A few months ago I extolled the virtues of system statistics. I’m something of a sucker for digital eye candy and found plenty of visual OS X p-o-r-n in iStat Menus for the Mac; a Menubar utility which displays OS X and Mac system details with a click.
With iOS 8.x and OS X 10.10 Yosemite for the Mac, Apple introduced widgets to the Notification Center, and the folks that make iStat Menus promptly responded with a new mini system monitor for the Mac. It’s called iStat Mini. Guess where it resides?
Yes, friends, as if the Notification Center isn’t crowded enough already, system monitoring eye candy will give you more to look at and worry about. I love it. It’s like a less expensive iStat Menus, one click away from feasting on CPU, memory, disk usage, and network activity– all for less than a couple of bucks.
Despite the similarities in the name and a few similar functions, we’re not comparing apples to apples. One is major. One is mini. iStat Mini is OS X Yosemite only, while iStat Menus works with Mavericks, too. There’s much more eye candy in iStat Menus, too, including world clocks, Wi-Fi network details, sensor readings, battery and power details, and the like.
Still, iStat Mini is pretty and functional and costs much less, so if your needs are simpler and your hard earned money somewhat lacking, you’re good to go with the Notification Center version vs. the Mac Menubar version.