It’s been a long time coming, but I finally purchased a unicorn monitor: 4K, 144Hz, 32".
After reading a few positive reviews, I picked just about the first model that came on the market in Australia, the Gigabyte Aorus FI32U. Luckily enough it was also more affordable that expected, coming in at AU$1500ish, which is less than I expected (and less than the ~$2k price for models released not long afterwards).
It’s still expensive, obviously, but given it’s something thing I stare at for hours on end, and it will be for years, it seems a fair price to pay.
As usual as soon as I got it I forgot all about the specs, endless research, flaws, etc, and just started using it. I’ve had it a few months now and it’s lovely - having crisp text is very rewarding, reminding me of the beauty of retina Macbook screens.
There are some caveats - mainly my GPU being underpowered (it’s a GTX1070) so it can’t run 144Hz without some dodgy colour banding (120Hz is fine) - but I’m very happy with it. Next is a GPU to power it when gaming, but as everyone knows they are absurdly expensive and not getting cheaper anytime soon.