• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor

    Overall, it is a great monitor. The only downside I have is that the USB-C ports on the back of the monitor are USB 2.0 speeds. I didn't realize it when I bought it. Not enough of a downside for me to return it though. The screen really is beautiful.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display but issues with plugging into a 2016 MBP

    First, the screen on the monitor is top notch. But after that there are serious issues.

    -If the 2016 MBP is in sleep mode and I plug in the monitor the computer will not wake up, freeze and require a restart.

    -If I am using the monitor and put the computer to sleep while not using it I unplug the external monitor as I don't want to charge my computer all day. When I come back and plug it back in the same issue (freeze, require a restart).

    -If I unplug the laptop from the monitor, the monitor will continue to power my external hard drives. This leaves them on and will shorten their life expectancy dramatically.

    40 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Potentially Great Monitor Marred By Poor QA/Rushed Release

    The monitor is built very well and has a great design. The image is crisp and bright. But, at this price point you'd expect the monitor to operate flawlessly and it fails in that regard. That is unacceptable.

    The problems I've encountered so far:
    • The monitor will not wake from sleep with the laptop (a brand new MacBook Pro 15 w/ TB.) I need to disconnect and reconnect the cable. This alone is worth two stars. It's basic functionality. I'm seriously considering returning the monitor because of this.
    • The USB-C plugs in the back of the monitor are iffy. The cables I've plugged into the back protrude as if they aren't seated all the way (but they are).
    • It is hard to get the USB cable aligned so that it plugs in on the back. There is a metal sleeve on the female side that has a flat front, so if you don't have your plug aligned perfectly, you'll be pushing against this flat edge and the plug won't go in. This is a PITA because you are generally reaching behind the monitor when plugging stuff in and this makes it even more awkward.
    • No controls what so ever on the monitor. No on/off button, no controls of any sort. I appreciate clean aesthetics, but form has to be subservient to functionality.
    • The instruction book was non-existent. Yes, you can download online (although, it still has nothing but the monitor turning on or off or other basic controls.)

    Maybe some of these things will be fixed with firmware or software updates. I don't know, but right now I wish I had bought something else.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Monitor

    Using the LG UltraFine 4K with the new MacBookPro, works great, excellent display, using it mainly
    for photography, charges the MBP while using it, has speakers of reasonable quality , no controls on the monitor.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems connecting two LG Ultrafines with new 15 inch MacBook Pro

    Connecting two of these LG Ultrafines with a new MacBook Pro 15 inch, there are a few major problems: 1) the MacBook will not charge when the two monitors are connected - it only charges after unplugging and replugging in the monitors a few times 2) only one of the monitors wakes up when the MacBook wakes from sleep - only by unplugging and replugging does the second monitor reconnect.

    It also appears that the MacBook will not charge via the Thunder bolt cable if the USB-C hub is being used for other peripherals (e.g., charging my iPhone).

    Considering that Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro, showcasing a setup with two external LG Ultrafines, it's pretty disappointing that these basic functions don't work seamlessly. When you also consider there very high price for these items, it's not really acceptable.

    The monitors are beautiful (when they are working) - but I'm waiting to see if Apple fixes these issues fast - otherwise the monitors get returned. Apple Support don't know anything about the problem because it's too new.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not just your average 4k monitor.

    This monitor looks incredible. The 4096 x 2304 resolution is higher than the typical 4k display; the pixel density on this is actually higher than that of the 5k monitor. I've used several other 4k monitors and none of them are quite comparable. Im currently using this as an external display for my new MacBook Pro. It's almost like having a separate iMac computer. The ease of use is wonderful: there is a single usb-c chord that plugs into the MacBook, and also charges the MacBook. The speakers are very good as well, you probably won't even need to buy a set of speakers. The only gripe I have is the design, which is fairly boring and generic. Overall I would highly recommend the display. At 500$, your getting a pretty good deal here with a phenomenal picture, solid speakers, and the ability to connect to your laptop and charge the battery with a single chord.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display to but three USB2.0 ports on the back get it three stars only

    I've had it for 2+ weeks and love it. For the past few days I couldn't figure out why I was getting USB2.0 speeds with a Samsung T3 SSD plugged into the monitor. I thought the cable was faulty. And they I realized that somehow I missed the fine print on the web site that the three ports on the back are USB2.0 capable only. This is absolutely cheap and criminal decision by Apple or/and LG :( In this case you might as well didn't use USB-C connecters on the monitor.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display, Many inconveniences

