• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is an excellent replacement of the Apple Thunderbot Display

    I am purely comparing this Lie-for-like to the Apple T D. This monitor although looking not as nice as the Thunderbolt Display has better picture and better IO. It is heavy and has all the right movements for the display to suit your viewing angle. When you turn your Mac on the display automatically starts up and as it heats up there are a few cracking noises as the plastics move or heat up very faint but at 4am you can notice it. My personal opinion after owning one for 6 months now is they are very good quality and beautiful to look at. The price and quality has been put into where it should be put into it, into the display itself.

    If you are thinking of a display for your Mac, Go no other.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Still crashes MacBook Pro (2017) nearly every time it sleeps

    The monitor looks great, good real-estate, clear text etc. But it frequently crashes my MBP. If I go to lunch, I come back to a post-boot login screen. Can't believe this is still happening. No updates have fixed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is my dream Display.

    LG great job. Amazing graphics good color. Only word "best“.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is amazing

    I Use this with my iMac Pro. Wow. Wonderful Graphics and so great. I don't unterstand this critical rates.

    Ps: i'm a Programmer.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it.

    The Display is so Great and so good to use. I work with this Display on my MacBook Pro 2017!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky Power Wiring

    I have had to duct tape the flimsy power plug to the monitor, but even then any slight movement causes the power to go off, then requiring wiggling to get it back on. Disappointed that Apple does not support this monitor, so have to find LG support.

    (Colors seem a bit over saturated, next project - how to calibrate the monitor)

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really great display! Just wish it didn't flicker

    I purchased the LG UltraFine 5K (27MDKA-B) in ~mid-March of 2018, so I've had it for a while now. It's a gorgeous display, I love the quality and how amazing videos look on this thing.

    My only issue is that my screen flickers. I know this problem was supposed to be fixed but I don't know, I guess I got unlucky or something. Anyway it's still a stunning screen and I'm for the most part happy with it! Maybe one day I'll buy another :) (or go super duper ultra wide, whichever comes first)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Screen

    Amazing Screen just works brilliantly with my Mac Book Pro 13", the colours are so real would fully recommend this converting this into a huge desktop computer.

    Thank you Apple & LG for makine this amazing screen.....

    Its the best I have seen and used.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy the newer version LG part number 27MD5KB-B not 27MD5KA

    After extensive research it appears the issues are related to the first generation of this display which is part number 27MD5KA. LG has since rectified the issues and the updated monitor part number is 27MD5KB-B. I purchased the newer 27MD5KB-B for use with my 2017 MacBook Pro and it has work flawlessly. It's a gorgeous display that got off on the wrong foot.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing 5K monitor...don't understand the negative reviews

    I've been using a Mac for 15 years and this monitor, placed right beside a 27" Retina iMac, looks absolutely identical! Not close...IDENTICAL. Seriously, I do a lot of photo editing and regardless of what resolution you put this monitor on, its flawless. That said, you do have to do a quick calibration with the Color Sync Utility in macOS to set the whitepoint where you want it. You can set the whitepoint to match a MacBook Pro, if you're using one with the monitor, or you can simply set the whitepoint to where you'd like your whiteness to be. That's the ONLY adjustment needed on the monitor, otherwise it comes perfectly calibrated from the factory.

    I have absolutely none of the issues some reviewers here have complained about...literally everything works perfectly with this monitor. It charges my 15" MacBook Pro (2017) as it should (85W power supply) and the three USB-C ports on the back of the monitor serve a hub to keep your MBP free of cables and dongles.

    If there is one tiny thing to complain about, it's nothing at all to do with the performance of this monitor...it's how it's made. When compared with other monitors it's just fine, but a) it's not of the thin bezel design, it has a 1/2-inch bezel on the left, right and bottom and because of the camera and light sensor on top, the bezel is slightly larger. But the case is matte black so you don't even notice this. It's not a beautiful piece of sculpted aluminum, as if manufactured by Apple. But it's made to work perfectly with a Mac Pro, MacBook, or Mac Mini. Or any other Mac with a USB-C port.

    Honestly, this monitor is a class act! Yes, it's expensive...but so is that Mac you're using it with. If you have a

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    incredible display!

