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LG UltraFine 5K Display

Introducing LG UltraFine 5K Display

LG UltraFine 5K Display

5K IPS Display

P3 99% Color Spectrum

Thunderbolt¢‚ 3 Ports

3 USB-C Downstream Ports

Built-In Camera & Rich Bass Speaker

[MKBHD]

My first impression of the LG was pretty positive.

For someone who works with video all the time or with photos, editing, it's kind of nice to have.

[Jonathan Morrioson]

Colors are popping, saturation is the number one word that comes to mind.

[Austin Evans]

So you have the thunderbolt 3. So you can charge the laptop over single cable which gets you extra usb-c port on the monitor.

[MKBHD]

So picture quality is A+.

[Austin Evans]

UltraFine looks awesome. It is just awesome.

LG UltraFine 5K Display

The Ultimate Mac Companion

  • Overview

    With a stunning 5120-by-2880 resolution and P3 wide color gamut, the 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display brings your favorite photos and videos to life. So whether you’re watching a movie or editing an image, this high-performance monitor delivers immaculate 5K resolution for even the most pixel-packed visuals.

    A single Thunderbolt 3 cable (included) provides up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. And three downstream USB-C ports (5 Gbps) offer additional connectivity and power to compatible devices and accessories.

    Built-in stereo speakers, camera, and microphone deliver a rich media experience. And with over 14.7 million pixels, you won’t miss a single detail of your next design layout, photo edit, or FaceTime call.

    Outstanding image quality

    The LG UltraFine 5K Display features a 27-inch IPS panel, P3 wide color gamut, and 500 cd/m² of brightness. And with over 14.7 million pixels — 77 percent more than a typical 4K UHD display — the human eye can’t discern the individual pixels.

    Perfect for photo and video editing, the UltraFine 5K Display gives you plenty of room for a multitude of tools and windows, while rendering incredibly lifelike images and razor-sharp text instantaneously.

    Simplified user experience

    Connect the UltraFine 5K Display to your MacBook Pro via an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, which supports 5K video, audio, and data simultaneously — all while supplying up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro. And with seamless macOS integration, you can control volume and brightness on your 5K display without the need for physical buttons.

    Use the adjustable stand to create a personalized environment for work or play. Or disconnect the stand and mount the display on your preferred VESA arm using the provided VESA cover.

    Highlights

    Outstanding image quality

    Over 14.7 million pixels

    Built-in stereo speakers, camera, microphone, and three USB-C ports (5 Gbps)

    Video, data, and power over a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable (included)

    What’s in the Box

    LG UltraFine 5K Display

    Thunderbolt 3 cable (2 m)

    Power cord

    Easy setup guide

    VESA cover

    Tech Specs

    Display Size : 27-inch (diagonal) 5K display with IPS technology

    Resolution : 5120-by-2880 with support for billions of colors

    Brightness : 500 cd/m²

    Color Gamut : P3 wide color gamut

    Ports : One Thunderbolt 3 (input), three USB-C (USB 3.1 gen 1, 5Gbps)

    Power Delivery : Up to 85W over Thunderbolt 3 for host power and charging

    Camera Type : Built-in camera

    Speaker Configurations : Stereo

    Power : Built-in power supply

    Height : 18.3 in./46.4 cm

    Width : 24.6 in./62.6 cm

    Depth : 9.4 in./23.9 cm (with stand), 2.1 in./5.4 cm (without stand)

    Weight : 18.7 lb./8.5 kg

    System Requirements

    Operating System : macOS Sierra 10.12.1 or later

    Connection : Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number : 27MD5KA-B.AHKA

    UPC or EAN No. : 8801031781270

    Warranty

    Note : Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      It just works....not!

      I have a MBP 15" late 2016 and thought that 2 of these monitors would make a perfect setup. The monitor has a great resolution. This is definitely as good as I have a MBP 15" late 2016 and thought that 2 of these monitors would make a perfect setup. The monitor has a great resolution. This is definitely as good as I expected it to be. Here comes the 'but' Well .... it just doesn't work. Even after the latest macOS upgrade my MBP still crashes every time it tries to come back from sleep mode. In addition to that the external USB keyboard attached to one of the monitors is not recognized after power is cut of and turned on again. Solution here: unplugging the USB cable from the back of the monitor. Also the sound output doesn't stay on the selected monitor but always switches back to the other one. Overall a poor experience. Very sad.....

