• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible burn in

    The screen has insane burn-in/image retention after a couple months use. Putting up any white image on the screen for about a minute or so will leave it there burned in for hours/days. I have never seen it this bad on any other monitor.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A huge step backwards from the Thunderbolt Displays of past

    Image panel itself is great but this does not deliver on the promise of being a single cable solution for an on the go professional. No network, no Thunderbolt support for downstream devices means no effective way of connecting to and using external storage. Buggy/inconsistent support by macOS leads to lots of visual artifacts/glitches. Very disappointing.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware not a good display even after firmware update

    Hello,

    We bought a few of these LG 5K displays for our office and out of the 4 we bought, 3 of them all have the same issue. There is massive ghosting on these displays. We even installed the latest LG Firmware fix and that did not do anything, in fact, it made matters worse. Also if you ever have problems you have to call LG Support and not Apple since its a LG Product.

    I cannot recommend these displays. They are problematic and don't live up to the expensive price tag.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor - LG needs to fix the firmware

    Its beautiful working on this monitor. It is paired with a MBP15 with TB. Some issues at first (March 2017) when waking up etc do not exist any more. After some update everything was fixed (I dont remember when though).
    At home I have a 27 iMac and I use this at work.
    I love that everything is at the same place for a seamless experience when working - but I now I can see pixels on the other monitors, including the one at home.
    - A negative issue is that it gets a bit wobbly depending on the desk which is annoying - especially when you type aggressively.
    -LG's firmware is extremely poor quality, offers nothing and doesn't do what it is supposed to do (known issue until now October 2017)

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Display With Ghosting

    Horrible display with ghosting. Purchased after Apple/LG fixed all the issues but they don't seem to care. Spent $2,000 after import fees into my country plus $300 in shipping. Yeah... a complete ripoff. I couldn't be more disappointed with my setup. Never have I spent this kind of money on a display and I never will again. A piece of trash for this price. Wait and get something more affordable. The cables have no routing...

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display, firmware will not update

    The monitor itself is pretty fantastic from a viewing perspective. However I had one die completely (would no longer power on) and it took 3 weeks to get it replaced under warranty from LG. Even with all the issues I would buy again for the viewing quality.

    As another reviewer has stated, there is a new firmware version (3.04) for the monitor that fixes the audio output range to make it useful, and also apparently fixes some instability with USB devices. However my monitor also will not update the firmware due to the same issue. It always shows as up to date with 3.01. LG does not provide the firmware as a separate download even though the LG software manager has the ability to import one as a file. This is incredibly frustrating.

    I wish Apple would sell and service the monitor so we wouldn't have to deal with bad LG support.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 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.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 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!.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 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!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 7 people found this useful