Slow Mac? System Lens can help

October 22nd, 2013

Is your Mac running slow? The free Mac app System Lens can help. Writer Matt Elliott with CNET recently wrote about this app which offers Mac users a list of all the apps they have running at any given time. Best of all? System Lens charts the amount of your Mac's resources each one of these apps is consuming.

Resource hogs

Knowing what's running is very important because apps can quickly become resource hogs. Computer users today are increasingly loading up their Macs with apps. It's not surprising; a large number of apps can make users more productive. Others are fun. But too many apps can turn a quick Mac into a slow-moving lump.

System Lens

System Lens helps users identify those apps that are using than their share of a Mac's resources. The app gives all of a users' currently running apps a rating: low, medium or high. System Lens also tells users how stressed out their Mac is in general. If System Lens shows three bars, that means a machine is overloaded.

Decision time

What happens next is up to you. You could choose to close or erase a few of the apps consuming the largest amount of resources on your Mac. Doing this might provide an unexpected, and pleasant, boost to your Mac’s speed.