Worse, how could I recommend yet another Mac app that provides dubious capability, even with the ultimate price tag (free)? It’s easy. I’m a sucker for utilities that tell me what’s going on inside my Mac whether I need to know or not.
That’s exactly what MenuMeters is. A free Mac app that gives a quick and dirty view of your CPU usage, RAM usage, disk space, and internet or network connection.
Here’s what MenuMeters looks like in the Mac’s Menubar.
What you get is graphic representation of four basic components to your Mac. The CPU (good to know if something is hogging your Mac’s CPU when it slows down). The Disk (how much space is left). Memory (how much RAM is being used by apps and services). Network (what kind of activity is on the network connection from your Mac).
Preferences are straightforward with a tab button for each component, and an option to display it in the MenuBar.
Preferences for each component gives you option for display and settings. For example, there’s a setting to adjust the CPU update interval, or change the visual colors in the Menubar to something more appealing.
What would be a good addition to MenuMeters is the temperature of the Mac’s motherboard, disk drives, CPU, or whatever. Or, even a red notification that the fan has been turned on.
Otherwise, you get more than you pay for because MenuMeters is free, or, rather, donationware.