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First rule of buying equipment online; don’t buy gear from companies that don’t allow you to return the gear within a 30-day period. Next time make your pro purchases from joints like B&H Photo-Video, Adorama, ProMax or the like. Second rule; don’t buy on impulse, particularly when you’re spending a ton of money. Don’t feel bad though, I’ve still managed to buy gear that turned out to be unsuitable in spite of my research. But, because I buy from outfits like those I mentioned I’m only out of the shipping fees.
If nothing else, like I said it should be a very good monitor to view your graphics and photos. It will work as a good presentation monitor when you’ve got a client coming in to view changes and what not. It may work out for you after all. Now as for an LCD TV as an inexpensive monitor, yeah if you still want to spend some money under $500 take a look at the Sony Bravia line of LCD’s. They have 22″ and 24″ models that do 720p or 1080p (whichever format you’re using most) for $600 and under. You can also check out LG, Panasonic and you can look at Toshiba’s refurbed models that range from 22″ to 32″ sizes for 500$ and below.
Don’t laugh, but if you’re in the US or Canada check out Walmart and Best Buy online to see what they have in the pipeline and then go to a store to see the model in action. Stuff you should be looking for;
Overall clarity of picture
Good overall color balance
Good gradation of colors, blacks and white
Smoothness of the motion of moving subjects (refresh rate of 60Hz is standard but some TV’s look better than others. 120Hz is much better but more costly.)
Does the TV have a stand or will it need to be mounted?
As for your not being able to fit a 32″ on your desktop, you’re going to want to mount it, get a stand or do like I did and build a shelf over my editing array to hold it. However, whether you find something promising that is smaller or larger don’t forget to go and eyeball it and ask questions about connections, read the reviews people who bought one post and so on before you make up your mind.