• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing monitor

    • Written by Nate S from Tualatin

    So amazing I bought two!

    I know, it's not 'Apple' branded, but LG did a pretty bang-up job with these, and I actually prefer the black bezel to ah-loo-mehn-ee-yum.

    The stand is sturdy, but I'm fancy so I bought a dual-monitor mount from Ergotron. The stand itself has a sturdy base, and telescopes with ease. It also holds up well if you raise the screen, though there's also an option to adjust the level I'm not crazy about (I thought one monitor was higher than the other at first, because in addition to being fancy, I'm not very bright).

    Also, P3... once you see green in P3, you can't unsee it. It's brilliant.

    For my 2016 MBP, this is the best option, so I'm really happy with the monitor. A few issues like it not properly coming on when my Mac wakes from sleep are there, but those can be fixed with software, and I trust Apple to work with LG to right that wrong.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but has issues

    • Written by Robin H from Altrincham

    The display looks much better once you have it than the photos and the display quality/resolution is wonderful.

    I am having issues with it though when connected to a new RMBP 15 inch with Touch Bar - it sometimes does not connect to the laptop when plugged in. Also sometimes the display turns off to black for a couple of seconds then on again three seconds later.. it does this continuously until you plug it in and out of the laptop a few times. If it continues to do so I will probably have to return it though unfortunately.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellet MBP companion

    • Written by joe K from Chicago

    I purchased this to go with a new 15" 2016 MBP. The speakers are incredible, the resolution is immaculate, and it extends upward perfectly above the MBP screen. I chose to lose the dock and magic keyboard so I wasn't gorilla arming the touch bar, which meant the screen would sit centered and raised above the laptop. The screen is glossy, but doesn't have issues reflecting sunlight since it's so bright. Pushing power, audio, and video through a single TB3 cable is clean AF.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a great display!

    • Written by Andreas Z from Saarbrücken

    I am running this display with a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The screen quality is fantastic. The rendering of Web pages or documents is ultra-crisp, the screen has low glare, and the colors are bright. The speed and fluidity of animations does not feel different from my older 27: Apple Cinema LED Display. And being able to connect my MacBook to everything using just one cable is great.

    Minor points:
    * The volume levels are pretty coarse; at level three, the monitor is very loud already. As a workaround, one can use option+shift+volume up/down allows to change the volume more precisely.
    * On a MacBook Pro 13", be sure to attach the monitor to the left hand side Thunderbolt ports; performance on the right side is worse.
    * The USB-C ports on the back support USB 3.0 rather than the faster USB 3.1; for me, USB 3.0 is fast enough.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problems here...Nice display

    • Written by Alan F from Cloverdale

    Just got mine yesterday 1/24. Although I am aware of some less than favorable reviews posted on this product, I have not experienced and technical issues at all. The display functions well on my MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar using Thunderbolt 3. No flicker, no disconnect issues, etc. Perhaps the latest update to macOS Sierra graphics driver has solved issues others may have been experiencing, but for me I am happy with the performance and overall display image. Rating is a 3 only due to wish list of higher speed ports for USB, and lack of Thunderbolt 3 downstream ports

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, except for one major flaw: light leaking

    • Written by William R from Copenhagen

    This is quite a good display. The extraordinary panel with 10-bit colors per channel, P3 colorspace is is gorgeous, and actually at a very good price for what you get. However, the major flaw has to do with light leaking around the edges of the display, giving the panel an uneven look. This is mostly visible with even black og near-black images. The build quality is definitely way below Apple quality. If you squeeze the bezels of the display you can see the panel light distorting. I wouldn't really mind this if it weren't for the light leaking.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Less than Thrilled

    • Written by Ed M from Mill Creek

    I was hoping that this monitor would be all that it has been advertised by Apple, but in the end I came away disappointed.

    I connect it to my 2016 MacBook Pro with Touchbar. You MUST use the one cable provided with the monitor, or it will not work. It MUST connect to the a single marked port or it will not work.

    The TB3 to TB2 adapter from Apple DOES NOT work with this monitor - you must plug this adapter directly into your Mac, or you get an error message that it will not work unless plugged directly into the computer.

    If set to the max resolution (5120 x 2880), many programs will not draw or refresh the whole screen (such as Microsoft Office). While the monitor is set to full resolution, the Touchbar frequently fails to completely draw itself, and you're left punching at it to get the interface to appear.

