Okay finally getting off my lazy ass and posting a review.
Took bigclothcraft (BCC) over a week to get the monitor to me, because someone thought they sent me an email asking for more info (address confirmation, customs, etc) but no one actually did.
Anyways. Once the order finally went through, I asked them to ship the monitor with extra bubble wrap on the outside, and hooray they listened.
The entire monitor box was put into some sort of form fitting foam envelope. Kinda cool, it wasnt just typical bubble wrap.
Here is the monitor the day it arrived (October 23rd, 2012):
Came with the typical Welltronics 110-240V adapter. BCC included a euro style cable with a US adapter. I decided to just use a spare cable I had from an old PSU.
Here is how the stock stand is attached. Its fastened by only one screw to the steel (I think its steel) pivot point that allows it to tilt up and down:
A shot of the most noticeable piece of dust stuck behind the glass:
Second most noticeable piece of dust + a scratch on the PLASTIC bezel:
Last noticeable piece:
STREAKS! Streaks freaking behind the glass panel! Impossible (for me) to notice under normal use though:
Final shot, my setup:
So its been over a month now since I've been using the monitor (minus the week of Hurricane Sandy where I lost power).
No major issues have occurred, and it still works very well.
Backlight bleed: minimal
Dead/stuck pixels: none
Dust: 3 very noticeable specks, SEVERAL other smaller specs, but hard to notice normally.
"Test screen" color lines: happened once when computer was waking up. Haven't happened since.
BIOS: DOES show BIOS with my ASUS GTX 560 DC I (non-Ti)
Would I recommend these monitors? Hard to say... I'm pretty paranoid thanks to this thread.
Would I recommend getting a model with glass? NO. Its really convenient and allows me to clean the monitor using straight up Windex and not feel bad. But without the glass, my display panel would basically be flawless.
The tempered glass piece really shows what kind of crappy QC these monitors go through. It looks like someone got lazy and just took a wet paper towel and gave the glass a quick wipe before mounting it. Sigh.