My daily use Mac is loaded to the gills with RAM, high performance CPU, SSD storage, and a hefty graphics card, and while it’s been a few years since I bothered to look under the hood of my car, I’m always checking to see how my Mac is performing at any given moment.
One way to do that is to run Apple’s free and built-in Activity Monitor app all the time (it’s in the Applications > Utilities folder), but it takes some poking around and a few clicks to see what’s what. Or, you could install any number of the Mac system monitor apps. Here’s a new one I’ve been trying for the past few days and it not only shows promise, it’s colorful and professional.
It’s called StatsWidget Plus; both a Notification Center widget and a standalone app which displays vital statistics from your Mac, including CPU, memory, disk storage, and network activity.
StatsWidget Plus displays vital system statistics a number of different ways. Same data. Different perspective. View the stats in a smaller, more compact visual by clicking on Notification Center.
What you’ll see are the CPU stats, RAM stats, Network stats, and Disk storage stats; displayed in a stack with colored graphics.
Or, the standalone window can be displayed, again in a stack, or as a wider, horizontal bar of system statistics. StatsWidget Plus is priced a bit lower than some Mac system monitor stats apps, but displays only the very basics. Other similar options include Translucent and iStat Menus (which displays far more information).
To be fair and honest about it, you can get a lot of mileage with the built-in Activity Monitor, but it requires some setup and a few clicks and doesn’t provide much at all with a quick glance. And, of course, to have anything monitor your Mac 24/7 requires the Mac to be running 24/7.