• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Jumped the Shark

    I bought the new MacBook and bought two of these monitors. They're terrible. Most of the time they don't connect properly when you plu them in .

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost a perfect match for MacBook 12" 2015

    I purchased the LG UltrFine as soon as it was announced based on Apple working with LG to produce a display matched to the performance of the MacBook 12". I boot my MacBook, wait for it to complete, enter my password, close the lid and go to work. I use the Magic Keyboard and Mouse working mostly in Adobe Illustrator in conjunction with the LG Ultrafine 4k display set at about 75% screen brightness setting. I have experienced all the positives listed in this forum.

    Everything functions fine. Most times I Shut Down the MacBook completely. Always restarts fine after a complete shutdown.

    However, when I put the MacBook to sleep and awaken it some time later, the LG display brightness is almost black intermittently. The display brightness slider is almost at the minimum setting. I have to do in to the Preferences and manually move the brightness slider back to the 75% position.

    I have referred this issue to an Apple advanced support person. I received an Image Capture app to capture files and forwarded them to Apple for evaluation when the display was in this dar mode. So far, there has been so solution.

    I just update macOS from 10.12.2 to 10.12.3. Problem still exists. I also reported this issue to LG. They were no help.

    With others experiencing similar issues, I think it is about time that Apple finds a fix.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Display quality is great, software running it needs major work

    The display quality is wonderful, but the software running it has two major bugs that need sorting out. The first bug is unexpected shutoffs. While exiting full-screened apps or videos, sometimes the display goes black and I have to unplug it and plug it back in to get it to turn back on. The second bug is the volume control. The display's speakers jump up to about 40% total volume within the first two volume increments of the Mac's total volume capacity (16 increments). This makes fine-tuning the volume extremely frustrating as it jumps between "Barely Audible," and, "Everyone Within 50 Feet Can Hear," between the first and second volume increments. Turning it up past the 4th increment blows the audio out. As a temporary solution, I've resorted to holding Option and Shift while adjusting the volume to reach increments in-between steps. I hope a software update is pushed to either the display or Mac OS to fix this issue; it's very annoying.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Display

    I spent ages trying to decide in advance if this monitor would be too small. I took the plunge and I am glad i did. The image and text clarity is as good as on the 13 inch MacBook Pro it is attached to. Being older I had worried that the default scaled resolution might make text appear too small but it did not at all. The text is so pin sharp I can work comfortably for extended periods.

    Brightness is just right and colours are rich and sumptuous. YouTube 4K content looks amazing as does HD. For the first time I have been able to edit 4K images shot on the phone.

    Physically the monitor is sturdy with good adjustment. The USBC connectors could fit better perhaps and the limitations of usb2 speeds is well documented. I have limited peripherals to a lightning to usbc cable.

    I have experienced a wake from sleep issue on occasion though. I have not found a pattern to it. For me it's not a deal breaker but a fix would be nice.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless with a Macbook Pro with touchbar

    The failing to wake from sleep issue has made this useless. The entire reasons i bought it was for the convenience of being able to leave my MacBook plugged in and charging via the single cable but every time i open the MacBook I have to unplug and plug the monitor back in, sometimes 5-6 times before it wakes up.

    Lately its also been making my macbook crash and re-start if I leave my computer open instead of closing it and putting it in clamshell mode. When i come back to wake it back it up, itll crash. Does not happen when not plugged into the monitor.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Is Working Fine

    I bought the LG UltraFine 4K Display over a month ago. It has been working great and the sound quality is very good. I use it with a 2015 MacBook and have not had any problems.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    4K and 5K Ultrafine Display Cables are different

    I purchased a 4K ultra fine in December for my 2015 MacBook 12" which I use now at home and ordered a 5K for my office where I use a 2016 15" MBP. I had been testing the MBP with the 4K and after disconnecting simply plugged the cable from 4K to 5K. All worked well.
    Took my 4K home and plugged into the MacBook 12 using what looked to be an identical cable.
    I was getting charge from the screen, however the 4K screen appeared completely dead.
    Swapped the cables over and all good.
    Disappointing however that there was no instruction manual suppled in either package and finding the manuals was like a needle in a haystack.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for primetime

    These displays are gorgeous, but they are so frustrating to use with the new MacBook Pro 15-inch with TouchBar that I wish I had waited until the issues were sorted out before buying them.

