Working out of the office can be frustrating–especially when you want to access a key file on your desktop computer and that computer sits many hundreds of miles away. Fortunately, iPad owners can access several apps that enable them to remotely connect to the files and data in their laptops and desktop computers, no matter how far away from them they might be. Known as remote-access apps, these tools come in a wide variety of price points. They also target a wide variety of iPad users, from those focusing on business to those that are more interested in watching movies and listening to music. Here’s a look at three of the best remote-access apps available today for iPad users.

GoToMyPC: Citrix, the organization behind GoToMyPC, is a veteran of the remote-access business. In fact, GoToMyPC is much older than the iPad itself. This means that GoToMyPC has ironed out the bugs typically related to remote access. This is the reason the service earned a solid review recently from PC Magazine, whose editors praised this particular service for its usability and intuitive controls. As the name suggests, iPad users – through an app – can remotely access their desktop and laptop computers with this program. They can open Word documents, access Excel spreadsheets and comb through the contact lists stored on their remote computers. The only real negative? The price. This is a fairly pricy service, costing, in general, $9.95 a month or $99 a year. If you are a more typical iPad user who’s not on the road too often, you might prefer one of the lower-priced remote-access apps available.

SplashTop Remote Desktop: SplashTop Remote Desktop qualifies among those lower-priced apps, priced at just $4.99. According to a recent review by CNET, that price is a bargain. CNET’s editors praised SplashTop for being simple to use and effective. Additionally, they cited its capability 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 is a bit more expensive than is SplashTop Remote Desktop. But it comes with a feature that may justify the additional expense for business users: You can use this application 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 the iPad, another feature that other remote-access apps can’t duplicate.


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