Summary: The bad: it's dead and I bought in SEP 2006. I should have been able to get at least five years out of it. (See below for complete autopsy report.) The good: while it worked well, it, er, worked well. The colors were sharp, the blacks nice and solid. I play a lot of very hardware intensive games (i.e. Half-Life 2, Quake IV, Bioshock, Halo, Halo 2, etc). My rig has dual ATI X1950XTX Crossfire video cards, each with half a gig of VRAM when "Crosslinked".
Major problems with trying to watch any type of movie-video
29 March 2007
Summary: Viewing the internet this monitor was great. When I tried to play a movie, DVD DISC, MPEG, AVI, ANYTHING. The picture was terrible. Very bad pixilation. I was told it might be the video card. I bought a new card XFX geforce 7600 gs, for another $150.00. Same quality on films. I tried latest driver from XFX, from nvidia, etc. Changed screen resolutions, everything you could think of, I tried. The picture for viewing movies was terrible.
Summary: The picture quality seemed nice at first and I was initially pleased ... but the backlighting that others have mentioned was horrible. Even if you run applications that never have black displayed at the top or bottom inch or simply want a larger inexpensive monitor, this really will not suffice. I returned this monitor and purchased the 24" Dell, and I noticed a huge difference in build/picture quality immediately.