Regular Boomer readers will know that I don’t make app recommendations lightly, and I try to avoid the gimmicky applications wherever possible. Today I make an exception to the rule but mostly because we all know all that glitters isn’t gold, but a few flashy bright lights always catches the eyeballs.
Enter DashLights for the Mac’s Menubar. You may have this figured out by the app’s name alone but bear with me. DashLights is pretty nifty. All it does is put little dashboard-like lights in the Mac’s Menubar so you can monitor the disk and CPU activity without having to click and open up an app.
Who cares, right? Well, there are times when you might need an early warning system telling you your Mac has crawled to a slow. DashLights gives confirmation. And, it can be configured to light up only when a specific threshold is reached.
What you get when you click the Menubar icon– where the lights reside– is a more detailed list of what’s going on inside.
DashLights comes with plenty of information you may need to know, including how long your Mac has been running, disk details, network IP addresses and bandwidth used (both up and down), the Mac’s CPU details, how RAM is being used, and if you’re on a Mac notebook, battery status.
Wait. There’s more.
No dashboard of any kind is really useful until you can control all the lights, especially the colors. DashLights delivers.
A few clicks and your Mac is ready to go. Set DashLights to startup when your Mac boots up, select the colors for Disk activity, Network activity, CPU activity, plus RAM and battery. The latter three give you an option for threshold, too, and there’s an option for size of the lights in the Menubar.
Considering you get change back from a dollar and the user reviews average 4.5 stars, DashLights is a good option to have in the Mac’s Menubar. Now, if you like more details, more iCandy, and you have some room in your budget, you’ll appreciate the beauty and information displayed in iStat Menus for the Mac.
Not only does iStat Menus have Menubar details, it has more information, including graphics, load average over time, running processes, fan sensors and much more. There’s a big difference in price but that’s what happens when you upgrade to more features and more iCandy.