• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great, But Very Frustrating

    I have this paired to a 15" 2016 Macbook Pro w/ Touchbar

    - The display is stunning and incredibly crisp. I was using an LG 34UM88 UltraWide display before, which was nice, but the text was not crystal clear. My eyes don't hurt from viewing text on this.
    - My ultrawide was a bit too wide, causing neck strain to look from edge to edge. This display has the perfect width.
    - I love the range of brightness this display has.

    THE BAD:
    - I have to lift the MacBook Pro lid to turn the computer on, then login, and then unplug the thunderbolt cable and plug it back in before the monitor will turn on. Every. Single. Time. This is infuriating!! I should be able to just leave the computer plugged in!
    - This display is buggy. I have a USB hub plugged into it for my mouse and keyboard and one time it would cut in and out so my mouse would shut on and off. Not sure if one of the three ports on the back was bad because it hasn't done it since.
    - Light bleed is bad! I have these two hot spots on the right side of the display that are incredibly obvious and ruin the experience anytime a video, game, or photoshop goes black. Which is often. The upper left corner also has noticeable light bleed, but tolerable. I'm not sure if I should exchange this or not. I don't know what the acceptable light bleed limits are.
    - There is no quick access brightness slider in the top bar of OSX. I don't use the MacBook Pro keyboard and so I don't have access to the touchbar. I have to go into System Preferences anytime I want to adjust brightness. It's annoying.

    - It would be amazing if there was a physical button on the display that would turn on the MacBook Pro. I had planned to tuck my Macbook away to save desk space and us it like a desktop, but now I can't.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes computer, constantly flickering, takes forever to wake up

    I really wanted to love these monitors - the screens themselves are beautiful. I got four of these things for our company and have tried all of them, used new cables, gotten them all "fixed" through LG to get the new shielding and they all continue to exhibit the same behavior. When one or two are connected, my computer restarts about 5-6 times a day due to a "sleep wake failure," the screens often start of flickering like crazy and it dissipates over time - no way to easily fix it. They are a horrible user experience and I cannot tell you how frustrating and tiresome it is to use these monitors with my 2016 MBP. I am waiting for another company to get a Thunderbolt 3 display on the market and then these things are going. Seriously, I've never seen a product so bad from LG, especially with Apple's help. Huge disappointment.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Speakers are unusable on this monitor

    There is a known software bug with this monitor that makes the speakers absolutely useless.

    Given the price tag of this monitor (and that it's officially endorsed by Apple) you would hope that this would have been fixed by now.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly fine, but definitely not perfect

    Look, the display is gorgeous. As in the actual pixels. No complaints whatsoever. Just lush. Massive, lush, sharp, and colours are amazing.

    But I'll be jiggered if I can figure out how to change the brightness without firing up the Displays preference pane. Or how to get the camera to work - which is okay, because I never need to use it, but still. And I've learned not to unplug it when the laptop isn't actually awake and showing a picture, because that seems to freeze things up. Why why why?

    Oh, and it's bloody expensive in Australia. But if it lasts me 5 years like my old Dell did, I'll be happy. If it doesn't, I'll be angry.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Update, if possible needed.

    I don't care about design I need it functional and easy. Using just one cable is the best best solution for me. The displays resolution is amazing, the size brightness and clearness is stunning. But the functional issues are with a lot of problems. Example: The display has 3 USB-C ports on it's back. My configuration is one is using 4-Port USB 3 Anker Hub and one is using Belkin Ethernet adapter. If I reconnect the Macbook 15" to the display, both adapter don't wake up. as long as you reconnect each dongle on display's back again. That's not comfortable. Even the sound is just average but better than nothing

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes MacBook Pro ALL THE TIME

    Believe the reviews, and stay far, far away from the LG 5k and the new MaacBook Pro.

    The combination crashes almost every time you plug it in or unplug it. Flickering and poor orientation where you can't see if you type in the password or windows are disoriented? Yup.

    The new MacBook Pro and 5k are my first Apple purchases I strongly regret. I feel ripped off. And all the blog posts of my fellow pros switching to windows has me thinking I may betting on the wrong horse. I'm not ready to switch yet, but the fact that I am thinking about is so, so sad.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor

    Just received the LG 5K monitor and all I can say is WOW! Like everyone, I was concerned about the negative reviews but decided to order one anyways. My thinking was that after the initial problems at launch both Apple and LG would figure it out.
    I have this connected to 13" MBP (non Touchbar) via supplied cable and everything works flawlessly. No issues with wake from sleep, WiFi router, etc. Of course, the images on the display are breathtaking.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Camera Not Working

    LG has had this monitor longer than I have. Having an issue with the camera not working. Has been sent in for repair twice, just got it back today, guess what camera still not working. Please Apple go back to making monitors!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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


    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.

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  • 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

    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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