• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not worth the money

    If you're looking at this, chances are you have a 2016 MacBook Pro (or possibly a MacBook), because, well, this is pretty much the only game in town for said computers. And it's a good game. The display is beautiful as you would expect, build quality is sturdy and weighty, sound is decent enough (and very loud if that's your thing), and the single cable to carry everything including a charge is very nice.

    Everything's not rosy though, even after the refreshes. I don't have any issues other people were having prior to the production freeze, but there's still some inconveniences you don't expect out of a $1k 27" screen these days. For instance it advertises itself as a "USB hub," however every other USB must be unplugged then plugged back in after connecting the computer or it just won't register. The connection to the computer itself is fairly tenuous, and only works as expected if you do so when most things, especially things like VM's, are closed and the computer has just started. Try to plug it in before turning it on, or when waking from sleep, or with a VM running, and well, who knows what'll happen.

    It's a solid monitor with a great display, no denying that, but the only way it justifies its price tag is by being the only option for the 2016 MacBook [Pro].

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    OK This monitor is in a class by itself. It was amazingly easy to install, plug and play, and the picture quality looks better than anything I have seen. Not a lot of 5K stuff out there at the moment but even stuff shot in 4K is amazing. My standard Sierra 10.12.4 screen saver looks so much better on this monitor than it does on my Mac Book Pro Touch. I could not believe the difference!

    Super

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    EXCELLENT DISPLAY: ISSUES FULLY RESOLVED

    I purchased this display in late March - it has a Feb manufacture date. As I type this I have the display rested as close as possible to my Netgear Nighthawk wireless router.

    There are ZERO issues - no sleep issues, wake from sleep issues, sound issues, half-display showing issues etc. It has been flawless. I have manoeuvred the router into different positions around the display, especially behind the unit, without a single fault. I mean I have been trying to fault this thing inside the 14 day period which is almost up - no dice. It just freakin' works.

    I have 3 main complaints, 2 of which I accepted well before purchase:
    1) There is currently no auto-dimming feature and this has to be controlled via the OS - this is well documented and I read it prior to purchase so no problems there.
    2) It's glossy - also very well documented and I purchased anyway. I am normally an anti-glare guy even though I love colour accuracy - it just strains my eyes more than necessary looking at this display is all. The 15" MacBook Pro TB (2016) that it is hooked up to is also glossy but does a much better job of not reflecting your surroundings.
    3) The 15" MacBook Pro TB (2016 - fully spec'd out) frequently runs very audible fans to compensate for something (presumably GPU load) when connected to this display, even when more or less idle or Googling. Less of a display issue and more of a MacBook cooling issue.

    Is there a better display for your MacBook? If you need a flat display, don't mind the gloss factor, and can purchase at the now increased price - probably not, in my opinion. I needed a flat display as what I do requires pixel line accuracy - with curved displays some horizontal lines are morphed into what looks like curves. If you don't mind this (majority of people) I would look to some of the curbed anti-glare offerings already in the market, or wait for Q2 to come to a close before making a decision.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working like a charm

    Monitor works well with my 2016 15-inch MBP under OSX -> Runs 5k @ 60Hz with no problem.
    The only issue is it only runs 4k @ 60Hz under Windows using Bootcamp.
    My job requires me to work under Windows environment :(
    So Apple/LG/AMD please update your driver or firmware to make the monitor run 5k 60Hz under Windows 10.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I think I'm returning it.

    The volume problems are definitely not fixed. Going from 1 to 2 is like going from 1 to 6 on any other device. The display also has some pretty bad backlight bleeding. Also my unit suffers from the same sleep/wake issues we have all read about. I bought this display on the last day it was on sale but it doesn't seem to be worth it to me. I'm using it with a 2016 MacBook Pro 15" with touchbar. I really want to like it and recommend it but I can't. I paid 1000 bucks for this, which is a lot of money for me to spend for something i'm not completely satisfied with.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works now

    I bought the LG Ultrafine 5k Display with my brand new 15" MacBook Pro with Touchbar, because as it was the case with most other reviewers, it was the only choice for it, and it was "endorsed" by Apple. I received one of the initial units, and was plagued with the same problems others were experiencing (problems waking from sleep, MacBook Pro crashing, etc), so after the announcement was made as of the culprit of these issues, I decided to contact LG directly and get my monitor fixed. Long story short, the process to get warranty service with LG was absolutely painless and very straightforward, but more importantly, the turn around time to get my unit back was exactly 7 days. I was impressed with the service as I am at the image quality and resolution of this unit. Although not in the same league as the Apple Displays in terms of design, choice of materials used to build, etc. the image quality and weight ( if you all can remember the 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display was a Heavy weight in this regards, literally), it is certainly a quality product. Sure, it has some shortcomings such as a lack of bi directional or faster USBc ports, but again, one of the main reasons we buy an external monitor is to be able to replicate the awesomeness of the MBP retina display. Well, this one does not disappoint in that respect.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    problems with waking up from sleep

    I use this monitor with a Late 2013 Mac Pro. Sierra 10.12.4 update has fixed the sound and brightness buttons issue - no more delays. However, I'm still having issues with waking up from sleep: during the 3 weeks that I've been using the monitor, it has failed to wake up twice. I had to disconnect/reconnect power to the monitor or unplug and plug back the USB cable.

