• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't feel like something developed closely with Apple

    • Written by Aaron H from santa monica

    Overall the display is solid looking. It's a bit spartan, but the panel is great and high-res and the colors look fantastic.

    But the product is just awful at integrating with my laptop.

    About 1/3 of the time when I plug the display in and try to wake the laptop up, it won't. Half the time I need to unplug my USB hub from the monitor and plug it back in to get my keyboard to work (and I've tried this with multiple keyboards, and I have tried this with the simple USB-C to USB-A adapter Apple provides). Sometimes the Ethernet adapter won't work through the monitor and I need to plug it in directly to my laptop.

    It's been months and there are no firmware updates that address the issue. I'm not some weird edge case either; this monitor has a reputation for being terrible at these things.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT a happy camper with this display

    • Written by Jennifer H

    I am sorry to report that this display is not good. The color quality is off and we use this in production and our old Samsung we replaced looked better, also the sound quality from the speakers is absolutely terrible. In addition to all of this, only one of the USB ports actually works, the rest of the ports are non functional. For the price tag ; like others, I would expect more.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do your research first..

    • Written by Christina C

    I should have listened to the reviews on here...The display is plagued with problems, and yes, I did install the latest firmware. I am getting kernel panics everytime I plug in a USB device...Also getting random drop outs in video.

    For the price point of $1,299.99, I expected so much more out of Apple and LG.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    5 months solid performer

    • Written by Tom K from Tempe

    Purchased my LG 5K display at the end of March (after the Wi-Fi fix), I plugged the monitor in and it has been my daily driver ever since. I'm using a late 2016 MBP w/ touchbar and have a 1Gb USB-C ethernet adapter along with a 1TB USB-C 3.1 spinning disk drive plugged into the monitor.

    The ethernet adapter is on the slow side (shared bandwidth between the monitor and thunderbolt 3 hub), I run primarily on wi-fi so that isn't a issue. VMware fusion machines run well off of the disk (various flavor and configs on linux, mac, windows) with no issues.

    All and all happy with the purchase and would recommend to anyone looking for a 5k monitor for their Mac.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    • Written by Thomas D from Seattle

    I can't blame the LG 5k 100% for this, but I've had two strange complete hardware failures since purchasing. My Late MBP 2016 had a memory failure and had to be replaced by Apple. Then another arduino-based device died strangely recently - no idea what caused it. If you're looking to use this device with any peripherals I would completely avoid it. I've never had this kind of problem until I got the LG.

    I also tried to get an external GPU working with the LG. The GPU connected on TB3 works great without the monitor, but when both are connected the LG is detected but I get a black screen. I've worked very hard to make both devices work together - not happening.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Poor Quality, only worked for 15 minutes.

    • Written by Antonio Lam O

    We had 2 of these to our office and both of them have backlit problems:
    1. First one is ok for 15 min and then left side went dark.
    2. 2nd one is similar but backlit would go out one side and then the other and switch left/right from time to time.

    Real shoddy construction is my guess. These sort of things i have seen from el cheapo brands where you have to apply pressure on the monitor, but was dumbfounded when saw it on these premium offerings.

    Only had them for 11 days. Now waiting for replacement. 2/2 failure rate (100%) is really bad.

    Will wait for replacement if any different, and will update this review. But for now, stay away from these monitors, or test the heck out of it before purchasing.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid for 6 months

    • Written by Tony Z from San Francisco

    I bought this monitor 6 months ago and paired it with the 2016 MacBook Pro No TouchBar. Despite all the mixed reviews out there, my monitor (which was released after the wireless signal fix) performs admirably. The display is visually crisp with great color rendition. Audio is ok but it's built in speakers for the laptop.

    The biggest issue with my setup is the 2016 MacBook Pro barely has enough power to drive this display - it's noticeably more responsive when not plugged in. For anyone else considering this display, make sure you configure a computer that has sufficient horsepower to drive this display. Will be on a shorter upgrade cycle than before.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was concerned by all the negative reviews but...

    • Written by Ryan H from Temecula

    I purchased this display on 8/29 and all I can say so far is WOW. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is a fantastic display that works exactly as I expected it to, so far. I had the Apple Thunderbolt Display for the past 5 years and loved it, and I was hesitant to replace it due to all of the negative reviews this display has received. However, I think most of that is from the early rollout and issues have since been corrected.

    After one day I was glad I replaced the Thunderbolt Display; this one has such a crisp picture that is so easy on the eyes because of the high refresh rate.

    I highly recommend this product, especially if you have a 2016/17 Macbook Pro.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Update Firmware and Enjoy!

    • Written by Andrew C from Dartmouth

    Not sure if all the people who are posting 1 star reviews have updated their firmware or not, but I have a brand new unit with the most updated firmware and I'm having ZERO issues. This is the most beautiful amazing display I've ever used and I can't recommend it enough. I almost didn't buy it because of the bad reviews, but go for it! Just get an updated firmware and feel confident that it will be an excellent display!

    Make sure you use the cable that comes with the monitor, as USB-C cables can be confusing and if you use the wrong cable that can definitely cause issues. I've had no issues with random shut downs, with the USB ports, or with waking from sleep. Everything is perfect. For my own experience, this is every bit as good as an Apple branded display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing monitor - not perfect but almost

    • Written by Michael R from North Vancouver

    Not sure why everyone seems to hate on this display so much but here's my two cents

    My setup: 2017 15" MacBookPro + 2 of these monitors (wired ethernet + BOSE speakers in one and 3 4TB drives plugged into the other. Make sure you plug one into the top of one side and the other into the top of the other side, you can't plug two into the same side - won't work.

