The color banding issue is minor. It doesn't affect intel graphics and you don't notice it during gameplay. The only thing that bothers me is that it does affect 3D modeling, but I don't make textures in Maya or Mudbox, so it's not really a problem. The actual reliability issues are much more pressing. I'd rather have no problems with restarting or shutting down, no problems with a startup caps lock blink and no hard drive issues. The component quality is fine. They nailed that, in my opinion. What they skimped on really was the education and skill of the assembly of the device. These things are made by very low skill workers if we are having the reliability issues we are having. The hard drive issues I can fix. The startup/restart/blink code issues are HP's problem. I'm going to hold out until after the rush for the HP slate to send mine in for service, or I'm going to have it sent to somewhere in the states to get repaired. No way I'm letting an overworked Chinese guy near my baby. Definitely not a computer for someone with low patience. Great computer for someone who can do IT.