• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fails to update a necessary firmware update

    The screen is ok-ish, don't like the ghosting on the screen.

    But the biggest issue is the firmware of the screen, there is a new version. You have to use the LG Screen manager software and that checks an URL for the latest firmware. That this URL returns a "NotAllowedPage" error, shows basically all the love Apple and LG don't have for this screen.

    Apple, please tell someone at LG to fix this! Been calling LG for the issue and they just don't understand.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor when it works - but really unreliable USB-C

    The LG Ultrafine is great once it works, but it is plagued by unreliable USB-C operation:

    - about 2 in 3 times I connect my MBP 13" late 2016, the USB-C peripherals connected to the LG does not get recognized. Usually the monitor needs power cycle, sometimes disconnecting/reconnecting the Thunderbolt/USB-C cable helps.

    - about 1 in 5 times I connect, the LG monitor remains black and the MBP does not see a secondary monitor at all. Needs a power cycle

    - once in a while, some or all USB devices connected though the built-in USB-C hub stop working. Sometimes reconnecting individual devices helps, sometimes the monitor needs to be reconnected or even power cycled.

    These issues are annoying, but did not harm my work flow too much - just getting started is not plug-and-play as it should, but more plug-unplug-replug-powercycle-replug-play, but then the monitor worked all day except for occasional USB problems.

    However lately the LG started to turn black and loose all USB-C connectivity all of a sudden in the middle of work, not recoverable except by power cycling it. Now *this* is no fun any more, and I fear I have to return and exchange the thing after only about 5 months.

    All of this with macOS Sierra 10.12.6, and (according to LG Screen Manager) latest monitor firmware.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1 Failed in the first few weeks and it's replacement failed 6 months later

    I purchased two of these in late march. One has worked flawlessly, the other started getting video flickering issues a few weeks into using them. Apple allowed me to exchange the defective monitor and all was good (kinda) until late September.

    The replacement monitor would not turn on (show a picture) and was causing my mac to freeze when it was plugged in. Currently waiting on LG to contact me with return instructions.

    If I had to do this all over again I would not have purchased this monitor. They are beautiful but the reliability or lack there of is incredibly scary.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Newly bought LG 5k display - no problems

    Despite reading all the bad reviews about the use of the LG UltraFine 5K Display on Macs, I bought one through the online store. Received it yesterday, and have had none of the issues I've been reading about. It's a beautiful display and looks great next to my 2016 MacBookPro. When I want to go mobile, it's just one USB-C cable to remove!.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    problems resolved?

    I've had my 27" LG Ultrafine 5K Display for almost 8 weeks now, using it with my MacBook Pro 15". I've been mindful of the problems reported in the reviews here. To date, I haven't experienced or noticed any of them. Perhaps LG has been paying attention and making improvements accordingly? For what it's worth, my experiences have been nothing less than those advertised by Apple/LG. The display has lived up to my needs and expectations. No regrets with this expensive purchase.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic Monitor

    Having all kinds of display issues with this LG 5K monitor. For some reason, I keep getting dropouts in my video and the monitor shuts down especially when its hot/humid outside. I called LG and they told me to d/l new firmware which I did, which unfortunately did not help, monitor has serious problems.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a reliable display many problems

    Bought this unit about two months ago and installed all the firmware updates as LG mentioned to do. Still problem after problem, from the USB hub (not recognizing devices) from the black screens to kernal panics. This display is plagued with problems, and cant believe Apple endorses this one.

    I went back to my old Apple trusted Thunderbolt display and love it, very reliable and gets the job done, absolutely perfect quality and Apple reliability. In a business, we need something reliable.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Display For MacBook Pro 15" Users

    Personally, I never encountered an issue with wifi, waking up, power, or brightness issues, not sure if this was a previous issue, but for me it was a non issue and I own a earlier and a later model of these monitors. The only issue I have occurred is when connecting a 3.5 audio jack speaker setup, they will pop for a few seconds upon waking up the MacBook Pro (clamshell with twelve south stand), and then turn on like normal. Needless to say, I own two of these monitors and couldn't be happier with them, one for the office and one at work, one MacBook to power them all, keeping it real simple, although I purchased this for use with the MacBook I wish this monitor could power 5k resolution with other models such as the Mac Pro (only 4k) or maybe even pc models for better off label use.

    Onto the review, the build quality is mediocre but with a metal stand, plastic bezel, nice camera/mic/stereo, it looks great and in person looks much higher quality than expected and the the tremendous amount of adjustability you get is also a plus. I didn't buy this for the style, mainly the display and the convenience of being able to power a 5k monitor, camera/mic, stereo, power, usb c hub with my MacBook Pro.

    Thank you for bringing out a solution for us MacBook Pro owners. Using this monitor, a bluetooth keyboard, and bluetooth mouse as made my life much more convenient.

    Very happy with this game changing purchase for my MacBook.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super convenient

    Was super easy to set-up, just pull it out of the box and plug in. Four USB-C ports in the back connect all my externals (Ethernet, power, and USB). No need for a docking station, just connect one cable from the monitor and your good to go. Great for coming and going to work!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't feel like something developed closely with Apple

    Overall the display is solid looking. It's a bit spartan, but the panel is great and high-res and the colors look fantastic.

    But the product is just awful at integrating with my laptop.

    About 1/3 of the time when I plug the display in and try to wake the laptop up, it won't. Half the time I need to unplug my USB hub from the monitor and plug it back in to get my keyboard to work (and I've tried this with multiple keyboards, and I have tried this with the simple USB-C to USB-A adapter Apple provides). Sometimes the Ethernet adapter won't work through the monitor and I need to plug it in directly to my laptop.

