Good news: traditionally-illuminated displays are going the way of the dodo. Viewsonic is phasing out all non-LED displays and hopes to only have LED-backlit units by early 2011. It probably wasn’t that hard of a choice to make; LEDs are getting cheaper and cheaper, and their cachet in the market is getting greater and greater.
The next change is local-dimming versus side-lit LED displays, or perhaps even (dare I dream?) OLEDs. Bring on the contrast!