remote access, it is much snappier. You can use the same techniques that Browserstack does to test mobile sites as well.
If you have a Mac, a free download of xCode includes the iOS Simulator, and an Android development kit is free on any OS. VirtualBox, Parallels, and VMWare are all good virtualization tools, and with them you can make your one computer switch between whatever operating system and browser that you need. One potential difficulty for Windows users is that it is more difficult to virtualize a Mac in Windows than it is to virtualize windows on a Mac. If you wish to test iOS devices, then you need to either begin with a Mac or run the iOS simulator inside of a virtualized Mac.
Summarily, the Lunascape browser is the fastest tool for testing a website, essentially allowing a quick test of IE, Firefox, and Chrome in quick succession, but it is also the least thorough, having only the underlying engines as similarities. The other options are all more thorough, but each has its own difficulties. Browsera essentially gives you some automated error detection and allows you to examine a web page across each browser side by side by expanding the thumbnails, but it does not allow you to interact with the web pages. Browserstack is a powerful solution, but the lag inherent in its cloud-based solution may frustrate a user. Finally, local virtualization can easily be considered the ideal solution, but also the most expensive and difficult to initially set up, requiring licenses for each OS you wish to use as well as a fairly powerful computer.
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* VirtualBox is a free option, but you still need access to licence keys for the OS you will emulate to do so legally.