CleanMyMac X review | Macworld
- Excellent cleaning tools for Mac storage
- Large toolset
- New Menu Bar feature offers quick look at important hardware-related data for your Mac
- Updater feature missed some app updates
- Malware Removal produced mixed results
CleanMyMac X offers some nice surprises with its disk maintenance tools and new Menu Bar feature. But for the price, it would be ideal if all of its modules worked equally well.
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$34.95 per year subscription ($149.95 one-time purchase)
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With Mac utilities, a multifaceted approach that offers several base functions can be excellent. There’s also a possibility that the developer overextended themselves trying to be everything to everyone, and the result is that some features aren’t as good as others, making you wonder about the value of the total app.
CleanMyMac X is routinely updated (in November 2022 version 4.12 brought Ventura support, and a February 2023 update added the ability to remove Xcode images and a battery drain alert) and well cared for by its developer, MacPaw, but it does seem to be in danger of trying to do too much. The catch-all utility offers an assortment of modules with its core focus centered around identifying and cleaning out gigabytes upon gigabytes of unused system garbage. The modules are Smart Scan, System Junk, Mail Attachments, Trash Bins, Malware Removal, Privacy, Optimization, Maintenance, Uninstaller, Updater, Extensions, Space Lens, Large & Old Files, and Shredder.
CleanMyMac X gained a handy Menu Bar item in version 4.11 that provides useful information, such as drive capacities, CPU speeds, system temperature, system load, and network activity readouts. This has received a substantial update in the new version, and additional information such as your laptop’s battery, temperature, and health, your hard drive’s capacity and overall health, your free RAM capacity, and your CPU load and hardware temperature are on hand and readily accessible. Some nice tie-ins have been made with CleanMyMac X’s Space Lens feature, and it’s easy to see what’s gobbling up the most space on your Mac’s hard drive. The…