With apologies to Richard Boone (I’m a cowboy movie and TV show fan), here’s my personal Mac motto. Have MacBook Pro, Must Travel.
That means that much of my day is spent hunkering over a MacBook keyboard, squinting into that small but high resolution Retina display, while keeping a watchful eye on the battery meter level. And the fans. Don’t get me started on the Mac’s fans.
Control Mac Fans
Last week I hit the subway during lunch and headed to the nearby Apple Store to meet up with Kate, my MBP safely tucked into my backpack.
As is usually the case Kate was late so I had some time to catch up on a little work. As soon as I popped open the Mac’s screen the fans kicked in. That blows. Literally.
What’s going on? Flash. I left half a dozen windows open in Safari tabs and, as well all know, Flash animations, Flash videos, and Flash advertisements are the cause of global warming.
My MBPs fans were blazing, so to speak.
I had to kill the offending pages in Safari and hope for the best. That got me to thinking about a utility I’d used on a previous MBP but hadn’t installed on my new MBP. Macs Fan Control.
No, this free utility doesn’t control Mac aficionados standing in line at the Apple Store. It controls the fans on your Mac.
The number of fan functions controlled by Macs Fan Control is remarkable. Who knew a Mac had so many fans? It monitors in real time the Mac’s fans speed and temperature sensors and can display them in the Menubar icon.
Voltaire said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’
Since you can control your Mac’s fans, you need to exercise some caution. While you can set a constant value (a minimum, for example) to a specific fan, and control the fan speed relative to the temperature sensor, there’s opportunity to melt your Mac.
Macs Fan Control also works with Windows running on your Mac in Boot Camp (requires a separate download of a Windows app). What good is Macs Fan Control? If your Mac is always hot, you can help cool it down with fan controls. If the fans are always blazing away but the Mac isn’t hot, you can adjust the sensors and fan speeds.
Just don’t melt your Mac.