What makes a Mac a popular computer worthy of our hard earned dollars? There’s the industrial design of the hardware, and the set it-and-forget it aspect of OS X, and Apple’s built-in apps (iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband). As much as anything, there’s peace of mind, which is born from a reputation gained over many years and tens of millions of Mac owners.
The information age brings about a large share of misinformation and information paranoia. Does your Mac need anti-malware apps? How do you know your Mac is running at optimum performance?
If a little paranoia sets in you’ll be comforted by using one of a handful of apps that actually monitors your Mac and performs persistent testing to make sure your Mac can still run well after many years of use.
Checkmate’s unique interface runs a variety of tests on your Mac (most in the background) to diagnose your Mac and find potential problems.
The app tests your Mac in four basic categories. Hardware, both memory and battery. Storage, including RAID status, volume structures, surface scans, and employes S.M.A.R.T.
CHeckmate scans your Mac’s file structures, too, and does an I/O test to make sure your Mac can read and write data appropriately. And it provides a quick power on snapshot which may provide some early detection warnings.
The real question, of course, is do you need a diagnostic app to check for problems that may not exist. Despite the eye candy visuals of Checkmate (or, depending on your tastes, ‘eye vinegar‘), any utility app that resides in the background and provides meaningful monitoring and status reports can help assuage your paranoia over what could go wrong.
In other words, it couldn’t hurt.