• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful though expensive monitor

    Visually, this is an A+ monitor, a wonder to behold. It is very well integrated with current generation of MacBook Pros. I did not have any of the problems mentioned by the many unfairly negative reviews. When you plug in the monitor, be sure to use the port on the back with the powerbolt to connect to the MacBook. I DK how this does with other computers, but it works just fine with my 13" MBP...though I'm not trying to play video games. It's great having a substantially larger desktop. But it's expensive. The Dell 4K monitor that it replaced was around $500, so it's hard to justify $1200. On the other hand, Dell's 5K monitor goes for nearly $3000. I'm rating it solely on it's visual quality, not on how good a value it is.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great for one year

    I bought my LG Ultrafine monitor at the end of December 2016 to go with my then new 15" late 2016 MBP. I was very pleased at first - a stunning picture, and I suffered none of the problems that I read about concerning connectivity, WiFi interference, etc. Then, at about the 1 year mark, it began to have trouble. The problem is that it doesn't wake up from monitor sleep consistently, especially if it has been asleep for more than 4 hours. I tried everything aside from sending the unit out for repair: replaced the thunderbolt cable, installed the LG Screen Manager software, switched ports, unplugged the USB cable from the monitor that leads to my peripherals hub, reinstalled High Sierra, reset the SMC. It may be a coincidence but the problem coincided with when I upgraded from Sierra to High Sierra. When I wake the Mac up from sleep, the Mac itself wakes up, and it still gets power via the thunderbolt cable from the monitor. I have my ethernet adapter plugged into the monitor and the Mac sees it. But, the monitor itself doesn't wake up without unplugging the cable and plugging it back in. My work around is to do a fresh reboot every morning, and that seems to last for the day. Still, a monitor this expensive should do this.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Monitor

    I purchased a 2017 Macbook Pro with USB-C ports so I needed to find something to replace my really nice, lovable, Apple Thunderbolt Display, which worked super well with my old Macbook Pro.

    This new UltraFine 5K Display is really awful. I just purchased my 2nd one, only because the display itself is closest to what I had with the Apple Thunderbolt Display. The reason it's awful is that even though my 2nd one is the latest and greatest version, it still flickers. Brand new, and it just randomly starts flickering. No router nearby or anything like that. Secondly the thing I detest is the sound. It went backwards in technology about 20 years. The volume increments are laughable, and the sound quality is just awful.

    The display itself, is nice to look at. That's it's only redeeming factor. And if this thing didn't flicker on me, I'd probably give it 3 stars since I can always just purchase a good quality Bluetooth speaker. However, on my previous Apple monitors, I could always depend on them having really great sound.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great - no issues other people have noted

    I was hesitant after reading a lot of negative reviews about sleep, monitor brightness, connectivity/setup and other issues. Simply said, I have not had any problems. The monitor wakes and sleeps with my computer, brightness is always at my preset level, speakers and video are acceptable (it's a monitor, not a Bang and Olufsen home theater system).

    The picture is beautiful, the monitor size is perfect for work at home or tech/visual-heavy work, the icon and text size are precisely what they should be, the screen adjustment makes setting up an ergonomic workstation a cinch and the USB-C design means I only have 1 cable for display, sound and power for my macbook, finally free from the cluster*&#$ of cables past. Finally, the built in power converter also means no clunky junk on the floor.

    My only suggestions for improvement would be:
    1. Build feels a bit cheap for the price. The tradeoff - metal casing or a heavier build would make it heavy
    2. Minimalist on-screen controls (as in 0) can leave one feeling lost when looking to adjust screen settings like brightness and contrast (I never actually figured out where/if adjustment is possible)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    after updateing sierra my monitor is not working and freeze my mackbook pro

    Please fix it !!!!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    new MBP + 2 monitors = no good

    I don't know if it's my new MacBook Pro or if it's an issue with LG's monitors, but I can't plug two of these in to my MBP as promised and have it just work (and yes I'm plugging each onein to a Thunderbolt port on either side of the keyboard directly, not daisy-chaining them). If I restart after plugging them in, then they work, but if the laptop goes to sleep, only one of the monitors wakes up and I have to restart again to get the other one to respond. So disappointing. Also, the picture quality of these monitors is great, but the build-quality and design of these monitors looks like junk next to my MacBook Pro. They wobble a lot, too, just from typing. It's sad that these are probably the best available right now.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great picture, bad everything else.