    I'm tired of how much this monitor gets ragged on so I'm finally writing a review. I ordered it the day it was released so I got one of the troublesome early models that earned this monitor its bad reputation. Mine came without magnetic shielding and there was a 'voluntary recall' which was definitely a nuisance but I got that taken care of over a year ago now. Any complaints about the volume being too loud at the lowest level was valid, along with the weird screen glitches. However, it has all been rectified for a long time now. There is a crucial LG Screen Manager program that runs in the background and checks for firmware updates for the monitor and ALL KINKS HAVE BEEN RESOLVED. I promise you. Yes, the Bezel is plastic. Who cares! I work as a professional filmmaker and I can tell you the picture is incredible! Blows clients minds. I plug a single cable into my late 2016 MacBook Pro and I'm connected to power, my audio interface, a color control surface, and an external hard drive instantly. It is elegant. If you have one of the newer mbp's like mine, this monitor is a beast and you will love it.
    :)

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Image Retention Nightmare

    I bought one of these when they were first available. About 6-8 months after I had some major image retention (Ghosting). Not burn in, but Image Retention.

    The image would ghost for about 5-10 min and then go away. This is super annoying! Too bad because the monitor is great in every other aspect. But because of this ghosting I can't give this monitor a rating higher then a 2 and I can't also recommend it :-(

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful picture and better than expected usability.

    I'm a seasoned IT professional and I read all the bad reviews and was hesitant. I figured that Apple would not release something defective and rolled the dice.

    I plugged it into my 2018 MBP and it was perfect. Then my WIFI broke and I found I had a lower case network name of my connection. I deleted the lower case network name entry and have had no problems since. Picture is amazing. I think the sound is good. When I put the MBP to sleep it starts up fine. Shutdown your MBP and you will have to open up the MBP to start it up again. All the LG monitor patches were previously installed on the monitor so I did not have to update anything.

    The LG also came with it's own recommended USB C cable and Apple sold me one by default for no reason for $40. LG said to use their cable so I may return the other one.

    I have no new complaints but I'm used to problems.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, but expensive, but awesome

    The only downside to this monitor is the price. There's no getting around that - it's expensive. Then again, not so expensive compared to other 5k monitors (of which there aren't many), so the question is whether 5k is worth the price. For casual use, definitely not. For professional use, if you work all day at your computer and you're staring at the screen for 10+ hours a day, I'd say yes.

    Of course, there are lots of 4k monitors available for half the price of this screen, some of which are good quality, so is 5k worth it and what else does this monitor provide to justify the cost?

    Firstly, 5k provides about 50% more pixels than 4k and the scaling looks great. Clearly the most important thing here is the quality of the display itself, and it's pretty awesome, basically like a giant Retina display. Your eyes will thank you. No matter how hard you try, you will not see any individual pixels on this thing. It's also the perfect size for up-close work at a desk, in my opinion. Anything bigger starts to feel unwieldy, and anything smaller is cramped.

    It works right out of the box with a single USB-C cable which also provides power to your MacBook Pro for a single cable setup. That's a nice perk, and USB-C is the future. It also has additional USB-C ports on the back of the monitor, so it's a full hub into which you can plug hard drives, microphones, iPhone cables etc. I connected an Ethernet cable into an old Apple Ethernet USB adapter plugged into a cheap USB-C adapter and then into the monitor, and that might sound complicated but it works great. It also has an integrated webcam, which is pretty good quality. The built-in speakers are loud, and more than good enough for a monitor.

    The build quality is very solid. The design isn't stunning or iconic, but it's functional and does the job. No fiddling around to assemble - it's all packed in one piece. It feels very sturdy and is easily adjustable. The basic black bezels and stand just get out of the way. It won't win any design awards, but it's built to last.

    This is a top quality display. It works perfectly out of the box with MacBook Pros from 2016 onwards (I'm using it with a 13 inch 2016 MBP), and it doesn't have any of the teething issues which were present at launch (which you can still see reflected in the very early reviews). I'm pretty sure nobody will be disappointed in the quality of this thing, or how much it enhances their Mac experience on the desktop. 5k is pretty great. Afterwards, you'll find it hard to go back to other monitors. Then it all just comes down to that price, and whether it's worth it to you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best choice for mb 2017

    Really good choice! Who you everybody who write bad reviews????? I buy this monitor 5 month ago, and I am happy, becouse it really good choice. Only one big problem, very glossy, and very hard connect egpu, becouse only tb3 support only. Sorry for my English.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display, but with minor flaws

    This display is absolutely beautiful, there's no denying that. I was hesitant to purchase due to all the negative reviews on here, but I have not experienced any of the issues people have written about. User error perhaps? I decided to purchase it because it's the only TB3 monitor that has a glossy display and highest peak brightness of any 5K monitor currently available in it's 27" form factor.

