My decades of Mac use have put me in the limelight in our suburban Atlanta neighborhood as the friendly geek with an opinion. That means my recommendations for Mac apps come with an inherent risk. Neighborhood customer support.
I could turn my former Windows-using-Mac-switching neighbors onto a few utilities to help them watch over their Mac’s health, but a little eye candy can go a long way. If you’d rather not wear a geek’s hat and prefer visuals you can trust then add iStat Menus to your Mac.
This little collection of utilities adds some peace of mind to new Mac users, and ease of use to any Mac user, regardless of experience.
What you get are eight basic utilities which are easily viewed and accessed from the Mac’s Menubar.
Click and yee shall receive.
With a glance or a click you’ll see realtime CPU graphs and the top apps or resources hogging your Mac’s CPU. The Mac’s RAM memory can be viewed as a graph, and a click opens a menu which displays which apps use the most.
The Network option shows a realtime graph of network usage, including the top 5 apps sucking up the most bandwidth. And, of course, there are options that display disk usage, S.M.A.R.T. status, and even disk activity.
Your Mac gets a little love from the sensor monitors, too, which track temperatures, fans, voltage, current and power, and fan speeds have controls. Likewise, iStats Menu watches over batter levels of trackpad, keyboard, and mouse, as well as the MacBook’s current batter state.
Finally, there’s a better date and time feature than the one that comes with OS X. This one does date, time, and calendar in the Menubar, including moon phase, upcoming events, and a world clock with sunrise, sunset, and moonset.
Granted, much of what iStats Menu does is useful eye candy, and some functions are available in other apps, but the package makes it more useful than the sum of the parts.