Some harsh words indeed here about Dell.
I recently posted a question on this forum - http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=90029.0
- about Dell monitors and ended up buying a U2713H. See the latter topic as to why I chose Dell.
I must say that I am delighted with this device. I used my i1 Pro (old Gretag version can only Calibrate/Profile monitors) setting Native White Point and RGB adjustments and its the best screen I have ever worked on, however my experience has been limited to (many) Mac monitors.
I did get the chance to use another (same model) before I went ahead with the purchase and then had opportunity to see them both side by side when mine arrived.
They appeared to me to be identical once calibrated and profiled.
The Illumination across the screen seems perfect to me and I can't see any sign of any "backlight bleed"
I print, not only my own fine art sales, but for some very demanding photographers and have used this device for two major jobs over the last 2 weeks and found my screen to print workflow to be better than ever.
In fact, I would say that my whole workflow has been enhanced, especially "soft-proofing in LR, Mirage and Image Print.
I might add that experience, understanding one's complete process/editing and equipment, and in depth knowledge of your images is also essential, not simply relying on one piece of equipment as a panacea.