• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Generally good, but bad burn-in/'memory' effect on bright screens

    • Written by MICHAEL R from Raleigh

    I've got two of these displays hooked up to my MacBook Pro and have liked them a lot until recently. I've begun to notice that if you have the brightness cranked up (I keep mine at max) and use a white window, you will get a burn-in/memory effect that can last minutes if you quickly switch to a dark display. I use multiple desktops (different VMs) that I will swap back and forth between, to keep them separate, I have different backgrounds (some very dark) and I will see a residual effect from bright windows LONG after swapping desktops. It's become HIGHLY annoying.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Miv F from Ottawa

    Too many bad reviews. Bought mine end of Jan 2018 for my 2017 MBP with touch bar. LOVE THIS DISPLAY. I have not experienced any of the issues I see in bad reviews. I use mine heavily as a professional photographer. Great crisp colour. All good!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Lauren V from Southern Shores

    Bought July 30th, and didn't use it for the first two weeks. Now that I have been using it for the last two weeks, it has blanked out on me 5 times. It's getting more and more frequent. There is no power button on this so you can't power it on and off, the only choice is to pull out the plug and hope that causes it to flicker back on. I thought it was only when the computer went to sleep, but now it just happens while working. Apple top tech suggest shutting down the computer to get it to work every night, LG tech suggests change the power outlet it was plugged into. Forget it. Don't buy this monitor. This or the B version. Junk. LG tech support is a joke. Run away Run away. Mine is going back today.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    nice display, Apple stands are better

    • Written by Stephen P from Glendale


    Works fine for me. Connected to touchbar Macbook Pro. Great to have the high resolution (I have 5K) screen.

    Vertical position adjustment (a feature which is not important to me, but am including for completeness).


    Wobbles. Whenever I bump my desk, the display wobbles and takes about 6 seconds to damp out and stop. Very annoying. Never had this problem with Apple displays (same desk).

    Horizontal tilt alignment. Yes, you can adjust, but a solid stand would solve the problem with zero user participation. Again, Apple stands are better on this.

    Edge to edge glass Apple display cleaner.

    Heavy. Hard to move from side to side to point screen sideways to adjust pointing or show displayed content to others. Easy to do with Apple displays.


    I held off getting this, waiting for an Apple design alternative, but finally gave up, suspecting Apple/LG arrangements limited customers to this LG version.

    Nice screen display, but wish Apple had continued the Apple display tradition for its superior mount.

    Display wobble continues to be annoying.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only worked for 1.5 years.

    • Written by Kyle V from North Saanich

    I am remiss to write this review as I love Apple and have purchased a lot over the years - First gen MacBook Air, top of the line second gen MacBook Air, Thunderbolt Display, multiple iPads and iPhones. I have had nothing but great experiences and promote Apple heavily to my community.

    This monitor is my only exception to perhaps a decade of otherwise great experiences.

    When my most recent MacBook Air finally started to slow down (after 6 years of heavy use!) I decided to upgrade to the latest MacBook Pro (late 2016, fully loaded) and 2 LG 5k Ultrafine monitors (for work and home) shortly after they were released.

    The monitors, when they work, are great - Resolution and colour are simply amazing, and the USB-C connection is so easy you have a hard time realizing what it was like before USB-C simplicity.

    All that being said - A faulty part failed on my home monitor recently (it is also the least used of the two monitors). The monitor no longer worked and the cost of repair was ~$600. After hours on the phone I learned that LG was unwilling to cover this manufacturers defect as it was outside the 1 year period (they also gave me conflicting servicing advice, of which one solution involved me shipping the product at my expense to Ontario, a multi-hour flight from my home). While I respect the policy, given this was clearly a defect I was disappointed.

    Ultimately I would expect more than a 1.5 year useful lifespan before requiring a fix to a high-end monitor like like this one (my Thunderbolt Display never had an issue and still works after 6+ years!).

    I wanted to share this feedback so someone at Apple was aware. Given your commitment to quality, I assumed you would like to know (I had difficulty finding a less public venue to provide detailed feedback of this nature).

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So disappointed. Green screen let down by so many design flaws.

    • Written by Carl B from Derby

    The stand is not sturdy, the slightest amount of pressure on your desk (e.g typing) and it wobbles like crazy. It's even worse if you raise the height of the monitor even a little bit.

    The panel itself looks magnificent (which is why it gets 2 stars instead of 1) but suffers from very bad backlight bleed and image retention. Not something I expect from a £1100 monitor.

