• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Swapped LG 4K for LG 5K for my new touch bar 15" MBP

    Having just upgraded from a 2010 15" MBP with a Apple Cinema Display to the latest touch bar 15" MBP I chose the LG 4K display.
    I let the reviews sway me towards the LG 4K from the LG 5K.
    My wife (we both use the same computer) was not happy with the 4K as it was slightly smaller than our old Apple cinema display.
    So I was happy with Apple's 14 day return/replace option. They happily changed over the LG 4K for the larger LG 5K Display. Straight out of the box the new LG 5K Display plugged straight into the new MBP and worked perfectly. The new display is absolutely fantastic and a joy to use with the extra real estate, clarity, default colour and when used with a new Apple Magic Mouse 2... Wow!!
    This is my 10th Apple Mac, started with a SE Mac and a 19" Radius Monitor in the 80s and this new technology is fantastic.
    I think LG must have solved all the original faults with these displays so don't let negative reviews put you off.
    As for complaining about the Energy stickers on the front of the new display leaving smudge marks... Hello, the stickers only have 'sticky' on one half, just lift with finger nail, pull and no smudge. I have been retired for years and have no allegiance to any company.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but (sometimes) Glitchy

    Moving from a 2560×1600 display to the 5120×2880 UltraFine 5K is amazing! Although I prefer the 16:10 aspect ratio, it is wonderful to have the retina resolution on a primary display!

    The colors are pretty good (not quite Eizo-level, but better than most). The glossy-finish is a bit annoying, but it's not the most reflective. It's not quite a true 10-bit display (Frame Rate Control is used to create the illusion of 10bit colors with the display's native 8-bit hardware).

    I love how dim you can set the brightness! When working in a dark environment, it's great to be able to drop the brightness all the way down to ~10cd/m^2 (or less)!

    macOS 10.12.4 thankfully fixes the lag when adjusting the display brightness from the keyboard (and, sensibly, removes the need to hold the Control key when hitting the brightness keys on an external keyboard). 10.12.4 also seems to have resolved some performance issues such as the system crashing when Display Mirroring was enabled with the 5K and external displays of other resolutions.

    The webcam is sub-par and angled in the wrong direction – I would rather they have left it off as I use a better-quality external one. (I keep the display at the minimum height and at 90º. However, in that configuration, the top half of my head is above the camera's field of view.) (720p is an acceptable resolution for a webcam, but the aperture is pretty narrow and those 720p images are subpar compared to 720p images from most external webcams which have larger aperture lenses and larger sensors.)

    At the end of the day, working on a 5K retina-class display is a amazing! This is an early adopter's display to be sure, but my list of gripes has been steadily decreasing with each update to macOS 10.12.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working beautifully with MacBook Pro Retina 15" mid-2014 - at full 5K

    Received this monitor today. I have a mid-2014 MacBook Pro Retina 15" with the NVIDIA GT 750M with 2 GB of graphics memory. I have connected the monitor to my MacBook using an Apple Thunderbolt 2 cable and an Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) adapter. Everything is working great; monitor, USB-C ports on monitor, speakers, microphone and camera. What is more, although Apple state that my machine should only run the monitor at 4K it in fact runs it at full 5K resolution at 60 Hz! The monitor is 1m from my AirPort Extreme router and so far no glitches or other problems so it seems they have addressed those issues too. My one gripe is that the granularity of volume adjustment is not so great. Once you get to just 2 bars of volume it is plenty loud and going any higher starts to bring a little distortion. It would be better if there was more granularity to the volume control.

    Overall at the moment I am very happy with this monitor.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Greate picture quality BUT... does not WORK AT ALL!

    Here's just a short list of my issues with this monitor I am going to return asap:

    - (probability: 60%) When connecting the USB-C cable to MBP, the screen turns on but there is no power, MBP battery does not start to charge. Workaround: disconnecting and reconnecting the cable several times.
    - (probability: 50%) Additionally on the monitor connected peripherals (keyboard and mouse) will not get detected once the USB-C cable is plugged into MBP. The monitor will correctly turn on but peripherals won't work. Workaround: reconnect peripheral cables
    - (probability: every now and then) Screen flickering. The screen shortly flickers 1-2 times, then runs fine again. This happens ~ every 10 minutes.
    - (probability: 10%) When connecting the USB-C cable, the monitor turns on but just with a brightness of ~ 30%, way too dark. It did not recover after reconnecting the cable multiple times. Workaround: Adjust brightness in System Settings -> Monitors

    All-in-all: A completely unstable product! Did LG ever test this thing? Their QA-team must have been on vacation while this product got launched.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Display I've Ever Had!

