First of all, i have to say that everything about IDEs is IMO a question of personal preferences. There is no absolute answer.
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I use vim with auto indent and no syntax highlighting. This is, because first of all vim is immensely powerful. Also i like the fact, that my hands don't have to leave the keyboard for using the mouse ... ever. Also i think using a terminal window with 80x24 chars is motivating to write compact and elegant code. This also makes me think more about the code i write, which IMO results in better quality code.
What most IDEs do i just do in multiple terminal windows. I.e. keeping track of log or error files using tail, starting a debugger and so on. Many functions build in IDEs are there to replace common CLI tools anyway.
I'll admit that i have not spend that much time looking at and working with IDEs, so maybe I've just not seen the light yet...