• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Picture, When It Works...

    I have to main issues. 1) Sometimes my MacBook (late 2016 15") turns psychedelic. Like, tons of random very bright colors and extremely difficult to see content on the screen. 2) Often, when I plug the monitor into the laptop, the monitor starts out on the dimmest setting, no matter what the setting was the last time the screen was plugged in. This seems to happen inconsistently, but typically multiple times per day.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Enough is enough, crashing 10+ times a day

    The title of this review says it all.

    I purchased the LG UltraFine 5K Display alongside the 13" MacBook Pro (Late 2016). Sadly, from day one my experience has been nothing disappointment. This is no exaggeration, when my MacBook is woken from sleep mode more often than not it will crash, rebooting the machine. This has happened well over 100 times in the last 3-4 weeks. I have put up with the display in vain hoping that there would be some magical software update that would fix everything but am running out of hope.

    There are other issues. Music controls don't work when using Magic Keyboard i.e. Play/Pause. Sound is also an issue, just way off, too loud.

    To be fair, the display is beautiful and I like the fact that I can charge my MacBook via USB-C. Adjusting the monitor height up and down, angle tilt forward/backward is also nice.

    I wish Apple had kept producing the Apple brand display in-house, same feel as external features as the iMac for a side-by-side experience.

    If you are considering on buying this display, sorry Apple, I wouldn't recommend it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Handoff with 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

    I like the display of the monitor, and the single cable for power and video, but...

    When you unplug the monitor, especially when a 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016)'s cover is closed, there is a 99.9% chance it will crash the 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016)!

    It didn't crash once; just after I upgraded to macOS Sierra 10.12.3 (16D32).

    Also the Belkin USB-C to Ethernet adapter that Apple sells, when plugged in to the monitor, will sometimes not initialize when the monitor is plugged into a 15" MacBook Pro (Late 2016).

    Like others, I expected this to work as well as the Thunderbolt Display that it replaces.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Trash. Do not buy.

    These monitors are trash. I have one. Regret replacing my Thunderbolt Display with it.

    Things I have experienced while using this monitor with my Late 2016 13" MBP (with Touch Bar):

    1. Kernel Panics when connecting monitor or on boot with the panel connected.
    2. The monitor cable is loose at the back of the monitor - wiggling it very gently will cause it to disconnect and occasionally cause cocos kernel panics.
    3. Waking my Mac from sleep has about a 50% chance of not turning on the external monitor.
    4. Video display corruption on the built in laptop panel when connecting the LG.
    5. Enormous mouse pointers left on external screen - I end up with two mouse pointers. One giant one and the normal one. I have to disconnect and reconnect the monitor to get rid of the giant rogue mouse pointer.
    6. Connecting the monitor causes my built in laptop LCD panel to "forget" its brightness settings (and thus I have to constantly tweak my brightness settings when connecting the monitor).
    7. If I connect the LG monitor but already have headphones plugged in to my Laptop, the LG hijacks the audio and starts playing audio out its built in speakers (often very loudly) - not good in an office setting.
    8. External USB devices connected to the monitor sometimes don't work. Eg, Apple USB 101 key keyboard doesn't respond or USB external HDD not detected or mounted.

    Also, the stand is very bad and the monitor is very wobbly. There is also no cable management which is terrible when you have to have so many dongles connected and the display cable is so loose and temperamental.

    Avoid this product like the plague. Apple should be very ashamed of itself for endorsing this pile of ****.

    42 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashed my MBP 2016 15" every time I plugged/unplugged it

    I really really wanted to like this monitor, but I had the same issues that so many other people seem to be having. When it worked the display was great. However, my 2016 MBP 15" would crash nearly every time that I plugged or unplugged it from this monitor. Occasionally it would work, but I could never figure out what conditions would lead to it working without crashing. It was completely unacceptable for a monitor and laptop of this price.

    It may be that the issue is entirely with Apple and not with LG, since it is my Macbook Pro crashing, but these terrible issues should have been found during basic testing of the monitor before releasing it.

    I tried resetting the SMC, NVRAM and multiple other suggestions, but none worked. Someone did suggest disabling filevault, but I didn't want to do that and it seemed like a bad solution if it really was the only way. I returned the monitor with one day remaining on my return window since I could never find a solution.

