Well, the replacement 2443BW arrived yesterday and, so far, i'm really happy with it. The backlight bleed is much less, there is some in the bottom right corner and you can see a little contrast striping in that corner where the lighting tubes are a little too close to the panel, but you can only notice that on an all black background, much better than previously where there was significan't bleed on > 1/5 of the screen.
Also the viewing angles and general vibrancy is much better, still definitely TN with all the implied flaws of course but perfectly adequate for gaming and movies. I just hope this one holds out longer than the lat one
One thing that bugs me a little though, the power LED is one of those bright blue ones, and in standby it blinks... which at night makes my bedroom look like there is a police car in it. Any way to turn the darn light off?