• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst monitor I've ever owned

    • Written by Hayim S from Boca Raton

    Originally I purchased two LG UltraFine 5k Displays to be used with my (then) brand new MacBook Pro with touch bar. Unfortunately these were the first generation totally non-shielded models, which caused regular crashes on my MacBook Pro. Fortunately I was able to return these to the local Apple Store - hoping I could get replacement shielded models.

    When I finally tried one LG UltraFine 5k Display - the shielded kind, I was plagued with new problems. The built-in speakers would magically crackle and take over sound output for no apparent reason. The monitor would not wake up with my MBP - I would have to unplug it and replug it in... I've turned in the towel and returned this one as well.

    In the last 25 years - this is the worst monitory ever. Apple needs to sell its own monitors again!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Not Worth the Trouble

    • Written by Jason C from Chicago

    I use two of these with a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) and have been mostly disappointed.

    The display itself is excellent. Brightness exceeds that of the MacBook Pro's. Color is among the best I've seen, but I'm not a photography professional so take that with a grain of salt. Screen size is perfect for the resolution. The backlighting has very little bleeding or unevenness.

    The design is mediocre, as many have pointed out. The only feature that stands out is the ability to charge my MacBook Pro via the same cable(s) that it connects with. Beyond that, things are pretty pointless. The machine you'll be using these with already has more-than-capable speakers and a webcam, so why waste cost and space on these? There is also a lack of swivel on the stand, and the tilt adjustment is simply "adequate". Thankfully the height is pretty flexible, and the metal base gives it a bit more stability. Lack of shielding has to be mentioned even though my router is nowhere near the monitors just because of how glaring the oversight was.

    That's only the start of the problems. Up until a few months ago, waking up the MacBook Pro while these were connected frequently resulted in kernel panics and/or sudden forced reboots. Although that appears to be resolved through a macOS update, other issues persist like intense flickering during notification displays, repositioned windows (many of which end up nearly off-screen), and occasionally confused arrangements which flip my left and right monitors and make me drag all the windows back and forth if I want to return to my previous workflow. So much for productivity!

    I could go on and on, but Apple's review word limit tells me this is enough for now.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The bad reviews are true - This monitor is totally unstable

    • Written by Tyler A from Fresno

    Using a '16 MBPro with this monitor and I could not take it anymore. The monitor goes black or nasty colors flash and USB, and everything connected fall out (keybd, mouse, external drives, virtual machine network, etc). All open apps and terminals get crunched down into my 15" MBP screen. Then, it sometimes comes back, or I have to unplug the USB-C. Either way, when it comes back online it takes long while to get everything laid on on your screens and get your thoughts back together. It's maddening when you're under pressure with work... I'm done...it's in a corner collecting dust. Back to my old Thunderbolt 27"... I'm very upset.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best display I have owned.

    • Written by Michael K from sarnia

    Saw in Apple store and could not believe the clarity. The black bezel and stand look fine and the single-cable connection to my MacBook Pro 2016 is clean ands keeps my MBP charged. Brightness and sound levels adjustable from my Magic Keyboard. Sound is adequate for causal use. Final Cut Pro shines with the extra screen space and stunning clarity of images and text. This replaces an older 30” Cinema Display and there is just no comparison. It might not look like an Apple product, but the build-quality, display quality and software have Apple written all over it. I would give 5 stars if the price was a bit lower. Otherwise, very happy with this purchase. Note: I have the most recent version of this monitor with all of the fixes and latest software update from LG.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flooded with issues

    • Written by Marissa M

    Bought this approximately three weeks ago and have worked with customer service / technical support from LG and still having issues. Random dropouts, video going black and then my USB's stop working all together and have to reboot. LG said they are working on a fix for USB problems, will be a few months before they can fix. Also had a message that appeared stating I had a kernel panic and had to shut down my computer.

    For $1,299.99, I was expecting at least a stable machine.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    don't waste your money

    • Written by William O from Alexandria

    OK, the picture is beautiful. But that's it.

    when connected to my 2016 MacBook Pro, it's slow to start up. It's on it's way to LG for repair for the 2nd time in 7 months. This time no video, but it does work with audio and power for the machine.

