Sensei Review: The Minimalist yet Powerful Mac Performance App
Reviews • May 22, 2020
There are so many myths about Mac and other Apple products. One of the popular myths is that Mac devices don’t slow down over time. However, Mac also suffers from the problem of junk files, temporary dump, and background-running apps. Also, hardware issues with the battery, fan, and cooling tech could make things a lot worse.
To prevent all these, you should have a place where you can overlook the entire performance of your Mac. While there are so many macOS boosting tools like CleanMyMac X and junk cleaners like CCleaner, they do not provide enough information about the device. For instance, they don’t show you how much of the CPU resources you are using.
Sensei, a brand-new macOS performance tool, is an exception, though. In this article, we will be reviewing what Sensei for Mac has to offer. We have been testing Sensei on our 13′ MacBook Pro for quite some time, and our opinions reflect the experience we had with the piece of software.
What is Sensei?
Sensei in the Japanese language means master. The Sensei app for Mac is a piece of software that helps you to monitor, analyze, and improve your Mac’s performance. Developed by Cindori, Sensei is comparatively new to the world of macOS cleaners. However, this new-generation Mac performance tool comes with the right set of features that every macOS Pro user has ever wanted.
Is Sensei Safe to Use?
Yes, cent percent. And, it’s relatively easy to install and get started with.
Compared to the process of installing other tools in the category, the installation of Sensei is straightforward. You can download the installation file from the official website of Sensei, and it isn’t heavy at all. The entire process of installation takes less than a minute.
Once you install and launch Sensei, you have to provide specific permissions to the software. What it mainly needs is Accessibility permission. Once you have done this, the Sensei setup process is complete. And, a click on the OK button would show you the fully-fledged dashboard of this program.
Sensei keeps everything safe at all times too. For instance, it does not even touch system-based folders that could make a problem. Instead, the algorithms choose areas where healthy cleaning is possible.
What’s Inside Sensei: Performance Dashboard
Sensei is a real beauty in terms of the User Interface. As you can see below, the central dashboard is just unique, and it provides such a detailed, distinct, and data-driven overview of your Mac.
In the case of the MacBook Pro 13′ I used for testing, Sensei was showing system info, battery consumption, storage overview, RAM usage, CPU resources, and GPU usage. If we have other accessories connected, the dashboard may include that too.
This central performance dashboard is the best way to get a quick overview of your Mac.
What’s Inside Sensei: Utilities
Let’s take a look at the different utilities we get in the Sensei package.
This section of Sensei helps us remove two of the major causes for slowdowns: login items and launch agents. These are programs that run in the background when you turn on your Mac. I loved this feature as it helped me in finding hidden login items. Sensei offers a quick and convenient view of these things.
In a single click, you can toggle these login items and launch agents. This process is way easier than going to System Preferences and removing these programs individually. After doing this, the starting-up speed of my MacBook has improved noticeably.
You may want to do this once in a while since many programs become login items by default.
macOS has a standard interface for finding apps and removing them. However, most of the time, a few files stay in your Mac, slowing them down. More importantly, programs that you don’t currently use may be using up storage resources.
Sensei thoroughly scans the storage and apps for both these issues and provides a convenient way to remove applications from your Mac. The macOS tuner also lists applications by the amount of space it takes up. You can even know which components — app core files or data files — are making the app so big.
Once you make up your mind, Sensei allows you to uninstall multiple apps at once.
The Clean section of Sensei is an effective way to remove junk from your macOS device. The app would be scanning your Mac’s hard drive to find files that take up storage space as well as other sources of junk files. This process may take a while.
Just like we saw in the Uninstaller sector, Sensei lists down the most space-consuming content on your Mac. This could be user cache, huge files, system logs, downloads, or disk images. Once again, you can choose to remove multiple entries at once.
This feature helped me find files that I had downloaded long back and left unattended. More space saved!
Trim is a utility that improves the performance of your Mac’s SSD storage. Sensei brings a custom driver for SSD trim, and it does a fantastic job. You have to go to the page, enable the Trim module, and give necessary system permissions to proceed. Changes take effect after rebooting.