    - absolutely outstanding image quality, clarity (coming from a graphic designer and photographer)
    - good design, like the stand, simple and black - you're looking at the screen anyways, people
    - occasional issues with my BOSE USB Companion 5 speakers when plugging in, sometimes have to unplug and plugin to get them to work
    - CRAZY fast connection (able to get 150mbps on ethernet and full speed on all three HDs plugged in at the same time)
    - controlling brightness on the keyboard only controls one monitor, which is odd but not a big issue for me
    - LOVE the single cable to charge and display

    Overall, I love them not 100% perfect, but way better than everyone is giving them credit for.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this one...not good

    • Written by Sean G

    Not a good experience for me. Bought this unit about a week ago and cant get the USB ports to work at all. Called technical support and no help

    also getting a kernel panic everytime I stick in anything on the USB ports.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Mary S

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the majority of the reviews here on Apple...This display is plagued with issues and problems.

    I bought it a few weeks ago and have tons of issues...It wants to have a mind of its own and constantly shuts down on its own and then turns back on..Also the speakers need improvement, for a $1299 machine this should be MUCH better and more reliable. I ended up buying a Thunderbolt display instead and matches my apple equipment perfectly!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Tim W from Manchester

    Okay first off, id like to point out that yes this is a good display, but for the price they are charging for this monitor, i could just go buy another iMac for about $200 more and then hook them up or have two separate computers.. the price of this monitor is completely outrageous and i would not recommend unless you really like wasting your money.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, simply amazing

    • Written by Stefano M from Scottsdale

    Works perfectly with my 15" MacBook Pro 2016. Texts and images look very sharp, exactly what I expected.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny. This display is butter.

    • Written by Brent M from Brooklyn

    I've been using this display for about a month and I love this display. The brightness and clarity is unmatched when compared to anything I've used in the past. Prior to upgrading I was using a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina hooked up to a Apple Cinema Display. This display blows the 2013 MBP Retina display out of the water (and it goes without saying it murders the Cinema display). The LG's probably also more detailed but to me the biggest difference between this and the MBP 2013 Retina is the LG's brightness. It's just so bright and clear, it's literally like butter. That is the only way I can really describe it. It's so smooth. I thought my MBP display was about as good as it gets but that now just looks dull. 100% recommended. I wish it had a forward/backward tilt & 90 degree rotation but whatever you can't have everything.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Run an agency? Get these.

    • Written by Rob P from Saltaire

    I've been put off getting these into our agency for some time. Now that I own one, I feel we have wasted time following reviews of ex-issues. They are the best companion monitor available for your MacBook Pro. It's like bathing your eyes. Great quality image.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Monitor!

    • Written by Stuart W from Essendon

    Been using this monitor for a few weeks now, and it's been amazing!
    Haven't had any issues with the monitor to date, LG have been actively fixing the many issues this monitor had on release day.

    Colors are amazing, never seen anything like this in my life. (I believe it's the same panel as a 5K iMac)
    Sound from the monitor is okay, for the price I would expect something better. However, they’re the best speakers I have heard from a monitor.

    Using one cable to power a Macbook Pro and sent a video signal is very convenient when I’m not using the monitor and keeps my desk tidy.

    The monitor I have has minimal IPS glow, which is great!

    However, my gripe I do have is the ambient sensor still has not been enabled / being used. It has been nearly a year since Apple announced this monitor and it is still not able to be used to automatically adjust brightness.

    If you’re having issues with this monitor please update the firmware via LG Screen manager which is found on the LG website. This fixes most of the issues that people were having.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display! Please go to LG website and download updated firmware!!!

    • Written by Alexander Y from San Diego

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    Fantastic colors, outstanding resolution and most of all, perfect integration with newer MacBooks. I can't see myself buying another screen in a long time...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Trevor B from Cambridge

    It was disappointing when Apple announced the LG 5K instead of releasing their own 5K successor to the Thunderbolt Display. It doesn't quite have the polished look of an Apple product. It doesn't support auto-brightness (though it does support the native brightness controls on any Apple keyboard). The only notable way in which it feels like an Apple display is its unfortunate glossiness.

    Still: If you have the new MacBook Pro, this is the best display on the market right now. The Retina jump from 2560x1440 to 5K is just as impressive as the Retina jump the iPhone 4. It's just gorgeous, as anyone who's used the 5K iMac can attest. Text is sharp, curves are smooth, colors are vivid. Everything is easier on the eyes. Once you've gone 5K, there's no going back.

    Although it's not quite the Thunderbolt Display successor Apple fans had been hoping for, the LG 5K is a delight to look at. For me, it's well worth the premium price.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    JUNK monitor! Return to nearest store.

    • Written by Christina C

    WOW, this thing has been something else...I bought it at full price for the $1299.99 + sales tax, my total bill was $1400+ out the door with taxes...This monitor is plagued with some serious problems...Mine would just keep turning off on its own and also I would like to add the speakers were Terrible! for $1400 I was expecting a lot more from LG and Apple.

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