    If I could have my money back, I'd take it.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    LOTS of Technical Problems , huge headache :(

    • Written by Jonny R

    Beware buying this display, there are MAJOR technical problems that will cause you frustrations. I have a MacBook pro OLED touch and have nothing but issues with this display.

    Problems so far include the following behavior

    Random Green lines going across screen, vertical and horizontal
    MacBook Pro shutting down for no reason
    runs VERY hot
    Speakers are terrible

    Also the display will shut down after just 10 minutes of use sometimes when it gets overheated. BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ignore previous comments.

    • Written by Michal K from Lusk

    I've bought this display with Mac Pro last month. I was worried about the bad reviews but I've decided to give it a go and I must say. I am positively surprised. Display works great, there is no flickering or unwanted changes in brithness like some people were mentioning before. Maybe it was occurrence in early versions of this display.

    I am only using this display for a month but so far I haven't seen a glitch or a problem which is why I am leaving 4 stars. The only bad point in my opinion is that this 5k screen ONLY works in 4k quality with Mac Pro. This is the best available screen on Apple website and paired with the best available machine provides 4k instead of 5k... this should be fixed either on Mac Pro end or display end.


  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Reviews scared me but glad I bought it

    • Written by Brian F from Austin

    I was looking for a monitor that would work with my new "touch bar" 15" MacBook Pro. The reviews on here scared me from buying one for a while, but I went ahead and got it. It took me about a minute to pull it out of the box. I put the power cord in, connected it to my MBP via the included USB-C cord and it worked just fine. So far, no problems.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Samuel K from Washington

    I was pretty hesitant after the reviews. I had recently purchased a 27" Samsung 4k monitor that looked great but the refresh rate was killing me. As a graphic designer I can't tolerate the mouse lag. I should have done my homework. Dumped that monitor and took a chance on the LG Ultrafine 5k Display. Pricey but I'm absolutely pleased with the performance. Beautiful screen and zero mouse lag with 2017 15" Macbook Pro. Having none of the issues stated by other reviewers. Maybe I just got lucky.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Display has major flaws. Would not buy.

    • Written by Michael P from San Francisco

    Pros: Very sharp and bright screen. Even though the design is pretty boring and looks like any other PC monitor, it is fairly thin and light.

    Cons: This monitor has shielding problems. The issues around a router are known, but I get interference from other equipment in the office as well (I have a bluetooth headset, iPhone, and landline phone sitting next to the monitor). Also, there are software bugs that Apple still hasn't fixed. If you try to disconnect the Touchbar MacBook Pro from the monitor while it's still in clamshell mode, the computer will crash and requires a forced shutdown.

    This monitor is a major disappointment given the price point. Apple and LG should have spent more time with hardware and software testing before releasing this product.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer beware of this display

    • Written by Christina C

    Where do I start with this display? I keep getting kernel panics on my new Apple MacBook Pro 2017 model with this display. We bought a bunch of these from the Apple direct website and have issues with each one of them. These are not for a good business if you want something reliable. This display is not reliable and cannot recommend it, due to the multiple failures that exist. I called LG myself and they did some troubleshooting and said this monitor is "flaky". A $1299.99 display is flaky?

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought top-of-line MBP with 2TB SSD and two LG 5K Ultrafine Displays

    • Written by Kym B from Tampa

    The good - the monitors produce a beautiful picture and have good sound.

    The bad - (1) the MBP overheats horribly, which does not happen with 2 older Apple Thunderbolt Displays; (2) the MBP does not wake up when striking the [RETURN] key or wiggling the mouse, which is inconvenient because I keep the MBP in a Dock because I have two external displays.


