• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful picture, glitchy connectivity with 15" MBP TB (late 2016)

    Had this monitor for a month now and I love it. The picture quality is outstanding and the screen size is perfect for office work and gaming. The USB receivers for my wireless mouse and keyboard are plugged into the back so that everything connects to my MBP over a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. I haven't used the MBP's power adapter once since I got this monitor. It just sits in the bag these days in case I need it for travelling.

    The one issue I have with this monitor is that when I disconnect the MBP from it while the MBP is in sleep mode, then the MBP will crash when I open the lid. Happens every single time. The workaround is to wake the MBP before disconnecting the monitor.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Causes my computer to kernel panic and restart

    The geniuses at LG made this monitor without any, or without enough RF shielding. Common household devices like wireless routers will cause enough interference that it can actually make your computer restart. Amazing.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor! / None of the Issues Mentioned

    Wanted to post a review as I had some worries about purchasing given the other reviews on this page. I received this monitor a few days ago and the picture is amazing and I have none of the issues mentioned below. The volume controls work as expected and I have no problem with the laptop going to sleep and then waking while plugged in. I have this paired with the 2016 Mac Book Pro '15 and couldn't be happier with it!

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really fails as an apple product

    When I decided to upgrade my MacBook Air to the latest MacBook pro I also replaced my Thunderbolt with the Mac recommended LG 27MD5KA. This new monitor fails in almost every respect. While the resolution does "appear" slightly better there are virtually no controls for adjustment even with the LG Screen manager loaded. All connections are usb-C so you have to use adapters for everything creating a really messy environment for network, keyboard, etc. Even worse is most of the time it will not recognize the MAC when plugged in. You have to plug the monitor in before you boot the MAC and even then many times you must do a restart in order for the monitor to access the plugged in keyboard and network. I want my Thunderbolt back!!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design defect makes this an unacceptable product

    This display has a beautiful screen. When it works, it is stunning. However, it cannot be used within a few feet of a wifi router or Sonos speaker. Not surprisingly, I have a router and a Sonos Speaker on my desk. I am able to use the display by moving the router to a different room, but I should not have to move everything away from my office to be able to use this thing. LG admits there is a problem, but is not recalling the defective units. Given the quality of Apple's products, I am amazed that they would sell these things, and would allow LG to avoid recalling a defective product.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound level :(

    Several reviews have already stated this, but lets reiterate that sound level 1 is too low, level 2 is too loud and the rest becomes unusable.
    How did this _ever_ get through QA?

    Its a shame with the weirdly calibrated sound level since the screen quality is really good.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have fixed the flickering issue by simply changing the cable

    I had at the issue with my LG 5K display flickering several time until it will trigger a kernel system panic and force my new MacBook Pro 13" 2016 (Touch bar) to freeze and crash. I have realised that the LG cable might be faulty and causing the 5K display to flicker. Today I have decided to try with a spare cable (initially to connect my new USBC LaCie external 4TB disk) and everything works perfectly despite the presence of a 6 antennas Airport Extreme Time Capsule router, 1.5 meters from the display. I understand that Apple and LG have to do tests to understand precisely where the issue comes from but it is definitely clear to me that they should just send every single unhappy customer a new and better Thunderbolt 3 cable to solve the issue. This has solved the issue for me and should for many others. My only problem now is that I would like LG or Apple to provide me with a new Thunderbolt 3 cable but my only option with Apple is to get a refund and order a new one because they cannot send me a free spare cable.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Arrived Damaged

    Tons of issues with this monitor.

    Arrived with the panel feeling loose and not connected to the top bezel. Within a couple days a solid purple line right down the middle of the monitor vertically appeared. This is a line between the two images being rendered and stitched together. I can push on the bezel to make the line go away but as soon as I move my hand its back.

    Random disconnecting issues and slow laggy performance on a brand new late 2016 touchbar macbook.

    Really disappointed that there isn't a set replacement effort in place to fix the early adopters flawed displays.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Issue after issue

    I have a new MacBook Pro connected to 5K display. First problem is every now and then the image gets all garbled. Needs to restart to fix it. Other issue is that occasionally, every 30 seconds the screen of the 5k goes black and turns back on after a few seconds. Old apple Cinema Display worked fine for 5 years until I had to change it for the new Mac.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Monitor is good.... but...

