IS­tat Menus

$16 (about £10) Bjango, bjango.com/mac/is­tat­menus

Mac Format - - MONITOR YOUR MAC -

iS­tat Menus is the most ex­pen­sive of th­ese apps, but it’s also the most com­pre­hen­sive. It’s highly con­fig­urable and user-friendly, mak­ing it easy to set up mon­i­tor­ing for CPU/GPU us­age, mem­ory, disks, net­work traf­fic, sen­sors (fan temperatures), and bat­ter­ies. As a bonus, the app’s Time sec­tion pro­vides you with the best world clock on OS X.

When you turn on any in­di­vid­ual mon­i­tor, it’ll ap­pear in the menu bar, usu­ally dis­play­ing a tiny graph, al­though the vis­ual out­put can be ad­justed in the app’s set­tings. Click on a menu bar ex­tra and you get a drop­down menu with tons of in­for­ma­tion; for ex­am­ple, the CPU menu out­lines weighty pro­cesses, and Bat­tery re­veals which apps are us­ing sig­nif­i­cant en­ergy.

To fur­ther check on and trou­bleshoot your Mac, many of the graphs load a sub-menu when you hover the cur­sor over them, de­tail­ing loads/us­ages dur­ing the pre­vi­ous hour, day and week.

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