    Overall, it's a disappointing experience: I could have picked a cheaper but excellent quality monitor like Dell's 4K P2715Q, but decided to go with Apple recommended UltraFine 5K, hoping that it would work better with Apple hardware and to avoid precisely the issue I'm having: waking up from sleep.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply WOW

    Just installed with Brand New MacBook Pro, and a 24TB, Promise Storage, it works as advertised, and probably the best Display I ever Had, Charging for the Mac Pro works, Thunderbolt3, is a space and Cable saver. the display itself is simply Stunning.
    It Just works, straight out of the Box, not sure why other reviewers have issues, but I am simply impressed.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Picture Alone Is Great But, Expensive Both In The Pocket & Your Diary

    I've Had 4 Of These

    The First 2 Weren't Sufficiently Shielded, Despite Apple's Guarantee The 2nd One Would Be

    The Third One Was Factory Shielded (Serial 702), However After A Week It Failed To Work. Sadly With No Power Switch Or LED, We Couldn't Confirm Where The Failing Was, However Due To It Not Charging The 13" MBP, It's Likely It Was The Power Into The Monitor

    Apple Haven't Compensated Me For Any Of The 8-12 Hours I've Spent On The Phone, Trekking The Unit Back & Forth - Not To Mention My Loss Of Productivity In Dealing With This & Not Having A Suitable Monitor.

    Apple Have Today Delivered My 4th Unit, Hopefully My Last, If It Isn't I'm Gunning For A Refund & Going Dell.

    LG Australia Don't Recognize The Issue, Don't Recognize Any Of It. LG Should Be Hung Out To Dry, Not Apple. Apple Have Replaced The Units, I Would Have Hoped They May Have, As A Good Will Gesture Given Affected Users Some Compensation, Even If An iTunes Gift Card.

    I Have Spent 100K+ On Apple Gear In My Lifetime, Owned & Whilst Not A Fan Boy, I'm Fed Up With Apple's Ethos Of Profits Before People.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken sound level, broken brightness

    Using with the new rMBP 2016. The sound level is broken like ALL other reviews stated here. 1 bar vs 2 is so vast, that it's either quiet or blasting insanely loud. Don't be fooled, you can't use the built-in speakers on this.

    The brightness is extremely delayed. When you press the brightness on your keyboard, the monitors reacts about 3 seconds later. That means if you press brightness down down down, it will do this for the next 10-20 seconds. If you dared pressed anything else during this time, it will take more time.

    I have no idea how this passed QA. "Just works" is now a bit of a joke. You've been warned. Feel free to buy (like I did, ignoring reviews) then return it when you get to the same issues everyone else here warned you about.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible software

    Panel is great, speakers appear to be ok. Power supply to laptop works well, but the software is beyond terrible.

    Speaker appears to be accidentally multiplied by ten, because it's too loud to make any sense at the second tick of the mac volume bezel displayed on screen.

    There are countless problems with waking from sleep: USB keyboard not recognized, sometimes the screen doesn't wake up, sometimes the laptop doesn't wake up, sometimes it causes a kernel panic. Occasionally, it will cause the kernel process to consume about 50% CPU and just sit there. I don't know enough to see what files are open, but it doesn't seem to be file-vault related.

    This product is a joint collaboration between apple and LG and the result is terrible. It's an embarrassment.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Great Quality Display

    I've been using this display for about a month now, doing full-time software development (and more).

    If you want top of the line clarity and color quality, this is one of the best options available. There's just not much competition, especially for a Mac. I also used the latest 27" iMac, and this is indistinguishable in display quality. Fonts, especially, are super crisp and smooth--takes a load off when reading, and if you do that all day like I do, that makes a big difference.

    ALL THE PROBLEMS... that people have been complaining about have been fixed. The WiFi interference, the weird big cursor sticking, volume control (mostly), and it preventing wake on the MBP. They all seem resolved in the macOS 10.12.4 update.

    SO SHOULD YOU BUY?
    I can definitely recommend it if it's for the new MacBook Pro. If you are okay shelling out the $$$, then it's your best choice for display quality--and the a built-in powered hub, cam, speakers, and mic top it off nicely.

    If you have an older Mac, it's probably still a great display, but you might want to just find a used Thunderbolt display instead.

