• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly built product, Apple should be ashamed

    Non-stop issues. USB-C connected devices don't work unless unplugged, and then plugged back in. Display on 15" MBP stays off after being disconnected. Interference issues. I know this is an LG display, but Apple stated they assisted, and it's either Apple's incompetent or they straight lied, because this display doesn't fall anywhere near the qualify of Apple products.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DON'T BUY IT!!!!!

    This 5K monitor is not fully compatible with bootcamp, often showing low resolution video output.
    After using it for a month, it suddenly gives no video output, while audio input and output still works, how weird it is!
    If I still have the chance I would return it with no doubt, however, I have passed the 14 days return period so that I have to go for LG to let them repair it for me.
    If you are considering this product, just don't buy it, otherwise you really need it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as classy as an updated Thunderbolt Display would be

    I still wish that Apple would come out with a 4k or 5k Thunderbolt Display. Please?

    What we have now is this LG 5K display. I have two connected to a 15" Mac Book Pro. Note: You have to choose which thunderbolt 3 port to use. Not just any two will do. Choose the wrong two ports and one or both of the monitors will not start mysteriously.

    The display is way brighter than a Thunderbolt Display. Almost too bright. Very very very sharp and clear. Same display quality as a iMac 5K. Sound really quality is really bad though. Connectivity with the other USB-C ports is spotty. I have a USB-C => gig Ethernet that has been working great, but an external drive sometimes does not reconnect.

    I am glad I bought them, but just not the same quality as the Thunderbolt Display. 4 stars.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Quality // Stable Operability

    Ordered two of a kind (one for home, and one for the office) in US right before the end of the 2016 (to get the discount which eventually become kinda permanent). Waited them for a month or so (I live in Russia and it's long story to get them delivered to here), and the whole month was reading these numerous reviews about "black screen" and other issues, which got me really nervous from time to time :) Maybe I'm lucky but I got NONE of the issues listed in reviews (I use the latest Macbook 13).
    Actually I was still able to replicate one of the issues intentionally: when I plug or unplug the cable while the mac is sleeping, it actually can result to freeze of the laptop. But, as to me, it's really not that hard to remember to plug-unplug the cable when the mac is awake! That's it!
    Now, after using my new Macbook 13 with LG Ultrafine 5K for about a month I can say, it's an amazing product! Really sharp image quality and screen position adjustment (now the screen is right at the level of my eyes and its bottom side gently touches macbook's top side). I work about 10-12 hours a day and during last month I can't remember that my eyes or neck got tired! (Which was almost permanent state of things while I was using my Asus 17 inch laptop before).
    The only thing that I miss after migrating from my gaming laptop to Mac'13 + LG UltraFine 5K is a GPU performance (right now animations, fonts and windows rendering are now that smooth and rapid as I would like them to be -- built-in GPU works almost on top of its capacity when working with 5K), so maybe in some future I'll think about buying some external GPU.
    But overall I got really-really great experience and I'm glad that I purchased these displays!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre monitor, unusable as a dock

    The video quality is great. But that's the only good thing to say about it.

    If you use this monitor and a displayport monitor then you have to plug in the displayport monitor first, then this one. If your macbook sleeps, you need to unplug both, then plug in the displayport monitor then this one.

    The USB ports in the monitor don't work reliably. My keyboard doesn't work after the monitor is connected, until I unplug and replug the USB connection on the back. It only works in one of the USB ports. It spontaneously stops working several times an hour.

    Horribly overpriced for a shoddy, unreliable product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY THIS!

    This monitor will NOT work properly with your MAC period. Eventually you will be sending it back. I have gone through 2 of them already and it actually burned out th video care on my brand new MacBook Pro as well and had to get that replaced as well. It is great monitor if it stays on without flickering and crashingg your MacBook. I want a true Mac Monitor. Shame on you LG for not testing this out properly. Avoid th headaches and don't buy it.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    keeps crashing my macbook pro

    My macbook pro keeps crashing while connected to this display. Super buggy product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassing Disaster

    The numerous problems with LG's 5K display illustrate why Apple should make its own displays again.
    The LG 5K turns off and causes your MacBook Pro to crash if it's too close to a wifi router.
    Even without a wifi router present, it has wake from sleep issues.
    Even without a wifi router present, a *slight* movement of the Thunderbolt 3 cable causes the monitor to turn off and external hard drives to be ejected.
    The design is UGLY.

