If you keep Activity Monitor running on your Mac all the time then you know what I mean. If you don’t, it’s OK to move along, there’s probably nothing to see here. But if you’re even a bit concerned about what’s going on under the Mac’s figurative hood, check out Translucent, yet another Mac system monitoring utility.
Most Mac system monitoring apps don’t cost much and Translucent is no different. What you get is a quick look at the Mac’s memory, which apps are using what, how much data is moving to and fro, how much data gets pushed off onto the Mac’s storage, and how the CPU is humming along (or, not).
Translucent displays all the Mac’s system details in a bunch of, well, translucent floating windows.
Preference settings are nominal but give you options for which system status details you want to view and how they are displayed (plus, the needed slider bar for setting translucency for the windows).
Translucent has windows for basic system Statistics, CPU activity for each core, storage memory used and how much is free, CPU and network statistics, which disk has what amount of storage, network usage, and overall CPU usage.
If all that information is important to you, Translucent delivers and doesn’t cost much. If it’s not important to you but you wonder why your Mac is behaving sluggishly, this might give you a heads up to the reasons why.
And, yes, I’m a Mac user who always has the built-in Activity Monitor utility running.