iStat Menus for Mac provides you with detailed information about the various systems on your device, including CPU activity, memory usage, and more. With just a glance, you'll get a good idea about what's going on in your machine, and you can get much more detailed information by selecting one of the icons that sit in the top toolbar.
Detailed information: This app provides detailed information about CPU activity, Memory Usage, Disk Usage, Network Activity, Sensors such as Fan Speed and Temperature, Date and Time, and Battery. While you could have accessed at least some of this information on your own, the app puts it all in one place and makes it much easier to find whenever you need to.
Monitor switches: You can choose to monitor whatever combination of systems you want. Each category has its own switch on the main interface that you can slide off if you're not interested in displaying that information. You can also drag and drop the icons in the top toolbar to rearrange them to your liking.
Not for beginners: The information displayed in the program won't be of much use to anyone without a decent level of computer knowledge. While the program is easy enough to set up for a novice, there isn't enough explanation of anything to make the information displayed understandable to anyone but an experienced user.
iStat Menus for Mac is a convenient addition to your computer, and it lets you get a quick glimpse inside whenever you need. The toolbar icons all provide basic information, and clicking them reveals much more detail in drop-down window form. You can try this program for 14 days, and the full purchase price is $16.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of iStat Menus for Mac 5.0.
iStat Menus provides real time CPU graphs and a list of the top 5 CPU resource hogs. CPU usage can be tracked by individual cores or with all cores combined, to save menubar space. A realtime graph to keep on top of being sent and received for all network connections. Date & Time. A highly configurable date, time and calendar for your menubar, including fuzzy clock and moon phase. A world clock with sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset times for over 20,000 cities. See used or free space for multiple disks in your menubar. More detail for all your disks is only a click away. Detailed disk I/O in your menubar, displayed as a graph, a variety of different read and write indicators, or both. Realtime listings of the sensors in your Mac, including temperatures, hard drive temperatures (where supported), fans, voltages, current and power. Fan speeds can be controlled, with different rules when on battery power, if you'd like. Detailed info on your battery's current state and a highly configurable menu item that can change if you're draining, charging, or completely charged. Memory stats for your menubar, shown as a pie chart, graph, percentage, bar or any combination of those things. The memory dropdown menu shows a list of the top 5 memory hogs, as well as other useful info. Each menu extra comes with many different display modes, customizable colours, font sizes and widths.
What's new in this version:
- Added support for Yosemite’s dark menu bar mode.
- Added a new dark theme for menubar graphs.
- Added many localisations for menubar extras.
- Added the ability to import and export settings.
- Improved process names.
- Improved process display by combining child ... See all new features »