• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointed!

    I have a MBP 15" late 2016 1 of these monitors. The problem is it is an unusable combination. I need to write documents that reference other documents to being able have both documents side by side is critical, i.e. cannot see both on the MBP’s monitor. Each time I plug in this monitor it is hit or miss if it will come on or if my machine will crash. Even if I can get it working it is only a matter of time before my machine crashes and I must start over. This was a horrible waste of my time and money. I have reached out to LG and have not heard anything back to date.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display But Issues with Camera and USB-C Hub

    The picture quality is amazing, however I am having problems with the built-in camera and USB-C hub. I have a powered external hard drive, keyboard, iPhone, Belkin Ethernet adapter, and Apple keyboard plugged into the back of the monitor. Whenever I make a video call (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) using the built-in camera, mic and speaker, they stop working and everything plugged into the back disconnects (though the display stays on). I've had better luck when the external hard drive is disconnected or plugged directly into the MBP. The closest WiFi AP is at least 15ft away.

    For $1k, these issues are a deal-breaker for me. Just as it was hard to go back to a non-retina display when the retina MBPs come out, it will be hard to go back to my Thunderbolt display, but I will likely be returning the monitor. Hopefully the versions with upgraded shielding won't have these issues.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not up to snuff

    Well it obviously works, but the little niggly things need to be fixed. As others have mentioned the sound level only has two options off and wake up the neighbours. Another one is RF interference from nearby WiFi access points. I don't have this problem as it's in another room. However, my screen goes haywire and takes the MacBook Pro screen with it when my iPhone is on the table near the monitor. It just keeps switching off and on and flickering until I move the iPhone away.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    All Good!

    Just got lg 27inch 5k monitor and its just great. Picture is amazing. Using with two 30inch cinema displays. Makes the cinema displays look very dated and not very bright.

    1. Connected to Mac Pro 2013. IT DOES allow 5k resolution! Just hold option key down when looking at the resolution options and you CAN select 5k. Text is too small to read but yes you can use 5k!!!

    2. No flickering. Router is far away.
    3. Connection to mac pro is using a usb c to thunderbolt 2m cable. 90 dollars in cabling.
    4. No sleep issues.
    5. Very bright.
    6. Great price for a 5k.
    7. There is NO reason not to get this monitor.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Annoying technical issues

    The picture is great, however the display has some major connectivity issues with my MacBook Pro (late 2016) with File Vault turned on.

    - It crashes macOS when unplugged in clamshell mode. You can usually avoid this by opening it before unplugging the display.
    - The display won't turn on. You might have to plug/unplug the cable a few times until the display turns on. Make sure you're logged into macOS as well.
    - The sound volume is not calibrated. The range is 1 to 16 and 1 is too quite and 2 is way too loud. 3 is unbearable. You can kind of use option + shift to use go in 0.25 steps.

    I don't recommend buying this display, until Apple resolves these issues.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound issue

    Sound on level 1 is so soft you can't hear anything. Sound on level 2 blasts right in your face. Something is definitely wrong.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Potentially near perfection but flawed.

    When this monitor works, with my 2016 15" MBP, it is truly stunning in 5K image quality. Editing in Lightroom CC is a real pleasure. I like the minimalist unobtrusive black plastic design. The heavy base makes it stable and the height adjustment is superb. I use it to extend the display of the MBP and it adjusts so that the screen is just above the open MBP screen. The sound is reasonable given the slim design. On the downside, I have suffered the flickering if too close to my AirPort Extreme so I have moved that. I get occasional blackouts and freezes while using Lightroom CC. I have had to reboot both my own and a friend's similar MBP when connected to this monitor. I have problems with sleep and power off when connected to the monitor. After power off the monitor might not be recognised so I need to unplug and replug it. After power off or sleep my two Porsche design desktop 5TB drives which are plugged into the monitors USB-C ports might not be recognised and if awakening from sleep I get an improper disconnection message. When the monitor is plugged in I sometimes get a problem with my login password not being recognised and I have to reset it using my Apple ID password. Apart from the flickering I am not sure whether the problems are due to the monitor or the MBP software or both. A real pity that these minor glitches have spoiled it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Aha moment

    With considerable trepidation, I ordered the LG monitor for my new MacBook Pro. "It had to be a software problem" I thought, reading the highly variable reviews on multiple sites. For those of us "of a certain age," we have accumulated software glitches that even multiple clean downloads fail to catch. Having seen (severe) monitor problems with MacBook Pros with dual graphics capabilities in the past, I figured that an interaction between old, loaded at launch, persistent software and the graphics switcher would be the likely culprit. This has been the root of many of the solutions mentioned in the reviews. Having cleared both the "Launch Agents" and "LaunchDaemons" folders, and turned off the graphics switcher, the rapid screen "fluttering" I was experienced quickly abated. I also cleaned out a lot of old software, some of which I would rather have kept, but we'll see going forward if I can live without them.

    As others have noted, the detail at 5K is incredible. For these old eyes, it is a revelation, a savored boon with the granite of "the very old man" glowing red and alive.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    Bottom line, the monitor is cheaply built and does not work properly. The problems started right out of the box. Video switching with the brand new MacBook Pro 15" was hit or miss, either crashing the laptop or forcing a process of unplugging the usb-c cable, opening the lid, closing the lid, waiting a while, on and on.
    Then any peripherals attached to the usb-c ports on the back of the monitor would lose power when waking the laptop from sleep, forcing an unplug/replug cycle to get things to work.
    Last straw was the interference with bluetooth peripherals. If the laptop is placed close to the monitor, bluetooth items like a mouse or keyboard, lose connections in a seemingly random pattern, making them basically unusable. If the laptop is placed as far away from the monitor as the cable allows, the problem disappears. Was able to reproduce this behavior at will over a 3 day period, and Apple confirmed it was an issue. Then the news broke about the interference with routers.
    Not worth the price of a cheap Dell monitor.

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