• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with a Mac Pro!

    As I was going to use this with a Mac Pro, I discounted the laptop issues. After getting it delivered AND going to the Apple store to buy a Thunderbolt 2 cable and 2-3 converter for an extra $80 to connect it to the Mac Pro, nothing happens. Black screen. No sign of life. After extremely frustrating interaction with Apple Care, I did more online research and found this on the Apple site-

    "*Apple recommends that you use the LG UltraFine 5K Display as a second monitor with Mac mini and Mac Pro, as the display might not turn on until you boot into macOS. As a result, pre-boot features such as Boot Picker and macOS Recovery might not be available on the display."


    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Picture but with Issues

    I use the LG 5K monitor with my new late 2016 13" MacBook Pro. Upfront the picture is gorgeous but there are issues which is just poor quality on Apple and LGs parts. Here is what you can expect.
    1. Volume issue - at the 1st volume level (minimum level before being muted) the sound coming out of the LG display is at a whisper. One level up and the volume is blaring loud and there is no way to adjust it to somewhere in between. This is a major design bug I'm hoping that Apple or LG fix via software or firmware update and soon - as from the user forums it seems that everyone is experiencing this problem.
    2. Thurnderbolt 3 port on the back of the LG monitor is flimsy. So if I move the wire in any way it affects the connection!
    3. Interworking between MacOS and LG monitor is buggy so things like awaking from sleep or rebooting result in black screens and weird behaviors requiring another reboot.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Must Have Got the Good One

    I was pretty scared reading everything in the press and in the reviews here after I ordered this display to use with my new MBP. But apparently, I got the good one. ;-)

    I'm sitting right next to a WiFi router and am seeing no flicker, no black screen, no signs of interference at all.

    My MBP goes in and out of sleep plug into, plugged and unplugged from the display without issue.

    Sound is great. Controls work great. Hinge and adjustment post feel solid yet easy to adjust and hold firm.

    The outer case design is beautiful and solid too. It's plastic but solid plastic with a bead-blasted texture to it. Looks as great from behind as it does up front.

    And, of course, the screen image is amazing - Cinema Display level amazing, and beyond. Colors. Pixels. It's pure digital joy.

    Count me as 100% satisfied!

    5 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen goes black intermittently

    While the display panel itself is just as good as Apple's own 5K iMac screen, the rest of the monitor feels like Dell on its worst day. It's plasticky, unstable and for some strange reason goes black every now and then. The MacBook would disconnect when the screen goes dark, causing a few seconds freeze as the Mac try to reconfigure itself, followed by the screen switching on again, and therefore another few seconds freeze of the Mac. Occasionally the monitor would freeze my MacBook entirely, and the only way to get it out of its coma is by unplugging the USB-C cable altogether.

    Under normal circumstances I would have just returned the monitor for a refund. But the lack of choices (as Apple has chosen not to release a display of its own) means I'm stuck with this flimsy, cheap looking and poorly engineered product for now.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not properly tested

    Keeps disconnecting then reconnecting every 30 seconds, with 2016 MBP 13". Unusable. Have returned.

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice image when it works

    I actually like this monitor quite a lot, but it has some problems. First of all, it only works in the right-side USB C ports on my 2016 MBP. In the left ports, there is an interference pattern displayed. Also, I have a problem with waking from sleep if I have it plugged in. Now I must remember to unplug my USB devices first, then put it to sleep. If I don't it will likely not wake up without having to force a reboot.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    Apple teaming with LG... reflects an all time low in Apple standards. Great picture, clunky design, poor sound. Significant Interference with my Apple wifi routers where they disappear, or diminish bandwidth for the ones still visible. All for a $1000... Very disappointed.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Randomly flickers and crashes my Macbook Pro

    It flickers multiple times a day and kernel panics my machine twice a week.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    £900 for a monitor that can't be used if you have wifi?

