The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Monitoring your Mac!

This great widget called iStat Pro brings you the power of the activity monitor and more to dashboard. You can easily monitor the CPU, Ram, network and disk usage while keeping an eye on the temperature of all the sensors located in your Mac. You can also get the speed of the fans running in your computer. The widget displays a lot of information in a moderately small size. You can download iStat Pro here from MacUpdate.


Blogger zoe said...

I love this widget. It's amazingly detailed.
Don't you ever wonder if it just makes up numbers?
I've been using this for a while now, as a (much much better) substitute for CoreDuoTemp.

July 13, 2007 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

have been using it since day one!

the best monitoring utlity i've seen for a mac.

July 13, 2007 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Yoda said...

I used to use iStat and I was always getting confused looking at all the information at the same time. I got lucky, though, and found that the author made another mini version of the widget: iStat Nano (

Works just as well, displays the same information, but just a little bit at a time.

July 13, 2007 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Is there a certain temperature where if it rises above I should be concerned?

July 13, 2007 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Being the nerd I am, I actually use both iStat and iStat Nano. I like the vast info you get with iStat, but also Nano has a lil better real time info ie, "overview" view for memory use.

July 13, 2007 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Peter Czosek said...

I would say that if your mac gets over 200 degrees I would be worried

July 13, 2007 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Ben, Natalie, Charis, and Joel Bronson said...

I believe you can trim down the iStat to show just the info you want. They are also now making a menu meter.

July 14, 2007 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Val Baca said...


on my macbook (1st gen) i try to keep it (the CPU temp) below 150 F. once it gets around 140 i give it a break if i can.

July 14, 2007 at 2:57 AM  
Blogger TGUK said...

You should also try iStat Menu:

July 14, 2007 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Yes indeed, its my favourite Mac monitoring widget also.

July 14, 2007 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger alonking said...

Can anyone tell me what are the requirments for stuff such as Temps and Fan Speed or anything of that sort on an iMac 20"? Is it also 150F?

I'm afraid I'm new to macs and I don't know what the temp should be. I don't know what to do with the stats if I don't know the limits..

July 14, 2007 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Good question alonking. I am not sure what the proper temperatures and fan speeds are for an iMac 20 but here is a link for you to get started with.

Then, go to a few different message boards for Mac users and post your questions there to. You will get answers to your questions for sure.

July 14, 2007 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

I was complaining why my new MacBook Pro is so hot and the battery last less than 1-1/2 hours. Through iStat Pro, I found there was a printer job pending that took lot of CPU resource because I reconfigured my network printer but did not update my Mac and I totally forgot that printer job! Thanks iStat, now my Mac is running cool and longer.

July 14, 2007 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I LOVE this awesome widget especially because it tells me my CPU usage & my total RAM being used. Also, coz it tells me the battery level of my Apple wireless Keyboard & Mouse, instead of having to go into System Preferences etc...
Thanks, islayer.

July 14, 2007 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Yes, I have been using iStat nano for a long time, and I love it.

July 16, 2007 at 11:00 AM  

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