Alu iMac - Turning off or standby?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tragedies, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. Tragedies macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting my iMac tommorow (so excited!) and am wondering, when I get it, will it be better for iMac to be left in standby mode overnight or to turn it off completely?
     
  2. ImperialX macrumors 65816

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    Standy Mode. I don't think there's a need to turn it off unless you're not using it for several days (I'd hate to think that;))
     
  3. Yuppi macrumors regular

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    Definitely standby. There is really no need to shut it off. Unlike in the old Windows day where your system was assured to crash when you put it into suspend to ram, it works just beautifully on the mac. And I'm really annoyed now to wait for PCs until they are ready..
    Unlike Windows the Apple human interface guidelines strongly point out that Macs are not supposed to reboot for several days/weeks/month. So most programs are able to handle those cases way better than in Windows. Like audiumX.
    Even the power consumption in sleep is extremly low. I have looked it up in http://images.apple.com/environment/resources/pdf/APES_24-in_iMac_10-09-07.pdf and the power consumption in sleep mode is 2.7W! I can not express how suprised I am to see that because some dump VCRs or Television use more when they are switched off...
    Switching it off will "only" half the consumption down to 1.3W
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The Macs don't consume a heck of a lot when asleep, and wake from sleep is a lot quicker than a cold boot, login, and opening apps.

    Plus it keeps the apps and windows where you left them.
     
  5. marcg007 macrumors member

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    I also say...

    Just let sleep unless you are going away for more than a day or if there is a thunderstorm.
     
  6. Tragedies thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow awsome thanks.

    Didn't realize it took so little power.
     
  7. teiresias macrumors regular

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    Putting a somewhat tangential question out there related to this topic, can one charge an iphone or ipod off an iMac when it's in standby?
     
  8. RafMac macrumors regular

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    Restart

    You should at least restart the imac once a week or every 10 days to clear up the ram cache as it tends to build up and slow the system down, unless you have 4 gigs of ram then you don't need to do often. It all comes down to what apps you are using. Enjoy!
     
  9. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't really make any difference, but shutting it down will save your electricity bill.
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    .. a few pennies a year. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    You can probably save a lot more money by not upgrading to the premium coffee ...
     
  12. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

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    I let mine sleep.

    Amazing how fast the 'wake up' time is compared to windows.

    :apple:
     
  13. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Yep. I vote for sleep.

    My iMac is rarely if ever shutdown.

    The only kind of mac I don't recommend sleeping is notebooks (of course for short periods of time you should). I used to sleep my Powerbook for days, but it killed the batteries. They'd have like 50 percent capacity in 1 year. Cause I use it like 1 time a week, and sleeping really hurt the battery life span. Now that I shut it down, the battery isn't losing as much of its capacity.
     
  14. Hoo03 macrumors regular

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    I was browsing through Apple support section, and the response was that the new iMacs should let you charge iPod via usb while it's in a standby mode.
     

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