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Affect of leaving laptop on for more than 8 hours every day

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    Default Affect of leaving laptop on for more than 8 hours every day

    I use my laptop everyday, from morning till late evening as I have to work from it, check my work and personal emails and the regular things. I don't usually turn my laptop off when I have my lunch or have a break for 10-15 minutes or so, so I leave it on. The laptop stays on charge while Im using it and is only turned off when I have turned the laptop off.

    If I do this everyday, how will this affect my laptop, will it decrease its value or will it not matter at all?

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    Not sure how it will affect your laptop longterm, but when your not using it you can put it on sleep or hibernate depending on how long your not going to be using your laptop.

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    Any peice of hardware has a limit to how long it would keep working. A hard drive has a life, your processor, the fan that cools it, the power supply unit, graphich card if there is one etc. Just like a light bulb there is a soft limit to how many running hours your equipment would run all together obviously depending upon the usage patern.

    I would suggest using the sleep function instead of leaving it running if you want to extend its life. Sleep function would allow you to start from the very point where you left it.
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    Your laptops moving parts would give up sooner this way. Even those components that dont have moving parts have a life which obviously comes to an end one day. A flash drive for example will work until you have worn it out. Not many people undertand that their memory cards also have a certain life.

    Your hard drive will be the first thing to give up I think due to wear and tear. I had to replace my laptop's hard drive within two years as I used it a lot traveling and aparently the disks inside rub against each other some times when there are shocks.

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    If your going to be away from your laptop for more than half an hour I suggest you shut down your laptop. It doesnt take long to shut down and start your laptop.

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    Off course it will effect your laptop life and also your health . But now a days laptop comes with solid built. so you can use it for long hours. But as every one said you should give it a rest to prevent from wear and tear. I would suggest the same. My HP DM4 laptop run almost 10-12 hour in day and it has been 3 year purchasing it. my battery completely got damage after 1 and half year. I have to replace it. so you use it carefully for long lasting life.

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    I hardly used to switch off my laptop and I used to use it a lot, eventually the laptop started getting problems. The best advise is that when not in use switch the laptop off, it will give the laptop a longer life.

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    I would recommend that switch your laptop off if your not going to be using it for more than 10 minutes. It would be best for the laptop, if you have any pages open in a browser they can always be found again from history or by restoring the browser pages.

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    Though every electronic component has a lifetime of it's own, in case of laptops I don't think it would affect your laptop so soon. Also depends on which brand you are using. I am using Lenovo brand in my office and I work on it for 10 hours a day, which means it is ON everyday for 10 hours. I am using this one for past 2-3 years and I haven't faced even a single problem. I believe laptops/desktops are designed for heavy usage and won't cause much issue. Good brand laptops do last long irrespective of how much you use.
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    I didn't actually think Lenovo laptops are good, which is why I last opted for a HP laptop, although HP is also a good brand as well.

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    Lenovo, HP, Dell or any other brands all have parts made by same companies with a few differences may be. Just keep the machine clean and dont let it get hot. Dont move it around when it is on in case you have a hard drive inside and not an SSD. The moving parts are normally the first ones to go bad.

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    I have a Lenovo 3000 series laptop purchased in 2007, which I dont shutdown / standby / hibernate for upto 10 days continuously, and use it as a primary computer, and download lots of stuff on it. Its still working fine, though the battery conked off, the main hardware has never given me an issue. I replaced the basic 512 mb ram with 2 gb in 2010, and also replaced the meager 80 gb hdd with a 500 gb one in 2011. Other than that, its pretty stock. I use a coolermaster cooling pad continuously with it. Ohh, I also play CZ online.

    I have heard that currently Lenovo is putting out some really crappy hardware, and the reliability is pretty spotty.

    The thing is, and what I have learned from a lengthy experience, no matter how carefully you use a device, or how roughly you use it. When it decides to conk off, it will conk off. Yea, you do have to perform some basic maintenance, such as cleaning the heatsink often, like every month, then clean the innards with a vacuum cleaner every 4-6 months, etc. This maintenance is just to ensure that you are not a factor in the reliability of the hardware you use.

    Its not brand related all the time, I have heard people having bad experience with HP and dell and many other good brands, such as sony and apple as well. In general, you do get what you do pay / over pay for. Use some basic logic. Get to know about basic battery charge cycles, and the battery will give you many hours of backup. Know about heat inside a laptop body, and you can ensure that yours remains relatively cooler. Know about preserving lcds and you will be able to ensure yours remains cool and calm after many hundred hours.

    A lot of stuff inside windows or any other OS is there for a reason. Power profiles, standby / hibernate / sleep, etc, then screensavers, OS updates, antivirus programs, etc will help your computer remain healthy. Many people use cooling pads, power profiles for a reason. They improve the reliability of your hardware.
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    Cleaning is important factor of a laptop, and many people don't do it. Even desktops should get a good clean up once in a while.

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    You laptop loses value the minute you open the box. If you decide to sell it someday, be prepared to sell it far a far lower price than what you paid for it.

    Most laptops should be fine if you keep them running 8 hours a day. This is actually quite normal. I have laptops running in the office for around 12-14 hours per day. However, I do maintain and clean them properly. If you take care of your laptop, it should give you many years of service without the need for repairs.

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    I think in your case if you don't want to shut down your computer during short intervals, you can opt for an automatic sleep function as @Admn has already advised. It will switch the computer to sleep mode once it is unattended for a specific period of time. It is not wise to keep it on for longer hours when it is not in use. Moreover, laptops tend to show issues than desktops when they keep on for longer hours. I think you should have a judicious use of your laptop.

    As laptop is more prone to heating, special care needs to be given. Once faulty it is really difficult to repair a laptop.

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    As other members said, leaving laptop on for long time affects it. Every part in any Electronic device has a life time which will be mentioned in manual. For example, usually laptop battery will have a life time of 1000 cycles, where a cycle means complete charge and discharge. However you use it, once 1000 cycles complete, your battery gives bad performance. You may think that you are using your laptop with power cable connected to it and battery is not used. Even in this way, battery performance will be affected as battery can not put aside for longer time (4-5 days). Battery has to complete a cycle in a specific mentioned time.

    Best solution to your problem is, If your work is not that important, then you can shut down. If the on-going work is important, then put it to sleep if you are taking a short break or put it in hibernate (an option where OS state is stored and restored on next reboot, just like sleep but with no power usage) if you are taking long break.

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    Conserve your battery as much as you can. Laptop batteries can be pretty expensive to replace in my experience, and if they die it's often just better to buy a new laptop.

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