• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    I can't blame the LG 5k 100% for this, but I've had two strange complete hardware failures since purchasing. My Late MBP 2016 had a memory failure and had to be replaced by Apple. Then another arduino-based device died strangely recently - no idea what caused it. If you're looking to use this device with any peripherals I would completely avoid it. I've never had this kind of problem until I got the LG.

    I also tried to get an external GPU working with the LG. The GPU connected on TB3 works great without the monitor, but when both are connected the LG is detected but I get a black screen. I've worked very hard to make both devices work together - not happening.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Poor Quality, only worked for 15 minutes.

    We had 2 of these to our office and both of them have backlit problems:
    1. First one is ok for 15 min and then left side went dark.
    2. 2nd one is similar but backlit would go out one side and then the other and switch left/right from time to time.

    Real shoddy construction is my guess. These sort of things i have seen from el cheapo brands where you have to apply pressure on the monitor, but was dumbfounded when saw it on these premium offerings.

    Only had them for 11 days. Now waiting for replacement. 2/2 failure rate (100%) is really bad.

    Will wait for replacement if any different, and will update this review. But for now, stay away from these monitors, or test the heck out of it before purchasing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid for 6 months

    I bought this monitor 6 months ago and paired it with the 2016 MacBook Pro No TouchBar. Despite all the mixed reviews out there, my monitor (which was released after the wireless signal fix) performs admirably. The display is visually crisp with great color rendition. Audio is ok but it's built in speakers for the laptop.

    The biggest issue with my setup is the 2016 MacBook Pro barely has enough power to drive this display - it's noticeably more responsive when not plugged in. For anyone else considering this display, make sure you configure a computer that has sufficient horsepower to drive this display. Will be on a shorter upgrade cycle than before.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was concerned by all the negative reviews but...

    I purchased this display on 8/29 and all I can say so far is WOW. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is a fantastic display that works exactly as I expected it to, so far. I had the Apple Thunderbolt Display for the past 5 years and loved it, and I was hesitant to replace it due to all of the negative reviews this display has received. However, I think most of that is from the early rollout and issues have since been corrected.

    After one day I was glad I replaced the Thunderbolt Display; this one has such a crisp picture that is so easy on the eyes because of the high refresh rate.

    I highly recommend this product, especially if you have a 2016/17 Macbook Pro.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Update Firmware and Enjoy!

    Not sure if all the people who are posting 1 star reviews have updated their firmware or not, but I have a brand new unit with the most updated firmware and I'm having ZERO issues. This is the most beautiful amazing display I've ever used and I can't recommend it enough. I almost didn't buy it because of the bad reviews, but go for it! Just get an updated firmware and feel confident that it will be an excellent display!

    Make sure you use the cable that comes with the monitor, as USB-C cables can be confusing and if you use the wrong cable that can definitely cause issues. I've had no issues with random shut downs, with the USB ports, or with waking from sleep. Everything is perfect. For my own experience, this is every bit as good as an Apple branded display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing monitor - not perfect but almost

    Not sure why everyone seems to hate on this display so much but here's my two cents

    My setup: 2017 15" MacBookPro + 2 of these monitors (wired ethernet + BOSE speakers in one and 3 4TB drives plugged into the other. Make sure you plug one into the top of one side and the other into the top of the other side, you can't plug two into the same side - won't work.

    - absolutely outstanding image quality, clarity (coming from a graphic designer and photographer)
    - good design, like the stand, simple and black - you're looking at the screen anyways, people
    - occasional issues with my BOSE USB Companion 5 speakers when plugging in, sometimes have to unplug and plugin to get them to work
    - CRAZY fast connection (able to get 150mbps on ethernet and full speed on all three HDs plugged in at the same time)
    - controlling brightness on the keyboard only controls one monitor, which is odd but not a big issue for me
    - LOVE the single cable to charge and display

    Overall, I love them not 100% perfect, but way better than everyone is giving them credit for.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this one...not good

    Not a good experience for me. Bought this unit about a week ago and cant get the USB ports to work at all. Called technical support and no help

    also getting a kernel panic everytime I stick in anything on the USB ports.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the majority of the reviews here on Apple...This display is plagued with issues and problems.

