So, 2 weeks into ownership I'm loving my 24" iMac 2.4. The thing is sweet and a nice upgrade from my G5 2.1ghz 20" Only thing is the gradient issue. I have read and read about this and when I look at my screen, yup, it's ever so slightly darker on the right than the left. I'm not sure, so I run a variety of apps. Over the next two days, I noticed it more and more and thought about lugging it over to the Apple store for replacement. The screen is otherwise perfect, no dead pixels, nothing. Just beautiful colors that pop - my photos never looked so good. But... there's this gradient thing. And I can't get over it. It's there. I know it's there. I've read about it and the whole internet sees it. And again, my screen is darker on the right than it is on the left. So, I get my wife and say to her, "anything you notice about the screen? any imperfections?". She looks at me like I'm crazy and tells me other than a fingerprint smudge on the right, it's the most beautiful computer we've ever owned. I relax. But then there's this gradient thing. It must be true, there are posts everywhere. I go to the Apple forums. Again, my screen looks darker on the right than it is on the left. Aaagh! So I get two friends and two family members. They don't know about the gradient issue. I offer them a bottle of wine for anyone that can see a fault with my display. They like a drink or two, so this is a real incentive. One of them points to the same fingerprint smudge (I hadn't cleaned it yet). The others tell me it's the most beautiful computer they have ever seen. I relax and continue enjoying my computer. I take some more photos. My pictures still "pop" with a depth I didn't get on my G5. If I search and inspect, the gradient issue is there, but if I hadn't read about it, I doubt I'd have ever seen it. Bottom Line Your mileage may vary, but if you suspect a display issue, ask a friend who hasn't heard about it to inspect it. Don't bias them by telling them what to look for. If they see something, then you have a problem. If they don't notice, then the chances are that it's not a problem worth worrying about. That is, unless you're a graphics pro and your living depends on it. But if you're a graphics pro then a computer with a built-in display shouldn't even be on your shopping list.