    The screen itself is great. I need to open system pref pane to adjust brightness. Can't charge 15" Macbook and use the USB-C hub at the same time. USB-C hub has lower speeds than it should. Doesn't wake when my late Touchbar Macbook wakes.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK WITH MAC PRO LATE 2013

    Friend of mine explained to clerk at Apple store two hours away, that we were planning to connect this display to MacPro late 2013 with Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 cable per the Apple website. They gladly sold them the monitor, T3 to T2 adapter and an 18" Thunderbolt cable which was way too short. Luckily I had a longer cable. Hooked it up and the monitor did not power on. Then, per suggestions elsewhere on this site, drove another hour to best Buy to purchase a USB-C Digital to AV Multiport Adapter (T3 to HDMI). Did not work either. Now I have a monitor that needs to be driven back two hours each way and $150 worth of worthless adapters and cables to return. Bad Apple. Very Bad.

    29 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Response to "...absolutely criminal decision..."

    Response to "My only complaint at all with the display is the absolutely criminal decision to only offer USB 2.0 ports on the back. I understand the higher end 27" (which I would have bought if I could have found one) has to have something extra for the money other than a bigger screen but USB 2.0?"

    This is a USB-C device driving a 4K display. It's not a thunderbolt 3 device.

    There simply isn't enough bandwidth left to drive USB 3 or USB C sockets.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Resolution and Sharpness

    Picked one yesterday at the local Apple store and plugged it into my new 13" 2016 MacBook Pro. The quality of the display is off the charts. It also has three extra USB-C ports so that helps since my Mac only has two, minus the one connected to the monitor. For the people who inquired about a manual, go to the LG site and do a search on 22MD4KA, you will be able to download all 28 pages of it. Once it is plugged in, the monitor provides power to the laptop, so you'll need the original power supply only when using the Mac without the display.
    You can configure the monitor as an extension of your Mac or as a mirror. I use it as a mirror, and dim the Mac screen all the way down (F1 key). The speakers also deliver a wide frequency range and can be -very- loud. It also comes with a metal plate that can be used if the display is to be mounted on a wall.
    All together, expensive but definitely worth it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Gorgeous Display

    By far, the best looking display I have ever seen. Blows away my old twin Thunderbolt displays. I am running three of these from my 2016 MBP TB without issue.

    The reasons for only giving it 4 stars ... 1) you can't daisy chain these like you could with the Thunderbolt displays, 2) only USB 2.0 speed from the hub in the back, and 3) only 60w of power from the cable so it won't power a MBP.

    Bottom line ... it's just gorgeous and perfect for a MacBook.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor- NOT a multimedia display

    Yesterday I got my MacBook pro 2016 delivered. In the evening, I picked up this monitor from the local Apple Store - hoping to use it to replace my old apple display. I am used to using my laptop at work and when come home - connect it to apple display and use it as a desktop using wireless keyboard and mouse.

    After I connected the monitor with MacBook, found out that the 4k display does not have a Webcam - you can't use it for FaceTime or Skype, if you close the Mac book.

    This is basically a monitor with speaker NOT a multimedia display.

    IF you are looking for a multimedia display - don't buy this monitor.
    If you just want a 4k monitor, LG also sell multiple 4k monitors significantly cheaper price.

    I checked the apple website - the 27inch 5k monitor does have speakers and webcam, (some reason the 4k version does not).

    Looks like I will have to wait for the 5k display to replace the Apple display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the display but USB 2.0 ports? Really?

    I've had the display a couple of weeks now and use it with a maxed out 15" 2016 MacBook Pro (except SSD) and I've had no issues at all with screen flicker and I use Final Cut Pro X, Capture One and Adobe Creative Suite all day so push it reasonably well.

    The display itself is incredible and easily on a par with the Retina display of the MacBook Pro itself in both pixels as well as brightness and colour. The actual build quality is also VERY good and much more sturdy than most monitors with very little movement of the screen if your desk were to move slightly for example. Having used Dell monitors a lot over the years they always had far too much "sway" in the stands to bounce around all over the place if your desk moved in any way at all.

