• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded expectations

    • Written by from Sandy

    Bought this for my up and coming Mac Pro which won't be here for another couple months. Works on my late 2013 13" rMBP at 3840x2160x30Hz as advertised, but also shocked that my Mid 2011 27-inch iMac, not advertised as able, is actually driving it at this same full resolution & refresh rate (with AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1024 MB) using the DisplayPort cable that came with the display. Slightly slow and jumpy, but the resolution is full and legit. Text looks better when display installed upside down as the subpixel text rendering expects the pixels to be divided R-G-B and this monitor has it reversed, B-G-R. Until OS X supports B-G-R natively, the included stand allows upside down mounting and then simply rotate it 180 degrees in system preferences.

    130 of 156 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Horgen

    Absolutely the best overpriced item I have ever bought. The colors are brilliant and come as close to my prints on my Epson photo printer as no other display I've used before. It definitively beats any Apple display (including "Retinas"). Mounting and setup was a breeze. This is an absolute must have for anyone willing to spend the extra buck as an early adopter of new technology. I have also found the price Apple sells this item at to be decently competitive.

    121 of 143 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2 X 4K on Haswell/Nvidia rMBP!!!

    • Written by from Redlands

    Just installed TWO Dell UP3214Q on a late 15" 2013 rMBP with discrete Nvidia GeForce 650m. Let's remember the Dell 4K, which has the same IZGO screen.
    DisplayPort 1.2 can be enabled on the Dell OSD.
    On MacOS X Mavericks, the rMBP runs it's screen at full res @ 60Hz, the 2 4K monitors at full res but only @ 30Hz.
    In Windows 8.1 in bootcamp, the rMBP runs it's screen at full res @ 60Hz, the 2 4K monitors at full res @ 30Hz refresh if DisplayPort 1.2 is disabled, but can only run it's screen and ONE of the 4k at full res AND 60Hz with DP1.2 enabled.
    INTERRESTINGLY, if you "SOFT disconnect" the rMBP own screen it will then drive both 4K monitors at full res AND 60 Hz, WOW!!!
    There you have it. The late 2013 runs 2x 4k screens at full res.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing screen, pretty bad build quality. I want to love it. I really do.

    • Written by from Sacramento

    I just received this for use with a mac pro 2013, which has yet to arrive. I'm using it with a macbook pro retina, which works extremely well (and if you're considering using one with this monitor, it's epic good). Being awesome, the monitor actually comes with a thunderbolt adapter cable which fits perfectly, and all I had to do was plug it into one of the thunderbolt ports on my MBPR and it worked perfectly! It worked with no fuss. Good stuff.

    This monitor looks good. It's bezel isn't overly wide (kind of reminds me of a thin version of the old Dell 30" monitors, the 3008WFP beasts). It has a black on black finish with silver plastic highlights on the legs and the top, which looks a little cheap honestly (very 2008 Dell). The picture is bright, and refresh is acceptable for the graphics work (Adobe Suite for video and graphics) for which it is intended (there is a perceptible delay moving it around, but that's what you get with a huge monitor... apparently this thing is running at 60 Hz since 10.9.3, but it's very hard to tell honestly).

    Here's what's wrong with it. The thing has buttons that are hidden on the right side of the screen, which is forgivable. But they completely lack any marking that can be seen from the front (including power), and feel like some cheap Walmart television rather than a multi-thousand dollar monitor. And you better hope that you don't type hard, because the stand is so cheap that just typing on my keyboard causes the monitor to wiggle visibly. You can tell that the attention to detail extends to the firmware, where brightness is labelled "Bright" and adjusting settings has a considerable delay. To boot, the menu feels like a tv in a cheap hotel room, with chunk text and setting defaults that would please nobody but the idiot product manager that approved the design.

    Once you get past all of this ghastly product design and find yourself firing up FCPX to look at footage from a GH4 or other 4k camera, you realize that it is not worth returning the monitor due to it's myriad of stupid product decisions, and that you're going to learn to live with it, because this screen is absolutely stunning, and editing 4k footage on a 4k monitor is beyond pleasant: it's gorgeous. But it also identifies itself as a television in System Information, which is decidedly telling.

    I am currently shopping for 200 mm pitch VESA mounts to eliminate the movement that's giving me a headache, but I love this monitor. It won't be hard to unseat it as a champion however, because it's off like a herd of turtles and needs a firmware update so bad it's like a pogo stick in quicksand.