    For the price, and given the Apple hype, I expected much more from this product than it delivers. This is especially true given the price.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display but 5K on MacOS Bit of a Mirage

    • Written by Michael M from HUNTSVILLE

    Bought a brand new MacBook Pro and 2-LG 5K monitors and they are great but find that MacOS does a poor job of supporting high resolution monitors what compared to Win 10. Many items like the menu bar and much of the text in Apple apps like Safari have a fixed and unchangeable font size while Win 10 has much greater flexibility buy providing a global sizing option for desktop items like the menu bar and text. To get the full 5K out of the monitors requires terminal command line tricks and use of the option key when selecting scaled in the display system preferences - see discussion on Apple Communities called "Why is Support for for Hi-resolution Monitors So Poor?" .

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues using the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    • Written by Carlos H from San Francisco

    Using the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter doesn't yield the maximum speed possible. If I connect this adapter to my new MacBook Pro, I get between 850Mbps to 950Mbps. Connecting the adapter on this 5K LG monitor the maximum speed I get is 300Mbps. Another issue that I have is that the monitor suffers from wireless interference, specifically wireless routers.


    The screen itself is gorgeous, colors and resolution just pop. Not happy about the design though.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor with solid base, but has software flaws

    • Written by Muhammad S from La Mirada

    Don't get me wrong, this display is one of the cheapest in its class right now, and has phenomenal quality. It is a joy using this monitor and has really made me enjoy my time using it.

    However, there are some major software flaws that come with this monitor, that apple and LG need to buff out. For one, the volume controls are super jank. Moving the volume from 1 bar (super light volume) to 2 bars make the volume go up like crazy. And the increments from 2-3 and 3-4, etc, have really small volume changes. Therefore, you have to just over over 1 (super low) and 2 (super high) volume, and have to keep fiddling with the media player's volume controls to make it work.

    Second, if you have the monitor on a VESA mount, there is no software control to make the monitor vertical orientation. Why Apple? Comeon.....

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too many compromises

    • Written by Malcolm H from San Diego

    You use thunderbolt to connect and the monitor has a hub, but it doesn't support full USB 3 speeds so you can't take advantage of the single combined cable for power and comms if you use hard disks. The brightness controls are laggy so it takes a while to change brightness and hard to get to the target brightness quickly. Lastly it looks like a Dell monitor from the 90s, very ugly.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine, looks fantastic

    • Written by Scott G from Claremont

    I've been using this display with my 15" MacBook Pro w/Touch Bar for over a month now, and have had no problems with it. The screen display is gorgeous. As to the aesthetics of the overall display, I don't have a problem at all, mainly because in regular use it is almost impossible to see the bezel and the stand (all matte black basically disappears, dominated by the vivid screen). All I see is a massive, beautiful screen.

    I have had what I suspect is a minor display-related issue. If I launch LG's Screen Manager, my charting program (Deltagraph) suddenly becomes very crash-prone. But the LG app is only necessary if I want to split the screen in weird ways, which I'm not interested in doing. Normal use does not require the Screen Manager.

    This 5K display is a worthy addition to my laptop!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely sharp image

    • Written by Daniel V from Mountain View

    I love this monitor, the colors are warm and the image is sharp, I enjoy it mostly because the size and resolution is the same as my previous Apple Thunderbolt Display but with the improvement of the retina-like quality which makes a huge difference if you are reading code all day long.

    I definitively enjoy a lot that you only need to plug in one cable to the Macbook Pro that provides power and connects to the modem, I have all my peripherals attached to the monitor through USB-C since this monitor adds 3 extra USB-C ports.

    The speakers are really loud, definitively an upgrade from the speaker capacity from the Apple Thunderbolt Display.

    Just be careful to have a Mac that supports the 5k resolution, such as the new Macbook Pro with touch bar, because the quality is not the same on older macs, I tried it with a Mac Pro (2013) and even though it supported the resolution, the text was not crisp (retina-like) and on other Macbook Pro's (2012) which support half the resolution (2560x1440) the result is little blurry

    I only wish it would have a headphone jack, still I highly recommend this monitor.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic display

    • Written by JEFFREY F from Exton

    I rarely write product reviews, but I just had to share my experience with this display. In a word, it is FANTASTIC! I purchased a late 2016 15” Retina MacBook Pro and the LG UltraFine 5k display to replace my 2 year old 27” iMac 5K Retina. I’ve wanted to get a desktop replacement notebook for some time, but have been hesitant because I loved the display on my iMac. I have had this display for 2 weeks, and I think it is actually superior to the iMac. The colors appear brighter and photos look fantastic.