    Apple should re-engineer a Retina 5K iMac, add Thunderbolt 3, remove the unnecessary parts, and release it as an external monitor... Essentially, an updated Apple Thunderbolt Retina 5K display is what we need.

    Apple, please: make external displays again!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything is good but one feature!

    Sound: At first I found the sound to be okay from the monitor but the adjustment was less than perfect. I decided to go back to my trusted Sony speaker system plugged into my MacBook Pro 15" (Dec 2016). That is why only 4 stars. I have great sound although I have two extra items on my desk. Which is okay they were there before.

    I read all the reviews about the monitor and was hesitant about purchasing one, but I wanted a 5K Display and the only option was to run an HDMI thru a connector and if you check out the reviews on that connector they are just as bad as this monitor. I wanted to replace my Dell Ultra Sharp monitor I had connected to my MacBook Air (2010). I edit a lot of my photography work and was looking forward to a monitor that would 'wow' me. The LG UltraFine 5K has done just that.

    Now I might be one of the lucky ones but I have had absolutely no problems that others are experiencing. My MacBook sits upright in a stand with the power plugged in one end, the monitor in the other end, the speakers in the sound plug, and a power usb connection bar with a scanner, laser printer and a canon colour printer plugged into that. My Epson Surecolor P600 is bluetooth so does not interfere with anything. My wifi rotor and airport backup are downstairs directly below me so there is no interference from them either.

    I do not unplug the MacBook everyday but it is unplugged a few times a week. I have never had a problem when I plug it back in. The monitor comes right back on and everything is okay. The only thing I have to do is resize the pages. Which I believe is normal.

    I use a wireless track pad (magic trackpad) and the wireless keyboard (magic keyboard) both have been working out well.
    I keep a plug in power cord to charge the trackpad, keyboard and my iPhone on my desk at all times as it was always there before for the benefit of charging my phone and iPad mini. Now if the Trackpad or Keyboard runs low on power and I am notified on the monitor I can just plug in and continue to work.

    I am sorry to hear of so many people with problems, when I find this to be one very nice monitor. Is it up to "Apples Standards" No not by a long shot it is not up to the "old Apple standards" but I am afraid just by the fact they have allowed LG to make a monitor for them the "old Apple standards" have declined.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Crash when using builtin camera

    1.
    aspite the often mentioned crash, when undocking new MB pro from LG-Monitor (which happens to me all the time), it crashes EVERY TIME I do a video-conference using the monitor-built in camera.
    This is really annoying because it is a total hardware crash, which means system is going in a total freeze. After undocking Macbook it works fine, video-conferencing no problem for hours

    2. it has no standard USB-Ports
    3. the ports a horizontal in the middle of the back, which is physically bad and ugly
    4. no horizontal rotation - wtf?
    5. two stars, because picture (and camera) quality are fantastic

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display, but having issues

    I own the current MacBook Pro with touch bar. I have had issues with the MacBook USB C ports not allowing the laptop to charge so I was not sure if it was the display or the laptop. In either case, both are disappointing. Generally speaking the display will start when I put the laptop in clamshell mode, but I have had several occasions where it will not work. It may be my imagination, but my router seems to run slowly when I use it in this fashion. It may be RF interference, really not sure. I will investigate what remedies are available to me this week. It is difficult when the problem is not fully repeatable.

    The display is really outstanding and I love that aspect. I am hopeful that there will be a remedy through Apple or LG and I will just move forward from these disappointments. I can tell you that the lack of reliability in the new MacBook is far more problematic to me than intermittent performance from the external monitor.