    If you have a PC, unfortunately that's a big fat NO until/if more PCs adopt Thunderbolt 3 for display and have software to power it. On Tom's Hardware. I can't confirm it at this point. But really, if you have a PC, just get a PC monitor with DisplayPort.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really pleased with the display

    I have one of the 'fixed' displays. Im using it with my late 2013 MBP so it currently only offers 4k. That said the screen and colours look fantastic. Once the new updated MBP are released this year (2017) I will upgrade so I'm able to enjoy the display at 5k.

    I am currently suffering no issues so far after a weeks use :) Love the real estate allows me to open various windows and have toms of space to work.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a good display :-(

    As much as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Apple products and have always been a long time supporter ; this display is unfortunately junk. It has not met my expectations, and here's why:

    Random USB problems, sudden disconnects, sometimes the built in USB hub works, other times, not.
    Picture quality is just average, I certainly wouldn't say it is worth the cost - $1300 for a non Apple Display , remember, this is simply just a LG display, Apple is only selling the unit, not making it.

    No Apple Care. Can't buy Apple Care because it's not an Apple product. In fact, when there was a problem, I had to send the unit back to LG, not Apple. :-(

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of crashes

    Kernel panics everywhere.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It would be amazing, if it would only stop flickering.

    I waited until after the shielding issue was resolved. I even moved all wireless tech (save for the 13" MacBook Pro) away from the monitor. My unit still flickered and pegged the MacBook CPU close to 100%. I did everything Apple tech asked me to to debug. They blame the monitor. This was December manufactured, with black dot on label, so shielding retrofitted. Badly it seems. I have placed a second order. Fingers crossed that works out and I can update the review to five stars.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be a beautiful thing if it worked reliably

    Had seen these in my local Apple Store and was blown away by the image quality (it’s absolutely stunning). I initially held off buying one based on previous bad reviews. However, once the shielding issues were reported as fixed I decided to give one a try. Three days later, I’m returning it, as it keeps disconnecting itself randomly from my MBP. The screen goes black, the connected hard disk gives a disk not ejected properly error and the all windows revert back to the MBP (just as if the monitor had been unplugged). I have had no such issues with either my Apple Thunderbolt (Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter) or Dell (USB-C to DP cable) displays. The LG’s S/N started 0701 (Jan 2017) and the circle symbol was present on the box (indicating a unit to which shielding has been retrofitted by LG).

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed feelings

    This display has unbelievably crisp picture quality. Build quality is also good (better than a typical LG display, at least).

    However, the image retention / ghosting / burn-in effect is terrible. It took me a while to realize what was happening — it's so bad that at first I thought it was a transparency setting in macOS itself.

    It's also been EXTREMELY flaky with my 2016 MacBook Pro. Minutes after plugging in, my CPU temperature and fan speeds skyrocket, even when the computer is totally idle. Unplug the display, and after a few moments the CPU/fans go back to normal. The monitor itself also pumps out a noticeable amount of heat.

    There are also frequent issues when plugging in or unplugging the display from my MacBook Pro. The screen glitches out, sometimes the camera doesn't work, other times it won't wake from sleep and completely bricks my laptop and I have to force restart it.

    (I know there are reports that being near a WiFi router can cause these issues. However, I'm very far from the nearest router so I don't think that's the root cause.)

    Even though the picture quality is great, I don't think this monitor is a good purchase. It's just too expensive given the constant issues.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Problematic

    I purchased 2 LG Ultrafine 4ks and 1 LG Ultrafine 5k. It's been a fairly problematic experience.

    The problems:
    (1) The 5k's color temperature doesn't match the MB Pro's screen -- these are supposed to be color calibrated, but the 5k is noticeably warmer
    (2) None of the LG's will turn on when I power up my laptop if they're plugged into the laptop -- Apple's answer: there's an issue if you have Filevault turned one... they're working on it (still) -- I can't give up encryption so I'm stuck with buggy hardware
    (3) The 5k throws the CPU into over drive when the screen saver turns on and the screen flickers red -- that just seems like a driver issue that they ought to be able to fix
    (4) Kernel panics -- I've had several instances when I've come back to wake up my laptop and it won't respond; eventually I get a forced reboot with Kernel panics.

    Tim - if you're going to promote a product geared towards professionals from the stage, make sure it actually works in configurations used by professionals... I use Apple throughout the day: Macbook Pro, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, iPhone 7+, Apple Tv... overall, the experience has been buggy and frustrating. I'm starting to feel like I'm hanging out with a bunch of fashion show debutants instead of working professionals... bring back the stability that made us confident to shell out thousands of dollars a year...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    if it didnt have issues it would be good

    The screen itself is nice, color is good, but it is a headache owning it.

    Reasons not to buy this monitor

    1) Every time I unplug my mac book pro with touch bar from the monitor while in clam shell mode it causes my mac book to crash.

    2) sometimes when using the product the USB ports will just shut off

    3) sometimes when using this monitor the screen will just turn off

    4) if the mac book pro with touch bar while in clam shell mode comes into contact with the bare metal it will put the mac book to sleep. This means you have to put some paper to something in between the monitor and the macbook so they do not touch.

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