• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it was an Apple designed product, but overall I'm satisfied...

    From a design standpoint, I wish this was an Apple product. The design is ok, not great. But from a usability standpoint, I'm satisfied. My main monitor is a NEC PA322HD, a highly color accurate reference monitor I use for high-end color correction and pre-press accuracy. But for sitting at my "writing" desk I needed something smaller, yet still bigger than the 15" display on my 2016 MBP. Got the new, fixed, version. So far no issues.

    (Please Apple, make your own displays with your own brilliant industrial design. As a trillion dollar company, not every single product has to be a profit center.)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    It is sad that Apple exited the display business. This LG display looks hideous on my desk. Aesthetics still matter.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful display when it works

    What a disaster this monitor has been. Mine came with the Wi-Fi shielding issues and the way our office is configured there's very little room to place the router further away, so the monitor flickers or sometimes just blacks out. Then often times the monitor won't wake from sleep and worst of all the BMP will freeze up when connected to the monitor causing you to have to reboot the MBP. There are other issues as well, but those are the most egregious. I purchased the monitor from Apple and they won't return my emails or calls and when I call LG they want me to ship it back and go without a monitor for 2-3 weeks so they can fix their defective product. Remember what it was like when Dell equipment and Windows had problems and both companies would say it's the other's fault... well welcome to the new Apple and LG.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works perfectly

    Had delivery of this 4 days ago, works perfectly. No issues whatsoever and really good quality!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice! Most of the Time. Alphanumeric letters sometimes look funny!.

    A Mac Product Thunderbolt Display IT'S NOT! I paired this to a 2016 MacBook Pro with the nice but gimmicky Touch Bar - nice but wouldn't do it again. I need a large screen as the years affect vision. The LG 5K Ultrafine Display provides a remarkable display, but it is not consistent! I've had the display for 2 months. Fortunately my 2012 MacBook Pro 15 inch is paired to aMac Thunderbolt Display in another room. Yes, the LG display is very nice, but sometimes the image does not display. The most bothersome feature is that alphanumeric characters sometimes aren't displayed correctly. I must reboot from time to time. I've said before: THIS IS NOT AN APPLE PRODUCT and if future software or firmware updates do not fix the reliability issues, Apple has lost a customer. A 3 decade Apple fan, I planned to be a "Customer for Life." I'm giving you a chance, Apple. Don't promote a sometimes unreliable product. That's why I left PC's.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bottom line, this monitor is not good

    I have really tried my best to work with the problems with this monitor, but ended up returning it. It just has too many issues. The picture quality is nice, but if it wont work right, its useless, especially for the price LG is asking for it. I expect, for $1000.00 this machine would be great with no issues at all. Mine has a sound problem, blue and red hues are off, and also would shut off completely all by itself, at random.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful. Beautiful Picture. Lacks Apple Design qualities.

    I love this display. Despite the fact that it is black and sorta blocky (unlike most Apple products), I still give it 5 stars because I am so glad I can bring 5K retina to my MacBook Pro. The color is also superb for color correction and important detail work.

    The built-in camera is really an added plus that I wasn't even expecting. I am not sure this monitor is worth the $1300 it will soon be costing, but it is worth the $974 it is now.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the Picture, But too many other problems ...

    I purchased two displays to work from my new MacBook Pro at home.
    When I hooked everything up I started having some strange intermittent problems that included, bluetooth keyboard and Magic Mouse quirkiness and dropouts, apparent Wifi connectivity issues for the laptop, even Wifi connectivity issues for my iPad Pro, which was on the table next to the monitors. The unreliability of the "system" that is apparently being caused by these screens makes the setup unusable.
    As a comparison, when I use the MacBook Pro with my older 27" Cinema displays (at work), none of these problems persist - very reliable Wifi, bluetooth, etc.
    I figure the radiated EMI that these displays are producing is interfering with Wifi, bluetooth, and may actually not be healthy for humans to be around. How did these displays get past of the regulatory requirements for use by the public? How did Apple buy into these displays as a product?
    Also, the integration of the display speakers with the MacBook Pro is poorly implemented.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing picture quality with a retro design

    I got my 5K monitor a couple of days ago and I love it, the picture quality is as good as my 15" MBP 2016. I don't have any problems with the performance of the monitor, USB-C is going to be the new standard port so no complaints with the build in hub. I believe all the problems that this monitor presented for some people can be fixed with software updates so its not big of a deal, apple displays also had issues before and they were fixed. The only thing that distance this LG 5K monitor to be great is the design, I know LG may not have the same build in quality as apple (specially working with aluminum) but at least try something like the body of the LG 27UD88 with thin bezels of DELL ultrasharp U2717D. Apple costumer love design, build in quality and functionality, specially with a monitor where we have to spend hours of work in front of it. I have a cinema display A1081 and after more than 13 year I still love it.

    The good:
    Picture quality, good sound, ergonomic, good camera, and sensors.
    The bad:
    No 3.5mm, ethernet or SD port and a retro looking stile with a big forehead and plasticky touch.

