I will be using it mainly for homework and web browsing and some gaming. I won't need to do any editing or anything, so the color reproduction doesn't seem like it will be too important. I can stretch my budget to about $150 if it will make a big difference.
I am hoping for a 23" or 24" monitor. Should be 1920x1080 and 5ms or better. I don't think the brightness will be too important. I also don't need 3D or TV receivers or touchscreen or anything. Speakers would be a plus but not vital. I was wondering how important the contrast ratio is and which of the ratios I should look at.
Mine wasn't used or refurbished. I'd also advise against making purchases when you have to have them now. Do your research, find a good deal on a good monitor- be patient. Whenever I make purchases like you want to I end up regretting it 100% of the time.