    Do not buy this monitor unless you like taking risks. Perhaps it will work for you, but it is not a well-tested product.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works perfectly for me

    It doesn't come cheap but the display is gorgeous. Best picture i have every seen on a monitor, very crisp. I have not experienced any of the issues other users complained about. Connection with my MPB 15" (late 2016) works just perfectly, it never crashes. Monitor doesn't disconnect nor flickers. Might be they had some defective units, mine so far does what it promises.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's alright and the audio levels are annoying

    It's a monitor. It works, but the audio controls are awful. The step between the first bar and the 2nd bar when changing audio levels is huge, so don't expect to listen to music quietly at night. The docking experience isn't great. It's a disappointment for the money. Much like the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, buy it if you need it, but don't expect to be delighted.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Received two defective units - beware

    I was excited to purchase this product shortly after getting a new mac book pro. The first unit arrived and would not stay sync'd with the laptop display. It kept turning on and off. Sometime the screen would appear half orange and half black. I returned the first one and the second one was worse. The screen would not turn on at all. The laptop acknowledged it was being charged by the monitor but would not recognize the display. It never turned the display on when connected.

    The monitor itself appear flimsy (cheap plastic) and the custom cable which might have been the problem in the first unit does not fit snuggly into the monitors Thunderbolt 3 slot.

    This was clearly rushed to market without adequate quality control.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    0 stars

    Tried to use it with the new high-end MacBook Pro 15.
    Never got it to work: macbook would sometimes freeze while plugging in, display flickered and went black first few times I tried to plug in MacBook, then even flickering stopped, just stayed completely blank on any operation.

    Return defective unit to the Apple Store and was going to order the new one (they were out of stock for replacement), but after reading reviews decided to pass.

    Apple, shame on you, this is not the experience I payed all this money for MacBook for.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor, terrible integration with the latest MBP 2016

    I am using the monitor with my brand new MBP 2016 15" with the AMD GPU 460. The display is fantastic. This is definitely as good as I expected it to be. But the interaction with the MBP is REALLY REALLY BAD. Even after the latest upgrade to Sierra 10.12.3 the MBP crashes every time it tries to come back from sleep mode after disconnecting and connecting the MBP via the supplied TB3 cable. In addition to that any external USB accessory (mouse, keyboard, etc.) attached to the monitor is not recognized after the MBP has been unplugged and re-pluggeed back. I am very disappointed with this solution, I hope Apple and LG will fix this via FW update very soon.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    LG 5K Disaster

    Received the monitor today and it worked great for a solid fifteen minutes. The first time the computer went to sleep that was it. I could not get the monitor to fire up again. A call to Apple support yielded not better results. Apple support wanted meet to book an appointment at the Genius Bar for mid next week. No thanks! This monitor is going to get returned. I should return my 2016 MBP 15 at the same time. It has been nothing but trouble since I received it. I've never had so much trouble with a new lap top before. Mostly with how it interacts with my Thunderbolt displays. At least I can get the Thunderbolt displays to render an image with a couple of reboots.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible purchase.

    This monitor is unusable. It worked fine for about the first hour when hooked up to a new 2016 13" Macbook pro. Then it started crashing periodically whenever HD videos were viewed in full screen mode. I also encountered the flickering, fade to black screen.
    Eventually it would crash the MBP, without fail, at least once every hour. When in clamshell mode, it would periodically fade to black, and sometimes come back. Then eventually it would crash, and actually send the MBP into recovery mode when I tried to turn it back on.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buggy & Ultimately Unusable - What a disappointment!

    I own 2 MBP 15" TouchBar 2.9/16gb/Radeon 460, all updates installed as of this review. What follows is a review of when $7k worth of MacBooks and $1k worth of displays left me frustrated and disappointed.

    The first monitor arrived DOA. It powered the MacBooks via TB3, but no video. Took almost 2 weeks for a replacement to come.

    The 2nd monitor arrived with all the same complaints many others have. It works intermittently at best. Performance drags tremendously using Lightroom, Photoshop and other GPU intensive apps (you know, the apps pros use and this screen was supposedly designed for). Ambient light detection was never implemented as advertised, the ports disconnect whenever they want, and worst of all... the screen will occasionally lock up the whole computer without warning, forcing a reboot. Sometimes it wouldn't work at all unless I disconnected, rebooted, then reconnected to begin with.

    I sent my replacement back for a refund and look forward to when LG or another manufacturer comes out with a more reliable product. It's a shame because this screen is gorgeous and if it worked, I'd buy 4. Buyer beware.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    some issues

    1. crash after disconnect while mac is asleep, still an issue in 10.12.3
    2. sound volume from 1 to 2 is too big of a jump
    3. extremely laggy when adjusting brightness via keyboard
    hope all fixable via software update, but as of now pretty annoying. Image quality itself is beautiful though.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be great, but is not right now.

