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InsomniaX for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Those who want to use their laptop as a media server or to play continuous music may want to keep operating it while the lid is closed. InsomniaX for Mac is a simple application that performs this single purpose well.

InsomniaX for Mac downloads quickly and comes with no restrictions. The program installs without any problems, too, although the user must accept a licensing agreement to complete the process. The user agreement contains several warnings and disclaimers about the potential problems the program may cause to the computer, which is troublesome. There were no user instructions or technical support available, but since the program has no real interface, this is not a problem. Once the installation completed, the program worked as intended and did not allow our computer to go to sleep, even with the test computer's lid shut. There were no additional features, but for those who want to be able to run processes with the screen off and the lid closed, the program may be of some use.

While functional, InsomniaX for Mac's limited features and system level changes mean it is likely of little use to average users; but more advanced users who understand the risks could find it useful.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work with OS X Lion and later"

    December 15, 2012  |   By redfava

    Version: InsomniaX 2.1.2

    Pros

    No pros, it simply does not work.

    Cons

    Does not work.

    Summary

    My Macbook Pro i7 (late 2011) will work in clamshell mode without InsomniaX providing the poewr is plugged it - see Apple's KB http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US. So what does InsomniaX actually do then? Nothing. Disconnect the power and the clamsheel Macbook immediatly goes to sleep, regardless of InsomniaX and it's settings.

    Updated on Dec 15, 2012

    Many appologies to the fine people who are working on insomniaX, I was reviewing version 2.0.1. Purely by chance I discovered that there was a new version available. I uninstalled all previous versions, installed the latest one (2.1.2) and straight away noticed the big difference! It works great.

    So 5 stars for this and I'm making a contribution.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It used to meet my needs. The new one doesn't."

    July 30, 2011  |   By heffeque

    Version: InsomniaX 2.0

    Pros

    It used to meet my needs. Still using the 1.3.5... old version. For some reason Cnet still calls the new version 1.3.5 when its supposed to say 2.0.

    Cons

    It used to meet my needs, now with the new version, it doesn't:

    "When lid is closed screen will now sleep as well"

    This is the deal breaker. I sometimes I close the lid and I want it to continue working.

    Summary

    Why he removed this feature, beats me. But I'm not updating to 2.x 'till he adds this feature again.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't understand the fuss!"

    May 20, 2011  |   By freewheeler65

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    Great product, worked first time no issues, should be an integral feature of the os as a recent convert to Mac's because of the awesome air, truly the best notebook ever made, I am used to these features being available in power. Indispensable!!

    Cons

    Only one can't seem to get start on power to work so have to start up machine with lid open. But that's probably just me!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrible, horrible, horrible."

    April 23, 2011  |   By mpkenned

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    If it actually worked, at all, I'm sure it would be fantastic!

    Cons

    Does not work even in the slightest. Instead, it panicks your system, freezes it completely, and tells you that you must reboot. And because it is presently set to "Load on Start", I am, as I'm sure you can imagine, stuck in an endless loop presently

    Summary

    HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE PROGRAM! DO NOT BUY IT!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesn't work on mbp i7 2001"

    March 27, 2011  |   By talibunny

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    simply N-O-N-E

    Cons

    it used to work on my old machines, also running 10.6.7. but on my two new mbp's core i7 from 2011 insomniaX doesn't work anymore. computers go to sleep as soon as I close the lids.

    Summary

    same with insomniaT (don't even try to install it on the new models - it's a pain in the . . . to remove it and it f... up your system preferences BADLY that you won't be even able to use them anymore!!) and SleepLess. None of them work anymore.
    I wonder if any of these three are still supported by their developers??

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works well"

    February 1, 2011  |   By Sm3llyG

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    I'm running OSX 10.6.6 on a macbook pro, and no issues here! Great app that installs quickly, didn't need a reboot, and works as it says. Its great to have something that stops the mac sleeping when the lids closed.

    Cons

    None yet. It was mentioned in the readme that there is some chance of overheating with it closed. I haven't had this problem yet, and I cant see why it would as it is designed to have the lid closed when running an external monitor off it.

    Summary

    Good app, works as stated. Quick to access too.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "InsomniaX 1.3.5 did NOT work on my MacBook."

    January 31, 2011  |   By AnonymousUserX

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    Not Applicable (N/A).

    Cons

    InsomniaX 1.3.5 did NOT work on my MacBook.

    Summary

    Sorry, but I do NOT recommend InsomniaX 1.3.5 for Mac. The program required a reboot to install, after which the program was no where to be found on my MacBook after searching extensively for anything resembling "Insomnia" in the application file name. I now wonder if it's still somehow installed on my MacBook, without any clear means of Uninstalling it, and also wondering as to what kind of negative effects it may have if so. My MacBook would still appear to go to sleep when I close the lid too...so I'm not seeing any benefit here of any kind, only confusion and frustration.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "1.3.5 Works great on '08 MacBook 2.4 Ghz w/ 10.6.5"

    January 1, 2011  |   By gsavage777

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    It works good.

    Cons

    Gave me an error... something about not being able to use a library. It still works fine despite that.

    Summary

    I use it a lot. Very nice design. Funny/Fuhglie icon.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I can't get it to work"

    October 6, 2010  |   By Edward Crim

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.5

    Pros

    I like the promise

    Cons

    I hate the performance

    Summary

    It's just like the US Congress - they promise, but don't deliver

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good program, Constant Load Error"

    March 18, 2010  |   By blaskoj

    Version: InsomniaX 1.3.2

    Pros

    Works just like explained, great for hooking up to your HDTV and enjoying it for monitor use.

    Cons

    Everytime I install it will work once but as soon as I start the computer up another time, it fails to load and I have to Install it again.

    Summary

    Good Program, Bad Bug

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