• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Take the Poor Reviews With a Grain of Salt

    • Written by David U from Denver

    This monitor is gorgeous! I have the newer 27MD5KB-B ("business line" model with the three year warranty, not purchased from Apple), and it works flawlessly with my 13" 2018 TB Macbook Pro (Mojave 10.14.1). Connects reliably everytime, and the display resolution, brightness, contrast and quality is as good as the 5k iMac I have at home, with slightly less reflection. Speakers aren't quite as good as those in the Apple TB display this replaced, but they're fine for conference calls and music while working. The camera is very high resolution (1080) and works perfectly too. Keyboard volume and brightness controls work seamlessly on the monitor. Granted the aesthetics of the monitor aren't quite as cool as Apple's products, but it looks better in person than in pictures. It has a nice matte black finish and the bezels don't seem as big as you might think. This monitor may have had a tough start, but it's working great for me!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it

    • Written by Paulo M from El Cerrito

    Six weeks ago, I bought the top of the line 13in-MacBook Pro, a Blackmagic eGPU, and the LG UltraFine 5K Display. Two days ago, the monitor went blank, so I contacted customer service. The call lasted over one hour, and we tried all possible combinations to fix the problem but eventually we gave up. After that I did a careful internet search and I was surprised by the large number of people having similar problems. I hope that I can fix the problem soon by going to the Apple store but I suggest that you avoid this pain.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Took Mine Mac Mini to Another Level

    • Written by Domingo M from South Elgin

    Own a Late 2014 Mac mini using a Asus 2540x1440 display. Hated the picture quality and sound. Forcing to invest on a pair of external speakers, taking desk space.

    During the spring, while visiting the Santa Barbara Apple Store, noticed a LG UltraFine 5K Display being hooked up to a Mac mini and was very surprise. Asked if the Mac mini will be able to drive the LG. The answer was, "We'll see." Man, did it drive it. Even the Apple tech was surprised at the picture quality and sound coming out of this set-up. Right there and then, my thoughts was, "I want one!"

    Well, it took a few months, but I finally have it and it meets all my needs and expectations. Outstanding display.

    The picture and sounds are both outstanding. The speed of moving data onto my external hard devices are just unbelievable. That's using the Thunderbolt 2 that the Mac mini provides. Can't wait for the new 2018 Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 that HOPEFULLY will be coming out next week!

    Honestly, if the new 2018 Mac mini is NOT a giant leap, I may just keep my $$$ and stay with this set-up because how satisfied I am.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by Neil P from Covina

    Bought it in August of 2017. 14 months later it starts sprouting vertical always on lines. comes with a 12 months warranty so the solution is nothing but replace.

    Never had a monitor that went out so quickly or came with such little support. Never again

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DEFECTIVE PRODUCT w/no help from LG to fix it for good

    • Written by Susan F from Thousand Oaks

    I have had nearly all the problems everyone has reported from long time to connect to my MacBook Pro and the screen going black, to the monitor working 50% of the time And, during the time it is working, I hold my breath that the amount of time it flickers is less than the time I need to jam on work. The unit never worked without issue since the get go, and finally 2 days after the year 1-year warranty expired, the combination of a bad cable and a damaged C plug forced me to send it in to LG service. It took several weeks to get back. Fortunately, I could afford to buy another 5K monitor while waiting for the other one to come back. LG replaced the port/plug, but then the replacement cable they sent me went from working to working intermittently to dead over a period of 9 months. I am probably worse off now, as the stiffness and weight of the cable has once again damaged the C port on the monitor; and possibly on my MacBook Pro. Tomorrow, I plan to buy yet another monitor replacement and have an appointment with the Genius Bar to determine whether or not there's port damage on my MacBook Pro. I would not recommend this product, but realize that it is better for my eyes given my heavy use and project demands.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not conpatible with Mac Pro!

    • Written by David B from Fairfax

    The old and much nicer Cinema Display works better with Pro systems and look much better doing it. This display can't even run at 4K yet alone 3K resolution with Apples best computer. I wish Apple would update the specs to mention this display does not work correctly with Apple desktop computers.

    UPDATE! Does not work with 2018 Mac Mini either

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Interferes with Internet Connection

    • Written by Rod W from Teignmouth

    I would love to say I love my LG monitor - the picture quality is amazing!

