I am a convert in progress. I've owned a PC since forever, but I use Macs at work and have learned Final Cut Studio so I want to stick with it for personal projects. I intend to purchase a MBP hopefully after the next big update and need to be sure of a couple of things. 1) Can a MBP be closed and still run to an external monitor? 2) Can an external keyboard & mouse be used easily? The main thing I'm interested in knowing is how long it would take to make a setup like this work on a day to day basis as a student on the go. Is it something that would take a few minutes everytime to get particular settings switched or would it be fairly close to plug and play? I would love to have a potent laptop that can double as a powerful computer for working at home so that everything I do is run and contained on one system.