    Some reviewers have noted that it is not as sturdy as the iMac or Thunderbolt displays. This might be the case, but I have had no issues, and the stand is substantial. I also like the fact that it is height adjustable. The iMac display was a little too high. Others have also reported issues with the LG displays not waking up after the computer is in sleep mode. I have had no troubles at all. The display has come on every time I wake up the computer.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally in my hands

    • Written by MICHAEL E from white plains

    I have had the new LG 5K display for about three weeks. And while as many have stated it lacks the Apple styling and quality details, ultimately a display is about just that the display and not sure at the current prices this can be beat. I have been using it predominately for photo editing and the ability to work with the detail that this display provides is incredible. After years of using Apple displays it does take a little getting used to this big all black screen on my desk, but again along with the new MacBook pro with TB, the experience is amazing. The display powers up and charges from a single usb C which certainly makes things easy, isight camera and speakers are more then adequate and make for seamless workspace. I do like the lack of cords and dongles this allows with all my peripherals plugged in the back. Of course losing the TB of the MacBook pro if closing it and not using it as a second screen and just mirroring displays does leave a bit to be desired, hopefully we see a bluetooth keyboard or touchpad with TB soon. The clarity of the monitor even when just working on the monitor, and its large real estate allowing 4 windows open at the same time such high resolution allows text to pop clearly as well. Color renditions are outstanding and i have not experienced any lag time during any usage regardless of the load i have run through the monitor. Again while not a true apple product the build is still great and at the current price i found it to be a no brainer purchase and now with usage still believe so.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple setup

    • Written by John M from Philadelphia

    The display is excellent. Adjusts up and down as well as tilting a little each way. The speakers are decent and the connection to my new MacBook Pro is seamless. Looks like LG and Apple worked very closely on this.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent image quality but room to improve

    • Written by Edward P from Princeton

    I am mostly pleased with this display. The elevator pitch is that this display paired with a 2016 Macbook Pro provides a retina 27" iMac-like desktop experience with the ability to take your Mac with you on the road and around the house. (To be sure, the MBP processor is less powerful than an iMac's.)

    Display image quality is excellent. Text is crisp. Images are bright and beautiful. I really like the ability to power a Macbook Pro 2016 and connect to the display with one cable. One can also connect three USB-C devices to the back of the display through the same cable.

    Main complaint: the speaker is awful, especially for music. I tested the speaker next to an iMac at an Apple store. An iMac speaker is a reasonable option for playing music. The LG Ultrafine is unacceptably distorted.

    Other complaints: 1. the display in its lowest setting is still too high off of the desk. 2. Mac OS displays a giant cursor when one moves the cursor vigorously. On occasion this gets frozen in the display and requires one to unplug and replug the thunderbolt cable to remove the image artifact. This happened to me multiple times in the past 2 weeks. My hope is that a software update will address this glitch. 3. Minor points-the display is more wobbly than an iMac and the top is not symetric with the bottom.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WAP Proximity Issue

    • Written by Patrick G from Bolton

    Place a WiFi Access Point (or router) close to this display (i.e., less than 48 inches), and it will cause it to "flicker" (i.e., go black for a second). Move it too close, and the display goes black until the WAP is far enough from the monitor. The flicker is intermittent, but it seems to depend on how much WiFi traffic goes through the WAP. After working as an electrical engineer for 35 years, I have to say that this a fairly serious and shoddy design flaw. Until Apple and LG fix this problem, I wouldn't recommend purchasing this product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display, bad cord

    • Written by Justin N from San Jose

    The display itself is fantastic.

    The Thunderbolt 3 cable included was faulty and no picture would display. I had to buy a replacement Thunderbolt 3 cable for $35.00 and now everything works.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful screen that matches the MBP screen perfectly, but, screen flicker

    • Written by Larry P from Chilliwack

    The screen periodically flickers and cuts power to the MBP shutting down attached external drives and sometimes requires a reboot. Seems like it might be that the Thunderbolt 3 cable is defective, but am unable to find a replacement. The Apple online cable does not meet the operating specs regarding providing power to charge the MBP. However, when screen is stable it works well. The flicker and power drops is very frustrating and disappointing. So close yet so far from being a perfect work station. :(

    9 of 11 people found this useful