    However, mine appears to have a major flaw and I'm not sure if others are experiencing the same thing. Since installing my monitor next to my MacBook Pro I've been having increasing internet connection problems with my internet freezing. I've been blaming BT and my ISP. I upgraded my router and even tried changing channels on my router and multiple other 'fixes'. Nothing worked and the problems grew progressively worse until it's reached a point where I couldn't work! But here's the weird thing - I realised that the connection problems were isolated to my home office. So I started investigating further. And here's the really weird thing - if I turn off the LG monitor, my internet connection problems are instantly resolved. Nothing else impacts performance - but the second I turn my monitor on, internet crashes. Online support were of no help and just said I'd need to take my MacBook Pro and screen a Genius Bar. It'll be interesting to see what happens...

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    • Written by JIE Y from Champaign

    No big difference from those 200-bucks-monitor

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, but...

    • Written by Alan H from Auckland

    The display is gorgeous and the functionality is perfect. The fact that a single cable powers your MacBook as well as handling display data is great. You can control brightness for both the LG and the MacBook from your keyboard.

    However. The plastic casing that some complained about has proven to be a problem for me. The plastic started to crack and crumble on the bottom right corner after 6 months, and the other corner joined the fray a month or so later. At this eye-watering price level we should expect better hardware.

    Kudos to Apple though, I called them this morning and they agreed to a refund with zero hassle.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best display I have ever used

    • Written by Philip R from Bethesda

    So many bad reviews I thought I would share. Bought this to work with my 2018 15" MBP. I am mostly running MATLAB for data analysis and software development, and Office365 for scientific papers and presentations. So far works nearly flawlessly. Occasionally a flash when the signal to the monitor seems to be momentarily interrupted - an off/on. I attribute this to software processing on the MBP and/or the Blackmagic eGPU. Absolutely the best image quality I have ever had. Expensive, yes, but I am much more productive using this ONE monitor alone than I am with 15" Retina display or 2016 iMac + Dell 4K. I actually see things in graphs and images I never saw before. For me at least worth the cost because of increased productivity.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible

    • Written by Jon J from San Juan Capistrano

    Picked it up from the Apple Store today. I have the latest 15" MBP, the maxed-out version with i9 and 32gb ram. Pulled it out of the box, plugged it in...my computer was sleeping and it immediately snapped on and has worked absolutely flawlessly in every way ever since. Beautiful picture and extremely simple to use for its primary function, which is what I expect from any Apple product so I'm glad this monitor from LG delivers there.

    I'm a software developer by trade and I just had a very productive 8 hour work session on this monitor. I did not experience any drop-outs, interference (I have some high-end audio gear right near the monitor and no issues so far), or light/dark problems like others mentioned (reading documentation on a light background and swiping over to my IDE with a dark background, it works as expected).

    I've gone through so many different monitors--the Apple Thunderbolt monitor, a pair of Dell 4K 24" monitors, and a BenQ 32" design monitor. I already love this one more than any of those because it's the perfect size and resolution and fits in really well as an addition to the 2018 MBP.

    I'm guessing LG worked out whatever issues the other people here were dealing with, or maybe it wasn't the monitor...

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Generally good, but bad burn-in/'memory' effect on bright screens

    • Written by MICHAEL R from Raleigh

    I've got two of these displays hooked up to my MacBook Pro and have liked them a lot until recently. I've begun to notice that if you have the brightness cranked up (I keep mine at max) and use a white window, you will get a burn-in/memory effect that can last minutes if you quickly switch to a dark display. I use multiple desktops (different VMs) that I will swap back and forth between, to keep them separate, I have different backgrounds (some very dark) and I will see a residual effect from bright windows LONG after swapping desktops. It's become HIGHLY annoying.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MINE IS GREAT

    • Written by Miv F from Ottawa

    Too many bad reviews. Bought mine end of Jan 2018 for my 2017 MBP with touch bar. LOVE THIS DISPLAY. I have not experienced any of the issues I see in bad reviews. I use mine heavily as a professional photographer. Great crisp colour. All good!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by Lauren V from Southern Shores

    Bought July 30th, and didn't use it for the first two weeks. Now that I have been using it for the last two weeks, it has blanked out on me 5 times. It's getting more and more frequent. There is no power button on this so you can't power it on and off, the only choice is to pull out the plug and hope that causes it to flicker back on. I thought it was only when the computer went to sleep, but now it just happens while working. Apple top tech suggest shutting down the computer to get it to work every night, LG tech suggests change the power outlet it was plugged into. Forget it. Don't buy this monitor. This or the B version. Junk. LG tech support is a joke. Run away Run away. Mine is going back today.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    nice display, Apple stands are better

    • Written by Stephen P from Glendale

    pros

    Works fine for me. Connected to touchbar Macbook Pro. Great to have the high resolution (I have 5K) screen.

