iSlayer‘s donation-supported “iStat” is a bit like Mr. Scott’s console on the Starship Enterprise: it shows at a glance where you have–and don’t have–the power. iStat can be run as both a widget and as a standalone applet, and provides robust reporting on CPU, memory, disk, network and wireless bandwidth, OS/X uptime, and battery life. It sports an attractive console presentationâ€”indeed the elegant design of the widgets is really the important feature here–and each application can be customized to suit your specific tastes in obsessive-compulsive system monitoring.
iSlayer has just issued a minor update to the iStat applets, but has also introduced new dashboard-style gauges for each individual statistical category (they call them â€œmini-widgetsâ€) for those who wish to drop a quick speedometer-like gauge on their desktop. Each widget can look like a speedometer or be tamed to look more like a breakout of the overall iStat text-on-an-attractive-box look and feel. You can mix and match with the mini widgets to find a suitable layout and choose only the stats that you find meaningful.
For those who prefer their stats attached to the menu bar, iSlayer is promising â€œiStat Menusâ€ sometime soon. This appears to be a competitor to the excellent MenuMeters, which has proven indispensable, I reckon, especially among Macbook and Macbook Pro users concerned about heat and CPU performance. iSlayerâ€™s strength is simple design elegance, and if these mini-widgets are any indication, statistics-obsessed Mac geeks everywhere have something to look forward to. Check out the large selection of donation-supported downloadable goodies at the iSlayer downloads page.