• 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. :)

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  • 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.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Response to Screen Flickering Review Written by Roc S from London 23-Nov-20

    This issue also occurs with my Philips USB-c connected screen and with some monitors/projectors when using apple's USB-c display adaptors. In my opinion the issue relates to the display port over USB-c implementation rather than the screens. It still requires Apple to fix the issue though given increasing number of new USB-C based MacBook Pro users

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing monitor for the new Macbook Pro

    Im no expert on monitors, this is my first. The simplicity of the connection makes it perfect for the new macbooks. Being able to charge and pass data through a single cable makes the desk super neat. As the monitor has 3 "free" USBC inputs on the back, you can plug everything there and cover the disks, dongles on the back of the monitor, or under the desk.
    The quality is superb, matches the macbook dpi and brightness, and the functionality is like a second lid screen for the mbp. It lacks physicals buttons, so the configuration is in Display, and it doesnt have the sync/sleep issues that u usually find in Thuderbolt/HDMI monitors.
    Overall I'm really happy with this product. Although its ONLY USBC and the monitor doesn't rotate 180 (therefore 4 stars), although this can be fixed getting and external VESA arm (but this product is already too expensive)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible product - Avoid

    This Monitor will black out every 10 seconds. Having spoken to both Apple support and LG support they both have yet to receive any information on this product. LG's advice was just to return it to apple as they have never seen one and none of there support use Apple products. Apples advice was you have 14days to return it.

    This is the first time I have ordered a product via Apple's website and felt let down by it.

    Save your time and money and avoid this until they solve the issue.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Major Disappointment

    Bought this one from the Apple Store Grand Central and was so excited to hook it up as an external monitor for my iMac 5K (Late 2014). Turns out - while the iMac officially supports driving one 4K external display, this one is an exception. No matter what I've tried, it didn't work. Turns out - Apple does not clearly mention that the UltraFine series are supported only on the new 2016 hardware with Thunderbolt 3. Even tho the pre-2016 hardware states it can drive 4K or 5K displays, these are not going to work. Fair warning - don't waste your time if you don't have one of the new 2016 MacBooks.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely stunning display quality at a great price - but ONLY USB-C

    First of all, this is quite possibly the best 4K display I have seen in terms of color accuracy and detail. The display finish is similar to Apple's latest MacBook Pros - clear, glossy but very little reflectance - the best of both worlds. Connected to my 2016 MacBook Pro with its native USB-C connector, the display is stunning.

    Another surprise? The built-in speakers on this monitor are amazingly clear, loud, and good quality, unlike most monitors. You can even feel the bass (to some extent - don't expect miracles).

    Now for the downside for all who had *hoped* they could connect this to older Macs with adapters. You can't. The specifications are very clear - this monitor requires a Mac with a native USB-C connector. Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter doesn't provide DisplayPort pass through. And third party USB-C to DisplayPort 1.2 connectors don't handle the 4096x2304 resolution of this monitor. The monitor is simply not recognized by older Macs.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Pro - Connection Problem

    I just received this today and have been trying to connect it to my '13 Mac Pro to no avail. I know the monitor works as I was able to get it connected to my wife's '15 MacBook (looks great).

    Based upon descriptions on the Thunderbolt 3 to 2 dongle and answers for the LG display on the Apple Store, I anticipated I could use the T-3to2 dongle, and a T-2 cable to connect it to my Mac Pro. This does not work (tried multiple dongles, cables and Mac Pro ports).

    Spoke to Support and eventually got bumped to a Senior who ultimately suggested another dongle. His info points to this monitor only be supported out of the HDMI port on the Mac Pro. Based on this it would be the "USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter".

    Looks like I will be ordering one of those and will see what happens.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine monitor, matches your Windows gear perfectly, too bad I have Mac

    Sharp monitor that I've paired with my Macbook Retina 12 inch. The MacBook runs the monitor well. Very disappointed with the "look" of this monitor. I was waiting for an "Apple" monitor and Apple has indeed issued this one with LG, and I read somewhere Apple isn't making monitors anymore. However one reason people love Apple is the Apple design. This is a black monitor and doesn't match my gold MacBook in color of course, or in style. If Apple is indeed out of the monitor business, I hope they aren't also leaving the industrial design business. But otherwise a good choice for your USB-C MacBooks or MacBook Pros.

    Also an instruction manual would help, like one that tells you why one USB-C port in the back is marked differently than the other three, and what that means.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great screen and build quality, but screen blanks out every few seconds

    The whole screen goes black for about a second every 8-12 seconds - not triggered by anything like keyboard input or trackpad. Problem is solved temporarily by rebooting with LG display plugged into MacBook 2016, until MacBook goes to sleep or you unplug and replug when problem restarts.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with MacBook 12"

    Works great with 12" MacBook with included cable. Charges MacBook and functions as USB-C hub allowing connection of external drive for Time Machine, iPhone/watch/iPad, etc. (w/purchase of additional dongle). Internal display speakers sound ok but aren't great. Display looks awesome (zero stuck pixels and no other visible flaws I can see).

    203 of 237 people found this useful