Wow so after reading some of the experiences with QC issues and going through a couple different monitors myself just to avoid this one because of that... I think I won the panel lottery on this monitor.
I went through a Samsung C24FG70 (great colors and gaming performance, finally got one without the purple trailing issue but the text sharpness, weird curve, and resolution was a deal killer for me coming from a Dell U2715H)
Went for the Viewsonic XG2703-GS because I heard they have better QC than this monitor. Mine had some BLB that showed in movies with black bars and the signal would just not stop dropping even after replacing with a ACCELL DP cable).. so back it went to Microcenter this morning.
I almost almost pulled the trigger on the Nixeus EDG 27 going for $399 + ship/tax at MASSDROP right now but my Microcenter had one MG279Q left. I had little hope it would be a good one but I talked to the sales guy and he said this is the last one and that it should be the latest manufacture date. I purchased it for $529.99 plus tax and took her home.
Zero BLB, zero dead pixels. Picture quality looks identical to the Viewsonic XG2703-GS and I am still shocked I don't need to return this after so many things I have read regarding this monitor/panel in general. Now I just hope this thing holds up and nothing goes wrong with it because I would HATE to get a replacement one =(