  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful display + terrible sound = waste of money

    • Written by Bjorn B from Victor

    This is the highest resolution, brightest display I've ever seen. It easily beats the brightness of the 2017 MacBook Pro. But the speakers SOUND TERRIBLE, JUST LIKE EVERYONE SAYS! At the 2nd volume notch its' already *way* too loud, you have to use Option+Shift+Volume to "micro adjust" it down to make it not sound like someone tooting in a tin can. Absolutely terrible, and honestly makes it a huge waste of money... You can undoubtedly get a nicer screen without the terrible speakers for much less (not to mention the terrible mic, that's also really bad quality, sounds like you're in a giant hollow chamber). But the one hidden gem? The camera is higher quality than the MacBook's. Which honestly just makes me feel like Apple cheaped out on the MacBook. Way to go Apple, you're doing a fantastic job tarnishing your once-sterling brand... keep it up and you'll run it into the ground in no time!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do NOT recommend , cannot recommend this monitor

    • Written by Henry W

    This one is just not good. I am a true die hard Apple fan, but this one, I cannot endorse. Too many problems, even after the firmware update still same issues. I dont just have one single issue, its multiple failures, and I checked the reviews on this display and others are having the exact same problems i am. Biggest problem I have with it is that sometimes the display just shuts off on its own without any intervention from me...Then i have to go through a long process of resetting it and calling LG support. Also the picture quality isn't even close to that of my old Apple Thunderbolt, I really do think the Thunderbolt was sharper and a cleaner picture.

    Recommend to stay away.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jeffrey S

    I have tried my best to stick with this monitor, but ended up returning it today. For me, it did not work out. There are serious defects in this display, so I returned it and got myself a Thunderbolt Display from Apple and absolutely love it.

    This LG had problems , it keeps turning off on its own and then green lines would show up. Also had some random reboots too.

    Stay away from the LG and insist on the Apple genuine Thunderbolt, you will love it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding colour, outstanding brightness, pleasing design.

    • Written by David M from Chester

    Held off buying this due to the number of poor reviews on this site but eventually could not resist and bought one from the Apple Store in Singapore. Quite frankly it is the best display I have ever owned. The colour saturation and brightness are outstanding and, for a non-Apple manufactured product, the design is pleasing. I have not had one issue with the display paired to a 2017 MacBook Pro. Currently it serves as a single cable solution for display, raid backup disk, ethernet (via USB C - ethernet adaptor) and as a connection for syncing my iPad and iPhone. I have tried several 4K displays including the LG31MU97 however I am happy I made the switch. An awesome display and single cable docking solution for any 2017 MacBook Pro owner.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of technical problems

    • Written by Dmytro K from Los Angeles

    1. Squeaky speakers.
    2. Problems with a video camera - sometimes it just doesn't want to start and I have to restart my laptop.
    3. Image retention problems (if you stay on 1 still image for a minute - you'll see it for another minute if you open another window).

    Because of the third problem I sent my monitor to a LG service on May, 22nd... and they promised to repair it by the end of August.
    Don't buy this monitor, don't repeat my mistake.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb clarity and colour

    • Written by Frank M from RUNDLE MALL

    Overall the monitor is fantastic. It is very clear and the colours a very natural. Performance is good.

    I did have some issues with the monitor initially with disconnections of devices attached to it and failing to turn on at times but these issues have all disappeared with the only negative that occurs occasionally is that it will start in a dimmed mode requiring to increase the brightness. I have not determined the sequence that causes this but I use the monitor with my Mid 2014 MacBook Pro 15" with a Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter and I believe this has happened when I start the MB and immediately close it.

    I am also using my original Thunderbolt Display (5 years old) which still works very well and I always thought that it was great but having the LG next to it, I can see how much better the LG actually is. The LG is clearer, text is easier to read and the contrast and colours better.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this display!

    • Written by Gary G

    This LG 5k Display has major problems and I cannot recommend it, the quality build quality and overall quality of the picture is NOT good and has problems staying on. For example, yesterday at work we left it on for 24 hours and came back and the screen was black. This was not a screen saver or energy efficient mode, we called LG and they said they are having problems with this model doing that and have to send us a new one. This is the 5th one we bought for the office and had nothing but problems.

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