    As mentioned in numerous other reviews, one of the two consistently fails to wake up from sleep. The one that does wake up has such poor performance (skipped frames) that it's not usable. You have to unplug and re-plug the displays from the MacBook each time it goes to sleep. If that weren't enough, in the latest macOS beta the brightness of both displays is reset to the lowest level whenever the MacBook goes to sleep. The keyboard brightness button only effects one display, so you have to open Display Preferences in order to restore the right brightness levels. The whole thing is kind of a mess.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful display. Sound control needs improvement.

    Setup: 4k monitor with a late-2016 MBP (non-touchbar).

    Fortunately, in 3 weeks of daily use, I haven't experienced any of the sleep/wake issues others have reported. (I do need to remember to put the laptop to sleep before cutting AC power to the monitor, else it's video chaos upon powerup/wakeup.)

    What most needs improvement is the scale on the audio volume control. At the lower end, there's way too little resolution. Often, the level I'd like is more than one dot and less than two dots, so the sound is almost always a little too soft or a little too loud. At the upper end of the volume control, there's needless resolution, i.e., going up or down one dot makes little perceived difference. Apple, surely you know that hearing is [approx] logarithmic, not linear!

    Another audio issue: At the uppermost volume levels, the sound distorts, i.e., is unusable, so why bother allowing it to go that high? Even at mid-levels, music with bass makes the display's case rattle (intolerable to anyone sensitive to such things). Once this display is on display in the Apple store, I'll find out if the rattle is a sample defect and, if so, ask for an exchange.

    In the big picture, it's the small picture that's so great. I'm not aware of another 4K monitor this pleasingly compact. On my tiny desk, it's a notably more comfortable fit than was the 24" display it replaced.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    Works well with 2015 12 inch Macbook. However, although there are three USB-C ports it can only handle having one external HD; not enough juice to drive two simultaneously. Another small but annoying problem: when put to sleep, it will often wake spontaneously.

    Otherwise it is a solid match for the Macbook.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The perfect match to the 13" Pro w/ TouchBar

    I was hesitant to purchase after reading all of the negative reviews here on Apple's site, but I absolutely love this monitor. I'm using it with my MacBook Pro 13" with TouchBar and it works like a charm. Plug in the laptop using the included USB-C cable (not the thunderbolt charging cable that came with your computer) and it works exactly as advertised.

    The pixel quality is nice, but the convenience is what makes this baby rock! One cable to my computer. That's it.

    I'm using a Belkin USB-C to Ethernet adaptor also so I can have wired internet when at my desk. That plugs right into the back of the monitor and I never have to think about it. Just plug in the single cable from the monitor to my MacBook and it all works.

    The only real time you'd have to be concerned with the USB 2.0 transfer speeds of the extra 3 ports is if you're connecting external hard drives or flash drives to the monitor. (Which I'm not)

    This is a really beautiful monitor at a pretty perfect price. Highly recommend.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic monitor for new MacBook Pros

    With one minor glitch, this monitor has worked flawlessly since it was first connected to my MacBook Pro (late 2016, touch bar). There have been no issues whatsoever in waking from sleep when I touch a key on my Apple Bluetooth keyboard. It has never *not* woken. It's a beautiful, crisp, high resolution monitor.

    The only downside is that the 3 open ports on the backside are only USB-C, not Thunderbolt 3. I had planned to connect the system to our 10 Gb/s network using those ports, but they're only capable of 480 Mb/s.