      • Written by Bernd A from Wiesloch

      605 of 706 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It just works....not!

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Almost, but not quite there yet.

      To go with my new 13" TouchBar-enabled MacBook Pro, I decided on this new LG 5K display because... well, there's no other options in the 5K space for this lapto To go with my new 13" TouchBar-enabled MacBook Pro, I decided on this new LG 5K display because... well, there's no other options in the 5K space for this laptop. The screen shows up in a massive box, and once it's unpacked - it's obvious why. The 5K display is fully assembled, i.e. on its stand, out of the box. Yep, just take it out and plug it in. 1.) There's an Energy Star sticker stuck to the screen itself, which is bewildering. Removing it without making any smudges is all kinds of fun. 2.) Volume leveling is currently broken in OS X as of 10.12.3. The level set to one volume bar is too quiet, and set to two volume bars is too loud. Anything above that is preposterous. What on earth? SHIFT+OPTION+VOL. Adjustment = micro changes of the volume to at least temporarily alleviate the issue (you'll end up with the volume midway between one bar and two bars - good grief). Thank goodness for this micro adjustment, because how this issue made it past QC boggles my mind 3.) Brightness adjustment is laggy in response when you press the brightness keys on the keyboard. It does work, though, but lagged. 4.) Shutting down the system sometimes results in a giant cursor stuck on the screen, with a small cursor you can move around, but the system never shuts down. You then have to hold the power button down to shut off completely. 3.75 out of 5. 5.) Since this is an LG product and not an Apple one, a standard 1-year warranty applies, with no ability to get AppleCare, which is a real downer. Overall, this is a lovely screen. You forget it's not aesthetically stunning like Apple's own displays - while using it, but there's certain to be a disconnect here in terms of just who is responsible for making sure the functionality is fully baked. Currently, it's not quite ready for primetime.

      • Written by William G from Seattle

      349 of 392 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Almost, but not quite there yet.

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Great picture quality, broken sound level

      I use the UltraFine 5k connected to a 2016 Macbook Pro 15". When selecting the monitor as sound output and adjusting the sound using an external keyboard or the I use the UltraFine 5k connected to a 2016 Macbook Pro 15". When selecting the monitor as sound output and adjusting the sound using an external keyboard or the touch bar, the sound level is way too loud. Already at the second "bar" the volume is very high. I also use a USB headphone DAC/amp and it does not have the same problem. I contacted LG about this and only got boilerplate responses. Let's hope Apple takes notice.

      • Written by Bjørn Olav R from Oslo

      359 of 419 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great picture quality, broken sound level

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best display I have ever used

      So many bad reviews I thought I would share. Bought this to work with my 2018 15" MBP. I am mostly running MATLAB for data analysis and software development, an So many bad reviews I thought I would share. Bought this to work with my 2018 15" MBP. I am mostly running MATLAB for data analysis and software development, and Office365 for scientific papers and presentations. So far works nearly flawlessly. Occasionally a flash when the signal to the monitor seems to be momentarily interrupted - an off/on. I attribute this to software processing on the MBP and/or the Blackmagic eGPU. Absolutely the best image quality I have ever had. Expensive, yes, but I am much more productive using this ONE monitor alone than I am with 15" Retina display or 2016 iMac + Dell 4K. I actually see things in graphs and images I never saw before. For me at least worth the cost because of increased productivity.

