Ah, my mistake Both the NEC and the Dell have no issues resolving dark or light shades. This photo was taken where the Dell was at default brightness of 75 which is far too high at nearly 250 cdm/2. I've been able to match them both at 150 cdm/2 and the differences are small and subtle. That's mostly a function of the game and video card. If the game is usually at 60 fps or below, then tearing is minimal, but if it's above in certain areas you get tearing when frames are getting spit out too fast. I tried out Crysis 2 and the tearing was there in certain cut scenes but minimal on the game with my GTX 480. I'm hoping to see how high a refresh rate I can get on DVI and Display Port this weekend. For Display Port I'm gonna have to swap in my 5870 and load up Power Strip. The 2209WA was a very similar monitor, and able to see 75 hz at 1680x1050, so hopefully this screen will be able to do 72 or 75 hz over DisplayPort. This monitor has a better panel in terms of uniformity/homogeneity and lower anti-glare coating, IMHO.