Forum Question: What Are the Optimal Energy Saving Settings for My Mac ?

I have a MacBook Pro, if I go into the energy saving settings in system preferences, I come across 2 tabs relating to Battery and Power Adapter.
Within each I come across 2 sliding scales relating to:
Computer Sleep
Display sleep
and tick boxes for:
Put the hard disk to sleep – when possible
Slightly dim the display when using the power source
AutomatiCally reduce brightness before display goes to sleep
I would be very grateful to you if you would advise on what you would consider to be the optimal in each case.
Additionally I have a screensaver set at the 10 minute mark
kind regards…….
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Simon

Comments: 3 Responses to “What Are the Optimal Energy Saving Settings for My Mac ?”

    5/29/12 @ 11:39 am

    There are no optimal settings. If there were, each Mac would be set to those and there wouldn’t be any choices.
    Each setting is a trade-off between energy savings and something else. In most cases the trade-offs are convenience and use speed. For instance, putting the hard drive to sleep means that when it is asleep you may get a second delay when you try to use it again.
    So these are all really just personal preferences. Figure out what suits you best. Unless you are using your Mac as a server or something, it is OK to use “Put the hard disk to sleep – when possible.” Most people do. But otherwise, just choose based on your personal preferences and adjust in the future as necessary.

      Simon
      5/29/12 @ 12:19 pm

      I’ll try different things and see. Thx for response

        Paul
        5/29/12 @ 10:13 pm

        Turned off of course :)

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