    I bought the LG Ultrafine 5K display at the end of March and have had no problems with it. The screen image is outstanding. My S/N starts with 0701 (Jan 2017) with a circle on the box (indicates shielding has been retrofitted by LG). I have a 2016 MBP 15” TB, Mac OS 10.12.4, with a single HooToo HT-UH010 powered USB3 Hub plugged into the display using an Apple USB-C to USB Adapter. I had the hub before getting the display as I have 7 devices attached – I couldn’t hook them all up to the display without the hub anyway. The only cable to my laptop is the single TB3 cord that came with the display. Nice to have one cord plugin and not have to fuss with adjustments of any sort. Never had a problem with wake from sleep or not recognize USB3 devices – everything working on my system. If you’ve used other USB3 hubs you may have encountered a few that need to be unplugged and re-plugged to be recognized after sleep – I think this may be a USB3 issue not a display issue. I’ve never had a crash in the 2 weeks I’ve had the display. The speakers are fine for monitor speakers, but don’t match free standing computer speakers for sound (as I expected). They are good enough that I haven’t found the need to add a set and give up the desk space they require. I you want to listen to music, I’d Airplay them through another system (as I do). The volume does jump a bit from lowest to next level, but that hasn’t bothered me as there are usually volume controls on whatever app I’m using. The camera gives good images and it is nice to not have to open my laptop from clamshell when I use FaceTime. You must designate to use the display for both sound AND video in FaceTime – the default is to use the built-in camera and speakers in FT and it doesn’t change automatically when you plug in the display. Dimming works just fine from the keyboard in OS 10.12.4 on my system. The build quality of the display is fine by me. No quarrels at all. I’m not looking to make a statement about my taste with my display. To tell you the truth, I don’t even see the thing – it blends into the background and is super easy to adjust position. If you want to use this as a 5K display, then you need to have a mac device with TB3 ports (MBP 2016 only at present). If you use a TB2 -> TB3 adapter, it will run in 4K instead of 5K which will not be native resolution and therefore not as sharp. You could wait until Apple makes a new stand-alone monitor in 2018 or 2019, but I needed this for work now. I have no image retention/ghosting/burn-in effect on my monitor – I’ve set my monitor to sleep at 15 min of inactivity. I’ve had no laptop temperature/fan speeds issues or noticed any unusual amount of heat from a display of this size. I have had no occasion to force restart any of my devices, laptop or the monitor. If you have a system configured like mine, I suspect you’ll be very happy with the LG Ultrafine 5k. Never had or seen a better display. Not giving mine back.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this monitor!

    I love this monitor, and it works as advertised right out of the box! Color balanced it for wide gamut, and it's even better. It's amazing having a "Retina" display at this size. I'm a developer and my wife is a photographer, and while we've only had this monitor a short time, it's worked perfectly. Read a lot of negative reviews and was concerned, but my experience has been very positive, and would definitely recommend. Purchased before the price increase, so even better. I've not had issues using with my 13" MBP with TouchBar except a few lags with large images or rapid scrolling. Haven't had much time using with our 15" MBP/TouchBar, but expect to be more than adequate. The aesthetics don't bother me, understanding it's a third party monitor, and doesn't detract from the experience of using the monitor. Yes, the sound could be better, but is fine for iTunes or Spotify, and certainly for FaceTime; a little mushy overall, the highs are not clear, and a little bass heavy, but not nearly as bad as many reviews indicated. The larger 27" screen, 5K resolution, and built-in camera and speakers were the deal makers in choosing this monitor over the smaller 21.5" 4K monitor for me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent addition to new MacBook Pro

    I use this display all day at work in my office, along with my 15" MacBook Pro. The build and display quality are very high, and so far (after several weeks) the integration with the Mac has worked flawlessly. I have had no issues, it truly is plug and play. The fact that it is just a single cable to connect to my Mac makes using it that much easier. As with everything else on this display, the speaker quality is Bose-like in terms of crystal clear loudness. It really is amazing all that they were able to pack into this monitor, I can recommend it without reservations.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't let the negative comments discourage you! This thing is INCREDIBLE!

