfaces, which makes them easy to work with for all users. Their interfaces offer high-quality image scaling and you can easily connect to your remote computers like how you attach to a peripheral desktop.

Chrome Remote Desktop
Splashtop

Operating Systems

Splashtop and Chrome Remote Desktop both support all major operating systems as seen in the following table. As well, users will find it extremely useful to compare SplashTop and RDP to access their home machines from another location.

Operating System

SplashTop

Chrome Remote Desktop

Window

MacOS

Android

Linux

(beta)

iOS & iPadOS

Chrome OS


Pros and Cons

Now let’s look at some of the pros and cons of these two remote access solutions. Compare them with the RemotePC and SplashTop apps to make the right choice.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Pros

Cons

Provides a free remote access solution;

Requires a Google account;

Cross-platform compatibility;

No remote printing or file sharing is available;

Uses the familiar Chrome browser interface.

Requires the use of the Chrome web browser.


SplashTop

Pros

Cons

An intuitive and simple interface;

The tool can be complex to install particularly on systems running macOS;

Fast connectivity speeds;

Higher-priced plans are necessary to access advanced features;

Multiple affordable pricing plans;

Premium plans are required to obtain priority technical support.

Multi-monitor display support in higher-end plans;

Simple drag-and-drop file transfer;

Supports multiple operating systems;

Strong security with TLS and 256-bit AES encryption;

Enhanced security with two-factor authentication and password protocols.


Price

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is completely free for users to use with no subscriptions, plans, perks, or premium content. All you need is to simply sign into your Google account and configure remote desktop access.

The remote desktop software is available in the form of a Google Chrome extension. Hence, you can use it on any computer with Chrome support. To enable remote access, pair the target computer device or remote computer with another computer or a mobile device (iOS or Android).

Splashtop

Splashtop offers several plans for users with varying needs. All the plans include a 7-day free trial.

Splashtop Business Access: This plan costs $60 to $99/year per user and enables remote computer access from anywhere.

Splashtop Remote Support: This plan’s cost starts at $299/year for 25 computers. It enables unattended remote access to a specified number of Windows and Mac computers by unlimited licensed technicians.

Splashtop SOS: This plan is for on-demand support by licensed technicians. Its cost starts at $199/year per technician. Its more expensive plans have unattended remote computer access.

Splashtop Education: This plan costs $29.99/year per teacher and includes multiple screen share tools and support that are useful for educational settings.

Plan Options

Chrome Remote Desktop

SplashTop

Free Version

Yes

No

Free Trial

It’s Always Free

7-Day Free Trial

Education License

N/A

$29.99/ per year

Business License

N/A

$60.00/per year

Premium License

N/A

$99.00/per year

Corporate License

N/A

$299.00/per year


Conclusion

Chrome Remote Desktop provides users with an intuitive way to access remote computers no matter where they are. The remote desktop software comes with limited features that are fine for use cases like individuals looking for some information stored on their home computers or helping a friend or family member resolve some computer issues.

On the other hand, Splashtop has more advanced functionality, support, and features, which are more suitable for business users and remote technical support teams. Using the tool makes it easier to transfer files, record sessions for review, and chat with colleagues, which are important for businesses. Thus, companies wanting to enable secure remote access should look at Splashtop and its offerings.