Keep in mind that the LG IPS226V is very entry level IPS panel. The 23inch version (LG IPS231P-BN) would be a better choice, if you can afford it. Of course, more you pay, the better the monitor (general rule of thumb), but yea. Remember something, some people are used to over saturated crappy LCD monitors, so when they switch to something descent, with better colors reproduction, they think that monitor doesn't have vivid colors, but it is infact that they are used to the wrong stuff. Also, if they view their own pictures, if they use a crappy digital camera... well that affects as well, on your pictures looks. If your use those crappy digital camera with a plastic lens, and crappy sensor, where picture colors are flat and mundane.. mixed with a monitor that set it's setting to over saturated levels, then yea, they'll appear better. That is why I tend to skip over user-reviews, and go directly to in-depth review. Example: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/lg_ips231p.htm It covers everything and have a look at the back light uniformity (never expect something close to perfection, unless you are willing to spend over 1000-1500$ US/Canadian for a 23/24inch monitor, of course, more your pay, the less price cutting measures are done, and better it is.), they also measure the out of the box colors calibration, monitor responsiveness (because gray-to-gray (G-to-G) measurements is not standardized. As manufacture picks 2 gray colors... and it could be the same (so 1 or 2ms in such case), and not tell you the truth. What we want in reality is a black to white measurement. But these figures are always high (that's the idea), and people think the monitor is bad as they don't understand the difference between picking 2 select gray to gray colors and check the speed of the switch, and selected pure black and pure white. To read more and understand a bi t more on LCD technologies, have a look at this post: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showpost.php?p=2776290&postcount=13 Color aside for a moment, what I like about the LG IPS231P, is that the monitor is non-glossy.. like not only the panel itself, but the entire screen. That makes it much harder to see dust, and finger prints. In addition, it doesn't reflect light or your window. So you get to focus more on your game or work. It also has a fully adjustable stand, so it will help in getting a nice setup, and avoid putting books or paper under the monitor to increase it's height, which takes room, and ugly... or live with it. In term of performance, it is big faster and better back light uniformity over the 22inch version as well. Of course, it costs more. But if you can afford (or wait until you have a higher budget), then it's definitely worthy investment. A lot of people here on this forum, gamers and alike, have the LG IPS231P, and they enjoy it. Of course remember something. IPS panels aren't for everyone. If you are a hardcore FPS player, than it might be of a concern due to input lag and slower response time over a TN. Now it doesn't say that you can't play FPS game well. you can.. I do, and everyone with IPS panels do here. No problem. But we play for the fun side, and not for the competition side of thing, so we don't notice anything. But I still like to mention it, because specs wise it is slower. So I don't want anyone to venture into a purcahse a more expensive monitor, and end up with complication in returning it, and worst, pay restock fees, because the monitor isn't fitting their needs properly. So recap, if you are not an FPS hard core player, and play all genre of games, and/or seek for better image quality and/or sharper image and/or wide view angle and/or significantly less back light bleeding, and not affecting colors, than going with an IPS panel is a good choice.