    Vertical position adjustment (a feature which is not important to me, but am including for completeness).


    cons

    Wobbles. Whenever I bump my desk, the display wobbles and takes about 6 seconds to damp out and stop. Very annoying. Never had this problem with Apple displays (same desk).

    Horizontal tilt alignment. Yes, you can adjust, but a solid stand would solve the problem with zero user participation. Again, Apple stands are better on this.

    Edge to edge glass Apple display cleaner.

    Heavy. Hard to move from side to side to point screen sideways to adjust pointing or show displayed content to others. Easy to do with Apple displays.


    summary

    I held off getting this, waiting for an Apple design alternative, but finally gave up, suspecting Apple/LG arrangements limited customers to this LG version.

    Nice screen display, but wish Apple had continued the Apple display tradition for its superior mount.

    Display wobble continues to be annoying.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only worked for 1.5 years.

    • Written by Kyle V from North Saanich

    I am remiss to write this review as I love Apple and have purchased a lot over the years - First gen MacBook Air, top of the line second gen MacBook Air, Thunderbolt Display, multiple iPads and iPhones. I have had nothing but great experiences and promote Apple heavily to my community.

    This monitor is my only exception to perhaps a decade of otherwise great experiences.

    When my most recent MacBook Air finally started to slow down (after 6 years of heavy use!) I decided to upgrade to the latest MacBook Pro (late 2016, fully loaded) and 2 LG 5k Ultrafine monitors (for work and home) shortly after they were released.

    The monitors, when they work, are great - Resolution and colour are simply amazing, and the USB-C connection is so easy you have a hard time realizing what it was like before USB-C simplicity.

    All that being said - A faulty part failed on my home monitor recently (it is also the least used of the two monitors). The monitor no longer worked and the cost of repair was ~$600. After hours on the phone I learned that LG was unwilling to cover this manufacturers defect as it was outside the 1 year period (they also gave me conflicting servicing advice, of which one solution involved me shipping the product at my expense to Ontario, a multi-hour flight from my home). While I respect the policy, given this was clearly a defect I was disappointed.

    Ultimately I would expect more than a 1.5 year useful lifespan before requiring a fix to a high-end monitor like like this one (my Thunderbolt Display never had an issue and still works after 6+ years!).

    I wanted to share this feedback so someone at Apple was aware. Given your commitment to quality, I assumed you would like to know (I had difficulty finding a less public venue to provide detailed feedback of this nature).

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So disappointed. Green screen let down by so many design flaws.

    • Written by Carl B from Derby

    The stand is not sturdy, the slightest amount of pressure on your desk (e.g typing) and it wobbles like crazy. It's even worse if you raise the height of the monitor even a little bit.

    The panel itself looks magnificent (which is why it gets 2 stars instead of 1) but suffers from very bad backlight bleed and image retention. Not something I expect from a £1100 monitor.

    I love the idea of a one cable solution, and with this being the only 5k monitor that works reliably, i'll continue to use it. Apple really dropped the ball presenting this their preferred display for the Macbook pro.

    I'd avoid this and look at a considerably cheaper 4k monitor (which scales rather well to the native resolution the Ultrafine 5k displays)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best

    • Written by Sebastian S from Jacksonville

    I am not sure why all the negative reviews, I can only attribute it to user error or other hardware issues not related to the monitor. I have it hooked up to my Mac Pro. It's amazing compared to the Apple branded monitor. The picture is so unreal. I hooked it up to my MacBook Pro, no issues there neither. I am running the latest version of MacOS. If you want a the best monitor on the market, don't hesitate in buying this monitor. Don't pay no attention to the negative reviews. You have to tweak the monitor, you have to set it as your primary screen, etc..it's not a monitor issues, it's a user issue. So rest assured, this monitor is the tops of the tops.....but do yourself a favor, buy it open box somewhere and save a few hundred....great monitor. In fact, I am searching for my 2nd one currently....

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by Richard P from Universal City

    Paired with a 2018 MacBook Pro . . . perfect out of the box, superior visual quality and still is.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    • Written by Benjamin H from Brooklyn

    I replaced a 21:9 LG display that used Thunderbolt 2 with this, and I couldn't be happier. Great interoperability with the MacBook Pro (much better than previous), and the image quality and brightness are really fantastic. No regrets

    4 of 4 people found this useful