I have not had any noticeable ghosting or input lag, no worse than my 1440p I came from anyways... It is a fully machined aluminum stand with a fine hairline texture to it, I love it.... The panel back is two toned as the photo shows above... Gloss at the top and a interesting matte crackle finish. The front bezel appears to be aluminum in the same matching hairline finish as the stand, although it may actually be plastic, hard to tell so far. It is an attractive monitor for sure.... The backlight bleeding is really my only negative, even at the lowered brightness of 24 it is still moderately visible on the bottom right, I could go lower still, and maybe turning the contrast down will help further.