There’s a lot of remote connection apps out there, but few have received the acclaim that Splashtop‘s has. The Splashtop Remote Desktop HD app lets your tablet remotely log into your Windows or OS X machine and control it remotely. As someone who’s tried all the big VNC and RDP apps, I can say that it’s surprisingly reliable – but perhaps not as reliable as its $20 price tag demands. It’s a good thing, then, that the developer has put the app on sale for $4.99 in the Google Play Store, granting an awesome 75% discount.

Also on sale for the same price is Splashtop GamePad, a gaming-specific version of the remote app that allows Android tablets to play full 3D PC games by hooking into a computer on a local network. Unfortunately there’s a good bit of restrictions. One, the app needs to support the game that you’re playing – though a lot of popular games are already supported. GamePad is designed for the Tegra 3, so only owners o the ASUS Transformer Prime can enjoy it to the fullest at the moment. You’ll also need an Nvidia graphics card in your PC for the best performance.

If five greenbacks is still too much for you to drop on a quality app, you can get the standard version of Splashtop for $1.99, normally a $9.99 purchase. It works in the same way (And you’ll still need to download their desktop application) but it’s designed for phones instead of tablet. It still works on Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, but you’ll be missing out on a few input tools and a plus-sized UI. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong,. But choose quickly: the promotion only lasts until April 13th.

[via Android Police]