So, long story short - I recently purchased two new monitors - one was an Acer 24" and one was an HP 21" - both monitors suffered from backlight bleed, that's just really made them unusable for me. I work in Linux - I have a lot of xterms opened up at any given time and use a black background for those - perhaps that just magnifies the issue. But I'm not currently seeing the issue on this 19" LG monitor that I'm currently using. My old 19" 4:3 monitor died earlier this year. I had previously bought this LG monitor at a yard sale - mainly to keep on hand to easily plug up to another computer when someone brings me their computer to work on. I didn't notice it at the time, but there are a couple of chips in the screen - nothing really too bothersome - and hey, I paid $10 for it - so I'm not complaining. But trying to replace this monitor, I keep coming up with monitors with the horrible backlight bleed issue. Granted, I'm not spending a ton of money for these monitors, less than $100. But I don't really need a high price monitor - I don't play games, I don't really do anything that demanding of a monitor. Am I just unlucky in getting monitors? Or is the backlight bleed issue really that prevalent. The old 19" 4:3 monitor didn't have this issue. This 19" LG doesn't have this issue.