    I was very concerned about purchasing this monitor... and I ended up buying a viewsonic... Which had a nice resolution, but didn't have the Retina display! It was simply not good (color, sharpness, controls, etc.)

    I decided to buy the LG Ultrafine 5K monitor... and let me tell you, this thing ROCKS! The image on the screen is as good if not better than my MBP with Touchbar. The speakers are SPECTACULAR! And the camera is FANTASTIC! The build quality is excellent... and the fact that there are no buttons... everything is managed through the software, it just the FUTURE! TODAY!

    I highly recommend this product. It works beautifully! All the negative comments are from previous version of the product and several software updates ago. They don't apply any more! Works perfectly!!!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT FOR * MAC PRO *

    You would think the top of the line display in the Apple Store would work with the "top of the line" desktop in the Apple Store but you would be wrong.

    Nowhere is this incompatibility warned about. When I went to the retail store I even told them I was planning on purchasing both together and no one said anything.

    The upshot is that the Mac Pro is thunderbolt 2 and this display uses thunderbolt 3. The result of using Apple's TB2 -> TB3 adapter, for whatever dumb reason, is that the display must run in 4K instead of 5K. Well, 4K is still pretty good, you might say… but you'd be wrong because a display not run at its native resolution is not as sharp, which kills the whole reason of having a nice Retina quality display with the awesome gamut touted.

    You'd also be wrong because of the next two incompatibilities:

    (1) The display has only ONE thunderbolt port. That's the one you use to connect it to your computer. The rest of the ports are USB-C (not Thunderbolt). So you're not going to be able to connect thunderbolt peripherals to your monitor even if you purchase Apple's Adapter. Nowhere is this incompatibility stated either. I had to spend an hour chatting with Apple support staff before this came up.

    (2) On the Mac Pro, this display will not turn on until the OS is up and running. This means you are not able to access the boot screen, which means you're not going to be able to do things like choose startup disks, Boot Camp, recovery mode, or single user mode, etc.

    Add up all of these factors and it makes this display, which would be a great deal when compared to Dell's 5K display, an overpriced dud. You're better off locating a dedicated 4K display if you want retina-level graphics. Which, I've found, is surprisingly hard to do (LG has a 27" 99% gamut UHD IPS display available but it's selling out everywhere). So, failing that there are other decent sub 4K type displays that are still pretty good in the resolution department.

    Anyway, extremely disappointed they didn't even try to make this work with Mac Pro using two cables, which is supported in theory even if there are no actual displays on the market available to do that with.

    Other than that, it's a VERY NICE DISPLAY (if you have the latest MacBook Pro, is basically the only usable option)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible! Stay away from this LG Display

    Bought this a few days ago and ended up returning it. I could not stand the problems with this LG Display. From USB not recognizing, to random turn offs, I ended up just returning it back to Apple and buying a used Thunderbolt Display. The picture quality was superb of this display, but the issues were not justified to keep it. This display has many problems and should have never been released to the public.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a great product/New Apple monitors coming in 2018

    First the good- the panel is beautiful to look at. Ok done with the good.I bought 2 of them to hook up to buy 2016 MBP. The biggest problem is they crash my computer 75% of the time it sleeps and/or wakes... requiring a restart. Also crashes frequently when unplugging from the MBP. Not exactly plug and play.

    As a bonus I had to send both monitors in to LG for the shielding issue, so I was without each for 9 days or so.

    But here's the biggest kicker, I assumed Apple was out of the monitor business, that is why I purchased the LG's, however this week Apple announced they will be making stand alone monitors once again starting in 2018.

    Thanks Apple. I love you but this product has been a disaster.

    Unless you need a new monitor right away I would suggest holding out for next year's Apple display.

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  • 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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