    It's been months and there are no firmware updates that address the issue. I'm not some weird edge case either; this monitor has a reputation for being terrible at these things.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT a happy camper with this display

    I am sorry to report that this display is not good. The color quality is off and we use this in production and our old Samsung we replaced looked better, also the sound quality from the speakers is absolutely terrible. In addition to all of this, only one of the USB ports actually works, the rest of the ports are non functional. For the price tag ; like others, I would expect more.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do your research first..

    I should have listened to the reviews on here...The display is plagued with problems, and yes, I did install the latest firmware. I am getting kernel panics everytime I plug in a USB device...Also getting random drop outs in video.

    For the price point of $1,299.99, I expected so much more out of Apple and LG.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 months solid performer

    Purchased my LG 5K display at the end of March (after the Wi-Fi fix), I plugged the monitor in and it has been my daily driver ever since. I'm using a late 2016 MBP w/ touchbar and have a 1Gb USB-C ethernet adapter along with a 1TB USB-C 3.1 spinning disk drive plugged into the monitor.

    The ethernet adapter is on the slow side (shared bandwidth between the monitor and thunderbolt 3 hub), I run primarily on wi-fi so that isn't a issue. VMware fusion machines run well off of the disk (various flavor and configs on linux, mac, windows) with no issues.

    All and all happy with the purchase and would recommend to anyone looking for a 5k monitor for their Mac.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    I can't blame the LG 5k 100% for this, but I've had two strange complete hardware failures since purchasing. My Late MBP 2016 had a memory failure and had to be replaced by Apple. Then another arduino-based device died strangely recently - no idea what caused it. If you're looking to use this device with any peripherals I would completely avoid it. I've never had this kind of problem until I got the LG.

    I also tried to get an external GPU working with the LG. The GPU connected on TB3 works great without the monitor, but when both are connected the LG is detected but I get a black screen. I've worked very hard to make both devices work together - not happening.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Poor Quality, only worked for 15 minutes.

    We had 2 of these to our office and both of them have backlit problems:
    1. First one is ok for 15 min and then left side went dark.
    2. 2nd one is similar but backlit would go out one side and then the other and switch left/right from time to time.

    Real shoddy construction is my guess. These sort of things i have seen from el cheapo brands where you have to apply pressure on the monitor, but was dumbfounded when saw it on these premium offerings.

    Only had them for 11 days. Now waiting for replacement. 2/2 failure rate (100%) is really bad.

    Will wait for replacement if any different, and will update this review. But for now, stay away from these monitors, or test the heck out of it before purchasing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid for 6 months

    I bought this monitor 6 months ago and paired it with the 2016 MacBook Pro No TouchBar. Despite all the mixed reviews out there, my monitor (which was released after the wireless signal fix) performs admirably. The display is visually crisp with great color rendition. Audio is ok but it's built in speakers for the laptop.

    The biggest issue with my setup is the 2016 MacBook Pro barely has enough power to drive this display - it's noticeably more responsive when not plugged in. For anyone else considering this display, make sure you configure a computer that has sufficient horsepower to drive this display. Will be on a shorter upgrade cycle than before.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was concerned by all the negative reviews but...

    I purchased this display on 8/29 and all I can say so far is WOW. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is a fantastic display that works exactly as I expected it to, so far. I had the Apple Thunderbolt Display for the past 5 years and loved it, and I was hesitant to replace it due to all of the negative reviews this display has received. However, I think most of that is from the early rollout and issues have since been corrected.

    After one day I was glad I replaced the Thunderbolt Display; this one has such a crisp picture that is so easy on the eyes because of the high refresh rate.

    I highly recommend this product, especially if you have a 2016/17 Macbook Pro.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Update Firmware and Enjoy!

    Not sure if all the people who are posting 1 star reviews have updated their firmware or not, but I have a brand new unit with the most updated firmware and I'm having ZERO issues. This is the most beautiful amazing display I've ever used and I can't recommend it enough. I almost didn't buy it because of the bad reviews, but go for it! Just get an updated firmware and feel confident that it will be an excellent display!

    Make sure you use the cable that comes with the monitor, as USB-C cables can be confusing and if you use the wrong cable that can definitely cause issues. I've had no issues with random shut downs, with the USB ports, or with waking from sleep. Everything is perfect. For my own experience, this is every bit as good as an Apple branded display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing monitor - not perfect but almost

    Not sure why everyone seems to hate on this display so much but here's my two cents

    My setup: 2017 15" MacBookPro + 2 of these monitors (wired ethernet + BOSE speakers in one and 3 4TB drives plugged into the other. Make sure you plug one into the top of one side and the other into the top of the other side, you can't plug two into the same side - won't work.

    - absolutely outstanding image quality, clarity (coming from a graphic designer and photographer)
    - good design, like the stand, simple and black - you're looking at the screen anyways, people
    - occasional issues with my BOSE USB Companion 5 speakers when plugging in, sometimes have to unplug and plugin to get them to work
    - CRAZY fast connection (able to get 150mbps on ethernet and full speed on all three HDs plugged in at the same time)
    - controlling brightness on the keyboard only controls one monitor, which is odd but not a big issue for me
    - LOVE the single cable to charge and display

    Overall, I love them not 100% perfect, but way better than everyone is giving them credit for.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this one...not good

    Not a good experience for me. Bought this unit about a week ago and cant get the USB ports to work at all. Called technical support and no help

    also getting a kernel panic everytime I stick in anything on the USB ports.

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