With battery, screen, CPU, disk or flash storage, and all those electrical bits stuffed inside, a Mac can get a little warm on the underside. That’s why they don’t call it a laptop anymore. How hot is your Mac?
Gauging Temperature Gauge
The reason we have a dashboard in the car is so we can see at a quick glance how fast we’re going, what gear we’re using, how the engine is running, and whether or not it’s about to boil over.
Mac users with a little paranoia born from the experience of using a MacBook on the lap and getting what looks like a fresh thigh high suntan will appreciate the temperature issue.
Yes, our Macs get hot, especially when under plenty of use, or when Flash animated advertisements roll across web pages in Safari.
How hot? Your Mac won’t say but there’s a clever and inexpensive Mac app that will get it to talk. Without talking.
Temperature Gauge is the perfect app for Mac users with paranoia and a touch of OCD. One click and you’ll see how hot or not the Mac is inside.
It’s not really a dashboard. And not really a temperature gauge in the automotive sense. But Temperature Gauge is easy to setup and use.
In the Preferences you’ll get simple setup options.
Use the slider to change the checking and update frequency. If your Mac has a hard disk drive, Temperature Gauge can monitor that, too.
Of course, temperatures are displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit, and there are options for temperature display, font size, fan speed, and, my favorites. Alerts.
Yes, Temperature Gauge has an alert system built inside which alerts you when a temperature rises above a certain specified limit which you control.
That gives you a little warning (although the red marks on your thigh might be considered a clue) so you can tone down the streaming videos of your bootlegged Taylor Swift concert (you know you love her).