    I have the 15 inch MacBook pro top of the line stock version with the 455 graphics and 512gb storage etc etc.

    I got this monitor because I wanted a monitor and docking station all in one much like the old Apple thunderbolt monitor I still have.

    The Pros of this monitor
    - the quality of this monitor is exceptional 5k quality in retina model is amazingly good its like viewing a ipad pro but in 5k, except this monitor has way better colours than an ipad with p3 colours it amazingly good and matchs the full range exactly on the MacBook pro.
    - the web came at 1080p and mic are outstandingly good.
    - and the 3 usb c ports carter to most of my needs and allows me to pretty much use a single cable to do everything. and power the 15 inch laptop
    - the cable is very long which is nice.

    - the monitor will not charge you 15 inch MacBook pro if your under load in fact if you do video editing for a few hours the battery will drain despite it saying its "charging" on mac os. I don't know why its marketed as 85w output when it clearly doesn't do that when under load.
    when doing general tasks like video viewing or email or internet it charges no issues.
    - biggest issue I have is that it will just randomly turn off for no reason no idea what causes it but the monitor will turn off and the only way you can turn it back on is to reboot the MacBook.
    - doesn't have a second thunderbolt port so you can't daisy chain the monitor like you could with the original apple thunderbolt display, so you have to use another thunderbolt device to create that bridge.
    - usb c ports don't always run at full speed as intended even with Ethernet it only runs at 73MBps instead of the full 110MBps that a gigabit connection is suppose to do.

    Over all its a good monitor but for 1400 AUD I expected more from this monitor even the apple thunderbolt display before this was cheaper!! and was much better quality overall. besides the lack of 5k resolution ofcourse.

    should you buy this? if you really want 5k resolution then yes you should since its the only 5k monitor that works completely out of the box with the MacBook pro.
    as a docking station isn't not worth it.
    - in boot camp windows it doesn't allow you to adjust brightness, or any other controls.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful to look at, terrible to work with

    The display is absolutely beautiful, but the stability of the USB-C hub is horrid. Every few hours all the peripherals plugged into the monitor's USB-C ports would just go dead. The only way to restore them was to disconnect the USB-C cable from my MacBook and plug it back in. At first I thought might be an issue with my specific monitor, so I requested a replacement.

    After I setup the replacement it took less than 15 minutes to see the issue occur on the new monitor. It's obvious there is a fundamental flaw that causes the USB-C hub to lose connectivity. After doing some additional research I found an article on 9to5mac that explained that LG knows about the issue and plans on fixing future versions of the monitor to have better shielding. I've returned mine for a refund and will wait for LG to start putting out the new version.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great picture, everything else is bad

    Beautiful screen, housed in a mediocre-to-bad product.

    I find it unreliable waking up from sleep. It occasionally loses track of the things plugged into it (Ethernet adapter).

    And then there are the well-publicised problems with Wi-Fi interference. (Search for "LG 5K wi-fi problems".) I think it's also messing up my Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and AirPods.

    Very, very disappointing.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A monitor that lives up to it's name.

    The Ultrafine 5k monitor from LG has ultrafine resolution. Ever since I got the first Macbook pro with a retina display, I've been waiting for an external retina monitor to go with it. This is it, and it looks great when pair with a 2016 Macbook pro (the only computers that can drive the monitor at 5k).

    While the cost may seem high at first, it is offset by multiple factors for me. 1) It saved me $100 from having to buy an extra USB-C charger for my macbook. 2) The speakers sound great. 3) It has an integrated 1080p camera and mic for facetime. 4) USB-C Hubs are non-existant or expensive and the monitor has one built in. That being said, with thumb-drives needing to stay USB Type-A for now, it does make sense to pair this monitor with an external USB Type-A 3.1 G1 or 3.0 Hub. Make sure you get one with a long enough cable to reach the desk or place comfortable for your use. I bought a USB-C to USB-A adapter and USB 3.0 Hub with an long USB cable.