    Here's my current, 100% functioning-as-expected setup: LG 27MD5KA -> Included TB3 Cable -> Elgato TB3 Dock -> Apple TB3 Cable -> 2017 MacBook Pro 15". I also have the LG 4K 22MD4KA connected to my MacBook Pro, in portrait orientation. This non-matching dual display setup is working without hiccup. This setup allows for the "one cable" simplicity that I've wanted, or if I need to use my second LG 22MD4KA monitor, then I just attach a second cable straight from that monitor to my MacBook Pro. I can use this setup in any combination of 27" + 22" + Built-in MacBook Pro display. I typically keep the MacBook Pro in clamshell mode and just utilize the two LG displays. I have no problems just using the single 5K display, or all three displays available to me. This versatility is exactly what I hoped for and expected. I can control display brightness of all three displays using my Logitech Craft keyboard independent of each other by simply clicking on the desktop of the display, and pressing the specific brightness control keys on the keyboard. When I change display setup combinations, MacOS is intelligent enough to remember how the desktop and open windows were set up, and it reverts to that configuration. In MacBook Pro clamshell mode (lid closed) I can sleep the displays, and wake the system up by just tapping any button on my keyboard. My system can go to sleep automatically as programmed, and I can wake it without opening the lid, as well.

    As for the 27MD5KA itself, the flaws I mentioned are:
    1) Ambient Light Sensor is still unsupported through MacOS. After being out for this long and being jointly developed with LG, you'd think Apple's software would enable the use of such a handy feature.
    2) There's no reason a premium monitor like this could not have a stand with a swivel and rotate mechanism. You can adjust the display in the vertical and tilt axes, but that's it. I have it mounted on a fully articulating arm, same with the smaller 4K display so it's not an issue for me but it may be an inconvenience for some.

    To summarize, (and perhaps if you spend top dollar), this display behaves in the usual "it just works" Apple philosophy. I should also note that my 27" monitor firmware did not need updating when I installed the LG Screen Manager software.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Panel but Terrible in Every Other Way. No support.

    I have two of these LG UltraFine 5k Displays that I use with a 2016 MBP.

    The good:
    -The panel is beautiful (I believe it is the same used by the 27" 5K iMac).
    -The built in camera and microphone work.

    The bad:
    -Thunderbolt 3 only (wont work with a PC. Apple only)
    -Causes sleep wake failures and shuts down my MBP. Apple replaced the logic board on my MBP because of this issue and with the new logic board I still experience the same problem when both monitors are in use. Really disappointing because Apple says my computer supports two of these monitors...I would not spend $2,000 on incompatible monitors...shame on Apple and LG for selling this garbage.
    -Does not support portrait mode.
    -Speakers are unusable. They crackle on both monitors.
    -Ugly design.
    -Glare from glossy screen.

    Apple should make a Cinema Display again so that their customers can avoid this nonsense.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crashes and dead after 14 Month

    3 out of 10 times I connected the display to my new MBP Touchbar it crashed the system.
    The camera and speakers are working only after a restart.
    And from today on it is not working anymore. Just black

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wobbly?!

    I was after a new screen to upgrade from my cinema display and thought this was the one.

    Initial thoughts were good, the screen quality is very good. However the constant wobble when typing drove me nuts! fortunately I was within the window to return - otherwise this would have been an expensive mistake!

    And the search to replace the cinema display continues...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Picture Quality, Glitchy Functionality, Limited Flexibility

    While this display can have a nice image, and it can be convenient, it's rarely so. The display suffers from severe image retention issues, leaving ghost images of your recent windows all over, the USB ports on the back are slow (USB 2.1, even though they use a USB-C connector), and have frequent issues, the display is often glitchy when restarting/waking from sleep/being plugged in. There also isn't a way to use an HDMI or Display Port cable with it, so external GPUs aren't an option, and you can't plug in an additional source. All this from a display that's significantly more expensive than the competition.

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