    The glitch: when I connected it the first time, I went into System Preferences -> Displays -> Scaled -> More Room. After using it a while it seemed not much better resolution than my Apple Display. Sure enough, hovering over "More Room" showed a resolution of 2560x1400, and that was the highest resolution available. I called LG for help, and they didn't understand macOS well enough to provide a solution. Eventually, though a number of different keyword guesses on search engines, I found an Apple page that said to hold down Option while clicking on the Scaled radio button. Then you see all possible monitor resolutions.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleased with the Display

    I do not use this display for intensive graphics, however, I do use it quite a bit for an extended desktop, and for proofing my FCP and Photoshop output. I have had zero negative issues with this display, and am quite pleased by its clarity.

    The speakers sound good, the USB hub that also charges my MacBook is outstanding. If you are someone who uses their MacBook in multiple locations and purchases extra chargers for convenience, you know that the fact that the display charges is a $100 feature (the cost of the new chargers and cable). Although it only charges at 60W, that is plenty to keep my MacBook going.

    I use it with a 15" MacBook Pro with touch bar (2.9 GHz i7), and the Radeon Pro 560.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This monitor does not work with new MacBook Pro 15

    I bought this monitor to go with my new MacBook Pro 15 because it was listed by Apple. The monitor does not come on when the computer does unless the monitor is unplugged and plugged back in. This has to be done every time the computer goes to sleep. From the other comments on this page, there is clearly a problem with this monitor. I will try to return it as defective and find a monitor from another source.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems with screen as discussed from other reviews

    Perfect screen, so clean and 24 hours in I haven't had any problems with the display at all. I bought this screen to try it out expecting to take it back from all the negative reviews. Literally blown away by the quality and thinking of getting a second. I wasn't sure if my entry level new Macbook pro would be able to power so many pixels.

    The quickest machine I've had Ive not even seen the beachball yet!

    Highly Recommend

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Display

    I've been very happy with this monitor, paired with the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The everything-over-one cable features work without a hitch. The display itself is gorgeous. I wasn't expecting the built-in speakers. They're not a reason to buy the display. They can generate a decent amount of volume, but sound kind of muffled.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display! Problems Waking from Sleep.

    I really like the display and the ability to stick all my dongles the behind the display instead of hanging from my new fully loaded MB Pro. Though the display does have a problem waking from what seems a long sleep. Seems to be fine for short sleeps but after an over night sleep, the next morning I have to unplug it from the MB Pro and replug it back in. Called Apple and they pointed the finger at LG. I called LG, LG generated a case on Dec. 15, 2016, nothing but crickets since then.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent monitor

    Excellent display quality. The ability to connect and charge my MacBook Pro through one cable is perhaps the best feature. Connecting to the monitor is hassle-free and the monitor turns off and on along with the Mac. No need to fuss with power buttons and connections like you do with a monitor that only comes with a display port. The speakers are okay and sound better than the laptop speakers but I don't think they add much value. LG should have better quality speakers or don't bother. I also wish the stand raised the monitor another 3-4 centimetres so there would be no overlap when the laptop sits below. Overall very satisfied.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    Use a 4K LG display with MacBook Pro 15 Touch Bar equipped with the more powerful discrete graphics. So far I have had no issues. Plugging and unplugging when walking away from desk with laptop in hand while awake works fine. Single cable both feeds video to display and charges my MacBook. Colors are beautiful and speakers better than expected although as expected no sub for standalones.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you have a new MacBook, get this monitor

    After reading the reviews about connectivity, I decided to give the monitor a try anyway. After a night of using the 4k monitor, I had zero issues with it waking back up. In fact, I decided that the 4k monitor was too small, returned it, and order the 5k version. Have been using it a couple of days now and it's also working as advertised.

    My guess is that the first run of these may have come away with issues, but the one in inventory at Apple now seem to work rather well.

    6 of 7 people found this useful