Ok, immediate observations.
1. It's not the sharpest of the sharpest images up close. But at any non-stupid viewing distance, it's fine. I do think the culprit is the diffusion of the half-mat glass. Further, I've only used the FIOS 1080i (and uber compressed) to test this, which is far from ideal, but I since I watch FIOS tv, it's a pretty important test.
2. IMPORTANT: It's common for an LCD to cast surface reflections that slightly sort of "wobble" as you move around. It's not a uniform surface, particularly for the non-glass ones. On mine it's fairly pronounced toward the edges, but so far has no impact whatsoever on the picture; I'll know more when I run the calibration grids. But I need to know if anyone else has seen this.
3. Yes the "power saver mode" absolutely has to be turned off unless you live 50 feet underground in "total-cave-darkness".
4. The out-of-the-box "normal" setting has an overly dominating red. Some Caucasian skin tones are good. Others will have makeup that looks like Mimi on the Drew Carey show.
Java developers, when I saw what has been placed into Java 8 I was immediately reminded of how I've spent so much of my life trying to protect engineers from themselves. Lambda expressions are a horrible idea. Gentlemen: the goal isn't to make code readable for a competent mid-level engineer. The goal is to make code readable for a competent mid-level engineer exhausted and hopped up on caffeine at 3 am. What a disaster Java 8 is!