The office has a few too many Dells and no defectives so far. I don't care for the barely acceptable display quality but for the price it's par for the course.
All the makers have limited warranties and it's quite the exception to see any repair for free out of warranty, Apple included.
I fear you'll be back here lambasting another maker soon.
Curious as to whether others have had issues with defective LCD panels... My family has owned five Dells, purchased over the past six or so years, and have in general not had too many issues (one, an Inspiron 1520, was not great, but replacement of the hard drive and CD/DVD drive under warranty helped).
Lately though, the past couple have been really lousy quality, and seem to become very old very fast. The most recent was an Inspiron 14R, bought for my son, which has had the LCD panel completely fail without any incident. Of course this happened two months after the warranty expired, and of course Dell will not address it without me laying out $$$$. So I am having a local tech fix it. But I was curious to see if others have had issues with faulty LCD panels in recent Dells.
I think I'm changing teams and going Mac next time...