    I love the idea of a one cable solution, and with this being the only 5k monitor that works reliably, i'll continue to use it. Apple really dropped the ball presenting this their preferred display for the Macbook pro.

    I'd avoid this and look at a considerably cheaper 4k monitor (which scales rather well to the native resolution the Ultrafine 5k displays)

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best

    • Written by Sebastian S from Jacksonville

    I am not sure why all the negative reviews, I can only attribute it to user error or other hardware issues not related to the monitor. I have it hooked up to my Mac Pro. It's amazing compared to the Apple branded monitor. The picture is so unreal. I hooked it up to my MacBook Pro, no issues there neither. I am running the latest version of MacOS. If you want a the best monitor on the market, don't hesitate in buying this monitor. Don't pay no attention to the negative reviews. You have to tweak the monitor, you have to set it as your primary screen, etc..it's not a monitor issues, it's a user issue. So rest assured, this monitor is the tops of the tops.....but do yourself a favor, buy it open box somewhere and save a few hundred....great monitor. In fact, I am searching for my 2nd one currently....

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Richard P from Universal City

    Paired with a 2018 MacBook Pro . . . perfect out of the box, superior visual quality and still is.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Benjamin H from Brooklyn

    I replaced a 21:9 LG display that used Thunderbolt 2 with this, and I couldn't be happier. Great interoperability with the MacBook Pro (much better than previous), and the image quality and brightness are really fantastic. No regrets

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Leads to my audio constantly buzzing

    • Written by Denis K from Baar

    Ever since I started using this monitor I have crackles, buzzes and hums on my audio equipment as long as I am near the monitor. Even using my iPhone with some headphones near the monitor will lead to a buzzing on it. Great picture quality though.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it's not what I expected...

    • Written by ARSHIA S from San Diego

    I invested in two LG monitors, one 5k and one 4k. I used them side by side connected to my MBP 2017. The image quality is much better on the 4k than the 5k. Texts and fine lines look blurry on the 5k comparing to crisp quality of the 4k and it is so disappointing because I planned to use the 5k as my main desktop.
    I took my both monitors and laptop to Apple store so they may find a way to fix this but they said it is what it is and can not no anything about it. So unhappy.
    Any one with same experience?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not as "plug and play" as you'd think. Here's how to make it work

    • Written by Kimberly R from Vista

    Once I finally got it working, it seems to work quite well, but I had a heck of a time getting it set up. The "plug and play" feature isn't quite true, there is a key setting you need to configure before it will work properly. I'm sure experienced macophiles would know it intuitively, but it took me quite a while to figure it out.

    When I first plugged it in I was quite frustrated because it displayed my background screen but none of my active windows, and the menu bar at the top of the screen was grayed out.

    I discovered quite by accident that if I set my display to "airstream" to AppleTV it would magically also display on the LG, but that was quite odd and as long as I was using it I couldn't watch Apple TV. Plus there seemed to be a weird delay if I was trying to make a video conference call, as it seemed to be going from my laptop to my appleTV to my monitor.

    In desperation, I started clicking on every option everywhere on my system preferences. I discovered that there is a tab under display called "Arrangement." Under "Arrangement" was a check box under "Mirror Displays."

    Duh. After clicking that, the monitor immediately popped up and all was well.

    I'm sure this was obvious to many people, but to me it was a headscratcher, and even calling Apple Support didn't help, as it didn't occur to any of them, either.

    So, if you buy this, just be aware that plugging it in will not alone make it function. You need to go to System Preferences/Display/Arrangement/Mirror Displays. There are no instructions provided anywhere with the monitor or online either at the apple site or the LG site other than "plug and play," so knowing this is quite helpful.

    Arrangement. Seriously? That's one heck of a non-intuitive command.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a nice monitor, not sure what all the bad reviews are about?

    • Written by Bill K from Trussville

    This is a fantastic product. I'm not sure what all the bad reviews are about, perhaps there have been revisions. Mine works flawlessly with my 2018 MacBook pro. Really glad I didn't let the bad reviews persuade me to look elsewhere. You get the fully integrated functionality like the Thunderbolt displays. The panel looks as good as my iMac 5k. I love the matte black finish, kind of industrial looking. Nice.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked ok for 16 months, now failing with crashing MacBook Pro

    • Written by Peter N from Woodside

    I am working with a 2016 MacBook Pro 13 inch and all worked ok but now constant crashing when reconnecting after sleep mode. Restarts the computer with all the issues. Flickers for some time on/off after restart and then works until the next reconnect.
    The sharpness is really great, colors are very good, however, it could be brighter. It also had issues before with turning black while working and coming back immediately. No normal USB ports, only USB-C which means I had to buy additional adapters for standard devices that are not even offered as USB-C, yet. It is a shame that Apple is selling this for the high price but not offering any support and does not care for the issues. I would highly recommend staying away from this display.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Wish I'd Bought This Sooner

    • Written by John P from Great Barton

    Deterred by the bad reviews for this, (and the price) I have held off buying but now don't regret paying for it one bit. It's a cracking panel video and photos pop out at you, while small text is easy on the eye. It works seamlessly and simply.

