I guess it's the anal-retentiveness of me but my 24" screen is bothering me. There isn't really a brightness gradient, but I do have the color shift issue (bluer hue on left, warmer/yellow hue on right) and some minor backlight issues (on the top left and bottom left). Now, I have a dirt-cheap 19" LCD that is miles better than this screen in my opinion and is absolutely perfect. It is also matte. I also have lots of external storage. Since I'm getting fed up with how the 24" screens are, and it seems like exchanging it for another one will bring me another faulty screen, I was thinking about saving the $1000 and buying a maxed out mini. Your thoughts? I don't think I'd miss the gaming (I only had one game) and I can always purchase a wireless-N card for it (until I hardwire it). Thanks!