Originally Posted by L36
You can get a monitor with a really good quality panel. Dell Ultrasharp monitors from personal experience have really good panels but they come at a steep price for a monitor.
Unfortunately that hasn't been my experience. Premium monitors like Dell's Ultrasharp line are still rife with QC issues (not to mention the numerous buggy hardware and firmware revisions you have to wait through before you can get one without some or other known issue - I've yet to see a model start and end at Rev. A00).
The biggest benefit in purchasing premium monitors from the likes of Dell is the painless return policy. My last Ultrasharp monitor return was a virtually effortless, no-questions-asked, return-shipping-paid, collected-from-my-doorstep affair, while trying to return an Asus monitor involved a lot more time, money and effort coordinating with a retailer who "couldn't see" the blatantly obvious defects on the screen.
Perhaps one can improve one's odds marginally by purchasing "premium" monitors, but it's still a QC lottery.
Originally Posted by boed
I've had mostly Dell monitors for the last decade but I don't think the quality is as good as it used to be. My 3007wfp monitors are still chugging along but my u3011 had to be tossed. It was essentially unrepairable. Lots of other people with the same issue with the u3011. The new 32" (last years model) has a lot of bad reviews about quality control.
There's been a QC slump since the U2711/3011 days, that's for sure.