There are pretty much two types of people in the world: Those who shut their computers down every night, and those who close their laptops without turning them off. You’ve probably heard mixed messages about which one is better for saving energy and keeping your hardware up to snuff, so we’re here to set the record straight.
Most computers have three levels of low-power states when they’re not in use: sleeping, hibernating, and shut down.
If you’re constantly back and forth at the computer, leaving it in sleep mode might save your sanity when you first open your laptop. If you use it less often or just want to power it down, though, no harm done, says Meister.
Even if you do keep your laptop in sleep mode most nights, it’s a good idea to fully shut down your computer at least once a week, agree Nichols and Meister. The more you use your computer, the more applications will be running, from cached copies of attachments to ad blockers in the background. “Those things just have to be reset at some point so they’re not always running,” says Nichols. “It just builds up over time, and the more you use it, the slower it will get.”
I – Word Understanding
Up to snuff – in good condition
Cached – stored
II – Have Your Say
1. How often do you turn off your computer?
2. Tech experts generally agree a computer should last anywhere between three to five years before needing to be replaced. How often do you replace your computer? What are the factors affecting your pc’s lifespan?
3.Computer maintenance is the practice of keeping computers in a good state of repair. How do you keep the following parts up to snuff?
– Desktop tower / CPU
– Data backup
– Software / updates