    I bought it a few weeks ago and have tons of issues...It wants to have a mind of its own and constantly shuts down on its own and then turns back on..Also the speakers need improvement, for a $1299 machine this should be MUCH better and more reliable. I ended up buying a Thunderbolt display instead and matches my apple equipment perfectly!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    Okay first off, id like to point out that yes this is a good display, but for the price they are charging for this monitor, i could just go buy another iMac for about $200 more and then hook them up or have two separate computers.. the price of this monitor is completely outrageous and i would not recommend unless you really like wasting your money.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, simply amazing

    Works perfectly with my 15" MacBook Pro 2016. Texts and images look very sharp, exactly what I expected.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny. This display is butter.

    I've been using this display for about a month and I love this display. The brightness and clarity is unmatched when compared to anything I've used in the past. Prior to upgrading I was using a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina hooked up to a Apple Cinema Display. This display blows the 2013 MBP Retina display out of the water (and it goes without saying it murders the Cinema display). The LG's probably also more detailed but to me the biggest difference between this and the MBP 2013 Retina is the LG's brightness. It's just so bright and clear, it's literally like butter. That is the only way I can really describe it. It's so smooth. I thought my MBP display was about as good as it gets but that now just looks dull. 100% recommended. I wish it had a forward/backward tilt & 90 degree rotation but whatever you can't have everything.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Run an agency? Get these.

    I've been put off getting these into our agency for some time. Now that I own one, I feel we have wasted time following reviews of ex-issues. They are the best companion monitor available for your MacBook Pro. It's like bathing your eyes. Great quality image.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Monitor!

    Been using this monitor for a few weeks now, and it's been amazing!
    Haven't had any issues with the monitor to date, LG have been actively fixing the many issues this monitor had on release day.

    Colors are amazing, never seen anything like this in my life. (I believe it's the same panel as a 5K iMac)
    Sound from the monitor is okay, for the price I would expect something better. However, they’re the best speakers I have heard from a monitor.

    Using one cable to power a Macbook Pro and sent a video signal is very convenient when I’m not using the monitor and keeps my desk tidy.

    The monitor I have has minimal IPS glow, which is great!

    However, my gripe I do have is the ambient sensor still has not been enabled / being used. It has been nearly a year since Apple announced this monitor and it is still not able to be used to automatically adjust brightness.

    If you’re having issues with this monitor please update the firmware via LG Screen manager which is found on the LG website. This fixes most of the issues that people were having.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display! Please go to LG website and download updated firmware!!!

    search for: lg-27MD5KA-B

    Fantastic colors, outstanding resolution and most of all, perfect integration with newer MacBooks. I can't see myself buying another screen in a long time...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    It was disappointing when Apple announced the LG 5K instead of releasing their own 5K successor to the Thunderbolt Display. It doesn't quite have the polished look of an Apple product. It doesn't support auto-brightness (though it does support the native brightness controls on any Apple keyboard). The only notable way in which it feels like an Apple display is its unfortunate glossiness.

    Still: If you have the new MacBook Pro, this is the best display on the market right now. The Retina jump from 2560x1440 to 5K is just as impressive as the Retina jump the iPhone 4. It's just gorgeous, as anyone who's used the 5K iMac can attest. Text is sharp, curves are smooth, colors are vivid. Everything is easier on the eyes. Once you've gone 5K, there's no going back.

    Although it's not quite the Thunderbolt Display successor Apple fans had been hoping for, the LG 5K is a delight to look at. For me, it's well worth the premium price.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    JUNK monitor! Return to nearest store.

    WOW, this thing has been something else...I bought it at full price for the $1299.99 + sales tax, my total bill was $1400+ out the door with taxes...This monitor is plagued with some serious problems...Mine would just keep turning off on its own and also I would like to add the speakers were Terrible! for $1400 I was expecting a lot more from LG and Apple.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst monitor I've ever owned

    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

    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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The bad reviews are true - This monitor is totally unstable

    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.

    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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