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Is it better to turn off your computer(laptop) or sleep?

by compnoobie / November 24, 2007 5:59 AM PST

Everyday, first thing I do is turn on my laptop (connected to AC) in the morning. I leave it on the whole day and come back, use it, at random intervals as needed. I use it pretty regularly. At the end of the day, I would always shut off my computer. Now, I've heard from some people that it's better to put your computer to sleep. Is that true?

Also, I keep my battery in the laptop while I use it. I never disconnect my laptop from the AC, and I've heard its bad to keep the battery in the laptop, too.

I don't know if this matters, but I have a Dell Inspiron 6400, Windows Vista.

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1. The on or off quesion is at this link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2007 6:04 AM PST
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?forumID=68&threadID=19769&start=0http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?forumID=68&threadID=19769&start=0

With 500 posts, just add yours if you don't agree.

2. As to the battery, this is simpler than you think. TODAY'S LAPTOPS have stellar battery management. In our laptop forum we went over this and after much discussion, links, and boiling found that you can expect your battery to last 10% longer if you left it out of the laptop.

Yes, that's an extra 2.4 months (or 1.8 depending on how you define battery life.)

Very few will write it's worth removing.

Bob
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Personally
by At The Opera / November 24, 2007 7:02 AM PST

Just a real quick opinion. If I'm not going to be using the system for several hours, and it's not doing anything, I shut it off. It's mostly a utility bill thing rather than which is better for the hardware. No point wasting money, or electricity, on something that's just going to be sitting idle for several hours.

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