Should I sleep or shut down when I'm away?

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  1. Trance macrumors 6502

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    Im a First time laptop user when I'm not home or sleeping should I put my mbp to sleep or shut it down?
     
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    Sleep seems to be the preferred option when leaving the Mac for less than two days untouched, according to countless threads upon this.

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  3. mtip macrumors member

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    Shouldn't make a difference. Mine only sleeps when I'm carrying it somewhere. Otherwise it's on 24/7, hasn't been shut down since the moment I bought it in January and only gets restarted when required by an update. No issues.
     
  4. Taz Mangus, Oct 3, 2011
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    Just let it sleep as there is no reason to shut it down when it is not in use. If you are concerned about the battery life, it will drain a slight bit when it is asleep but then you have to weigh that against the time you have to wait for the computer to boot. The only time I even reboot my Macs is for when it is required by a software update. The MacBook Pro is designed to be left on all the time.
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Nothing wrong with the advise above. But I shut down when I'm done....Could be 4 hours or 24.

    Then I shut down. Once a week I run the daily / weekly scripts which would have run whilst the machine is idling if left on. I use Onyx (free) there isn't really a wrong or right way, what Apple are getting at is: don't boot up, check your email and then shut down...even that is okay.....It's to save wear and tear on component uptime.

    It's a personal thing.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I let it sleep unless it's unplugged overnight, as my battery life isn't great and mine drains pretty bad when asleep, especially if I left any apps running. The newer ones have about double the battery life of mine though, so that probably wouldn't even be an issue. I occasionally shut down overnight or if I'm not going to use it for a day or more, but that's not very often.
     
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  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I never shut down my MacBook Pro... I only restart when there's an update or when there's a problem. I also leave Mail and Google Chrome Canary open in full screen 24/7 as well :)
     
  9. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    I shut it down when I go to bed and turn in back on in the morning... or I shut it down when I don't want to use it because I need to study. During the day I just put her to sleep though.
     
  10. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

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    I just let mine sleep. When I am home it is connected to my external monitor using clamshell mode.
     
  11. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    Hey Macman, what are these and where is it?

    I only let sleep when away from it for a few mins or an hour or so, but I shut down just because the battery life stinks and sleep loses a fair few percent on mine.
     
  12. jbjones85 macrumors member

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    I sleep mine unless its going to be off for more than a day or two without being connected to the AC cord.
     

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