    I'm using a 15" 2017 MacBook Pro USB-C, Apple Magic Mouse, Keyboard and Trackpad. Two Canon printers and B&W speakers are fed via an Apple USB-C to USB dongle from the monitor and an Anker USB powered Hub, the speakers replacing the internal LG speakers when powered on. The internal speakers are OK but no better or worse than the similar 27" iMac speakers.

    The Monitor is close by an Apple TimeCapsule and BT Router neither causing any bother to the screen. Day to day the Mac is being run in sleep mode, awaking by keyboard presses. The keyboard volume and brightness functions work as you would hope.

    As stated by another reviewer the volume setting is a bit course and the law unhelpful, all the volume you need happening at the left hand end of the scale. Brightness setting is roughly equal to the settings on the Mac, as in a mid point being about right in an averagely bright room. The gloss finish to the screen is slightly unhelpful with reflections.

    The whole appearance is perfectly acceptable and in profile quite elegant, the rise and fall works very well, the thicker bezel at the top not really an issue.

    If you've read this far get the credit card out. Incidentally the printed retail box is contained within a brown card outer carton for shipping.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Thunderbolt Display!

    • Written by Bobby V from Murfreesboro

    I've recently upgraded my MacBook Pro from a late 2013 to one of the new 2018 (the 13" Core i7). In addition to that upgrade, I also purchased the LG UltraFine 5k display and the new Black Magic eGPU. This setup is amazing! The monitor plugs into the eGPU, and the eGPU plugs into the MacBook. I have ONE cable for everything. I love it.

    As for the monitor, aside from the iMacs I've seen in the Apple Stores, this is the most gorgeous display I've ever seen. 5k resolution, bright, color accurate, amazing! Highly recommended if you can swing the insanely high price.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Initially amazing but...

    • Written by Paul C from Sudbury

    No issues using with a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016). When purchased there were a few issues when connecting to an already booted MacBook but these were solved with a display firmware update via the LG Screen Manager software. It's a lovely screen... at least initially.

    The main issue I have with it is the ghosting when moving between desktop spaces. Mainly when moving from light spaces to dark.

    LG support in the UK less than helpful.

    I had an Apple Thunderbolt Display before this and I wish Apple would would reintroduce it with an upgraded panel. Without the ghosting this would be a nice display but despite the upgraded resolution it doesn't compare to the Apple Thunderbolt Display in terms of build quality or looks. If I could get a 5K iMac without the iMac I'd buy one tomorrow.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Wonderful

    • Written by James S from Colorado Springs

    This is an amazing 5k display! I use it with a 2018 MacBook Pro 13" (2.7GHz, 16GB, 1TB SSD), and the Blackmagic eGPU. No dead pixels, beautiful display, sounds great, and no issues. Photoshop on this is really nice.

    Admittedly I'm coming from a 7 year old MacBook Pro and 23" Cinema Display, hence, this is quite the upgrade. I'm just in awe.

    Thank you Apple!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is an excellent replacement of the Apple Thunderbot Display

    • Written by Ben R from Childers

    I am purely comparing this Lie-for-like to the Apple T D. This monitor although looking not as nice as the Thunderbolt Display has better picture and better IO. It is heavy and has all the right movements for the display to suit your viewing angle. When you turn your Mac on the display automatically starts up and as it heats up there are a few cracking noises as the plastics move or heat up very faint but at 4am you can notice it. My personal opinion after owning one for 6 months now is they are very good quality and beautiful to look at. The price and quality has been put into where it should be put into it, into the display itself.

    If you are thinking of a display for your Mac, Go no other.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still crashes MacBook Pro (2017) nearly every time it sleeps

    • Written by G Chadwick S from Brewster

    The monitor looks great, good real-estate, clear text etc. But it frequently crashes my MBP. If I go to lunch, I come back to a post-boot login screen. Can't believe this is still happening. No updates have fixed.

    14 of 17 people found this useful