    Conclusion: Its a great companion for the MBP 2016 and future mac products, but the price is what makes people judge roughly. If LG is going to charge money like apple does, then they have to build this monitor with premium finishes. $1000 is almost the price of a refurbished iMac so it has to be cheaper than that.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Disappointing Experience - Underwhelmed

    Bought 6 of the new LG displays for our office along with new MBPs for the team. We are all having issues with crashing, no recovery from screen going off, and strange random behaviour. Sometimes 2 of my USB C ports do not work to wake the screen, other times they do. Bloody annoying.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    As bad as it gets :-(

    I tried this 5k LG display out, the picture quality looked good, but I went through two dud's to get one that finally worked, but the sound quality is just awful. I had to return it and ended up buying a used Thunderbolt instead.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It only took 5 minutes to get over the aesthetics of the monitor itself

    I have a brand new MacBook Pro and this monitor. It's the best set up. The display is truly the best quality I have ever seen. I love working on this display. The screen finish has an anti-glare coating that really helps in my agency as there are lots of lights around.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Haters gonna hate

    I have used this display for 2.5 months and I have had no problems. I absolutely love it and have changed my entire setup because of it. I used to use the laptop as my primary screen. Now I use this LG as my primary screen. Do yourself a favor and go check out the monitor for yourself because it is better than people make it out to be.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Display Great, every thing else, not so.

    Display is beautiful!
    However the USB C capability is meant to work like a HUB so I only have to connect one cble to my 15inch MBP when I come home. However nothing gets recognised by the MBP when run through the monitor! All works perfectly when you plug it in directly to the MBP.
    Worse, apple can't help as it is a third party product, LG Australia were useless and fobbed me off to the USA LG who could do nothing but tell me to return it to where I purchased it. Now trying to arrange with Apple to have a replacement pre-positioned so I don't have to go without a monitor for 4 to 5 weeks whilst I wait for the new one. Apple support from Travis has been excellent, just hope he, and I, aren't let down by some further policy etc...

    Great display, doesnt really do any thing else it says it will at this stage. Very expensive for broken promises.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I will make this short and sweet. I have used many high performing monitors in my day and especially as of recent as I was deciding on what I should use for my primary monitor. I just purchased the UltraFine 5K today and calibrated it with DisplayCAL. The results? 100% sRGB (I've never seen 100% before). 87.5% Adobe RGB. 99.8% DCI P3. This monitor is INCREDIBLE. Ignore the bad reviews. I'm in love at how accurate and uniform this display is. THANK YOU APPLE AND LG!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Want to love it, but continue to be really disappointing

    As previously having a MBP and Thunderbolt Display, I naturally "upgraded" to the 5k when I bought the new touchbar MBP.

    Things I love:
    - Resolution
    - Adjustable base

    Things I hate:
    - No edge-to-edge screen like the old Thunderbolt
    - The plastic bezel around the screen feels very cheap like if you grab it at the wrong angle it will break.
    - Sound quality is pure garbage (it's a significant downgrade from the old Thunderbolt displays - how do you move backwards here?)
    - Using full keyboard (with numeric pad) requires use of a dongle
    - Moving back-and-forth between laptop use and monitor use (like normal office setting needs on a daily basis) results in the keyboard being unresponsive frequently...this requires pulling out the plug in the back and plugging back in.

    Bottom line: the 5k resolution is lovely but this monitor has proven more painful to me than anything.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but problems...

    Just after one month, this display is completely unresponsive... Really!

    Moreover, when it did work, the display would never want to reconnect after being unplugged from my Mac. I had to restart the computer and reset NVRAM just to get to work again. I spoke to Apple Support three times and they confirmed that there was absolutely nothing wrong with my computer.

    Now I have to sit here for 7-10 business days for LG to send me a box to ship it back to them... Ridiculous.

    I can't believe I paid $1,000 for this pile of garbage.

    Get it together LG!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Picture with a Few Flaws.

    I love this display, however, mine does have the issue with the flickering ( old model ). Windows Bootcamp doesn't seem to always work with the display as it will be extremely blurry. No buttons which is a let down. An adapter that gives you HDMI (Multi Port) will not turn the monitor on. Will ONLY work with Mac as of now which is a bummer. You also can't use an eGPU as there are no USB-C GPU cards on the market. Could be better but it works for me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I'd been wanting two of these monitors for some time, but the reviews had put me off. I have a new 15" MBP with touch bar, and I use disk encryption, so based on the previous reviews I'd read this was a recipe for disaster with regards to running these monitors.

    Prior to getting my new MBP, I had a 2013 MBP and when at home used it with a single 24" monitor via HDMI cable. This was great until I upgraded to El Capitan and from this point I had nothing but trouble running any external monitor or projector - and things were even worse when using with Parallels. To my dismay, these issues continued with the new 2016 MBP with touch bar.

    After reading about the issues people had been having with these monitors, I decided to wait given the price of one let alone two. Once LG formally announced they had issues and that new models built from Feb would have extra shielding, I decided I would bite the bullet and buy two once the new stock arrived. After having to wait for around 8 weeks, they arrived last week.

    As many people have said, the quality of the picture on the monitor is outstanding. I haven't had any issues with them when the laptop goes to sleep - everything wakes up again and returns to the state is was in before it went to sleep. I read somewhere that someone who had disk encryption switched on had issues until they switched this off - I still have this on and it's not caused me any issues. Some people reported Thunderbolt cable issues, I've not had any.

    I haven't tried using USB devices directly plugged into the monitor yet so can't report on whether these items wake properly after sleep as some people reported, however I think this is more likely an OSX issue as I have USB devices that don't wake from sleep properly when connected directly to the MBP via a USB adapter.

    It did take me a while to get the correct Graphics setting in Parallels due to the mode I'd been having to run it in with my previous monitor, but after changing this to the "Best for Retina Display" option, the setup is now perfect.

    If you're considering buying these then based on my experience you won't be disappointed.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disconnecting like most of the time, will not wake from sleep

    Have had to exchange this monitor twice now, still having issues hopefully next batch will be good

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