If you’re a workaholic, the thought of accessing your home or work computer on the go is undoubtedly something that has crossed your mind at one point or another. Cloud services like Dropbox allow you to access your files remotely but what if you need to use the programs they run off as well? For these troubled occasions Splashtop Remote Desktop has your back, offering wireless access to almost anything that’s installed on your desktop from the comfort of your Android tablet.
Remote access to your computer is a concept that’s been knocking around for a while now and has been gradually been replaced by cloud-based file managers and specific home media apps like Plex. The reality of the matter being that once you’ve got over the wow factor of being able to open Photoshop via the wonders of the internet, actually using said program to its full potential can be a massive arse.
For simple tasks, and even those of moderate complexity, Splashtop Remote Desktop works perfectly well. Installation of a desktop program is required to connect to your chosen computer, you’ll also need to open up some ports on your router to work away from the home network, but once this is done no further effort is necessary. Without a mouse, you navigate using touchscreen controls and these are surprisingly effective. Tap to select an item, double tap to drag an item and scroll by sliding your finger acros the tablet. As you’d expect the app is a little slow in sending all that data over to your tablet but it’s not so tardy as to be off-putting.
Splashtop claims to be able to handle 3D gaming and Facebook Flash games like Farmville but your enjoyment of these experiences will almost certainly vary depending on how much of a necessity instant responsiveness is. The same goes for video editing, although if you’re attempting to do this half a world away from your computer then you really need your head checked.
As we said in our intro, Splashtop’s one size fits all model to desktop control certainly has its drawbacks and individual apps will often do their own jobs just that little bit better. When judged as the sum of its parts, and as an achievement in general, however this is an extremely accomplished app and one which certainly completes the job it set out to do.
The Bottom Line
The best one size fits all solution to remote desktop access through your Android tablet.
Version reviewed 18.104.22.168
Requires Android 2.3 or higher