Don't take home a 'bad message' from the review about 2D image quality without looking at what they actually test. To summarise their negatives:
- Some black uniformity issues. Varies between units and still 'above average' in their tests.
- White uniformity issues, again varies between units. Sometimes review samples go through rough treatment (they are transported a lot) which may cause the sort of patching they talked about.
- Viewing angles. This is a TN panel, no surprises there.
- Matte surface eating away at clarity. Shouldn't come as a surprise if you've done your research.
There is no real exploration of colour performance, nor any quantifiable data such as contrast ratios. It does mention that they recorded a gamma of 2.18 in the sRGB mode which is a good start (although they incorrectly called it 'gamut' which doesn't make sense).
I'll have a proper review on my website when ASUS finally get their act together over here in the UK.