Do you... Shutdown or 'close the lid'?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Riddler, May 10, 2013.

  1. The Riddler macrumors newbie

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    What's up MacRumors. Quick question for you Macbook users...
    When you have finished using your Macbook; Do you close the lid or do click the Apple icon and shut down? I am also wondering what happens if you never shut down and constantly close the lid?
    Cheers, all.
     
  2. B... macrumors 68000

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    I tend to just close the lid because it is easier then shutting it down and it is quicker turning on. It does use up more RAM since it is not starting from scratch, but I restart every once in a while when I install software updates, and that helps. I don't think there is a reason to shut down: sleeping doesn't waste a noticeable amount of battery life, with the rMBP and MBA line you get power nap and it starts up again in less than 1-2 seconds.
     
  3. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

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    If am going to sleep I always turn it off I got ssd in MacBook so when I turn it on in the morning and go to the bathroom to take a leak the computer is ready to use when I get back. Nothing bad happens if it always on but I just like my computer to rest
     
  4. The Riddler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, i've basically done the exact same as you since I got this Macbook Pro and I have never had any problems. I RARELY shutdown but to be quite frank I might start shutting it down. I'm just trying to figure out if eventually closing the lid will affect the Macbook somehow.
     
  5. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    I usually hit the power button then select Sleep, does closing the lid do the same thing?
     
  6. Clocks macrumors newbie

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    I've only ever just closed the lid, and it's working great.
     
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    I just set it to sleep (AKA close lid) and shut it down if I travel far distance without using it.
     
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Close the lid during the day and shut down at night.
     
  9. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Only time I ever shutdown/restart is to install software updates.
     
  10. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    At home I use it in clamshell mode with an external monitor so it stays on all the time. When traveling I usually just close it up if I'm going to be using it again with a day or so. Any longer and I shut down to reduce battery cycles. Shutting down is less of an issue since I installed a SSD. Start-up takes less than 10 seconds.
     
  11. smotania macrumors member

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    Me too
     
  12. Nermal Moderator

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    I've had this particular computer for a little more than two years and I don't think I've ever shut it down. Closing the lid is fine :)
     
  13. beast88 macrumors newbie

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    Shutdown? What is that? Whatever it is I don't use it. Sleep is my best friend :)
     
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  15. thorpey0 macrumors member

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    How much battery drain should you see when you put your mac to sleep? I only tend to shutdown my late 2011 macbook pro if I am updating software or know I will not be using it for a few days.

    I get a drop of a good few % in a few hours of sleep, is that normal?

    Cheers
     
  16. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I just sleep it - my computer's been up 28 days, had to restart it today for the Thundebolt firmware update.

    No harm in leaving it on - only actually shut it down when on planes.
     
  17. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Close the lid at night. Let auto sleep take care of it during the day.
     
  18. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

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    Had my mbp for 5 years never shut down before lol. Only restart to update software or restart pram
     
  19. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    yeah, it's the same.
     
  20. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

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    I just close the lid.

    I never restart unless it's necessary (software update and etc), I never shut down unless I'm not going to be using my MacBook Air for days or if I'm traveling (it's also encrypted with FileVault2 so anyone who steals it won't be able to access my stuff)
     
  21. Quu macrumors 68020

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    I just close the lid. I only reboot for software updates or if I feel the notebook getting sluggish.
     
  22. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    The MacBook Pro I use as my laptop I close the lid. My other MacBook Pro I use exclusively as my desktop I have in clamshell mode and have to press the sleep button.
     
  23. Thares macrumors regular

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    I used to have a MacBook Air and just closed the lid for the same reason some people already noted: it's faster, it's easier.

    Now that I have a Retina MacBook Pro it is... exactly the same. :) Also, I increased the time before the Retina goes into hibernate. That was really frustrating on my Air - and my new rMBP.

    Honestly, I don't care about RAM. And if, I use an app to erase the memory stored in the RAM. :)
     
  24. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I see about 20% a day. That's why I shut down if I'm not using it for a few days.
     
  25. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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    I always just close the lid. The only time I restart/shut down is when an update demands it.
     

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