What are the best remote desktop apps for the iPad?

Ever needed to access your PC or laptop while you were on the road? Ever needed that one special file from your desktop pc while you were on the opposite side of the country from it? Using your iPad and a remote-access app, it is easy to access your desktop or laptop no matter where it is or you are. As the name suggests, these apps enable you to use your iPad to take control of your desktop or laptop. Once you’ve gained this control, you can easily open files, explore folders, access contact lists and, in some cases, watch movies or videos that you’ve saved on your Desktop or laptop. The best news? There are plenty of remote-access apps out there. While remotely controlling your PC isn’t quite as smooth an experience as working with it in person, these programs can help in an emergency.

GoToMyPC: GoToMyPC ranks as the grandfather of remote-access services. The people behind this service, Citrix, have been offering users remote access to their PCs and laptops since before the iPad even hit the market. The good thing about this service? It’s the most powerful remote-access app on the market. It’s also incredibly easy to work with. PC Magazine, in a recent review, points to the intuitive button system that lets you easily navigate through your PC. What’s more, it praises the system’s arrows function, which allows you to use your iPad to mimic moving your cursor with a mouse. The downside? GoToMyPC isn’t cheap. Based upon your service, count on paying about $9.95 a month or $99 a year for the application. For many users who only need to remotely access their PC on rare occasions, that cost may be too high.

SplashTop Remote Desktop: SplashTop Remote Desktop qualifies as one of those lower-priced apps, costing just $4.99. According to a recent review by CNET, that price is a bargain. CNET’s editors praised SplashTop for being user friendly and effective. Additionally, they cited its ability to recover movies and music stored on your remote computers. It is a service that most other remote-access apps can’t take on.

LogMeIn Ignition: Elliott also tested LogMeIn Ignition and gave it good reviews. It’s a bit more expensive than is SplashTop Remote Desktop. But it also comes with a feature that may justify the additional expense for business users: You can use this app to remotely wake a sleeping or shut-off PC, a job other remote-access apps can’t do. It’s also possible to use this app to copy or move files from a remote PC to your iPad, another feature that other remote-access apps can’t duplicate.</p

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