Just my two cents:
- the white shadow and,
- the not so red red
are both artifacts of the lcd panel technology used.
Basically there are two types of lcds out there:
1. professional ones ( like my 19" Samsung 193P ) that use a special MVA (or smth like that) panel, that has worse response times, so you can see ghosting in games, but it has much better color reproduction (red is red) and almost 180' viewing angles. The downside is that i get sick playing on it, the ghosing, even if minimal makes me feel very uncofortable while playing.
2. "gaming" or "consumer" ones, that are to be found in most laptops, and in gaming lcds. These use a different panel technology (TFT) that gives much better response times, so they are better suited for gaming and movies, but they pose the following problems:
- worse color reproduction
- brightness is not constant all over the screen
- viewing angles are narrower
- the backligh almost always shows a screen glow efect (the white stripes you are seeing on the top and on the bottom of the laptop) that is caused by the panel backlight that is causing irregular brightness levels.
However, Far Cry and movies are a blast on this one! Just be carefull not to go beyond the viewing angle or the colors will inver slowly...
In the case of Mx438G, the M3438G has the "gaming" screen, while M4438G has the more "professional" screen.
So please enjoy your lappy, and stop changing it because all other models will show the same "defects". I also tried several VAIOs and Dells and it's the same thing, the problem is with the technology used. I am very happy with my M3438G, and if i were to buy another lappy, i would still buy this one for sure.
If your are looking for a more "professional" rendering solution, take a look at the M4438G.
It's a pity that LCD technology still hasn't matured, and it's full of problems, like dead pixels, viewing angles, color reproduction, and such; but it's the price we have to pay for having a 1 centimeter thick , quater of a kilo heavy screen to look at
Just take a look at your 20kilogram 19" crt and you'll suddenly feel so much better
And as a general rule of the thumb always test what you buy, so you know you will be happy with it!