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Places like Richer Sounds will provide dot pitch and the like. If you're happy with 0.28 pitch then perhaps you'll be fine. For me, it's just nit good enough. The same resolution over a larger panel tends to result in worsening figures from experience. I also find LCD to be far more suitable than plasma for monitor use.
First, ignore the advertised contrast figures. The Advertising Standards Agency has been sleeping on the job again and as a result they've been blown out of all proportion and are completely useless.
I'm not up on TV contrasts but most monitors have tested contrast around 1000:1 with some of the new VA panels achieving closer to 3000:1.
Brightness depends on where you're using it and what you're using it for, Unless it's going to get lots of use in very bright summer sunlight or a dark room then maximum and minimum brightnesses aren't going to be much of a concern.
At around £400 you're looking at a 1920x1200/1920x1080 23-24" good quality monitor, you're not going to get one of the bigger, higher resolution ones at that price. If you're considering a 40" TV then will a 24" monitor be close enough to read (assuming you need to read text on it) and most computer things are sized in pixels?
I use paintshop pro x2 to digitally clean old 35mm photos and negatives, the 21 inch CRT is ok for this, but its back is taking up to much room so I want some thing slimmer like a flat screen tv and around 37 inches.
At around £400 you're looking at a 1920x1200/1920x1080 23-24" good quality monitor, you're not going to get one of the bigger, higher resolution ones at that price. If you're considering a 40" TV then will a 24" monitor be close enough to read
As I said, ignore the marketing figures. They're outright lies and I guarantee you won't find any tests of those monitors with actual contrast measured at anything near those values.
Contrast ratio is essentially the darkness of the blacks that can be displayed, this is directly dependant on how much light the LCD matrix can block and can't be improved by profiling/calibration.
Generally the checklist for a photo editing monitor is a VA or IPS type LCD panel (the cheaper TN type has trouble displaying consistent colours on the parts of the screen not directly in front of your eyes) that can be calibrated to a good standard so that all the shades are correct and distinct.
What sort of colour space are you wanting to work in?