    It's being reported that if your fairly close to your router you get strong screen flickering and if you're too close and have your router on your desk like me it douesn't work at all. As apple/lg cheaped out on any kind of em shielding.

    62 of 88 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply not ready for public release.

    - Looks amazing. Better than what I imagined.
    - Included USB-C hub is very useful.
    - It charges the Mac Book which is very convenient.


    - Crashes the Mac (13 inch at least) everytime you unplug the display when the Mac is closed.
    - Strange cursor graphical issue occurs frequently, which requires a reboot to fix.
    - Sometimes certain UI elements become unresponsive, which also requires a reboot.
    - Sometimes devices plugged into the hub don't work, and you need to replug them to fix.
    - The device is not properly shielded from wifi radiation, so you can't have a wifi router within 2 meters of this display or it will go black.

    Has the potential to be a great display, just simply wasn't ready for public release. Very surprised.

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    At least it works well for me

    After reading all the horror stories in the other reviews, I thought I'd note that this monitor has worked well for me. I have it connected to a 2016 MBP 13" with touch bar. My experience so far is that it has never once crashed. The display is gorgeous and very bright. To dock the computer, I simply plug the closed computer into the USB-C cable, and I'm in business (I use a wireless keyboard and touchpad and don't use the MBP's keyboard or display when docked). To undock, I put the computer to sleep and unplug; it wakes up fine when I later open its screen. I'm using two USB-C to USB-3 adaptors from the display, one to my USB hub and the other to an audio adaptor to my Bose sound system (I've found the speakers in the monitor comparatively poor as most monitor speakers would be against the Bose system). I like a black bezel since it effectively disappears in real use. I would have preferred it thinner but so be it. Screen is glossy but OK in my office environment. Build quality seems OK, not great but not bad. Anyway, hope my luck holds out!

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great other than one issue

    Purchased this for to go with my new MacBook pro laptop. Retired old Apple Display which was awesome to son due to port compatibility issues. I haven't had any issues with the reported wifi problem - but I don't have my WAPs sitting next to my display. Screen quality is beautiful. I really like this display (I wish there was a 5K apple display - but alas)...my one compliant is that it wobbles if my desk is bumped or knocked. Because the display has tilt adjustments (not sure why), it can wobble on this axis.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The monitor screen is great but does not work all times!

    The monitor flickers and makes my 15 inch MBP 2016 with touch bar to flicker until it crashes.
    Seems that the quality of sound control is also very bad. It is either no sound or loud sound. When my kids are sleeping in the next room I cannot use...
    I think this monitor needs redesign to improve quality and make it work!
    The screen looks good though, when it works...


    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly fantastic, but wifi causes significant issues

    The monitor is overall fantastic but it suffers greatly when placed anywhere near a wifi router. When I first plugged it in, it wouldn't turn on. Moving the monitor to different positions helped but the display would still turn on and off frequently. I moved my router back a little it and pointed my antennas away from it (they were straight up) seems to have mostly solved the problem.

    LG support confirmed the issue but said the only workaround is to move the router further away. They also said they are still investigating. I'm hoping for a recall since I do like the monitor but I'd rather not rework my network setup.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Major Quality Control Issues - Don't buy this Monitor!

    For the first week it was great, now it's nothing but a black screen that crashes my 15" Late 2016 MacBook Pro with touch bar. The LG app that it comes with freezes, the screen can sometimes be brought to life for 30 minutes or so before it starts flickering for a minute or two and then goes dark. Sometimes I can get it working temporarily by unplugging the Thunderbolt 3 cable it comes with, unplugging the monitor's power cord and then rebooting my MacBook Pro but sometimes that doesn't work either. It used to cause my MacBook Pro to crash with it but lately that's not happening, only the monitor crashes. I'm an Apple Business Unit customer so I purchased two of these LG 5K's, one for my downtown office and one for my home office, hoping for a seamless plug & play experience. All I got was instead was a Dark Screen. AVOID THIS PRODUCT, IT'S GOT SERIOUS DEFECTS

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds problems and causes MBP 2016 to crash

    The sound level is broken on this display. The range is 1..16. 1 is too soft and 2 is too loud. Something was not calibrated. My MBP will continually crash (hard reboot needed) when it is unplugged in clamshell mode.

