I doubt I'll be able to cram a 1440p monitor on my desk anyway
I can't use a glossy display at my desk because of reflections from the window. I've noticed that anti-reflective screen protectors wreck havoc on the display quality of screens with a PenTile matrix, as I've noticed with my Galaxy S.
27" 1440p ones are. The only two others available at the time were the $800 Dell or the $1200 Thunderbolt Display. Mine was $350 and didn't have the bad antiglare coating of the Dell or the Super-glossy finish of the Apple. It was a no-brainer.
1080p monitors are a different story. Cheap and easy to find.
*just notices that he got a bit too excited and posted several VMs in a row*
Hmm... The monitor was set up with dynamic contrast enabled out of the box, named "SmartContrast". For some reason I never noticed the backlight intensity changes, unlike the Samsung display I had with my now-dead desktop. Guess given time, even that becomes good and worthy of being left on.
*plugs in stereo speakers to the monitor's audio out*
For a moment, when I pulled a black-to-white gradient on Paint.NET, I saw lots of steps.
Zooming in reveals that the display is showing the difference between, well, pretty much every step, and that the display is displaying it as-is without dithering. All the ugly truths uncovered by a better monitor. This got verified when I went to monitor test sites. (Paint.NET is not capable of dithering gradients, unlike GIMP or Photoshop)
Pretty much the only fault I have with the monitor is nitpicky - calibration is loaded using a separate program at boot, so the display uses the accurate colour profile after the computer boots completely, unlike how Windows "fixes" my MacBook Air's screen as soon as I log in.