Anyone who browses the Mac App Store from time to time has probably noticed the growing number of utility apps which monitor the Mac’s hardware, checks various and sundry sensors, cleans out the RAM, and checks on system components. Here’s one that belongs in the Think Different™ category.
A number of free Mac utilities check the fans and sensors but CheckMyMac is the only one I know of that claims to clean out the dust accumulating inside the Mac. How does it clean out dust? Actually, it’s a unique method that’s rather clever.
Check. My. Mac.
Dust is everywhere. It’s the nature of humans and earth, I guess. But a Mac that gets clogged up by dust could run into problems when the fans don’t work properly to keep it cool. CheckMyMac has a setting which helps to reduce the dust that could collect inside the Mac.
Not only does it check a bunch of sensor readings and let you control the Mac’s fan speed, it also uses that control to turn the fans on full blast; ostensibly to remove loose dust from inside.
CheckMyMac does much more, though. It checks and displays all the details you need to know about your Mac, shows you how much the CPUs are being used, how much RAM is consumed by which applications, and how fast the fans are running.
The Mac’s temperature sensors vary Mac to Mac, but CheckMyMac covers the sensors for the CPU, GPU, Disk Drive, Wi-Fi, LCD, Heatsink, PSU, and more. It also gives you controls over the Macs fan speeds, and can send you alerts when the Mac heats up beyond a certain threshold.
The app interface is colorful, thanks to multiple themes, and there’s both a compact and extended view for Mac users with small screens or large screen. Many Mac utilities can purge the unused RAM to make it available for RAM hungry apps, and that feature is in CheckMyMac, too.
As a monitoring utility goes, CheckMyMac is decent, probably more loved by Windows-to-Mac switchers than long time Mac users, but modestly priced nonetheless. What does bother me about it is the demo version. It’s stuck at 2.x while the app itself has graduated to version 3.8. A trial version should be the same as the version you might buy.