    I was considering buying another for my second home, but it looks prudent to hold off until a remedy is specified. Good luck.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Steve Jobs would not have allowed this to be associated with Apple. :(

    Super buggy! Why is this even offered on the Apple Website? If it's not ready for prime-time, fix all the bugs and then you can release it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great screen. Limited functionality

    I haven't been having the crash issues or wi-fi-caused flickering that other users have; however, there is one major issue that I haven't read about elsewhere that's forcing me to review and give 2 stars: I can't leave cables plugged into the 3 extra USB-C ports on the back of the monitor. If I unplug and replug my laptop into the default USB-C port any cables already plugged in will not register. So this means I have to turn my monitor around and unplug/replug every time I reconnect my laptop... every... time... I've stopped using the USB-C ports on the back because of this.

    Also, the volume is ridiculously loud.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My Take On The 5K

    The screen does not live up to Apple Build Quality; the volume glitch alone destroys this. In terms of a 5K 27" screen the price and quality is 5 stars for me though. I am rating this off the screen quality and USB C power only. No it does not live up to Apple's build/test, but value wise for a 5k 27 i don't see anything better on the market. When a company is worth billions I do find it hard to believe they can't find the resources to keep Displays, Routers, and other various things built by Apple. I know people like me, who were PC guys for years, got drawn into Apple by those very displays and routers and misc... I don't plan on leaving but I have given the Surface Book a few looks... :) ... overall this screen is awesome and I use my MBRTB2016 in clamshell mode 99% time and work is a joy! It would be very hard to go back to just using the Mac's screen for full time work now.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    causes kernel panic with MACBOOK PRO 2016 with touchbar

    Almost every time I disconnect the monitor from my MacBookpro it causes the computer to have a kernel panic after which I have to restart my laptop. Very sad, as this is the monitor that APPLE recommended with this laptop for 5K

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what you would expect for almost $1k

    Took a chance on this device - the picture quality is good, however persistent issues related to the mouse pointer and "jittering" screen over a month with this product is unfortunate. Not impressed anymore.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice screen ... unstable with new MacBook Pro's 2016

    Beautiful screen, awesome when it works. Love the simplicity of the design -- single cable, no buttons.

    That being said it has VERY SERIOUS compatibility issues with the new MacBook Pro's Touchbar 2016.

    Was causing my MacBook to crash on a daily basis, ESPECIALLY when disconnecting from the monitor when the laptop is in clamshell mode.

    Also, this 5K display seems to not have had it's sound properly calibrated against the new MacBooks. There's only really 2 settings for sound -- Loud, and OFF. Meaning you have to fiddle with Application specific sound settings every time you switch to the monitor for sound.

    Returned by 5K display after a frustrating couple of weeks of trouble shooting, trying out / replacing my new MacBook Pro, and reinstalling OSX.

    Would recommend if the above issues were addressed in subsequent releases (software updates??) , in the interim I would strongly recommend everyone to steer clear unless they don't mind the stability issues.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great panel but lots of problems

    The panel is very very nice it makes the laptop screen seem not so good. Everything else about the display is SUPER terrible.

    Few examples of daily issues:

    - Crashes the laptop a lot - I mean a lot!! I am more suprised if the laptop doesnt crash rather than when it does :(
    - I have 2 of these displays and the vertical height adjustment is not the same so 1 display is slightly higher than the other (go figure!?)
    - All screens, including laptop screen go blank and cant do anything, so have to force power down the laptop

    Few pain points:

    - Both screens have to plug to the laptop directly and can not daisy chain off each other
    - Brightness across both displays and laptop are independent which is very annoying

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Web cam is no good.

    For a $1000 display I would expect everything to be perfect. But the web cam on this monitor is really bad. It hunts for the settings all the time, the image gets bright and dark on and off every one and a half seconds or so. The color quality is bad. The image quality is pathetic. Something I would expect from a first generation web cam back in the nineties. Not happy with this monitor at all.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT color calibrated out of the box... SAD.

    This monitor is not up to standards. You might as well included a color calibration tool with this display because you will need it. I instantly noticed my GRAYS has a tint to them, especially very light grays/near white. Tweaking the white balance with apple's built in software calibration helped a little but still not enough.

    My iMac5K is perfect out of the box. I'm not going to spend more money to buy a new color calibration tool. Apple Cinema displays were perfect also right out of the box. So this is disappointing.

    Going back to my iMac for desktop usage and an older Macbook Pro if need be when traveling.

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