I’ve always been a relatively big fan of Screens — the beautifully designed iOS remote desktop app by Edovia.

Screens has always, and continues to be the most impressive looking remote desktop solution for the iPad; in fact, i’d say nothing comes close when it boils down to pure presentation. For that reason, I’ve always been very hesitant when it comes to trying anything else. I know, I tend to be a tad superficial when it comes to my apps.

Thankfully I didn’t let Screens’ beauty stop me from trying another highly touted remote desktop solution called Splashtop. Many of our readers and YouTube viewers have been on me about trying Splashtop for some time now, and I just recently took the plunge. I’m so glad I did…

The awesome thing about Splashtop is that it will stream sound from your iMac or Windows box to your iPad. Screens — and to my knowledge, no other VNC client — does this on a Mac. That’s a huge reason why I deem Splashtop as the best remote desktop solution. It’s a life saver, especially if you work with video as much as yours truly.

Reason number two as to why I prefer Splashtop is due to the ability to adjust your desktop’s resolution with ease. Splashtop has a convenient 1024×768 “iPad best fit” resolution option that will quickly scale down the contents of your desktop to perfectly fit on the iPad screen. That means that applications like Google Chrome can look as if they’re native iPad apps when running in full screen mode. This makes it much easier to get real work done when compared to an app like Screens.

With all of this being said, I still find a place for Screens in my workflow. Splashtop features a few opportunities for improvements in areas that Screen excels in. For instance, there is no multitasking that keeps the remote session going. If you leave the Splashtop and go back to your Home screen, when you come back you will have to reestablish your connection. Not so with Screens.

Additionally, Screens features much better Bluetooth keyboard support. It features support for nearly all of the function keys and command key combos in OS X, whereas that support is limited in Splashtop.

But those are features I can live without. When it comes to actually getting real work done, I need my sound, and I need a resolution that is conducive to productivity. Splashtop gives me that.

If you’re going to go with an extra Bluetooth keyboard, I highly recommend picking up the Targus Bluetooth keyboard for iPad. Not only is it lighter than the standard iMac wireless keyboard, it features dedicated iPad keys to execute specific iPad functions.

All in all, Splashtop is the perfect remote desktop solution for bloggers, or anyone else that wants to get work done on their desktop systems while away from the office. What do you use for your iPad remote desktop solution?

  • The LogMeIn app allows sound streaming to the iPad or iPhone, and it works really well. Please update your post.

    • It does not offer sound streaming for Mac. I indicated “for Mac” in the article.

    • Anonymous

      Splashtop allows sound streaming for both PC and MAC

      • Doesn’t LogMeIn stream sound on Mac? It’s professional software so it must do.

      • It does for the free trial and Pro accounts. Once the trial is over it doesn’t any longer. I know this is late, but this is the only reason I’m looking for another App for my ipad.

    • Julian Lee

      tried LogMeIn… simply MUCH slower than Splashtop…

  • Anonymous

    I love Splashtop. I’ve been using it for the past 8 months or so and I don’t know what I would do without it. AND now since I got my iPhone 4S, the speed is amazing, and even on 3G(or AT&T “4G” as they like to tout) there is practically no lag, and on Wifi it’s instantaneous. I would recommend Splashtop to anyone! It has saved my ass quite a few times….

    • Anonymous

      Can you use a remote keyboard with splashtop? I love splash top on my ipad2 to access my desk to however when I open the keyboard half the screen is covered. I bought a Zaag Blue Tooth keyboard but won’t type on splashtop. Thanks!

  • Daniel

    RealVNC is the originator and still the best!

  • Anonymous

    I still prefer iTap RDP.

  • Tommy Korm

    Jeff, What’s the brand and model do you use to record your videos?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried just about all of them and splash top is the best one I’ve used
    I use a VPN to connect to work over splash top and It works over 3G pretty good
    Which means I can be anywhere there is 3G coverage like taking my girl to the park whilst I earn my wages 🙂 viva splash top

  • Anonymous

    I use Jump RDP and it works great. Sounds come in from the desktop and switching from Jump to other apps and back again doesn’t require another login(it stays connected).

    • Anonymous

      +1 to Jump Desktop.

  • Anonymous

    I bought it a few months ago and Splashtop is the best!!
    Unfortunately in the last update (Feb/20/2012) they charged me with the full price again! 
    And I don’t know how to get my money back.

  • I like iteleport, not sure of it works with sound though

  • Alejandro Marez

    Looks like a hell of an app! But I use my iPad more than my computer. The iPad alone has all the funtionality that I need. This would be great for those with crucial data on their personal computers.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t tried crazyremote on a MAC but it is the best I’ve tried to control my windows pc on my iPad

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t tried crazyremote on a MAC but it is the best I’ve tried to control my windows pc on my iPad

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t tried crazyremote on a MAC but it is the best I’ve tried to control my windows pc on my iPad

  • nabil nasir

    Damn nice ! I really love it ! Thanks jeff. Love iDB !

  • Logmein and Splashtop is 2 of the best ones i used

  • Splashtop needs to be updated to support the retina screen on the new ipad. I could have my entire desktop (1920×1200) on the ipad screen – if only splashtop got their act together 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Needs bluetooth mouse support, including right click.

    • Justin

      and MIDDLE mouse button!!!!!

  • I use Itap, and I love this app, especialy the virtual mouse function and easy way to change resolution even if you synchronize to a full hd apple tv wich i use often to give software demo’s. Another great thing is credential management for different sessions, it is implemented very well. And.. It also play’s video sound on my ipad

    But… based on your blog i will try splashtop ass well maybe it will surprise me.

  • TeamViewer is best for remotely accessing computer from iPad. In addition to it, one can even have view only remote connection between iPad and computer by deploying on premise remote support appliance such as RHUB appliances. Browser is required.