    My only complaint at all with the display is the absolutely criminal decision to only offer USB 2.0 ports on the back. I understand the higher end 27" (which I would have bought if I could have found one) has to have something extra for the money other than a bigger screen but USB 2.0? Why of why with all the problems with lack of ports on the new MacBook Pro's do LG have to punish us the same as Apple. Surely we could have had USB 3.0 ports even if we couldn't USB 3.1. It's a brand new display with ports introduced 16 years ago. Absolutely no excuse for that and I've knocked a star off for it and I debated knocking 2 off for it.

    My final thoughts are that if you want to save some cash and 21" plus your MacBook Pro screen are ok for you then it's a great display but budget for a decent dock when they eventually come out to give you some usable ports for your Mac. Essentially, you buy a 2016 MacBook Pro but to get the best from it, wait until around Spring/Summer 2017.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous Display, Great Color Gamut, With A Catch

    Q: It is awesome?
    A: Yes.

    Q. Does this work with non-Macs?
    A. Yes.

    Q. Do external graphics docks work with it?
    A. No.

    Q. How is it fabulous?
    A. Resolution.
    Color Gamut.
    Speakers.
    Plug-and-play.
    Ambient Light Sensor.

    Q. The catch?
    A. Need USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 to drive monitor.
    No User Manual anywhere, even online.
    Speakers are loud.
    HDMI to USB-C cable did not work.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful screen, great case, speakers need work.

    The foot is solid metal, it's great. The stand balance and tilt are great, easy to move, stay put and don't wobble.

    The 4k screen is beautiful like a 4k iMac. Color/detail seem great, but these are table stakes now. The lowest brightness setting is impressively dim. It's possible to use the display in a room with no lights, it goes darker than a MacBook Pro display's lowest brightness setting.

    The screen brightness display looks similar to that of a Mac display, yet it flickers and there is some latency when adjusting the brightness. It seems like the processor inside the display cannot keep up or may need performance optimization.

    The speakers are OK in quality, but they are quite loud at only 25% volume. Turning them up to 75% makes the case vibrate, and they're basically unusable at that point. It seems like they are just amplified far too much, perhaps twice as much power for the speaker drivers and case supporting them. This could also be a software fix.

    This display needs a firmware update to be 4 stars, and a USB 3.1 at 5gb/sec to be five stars.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with the 2016 MacBook

    First off, this display mates extremely well with the MacBook. It's highly responsive, and the colors are great. Resolution is spot on. It wakes from sleep almost instantaneously with the Macbook's own screen. This display is by far the best option for a 4k display if you are on a MacBook, and of course, it beats any HD only display.

    Some have complained about the display's very slow USB-B-only speed on the three USB-C ports it provides as outputs for peripherals on the back. That's a trade-off you make by getting a MacBook that only supports USB-C out for video and peripherals combined. The 4k video sent to the display requires so much bandwidth that there is only room left over for USB-B data speeds to any peripherals plugged into the display.

    The new MacBook Pro and the LG 5K display support Thunderbolt 3. That standard has enough bandwidth to support 5K bandwidth for the video and USB-C speeds for any peripherals. The LG 5K display is almost twice as expensive as this one. I find the trade-off worth it. This display is working great on my MacBook and will also work, without adapter, with the 2016 MacBook Pro.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very beautiful monitor, wish there was a camera.

    The monitor is very well built and you can tell it's an LG product that Apple had some say in designing. Simply put, it's beautiful. I'm currently using the 2016 MacBook Pro 15" with the monitor and it's working flawlessly. The speakers are actually quite nice for an office environment. The only thing that bugs me is the lack of camera? I really expected the smaller size monitor to have a camera but that is only on the 5k (27 inc) monitor. So off to Amazon for a good webcam. :)

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best display in the world

    Review from a student and photographer's standpoint. This is the best display I have ever seen. The colors and gorgeous, the sharpness is out of this world (#TeamCrispy), the photos on lightroom looks amazing. The screen aspect ratio is perfect for editing photos and for doing spilt screen school work. The speakers are super loud, had to lower the volume the second a video was played. Overall the best 4k display on the market.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice, but NO documentation

    I was trying to use this monitor for an application that wasn't 100% clearly supported (with an earlier Retina MacBook pro that works great with my Dell 4K display).

    The included documentation is minimal, basically describing how to use it with a VESA mount, and instructing us to search for the model number on LG's website. LG's web site has zero results when you search for the model number. So a basic question (like "does it have a power button, and if so, where is it?") will remain unanswered.

    I have returned it, thankfully at no expense to me.

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