      • Written by Philip R from Bethesda

      Is this review useful?Best display I have ever used

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Incredible

      Picked it up from the Apple Store today. I have the latest 15" MBP, the maxed-out version with i9 and 32gb ram. Pulled it out of the box, plugged it in...my com Picked it up from the Apple Store today. I have the latest 15" MBP, the maxed-out version with i9 and 32gb ram. Pulled it out of the box, plugged it in...my computer was sleeping and it immediately snapped on and has worked absolutely flawlessly in every way ever since. Beautiful picture and extremely simple to use for its primary function, which is what I expect from any Apple product so I'm glad this monitor from LG delivers there. I'm a software developer by trade and I just had a very productive 8 hour work session on this monitor. I did not experience any drop-outs, interference (I have some high-end audio gear right near the monitor and no issues so far), or light/dark problems like others mentioned (reading documentation on a light background and swiping over to my IDE with a dark background, it works as expected). I've gone through so many different monitors--the Apple Thunderbolt monitor, a pair of Dell 4K 24" monitors, and a BenQ 32" design monitor. I already love this one more than any of those because it's the perfect size and resolution and fits in really well as an addition to the 2018 MBP. I'm guessing LG worked out whatever issues the other people here were dealing with, or maybe it wasn't the monitor...

      • Written by Jon J from San Juan Capistrano

      Is this review useful?Incredible

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Generally good, but bad burn-in/'memory' effect on bright screens

      I've got two of these displays hooked up to my MacBook Pro and have liked them a lot until recently. I've begun to notice that if you have the brightness crank I've got two of these displays hooked up to my MacBook Pro and have liked them a lot until recently. I've begun to notice that if you have the brightness cranked up (I keep mine at max) and use a white window, you will get a burn-in/memory effect that can last minutes if you quickly switch to a dark display. I use multiple desktops (different VMs) that I will swap back and forth between, to keep them separate, I have different backgrounds (some very dark) and I will see a residual effect from bright windows LONG after swapping desktops. It's become HIGHLY annoying.

      • Written by MICHAEL R from Raleigh

      Is this review useful?Generally good, but bad burn-in/'memory' effect on bright screens

  • Answers from the community

    • Can you daisy chain this from the LG UltraFine 5K Display?
      • Asked by Jeremy F from San Francisco
      • on Sep 11, 2018

      Answer

      No. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is a Thunderbolt 3 display which uses both DisplayPort connection No. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is a Thunderbolt 3 display which uses both DisplayPort connections of the computer's Thunderbolt controller. The Thunderbolt controller sends both DisplayPort signals to the Thunderbolt controller of the LG UltraFine 5K over the Thunderbolt cable. The Thunderbolt controller in the LG UltraFine 5K converts both Thunderbolt DisplayPort streams back into DisplayPort to be used by each half of the display (the left and right sides) to support 5K resolution. That is also the reason why the LG 5K display does not have a second Thunderbolt 3 port - because it is required for one of the DisplayPort signals for one half of the display. The other DisplayPort signal comes out of a DisplayPort connection of the Thunderbolt controller of the display (think of a Thunderbolt 3 dock where you can connect one display to the second Thunderbolt 3 port of the dock, and another display to a DisplayPort output of the dock). The Thunderbolt controller of the computer does not have a third DisplayPort connection, and since the LG 5K uses two DisplayPort connections (over Thunderbolt), an LG 4K display cannot be daisy chained to the LG 5K display. Also, since a Thunderbolt controller only has two DisplayPort connections, if you connect a LG 5K to one side of the MacBook Pro, then a second display must be connected to the other side of the MacBook Pro (there's one Thunderbolt controller per side of the MacBook Pro). One 5K or two 4K per side of the MacBook Pro can be connected. The USB-C ports of the LG UltraFine 5K only support USB. They do not support DisplayPort because there is no other DisplayPort signal on the Thunderbolt cable that can be used and the display has no other DisplayPort inputs. It might be possible to use a USB to DisplayPort converter (research devices that use DisplayLink, find examples at the DisplayLink or plugable websites) but they don't perform like real displays and may have issues in macOS.

      • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
      • on Sep 11, 2018
    • Answer

      The Apple specs say the MacBook Air 2012 supports up to 2560 x 1600 on an external display. The The Apple specs say the MacBook Air 2012 supports up to 2560 x 1600 on an external display. The LG UltraFine 5K manual says it has a 2560 x 1440 at 60 Hz timing so it should work but maybe not. The Macbook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) only has Thunderbolt 1 (10 Gbps). 2560x1440 60Hz uses about 5.3 Gbps, which leaves less than 5 Gbps for all the USB devices of the LG UltraFine 5K. But Thunderbolt 1 has two bidirectional 10 Gbps channels. If the display uses one channel, then the other channel is free for USB devices. I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it. To get 5K though, you need an eGPU with Thunderbolt 3 output. The only solution so far is the Blackmagic eGPU (all other eGPU's do not output their DisplayPort signals through a Thunderbolt 3 controller). Apple does not support eGPUs on Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 Macs, so you'll need to use a workaround (available on the eGPU.io website).

      • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
      • on Jul 27, 2018
    • Does this display have a GPU of its own? If so what GPU?
      • Asked by Ben B from BEVERLY HILLS
      • on Oct 28, 2016

      Answer

      No. Sadly no built in GPU.

      • Answered by William O from Brussels
      • on Nov 11, 2016
    • Answer

      You can buy 2,3, or 4 and use them in tandem. They do not daisy chain though. The LG 4K display d You can buy 2,3, or 4 and use them in tandem. They do not daisy chain though. The LG 4K display does not have a DisplayPort output to support daisy chaining. The LG 4K is a USB-C display (USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode, using DisplayPort 1.2 (4 lanes), and USB 2.0). I don't know if macOS supports DisplayPort MST (for daisy chaining displays using DisplayPort). The MacBook Pro supports DisplayPort 1.2 which can't support more than one 4K 60 Hz display anyway. Each side of the MacBook Pro (left side and right side) can support two displays. The MacBook Pro 15 inch allows up to four 4K displays. The MacBook Pro 13 inch allows two 4K displays. Thunderbolt 3 can support two 4K 60 Hz displays from a single port using Thunderbolt display daisy chaining, a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 adapter, or a Thunderbolt 3 dock. However, I am unaware of any Thunderbolt 3 product that has more than one USB-C port with DisplayPort alt mode (required for USB-C displays like the LG 4K). It might be possible to use an LG 4K with DisplayPort only (no USB) by using a USB-C to DisplayPort cable, but then any functions of the display that require USB will not be usable (audio, brightness control, USB hub). Brightness control may be possible using an app that uses DDC/CI. To get two ports supporting USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode from a single Thunderbolt 3 port (so you can use the other 3 ports for other stuff), you need the following: 1) two Sunix UPD2018 or two Delock 89582 (PCIe USB 3.1 gen 2 host controller with USB-C DisplayPort alt mode port). 2) one Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion box with two or more slots such as the Sonnet Echo Express SE III, or two Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion boxes each with one slot such as the Sonnet Echo Express SEL (Thunderbolt 3 Edition). 3) one Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter such as the one made by Sonnet (not all Thunderbolt 3 products are Mac compatible so check the manufacturer's specs).

      • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
      • on Feb 25, 2018
    • Answer

      Simple answer: No. Long answer: Yes, but it's expensive, might not work, and won't allow you to u Simple answer: No. Long answer: Yes, but it's expensive, might not work, and won't allow you to use all the features of the display. The LG UltraFine 5K is a Thunderbolt 3 display. The MacBook doesn't have Thunderbolt 3. It has a USB-C port capable of outputting DisplayPort up to 4K 60Hz. You can convert DisplayPort to Thunderbolt 3 with a Thunderbolt 3 add-in card like the GC-ALPINE RIDGE, but you need a PCIe slot to power it such as one provided by a PC or a riser like the IT-GO "ADP-099-31". The display contains a USB controller connected to the Thunderbolt 3 controller which a computer can only communicate with using PCIe through Thunderbolt 3. The functions of the display that require USB (such as USB ports, audio, camera, brightness control) will only be usable by a PC that contains and supports all the functions of the Thunderbolt 3 add-in card (not just DisplayPort conversion, but also PCIe tunneling).

      • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
      • on Jun 12, 2018