    Buy it, you'll love it. But be prepared to pay the price of early adoption. In other words, this is a "cautious buy": you should only buy this if you need it. Otherwise, wait for it's successor.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Did not work

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    The monitor did not work out of the box which was very disappointing. Half of the pixels were burned out. I returned it and did not get another one. At that price point there should be some quality control leaving the factory.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for almost two hours, then died.

    • Written by from Alameda

    I need an ultra-high res monitor that can rotate to vertical (portrait) so decided to try this one because Apple sells it for use with my new MacPro. Got it up and running horizontally (landscape) and used it for about two hours over a couple of days. Then decided to try it in portrait orientation as this is how I plan to use it most often. Set the screen on my Mac to 90 degrees then, carefully, smoothly, with no bumps or jarring, turned the monitor 90 degrees. Within five seconds the screen went blank and the green "power" light went out. I could not revive the monitor no mater what I tried (or Sharp tech support suggested). I did not have the monitor in an enclosure, just on top of a desk, so no chance there was overheating from poor airflow. The power cord was also plugged into a high quality surge protector. There is a slight hum when the monitor power switch is on, so I know power is getting to the monitor. I am exchanging it for the same model in the hope it was just a bad unit, but if the next one gives me a problem I will give up on it. I'm down for two weeks due to having to send this one back and wait for a replacement unit to be sent! I also hate that the stand only allows horizontal OR vertical mounting. The stand should be designed to allow users to rotate it 90 degrees as needed — not either/or. Also note that Apple told me I will not be able to use the monitor in its highest resolution until Yosemite is released sometime this Fall (wish I had known that prior to purchasing). Sharp sells a similar monitor with a multi-touch screen so one would think they would be more robust. It is a large monitor so it's a big, bulky package to try and get back in its packaging, tape up, and haul back to a UPS site. All-in-all a big hassle and inconvenience for a one-person business like mine to deal with. I wish Apple manufactured a monitor of equivalent resolution and size. I would have purchased it instead.

    19 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best I have ever used and seen

    • Written by from toronto

    You have to see the images to believe this monitor.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Monitors that I have Owned

    • Written by from STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

    I ordered the new Mac Pro with two of these monitors. When I first turned them on I found that I had more real estate than ever before. These are razor sharp monitors. Yes, they perform wonderfully with my epson printer. Previously the gold standard monitors were my older 30" cinema displays. These new thunderbolt monitors, made by Sharp, are simply far superior. My Macbook Pro (Late 2013) also drives both monitors. Hot-swapping is a breeze. Just unplug one or both monitors. I often do this when I want to steal away them from my Mac Pro and use them with my laptop. Two of these monitors cost almost as much as my Mac Pro but their performance and real estate is well worth the price. These are beautifully crafted displays with stands that allow raising (quite high or very low) as well as tilting. Again... back to the 4K real estate. I have so much room to work now that it makes me hesitate to use any display system that is smaller. Now what will I do with my old Mac Pro and Apple Cinema displays? Thanks Apple. Your equipment is simply the best on the planet!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes and No

    • Written by from ALEXANDRIA

    Like most people writing a review WOW!.... this monitor is stunning. But on the other hand the resolution is so high that the menu icons and text are soooooo small. I've tried to research a way to make the fonts and icons larger, but no luck. If anyone has a trick or answer I would appreciate knowing. I run Mac Maverick system software. When viewing a web page you can increase the size by pressing "command" and then the "+" sign, but when youre not on the web you are constantly squinting to see the small fonts.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from Irving

    The first one I received failed after 2 weeks of use. A permanent vertical blue line on the left side of the screen showed up on all inputs.

    The picture, when working is great. This monitor has a lot of functionality of TV, but is missing a remote.
    I don't know what Sharp was thinking not including a remote for this monitor since it has multiple inputs and a built-in speaker.
    A remote for controlling switching of inputs, volume, menu, and on/off would be extremely helpful, especially if you have this monitor mounted on wall.

    15 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I sent it back

    • Written by from HINGHAM

    Purchased the 4K monitor to go with the yet to ship MacPro. The monitor displays great colors and images, but it looks and feels like a low cost plastic PC monitor. At $3.5K it should look like an apple product and work like an integrated engineered apple computer. I'll wait for the $1K 4K Apple displays.

    133 of 266 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not cheap, but wow is it nice

    • Written by from West Windsor

    Earned a Product of the Year award from CRN

    54 of 121 people found this useful