So I purchased a MacBook Pro in August with the intention of primarily docking at home, with the added convenience of going mobile a couple of times a week (plus travel), all without needing to synchronize files. Ten months later I have yet to realize a docking setup for 4-5 days out of the week. An HP monitor rendered blurry text, the ATD screen never woke when my computer did, and now the Dell U2713HM has gone into a sleep/wake/sleep/wake death loop whenever I open or close the MBP, rather than cooperate with clamshell mode. This evening I bumped my computer and/or pressed the wrong key, and suddenly both monitor and computer were sleeping and then awake, but linked in display-sharing mode, rather than clamshell mode. I can't get them back to the latter. My question, then, has two parts. First, is this clamshell flakiness typical, particularly with a third-party monitor (not that an ATD was any better, in my case)? Second, and more broadly, is this nonsense really worth it? I don't know that I've saved money by investing in a high-end monitor plus MBP, rather than going for an iMac/MBA combo. EDIT: lolz, MBP had come unplugged, hence the clamshell flakiness. But I'd still be interested to hear your thoughts in regard to my second question.