Shut down or Sleep - Macbook pro clamshell w/external monitor?

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  1. dspindl macrumors member

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    I have my 17" Macbook pro sitting in a BookarcPro stand in clamshell mode, hooked up to a Dell U2410. Wonderful setup and works great.
    What is the best way to close and then start another session the next day? I do photo editing for appx 2hrs a day. If I "shut down" - then to start again I need to remove the laptop from the stand, unplug the mdp connector, turn on the laptop, plug in the mdp connector and turn on the display..check bluetooth keyboard/mouse and close lid.

    Instead of doing that, is it safe to just "sleep" this setup and never "shut down"?

    Thanks!
    Dave
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's fine to let it sleep, but make sure you take it off AC power and run on battery for a while a few times a week, to keep the battery healthy. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
     
  3. RMo macrumors 65816

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    There is no problem with just letting it sleep. I rarely shut down any of my Macs--they wake so well from sleep and use such little power during it that it's not really worth it.

    GGJ above recommended using the battery a few times per week; Apple says "Apple recommends charging and discharging its battery at least once per month."

    From other reading, I'd say you can scatter this over a few times (e.g., a few partial discharges and then a charge), or you can use it until it's depleted once, then fully charge it again. Basically, just make sure you get at least one full charge/discharge cycle per month, or the battery will go bad faster.
     
  4. dspindl thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies! I didn't realize that about the battery. I use my MBP as a desktop replacement primarily, and rarely use the battery.
    Thanks, again...good information!

    Dave
     

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