If you’d like to get your geek on and explore the rest of the Mac’s built-in hardware sensors, then you’ll need a utility that does just that and not much more. This one uses the obvious title– Hardware Monitor. Can you guess what it does?
You Monitor The Monitor
Hardware Monitor does exactly what you expect of it. It’s a Mac utility which monitors the sensors in your Mac, and there are more than you think.
As an example, your Mac, regardless of model, has a number of built-in heat sensors that monitor the Mac’s temperature.
These sensors can be monitored and converted into a temperature sensor graphic for each component within your Mac.
What kinds of sensors are in the Mac?
Depending upon the model, Hardware Monitor can monitor the battery sensor on MacBook models, voltage sensors, current sensors (amperage), fan speed sensors, power sensors, load sensors, and more. Much more.
Hardware Monitor can display readings in a floating screen display or as the Desktop background. Many readings can be displayed in a click-down from the Mac’s Menubar.
Configuring Hardware Monitor is rather straightforward, though configurations are many. For example, display temperatures in Celsius, Fahrenheit, or even Kelvin. Setup history graphs between 12 minutes and a week, or display up to eight current readings in the Menubar.
You can also adjust the refresh interval between one second and one hour for all sensors. Hardware Monitor is a geek’s paradise. The only drawback is this– you can monitor the sensors on your Mac but you cannot control the sensors.