Thanks, after realizing others have similar issues I am content with just keeping my screen rather than swap out for another one and waste my time/energy/shipping etc. I have been able to alleviate the smearing by changing my picture settings around. I find that a difference in the brightness setting, at least in game mode, from a 45 to about 55 improves the smearing quite a bit. Basically this turns the blacks into more of a very dark gray. I know its not a true fix but its a work around I can live with. The PQ is very good on this screen and I have a suspicious feeling that if its not this problem it will be another with another manufacturer. I also feel that because the room I use this in is dark I like to keep the screen darker, so those that have brighter rooms probably have the brightness up already which is why they don't see the smearing as much.