There is a way to monitor and control your Mac with a Menubar app that checks and displays a bunch of different functions. A quick glance or a click will tell you what’s going on, why, and where. All from the Menubar on your Mac.
Who Monitors The Monitors?
While we browse the web, check email, work on a document, or mess around with iTunes and iPhoto, your Mac is busy behind the scenes doing far more than meets the eye.
iStat Menus is an elegant Mac app that lives in the Menubar and gives you a visual report of what the Mac is doing.
I count eight basic functions that are important to you. There’s a realtime CPU graph so you know how hard you Mac is working.
It even tracks the top 5 CPU hogs. At a glance you can see which app is sucking up the power.
iStat Menus also monitors, in realtime, your network connection; both coming and going, and it counts the bytes and bandwidth used.
Wait! There’s more!
Your Mac’s day and date feature in the Menubar is anemic, and iStat Menus gives you more, including a configurable date, day, time, and calendar, with a world clock (sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset) for thousands of cities.
How busy is your Mac’s disk drive? A quick glance in the Menubar can tell you how much free space is left on your Mac’s disk– and other disks connected to your Mac.
Additionally, there’s extra detail in a graph that displays detailed disk activity.
Your Mac is full of sensors; especially MacBook models. iStat Menus gives you a realtime, visual display of these sensors, including the Mac’s temperature, hard disk temperature, fans, current, power, and voltage. You can even add rules to control fan speed if your Mac is running on battery power.
Speaking of battery, if your Mac has one, the Menubar also displays the battery’s current state. If memory is a problem, you’ll like the details memory stats for RAM, including the top 5 memory hogs.
All of this resides in your Mac’s Menubar. The visual aspects are useful, but the tinkering requires a click.