Should i turn off my new 2013 Macbook air when i travel with it to the university?

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  1. gmate macrumors newbie

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    I just bought my new Macbook Air and i'm thrilled with it! It's the perfect laptop, however i'm concerned about turning it off. My question is this: i take my MBA everyday to college. When I travel with it, should i turn it off during the trip? It's like a one hour trip.
     
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  3. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    i ride my bike about 25 miles round trip to and from work. i have been doing this with my 2009 macbook on sleep for years and it still runs fine.
     
  4. gmate thread starter macrumors newbie

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    20 hours of sleep or turned off?

    Thanks guys. One more thing: in the past few days, since i bought my MBA, i've left it in sleep mode, always. However, i work during the day which means that i only go to my MBA when i get home, late in the afternoon, and i stop working with it late at night, resuming my work the next afternoon, leaving at sleep mode for about 20 hours. During that time, should it be turned off, or should i continue to leave it in sleep mode? This routine should continue till mid september. thanks in advance
     
  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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    That's exactly what sleep mode is for. You're not hurting it.
     
  6. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    Could you shed some light as to why this is a concern? maybe we could put your mind to ease better than just saying "yeah its fine let it sleep" if we knew your reasoning behind asking this question, because I find it a bit odd of a question.
     
  7. gmate thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just ask these questions because this is my first MB, and i just want to be extra carefull with it xD
     
  8. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    OK, well, putting it to sleep is basically the same as shutting it down, only a small amount of battery power is used to keep the system state alive in the ram, but everything else, powers off, when it starts to run out of battery power it will dump the ram data to the hard drive and go into deep sleep.

    So you really have nothing to worry about as far as traveling with it sleeping.
     
  9. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    yup. at idle with the display on the air draws about 10 times the wattage it does when it's asleep... and sleep only draws about 3 times the amount of wattage as it does when it's turned off.
     
  10. jnat macrumors newbie

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    Might consider shutting it down in case it is lost or stolen.
     
  11. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    or just password protect your log in
     
  12. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    what difference does that make?
     
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    If it stays off, how would FIND MY MAC, find it?
     
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    The flip side to this question is how will Find My Mac find it unless it's connected to a previously joined (i.e. trusted) network? Granted, the university may have a campus wide wireless network that it may hop on but more than likely it would end up on a random network.
     
  15. evorc, Aug 27, 2013
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    You're fine bro. I probably shut down my MBA once a month :D.
     
  16. WillFisher macrumors 6502

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    I had my Macbook Pro 2010 13" for 3 years, and I must've turned it off less than 50 times.
    Don't worry about turning it off, makes little difference in the long run.
     
  17. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

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    This what I do.. Open Lid do work.. close lid put in book bag get on motorcycle unpack open lid do work close lid rinse and repeat
     
  18. Doublea6 macrumors regular

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    Yup I've kept mine in sleep since 2009. I only shut down when updates happen or things are hanging up. Enjoy the new computer!
     
  19. krazykleo macrumors regular

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    When I get to uni in a few days and have to travel with my lappy (I named my laptop lappy :$) I will just travel with it while its in sleep mode :)
     
  20. jadAce macrumors regular

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    I'm not used to just shutting the MacBook Air "lid" and walking away (coming from a PC :) ) but the habit is slowly developing.

    Sleep mode is great in Macs for short term travel.
     
  21. krazykleo macrumors regular

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    Same here as this is my first laptop lol. But i've already gotten into the habit of shutting the "lid" and carrying on with my tasks lol...i find it quite fun :D haha
     
  22. jadAce macrumors regular

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    Makes quite a statement when someone shuts a MacBook lid. Feels very unique, IMHO, like a period at the end of a sentence. :cool:

    (I think this was something Microsoft tried to accomplish with the "clicking" effect of the kickstand in the MS Surface. They highlighted this several times when it was released)
     
  23. krazykleo macrumors regular

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    I've never played around with any other laptop so I can't say anything but it is just an elegant piece of machinery and leaves you expressionless sometimes haha
     
  24. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    I dunno where you folks been, but that precisely what I did with my 10 years old Sony.
     
  25. krazykleo macrumors regular

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    lol, this is my very own first computer :) did have another one but the whole family used it and it was a PC lol
     

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