    The only good thing is I can still return it.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This monitor doesn't work

    I bought two of these monitors to use with my new MacBook Pro 15". The first two showed up and one would not display anything and the other would turn off and on every 2-3 minutes. Apple replaced the monitors and the two new monitors still had the same issue. Unplugging my USB wireless keyboard helped improve the situation but still have regular flashes and crashes. My computer crashes about 3 times in an 8 hour period and flashes 8-10 times during that same time period.

    I hope Apple fixes this issue soon. It makes it hard to get work done under these circumstances.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems to be fixed!

    I have both a LG UltraFine 5K and an LG UltraFine 4K. The 4K worked for me out of the box, except for the chronic wake from sleep issues that have been heavily discussed here. I simply unplug the USB C cable, wake and then replug in. A pain, but not a deal breaker.
    In setting up the 5K I got screen flashes, black screens, kernel panics, locked Apple MacBook (late 2016) 15 inch issues. It was unusable. I put it back in the box, and was going to return. BUT - Sierra updated to 10.12.3 - and I decided to retry.
    Note: I also updated Magnet (an App Store screen real estate management app) which I suspect may have been part of the problem.
    Result: The 5K and the 4K are working now for 2 days straight with no issues (except intermittent sleep to wake). I did have to plug in the USB-C cable first, then the Thunderbolt 3 cable. Doing it in reverse order, does not allow the Mac to recognize the 4K.
    For me, for now, all is working. 4 stars for sleep to wake and the fact that it's only been 2 days, and I'm not sure this "working" streak will be sustained.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Monitor DO

    The 27" 5K LG monitor arrived DOA (for 2016 15" MacBook Pro). I chose this monitor as I assumed Apple had thoroughly tested it with the new MacBook Pro and it would function better than its competition. However, to my disappointment, I found that the Mac wouldn't recognize it. After speaking with Apple Geniuses (they first said they didn't know anything about the monitor - it's really LG's problem), I was able to get a replacement monitor ordered. When it arrived it was recognized, but it could not be selected to run at native resolution (only lower resolutions using Scale mode in System Preferences). It also has the well-documented awakening from sleep non-responsive bugs that are still present in MacOS 10.12.3. I expect more from Apple and Tim Cook. Don't buy this until Apple and LG can work through the bugs. Also, Apple needs to accurately calculate the "Average Review" score for this monitor as it is overstated.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful and Cool, but Not Perfect

    Look, this monitor is a LOT better than the 1 and 2 star reviews suggest. I actually like the sleek black look. Plus, it's EXTREMELY useful if you have the MacBook Pro. It expands its functionality to full desktop level with the extra USB-C ports on the back, and it looks beautiful with its high-resolution display and easy setup with your computer. It is a great size, is weighted well, and better yet you can plug two of these in if you want two displays, which I do (I do a lot of creative app use with both music and video.)

    Now, the bad: it doesn't function well with anything BUT the MacBook, thus ruining my dream of playing PlayStation 3 on one screen while monitoring my session on another (call me glib, but I have my creature comforts.) So you can't run it with an HDMI device. Also, the webcam on it is really, REALLY bad looking. I was really disappointed in this because it was one of the main reasons I bought it, I was hoping the camera and mic quality was at least almost on par with the pixel quality. And this is a bit nitpicky, but USB-C requires a lot of adaptors still so you'll need a bunch of Apple branded cables that connect one to another, which is kind of annoying right now.

    But honestly, the camera isn't enough to make me dislike the monitor. If you have the new MacBook Pro, it is a dream. If not, I definitely would not recommend this because it doesn't work well with anything else.

    3 of 8 people found this useful