Sleep or Shutdown?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jon.Stewart87, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2008
    United States of America
    Hey everyone

    just a quick 'newbie' question for you.

    Do you sleep or shutdown at night - is this a matter of preference or is one actually smart to do for your iMac.

    Recently I have been putting my iMac to sleep over night

    thanks for your input.
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Sleep, it saves time and power of a start up, and only uses a tiny amount of power.
  3. Nabooly macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Sleep, its just a lot easier to just click the mouse and have the imac wake up. I only shut down when I know I wont be using it for a long while.
  4. RichardI macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Southern Ontario, Canada
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I usually shut down at night and use sleep mode during the day. Feels better to start fresh in the morning with a clean boot.
  6. Dartholomew macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    I've always slept my PCs, so I'm doing the same with the Mac. Seems to be stable and fast for the most part.
  7. H$R macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    Same for me and my MacBook.

    I don't know exactly why, but I always did shutdowns with my Windows machines.
    And boot time with the MB aren't that bad at all.

    About power, I don't know about PC's, but other devices need "much" more power powering on/and off, instead staying in sleep/standby for some time.
  8. smithlua macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Another one here too. Boot time is so fast, I don't mind waiting for start up at all.
  9. operator207 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    For power consumption, check these sites out:

    Apple's info on being Energy Star Compliant

    Apple's info on power consumption though pretty sparse, as I would love to have MBP and MB info too. On the second link, there are some other links on the top right. I did not go through the energy attributes listing for any of them, but it might give you guys a better idea of how much you gain or lose by sleeping or turning off.

    I use a MBP, I only shutdown/reboot for updates or if I am upgrading any hardware (ram, hdd etc) I sleep it when I move from location to location, in my laptop backpack. Essentially I sleep my laptop if I am not using it.
  10. rfruth macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2007
    Shut it down if not in use for prolonged periods of time
  11. I am Sampson macrumors 6502

    I am Sampson

    Sep 16, 2007
    Plymouth, UK
    I sleep as well. Though I sometimes find it's woken itself in the night and rather than sleeping again (it's set to sleep after 20 mins) is just sitting on with the monitor black, but clearly on. Very annoying, I wish I knew why.
  12. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    That is one of the things I really like about the Mac as compared to Windoze. Boot up is much quicker and not a big deal anymore.

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