Well, I restarted my Mac after removing several login items and enabling Trim. As claimed, there was a noticeable difference in speed and smooth performance. Because not many apps were running, I was able to get started in a few seconds. I also noticed a considerable speed boost in the transfer. So, pretty awesome, I’d say.
What’s Inside Sensei: Hardware
In-depth hardware analysis is one of the reasons why we loved Sensei.
This section provides a comprehensive overview of your Mac hard drive, mostly an SSD. You can see details like capacity, SMART status, type, lock status, and all the partitions that exist on the drive.
Besides, Sensei lets you benchmark, analyze the health, and monitor real-time statistics of the SSD your Mac is using. Trust me when I say this; these features are just excellent. Like, I have always wanted to see these options in a Mac booster software.
In this section, you can know more about the Graphics Card as well as the Mac display. Even if you have an integrated graphics card, Sensei shows the necessary statistics. The same goes for all kinds of displays. Either to geek out or for information needs, this panel is the best.
Here, we don’t get any tests/benchmarks, though.
Sensei has a dedicated hardware section for battery, and it shows everything you want to know about the in-built display of your MacBook. This is by far the best way to understand the battery health of your Mac, and you can see that in the screenshot.
You also get an option to know some essential statistics like the number of cycles and manufacturing date. All these come in handy when you want to analyze the total health of your battery. An analysis via Sensei is also suitable for a better understanding of whether you need a replacement.
This is perhaps the most advanced section inside Sensei. Here, you get to know data from not just the built-in fans but also thermal sensors. A cumulative insight from all these devices will tell you whether your Mac is overheating or if the fan has any issues.
Sensei also uses some color codes to let you know if there is any trouble.
A Word on My Experience: What I Loved in Sensei
In the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to test some popular macOS performance-boosting software.
Still, there are a few features that made me fall in love with Sensei.
- Sensei is entirely minimal, top to bottom. The tool does not take many resources and still provides a comprehensive view of the device.
- The Dashboard of Sensei is just amazing, to say the least. Merely opening the dashboard gives us all the information we need.
- I am yet to come across a simple tool like Sensei that provides so much information about the utility and hardware aspects of my MacBook.
- Productive features like the Trim enabler disk analyzer add so much value for a Pro user.
And, despite all these, Sensei is priced quite reasonably. Unlike some other tools for the same purpose, you can purchase Sensei at a minimal cost of $59.
What Could Be Better?
Sensei is not yet perfect. We think there are a few areas where the developers can make amends.
- You’d miss scheduling features in Sensei. It’d have been nice if we could schedule tasks such as junk removal and statistics analysis
- As of now, Sensei supports devices that run Catalina. We think previous versions of macOS need this tool more than Catalina does.
- This did not bother me much, but Sensei does not work well with Thunderbolt 3 devices. When I connected my portable HDD via a USB Type C adaptor, for instance, Sensei was not picking up the primary partition in the drive.
We’d ask Cindori to fix these issues because that would make Sensei a must-have macOS app for almost everyone.
Availability and Pricing
As we said, Sensei is available for Mac devices running macOS Catalina or later. 14-day full access FREE Trial is available.
As for pricing, there are two kinds of licenses that you can purchase. A one-year license of Sensei costs $29, and it provides support and upgrades for a year. But, if you want lifetime support and features, that will cost you $59.
By any standards, Sensei is the most affordable macOS performance software you can buy today. And, if you use any other products from Cindori, you can even get an upgrade with a discount.
The Bottom Line
After analyzing all these aspects, we believe Sensei is an app that everyone should have. You don’t always come across macOS apps that do an excellent job without taking up so many resources. Sensei does that. You get to know so many things about your Mac device in a single click.
And, we say again that whatever you spend for Sensei is minimal when compared to the amount of time the tool can help you save! If I were you, I’d go ahead and check out Sensei from Cindori. Last but not least, the developers of Sensei provide exceptional customer support through forums.