    > Cable Matters USB 3.1 Type C (USB-C) to Type A (USB-A) Adapter in Black 6 Inches
    > Joiot 4-Port Mini Compact USB 3.0 Data Hub with 3.3ft USB 3.0 Cable [Update VIA VL813 Chipset], No Charging

    I have had no issues with the monitor crashing my laptop.

    The monitor looks better than it does in the Apple stores in San Antonio and Austin. Through Jan-Feb of 2017 they have the monitor being driven by a Mac Mini and Mac Pro, neither of which can drive the monitor at 5k due to the lack of thunderbolt 3 ports. If you want to demo the monitor at 5k and your apple store has a similar setup. Ask for a business person to help you view the monitor with a 2016 Macbook Pro. I brought mine into the store to do so. The employee had to open a Belkin Thunderbolt 3 cable to hook it up since the monitors are hooked up the the other computers via Thunderbolt 2 cables.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Like all recent apple related products being released these monitors are no different. Had to return them due to the fact they have no shielding from wifi devices. So putting anything that emits any sort of wifi near them causes the monitors to turn on and off repeatedly. Apple has become an absolute joke. The new MacBook pros were nothing but malfunctions and these latest displays are no different. Multiple OS issues as well when trying to use them over thunderbolt 3 or even tb2 on a mac pro. Garbage. After over a decade using apple products we are moving out ENTIRE business over to PC. Hopefully the market serves apple the kick in the face it deserves. CANT INNOVATE ANYMORE. RIP APPLE 1976 - 2017.

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good picture quality, volume, airdrop and sleep broken

    The picture quality is great but the volume is WAY too loud, AirDrop does not work with the MacBook lid closed, and macOS crashes half the time after sleeping. I have not run into the router issues thankfully.

    Apple got our of the monitor business and left us with LG... it's a sad world.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice resolution, poor execution

    When the display works it is visually stunning, but most of the time I am left underwhelmed by its performance. The monitor crashes my 2016 15" Macbook Pro every time I plug it in. I have the upgraded version of every option on the MBP so it should work flawlessly, but unfortunately it doesn't. Whether that is an Apple or LG issue is unknown. All I know is if this is the junk they are peddling our direction instead of an Apple branded display, they ought to take some responsibility for the QC. Here's to hoping for a firmware update of some sort to make this a more reliable setup. I have been delaying getting rid of my iMac until this system is more stable. Who wants to mess with wake/sleep and crashing issues every time you open up at $6000 5k setup? For the premium price I had higher hopes.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickering issue

    Got 2 of these and they worked well for about a week. Great picture, and it charges laptop while pluged-in. But after a week both monitors started to flicker pretty bad. I tried reseting SMC and NVRAM. Took one of the monitors to a different room to make sure it was not a router (radio signal interference). Same flickering with no improvement. Tried connecting to a different ports and nothing would resolve the problem. Now I have to drag two monitors and laptop to Apple Store to figure out the problem. Not a great experience after spending 2K on 2 monitors and almost 4K on a laptop.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful .. but flawed

    I use my new (Apple) LG 5K monitor with a late 2016 MacBook Pro 15". Sensational imaging and what a great way to work.
    a) The volume control is absolutely terrible and needs to be fixed with either a software update or actual replacement of the monitor. On increment #1, it's at a level that you would expect it to be. Increment #2 is way too loud. The gap is extreme and not appropriate. Needs fixing.
    b) Physically it can move around a bit. It's not outright wobbly, but it's not rock solid either.
    c) Letting the MacBook go to sleep and you happen to disconnect the monitor (and say go home at the end of the day), the MacBook will lose the plot and go into a weird state and then reboots itself. Needs fixing.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible display

    I bought this to replace my Apple Thunderbolt Display and was NOT impressed. Definitely not apple quality as i had two dead on arrival. This is cheaply made, do not recommend.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning retina display, instability when near router

    Love the picture. had my Airport Extreme in the corner of the desk, monitor would blink and freeze and macbook pro would lock up. moved my router a few feet to the side of the minton and it's perfect now. sleeps and wakes fine in open or clamshell mode. all good. i am disappointed that this thing isn't properly shielded, but it's a fantastic monitor. highly recommended.