    Apple products used to just work, that was the beauty of them, No fussing around, no complicated configuration, they just worked.
    I cannot believe that Apple are selling a product on their own online store that has some basic flaws. This appears to be happening more and more and as much as I want to love this, I can't right now. I have invested a lot of money in a new MBP 2016 15inch and this LG 5K display.
    The number one problem is that the display does not wake up from sleep when it is connected to my MBP (and the MBP is in closed lid mode/clamshell). So in order to wake it I have to remove my MBP from it's vertical dock, open the lid of the laptop and wake it up using it's own trackpad or keyboard.
    BUT....that does not work either!!! The thing just crashes! Completely unresponsive. So I have to hard reboot the MBP.
    This is not acceptable LG/Apple. Yes this can probably be fixed with a software update, but why does this basic function not work out of the box. Just on that principle I will be returning mine and waiting till someone else comes up with a solution that just works.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed review

    The Great: Picture - Awesome - Maybe the best I have seen on the market; Single feed for power and data
    The Good: Auto on/off. Minimalistic design; Build quality (but not apple display nice ;)
    The Bad: Buggy; Connectivity - Many problems when plugging and unplugging the monitor. Crashes computer, Wi-Fi disabled, blank screens. Let's hope its a firmware update to the rescue!

    I'm using it with a 13" MBP (2016) with touch bar.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Most beautiful screen I've ever owned, hands down.

    I was a bit hesitant to get this after seeing the negative reviews, especially in conjunction with the 13" MBPs. That said, this monitor was also what I had been looking for: single plugin for power and data and 5K... oh yes, 5K. I love my old 27" LED Cinema Display but after years of Retina class displays, it's just not as nice.

    The color is beautiful and as someone who deals in text ALL DAY the clarity to just great. You've got to see one in person to really appreciate it. Honestly, I can't say enough about the display itself and if I was rating just that, this thing would be 5 stars. The base is nice and heavy and unlike Apple's monitors I can adjust the height. The camera works well and it's a pleasant, albeit boring looking monitor. It goes well with my all black setup.

    However, it has some issues too:

    1. The sound is pretty bad which is compounded by the fact that the volume control is also terrible. Anything past 4 bars is distorted and too loud and the volume increase between the bars is too much.

    2. No cable management at all.

    3. The 13" MBP struggles with this monitor. You can tell it's basically got just enough juice to push this and that's about it. Mission Control related animations are a bit choppy and window resizing is definitely not fluid but it's also not bad.

    If animation smoothness is your main priority, it's probably a bit too soon for this monitor—at least with the current 13" laptops. If clarity trumps all, get this monitor. It's just... well... if you've seen the 5K iMac, you know what I'm talking about.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous display, firmware needs improvement

    Got a maxed out tMBP 15" driving two LG UltraFine 5K displays. The image quality is fantastic. The colour depth is brilliant. And it's so nice to have tens of millions of pixels blast into your retinas from a sleek laptop. I think it's an awesome achievement.

    However, I'm eagerly awaiting a few software fixes. The screens typically work fine, but the Mac will not wake from sleep about 50% of the time. Having to force a restart using the power/Touch ID button.

    Also, I've noticed that the USB-C connectivity is quite spotty. My Focusrite Scarlett2 2I2 is plugged into one of the displays, but at 192KHz suffers from frequent dropouts and (sometimes) doesn't even switch on. This does not happen when it's plugged directly into the Mac.

    So, great screens, but the software needs work — LG Firmware and/or Mac OS.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought two, returned two in 72 hours

    I am big enthusiast of Apple. This is my first time I complain badly about their product, well co-engineered with LG.

    My greatest disappointment: SPEED. Newest MBPro 13 inch with the best i7 CPU and 16GB ram is totally uncapable of handling this resolution. I was experiencing big mouse pointer lag, all the MacOS magic was lost, every window gesture was slow and lagging.

    The display resolution was charming - truely I loved the opportunity of upping my resolution to more than 2560x1440.

    However, the speed of the mixture of newest MBPro and Ultrafine got me totally disappointed. It was not worth it. Why have more space if I cannot efficiently use it?

    I was wanting to give 1 star, but OK - I gave 2 - if you are generally slow at computers maybe you will live with the speed. Otherwise, stay with your old 2011 Thunderbolt Display - which by far is still greatest display ever made. Sad but true :-(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Experience So Far...

    This has been one of the worst experiences I've had with a device in a very long while. Have this connected to a fully loaded 15" TouchBar and get nothing but flickering, just like everyone else. I've only been able to get a max of 1 hour of usability until it either keeps flickering, goes completely blank or freezes my MacBook. These things are totally defective from the factory. Hey LG, have you ever heard of QC? And hey Apple, how about making your own display and not outsourcing to another company? I thought you were better than Microsoft?

    24 of 27 people found this useful