    The colors, contrast, and clarity are phenomenal. Best I've ever experienced in a monitor. HOWEVER, the picture quality does not outweigh the glaring negatives about this product. To start with a big one, when waking my mbp from sleep w/ the monitor plugged in, there's about a 50/50 chance that my mbp crashes. Ridiculous! Another negative is the painful lag when working in adobe programs or sketch. My fully upgraded machine suddenly slows to a crawl when I'm plugged into this monitor. Apparently Apple didn't give the mbp's enough guts to handle their own monitors. The last major negative is the frequent static/fuzzy screens that flash on and off when waking up my machine. On the flip side this usually indicates that my computer isn't going to crash, however it takes about 30-45 seconds for the monitor to display my desktop after strobe-like static flashing.

    TLDR: Great image. Horrible user experience. Monitor must be unplugged at all times when not using your computer or else risk a total system crash and reboot.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't expect much...

    This display is OK for what it is, but don't expect 5K resolution, and don't expect the internal USB-C hub to be particularly useful...
    I have had this display for nearly a year, and used it with two different 2016 MacBook Pro's (and three different motherboards between them). None of the MacBook PROs have ever offered me a 5K resolution option. The "default for display" is 2560x1440 and no scaled resolution better than 3200x1800 is available. This doesn't bother me so much as 2560x1440 is pretty adequate. However, more problematic is that the internal USB-C hub is terrible. One of the basic utilities of this display is that it can offer one-wire-docking for your MacBook, and if you're on a wired network this is accomplished by having a USB-C -to-ethernet adapter (I'm using Apple's) plugged into the back of your monitor so that you get networking when you plug your mac in as well as video, mic, speakers and camera. But if you actually *use* the network, the LG USB-C hub can't handle it. For me, this evidences itself in video conferencing. I can get on a video conference, but generally after a few minutes the network drops off, then the MacBook doesn't see the LG's camera, microphone or speakers anymore. I recently sent the LG display in for repair in the hopes of addressing this issue, but it has returned unchanged. (And the notes on the repair ticket don't mention the problem, instead saying I sent it in for "video problems". Apple takes no responsibility for this display and LG Tech support is not particularly useful.)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont buy

    Dead on arrival. Had to return. Consistent with bad reviews.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of good money - non-responsive customer support

    I have struggled with this monitor for several months to find a cure for the unstable and at times disappearing cursor or mouse pointer associated with my MacBook Pro 2016. The cursor actually works on the MacBook screen but not on the LG 5K display. I have tried LG and Logitech software, etc. and it is clearly an LG display problem. I have tried different mice brands, with the same result. I get no response from LG service when I try to contact them. It has made the screen virtually useless. I have now purchased a Dell 4K display that I use with no problems whatsoever.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Display

    I bought this to use with a 2016 MacBook Pro, and I've had it for about year. I absolutely love it. During the course of the last year, using this on a daily basis, I've never encountered any issues with it. It powers my MacBook Pro so I literally have just a single power cable running down to the outlet and another that plugs into the MacBook Pro. That's it! It makes for a very clean setup.

    The real joy of this monitor, however, is the display. Better than anything I've ever used before. Colors are true and text is razor sharp and crisp. The more you zoom, the bigger the text gets but with zero pixelation. For someone like me who has not the best eyes anymore- I absolutely love it. I am totally pleased with my purchase of this monitor, and though the price is definitely on the high end, I believe it provides an equal amount of value.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Image Retention

    I have two right now and one will start retaining the image after just a few minutes. For $1300 these monitors should be the best of the best, but are really no better than $250 ordinary office monitor. And really, no power switch or physical buttons for color setup etc? When I'm running my Spyder for color is really dumb that I have to exit, adjust via software, then go back...seriously $1300?? Save your money and just get a Dell 4K.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing is Junk

    Monitor will not turn off or sleep. Unplug my new 15 Macbook pro with Touch Bar and the monitor blazes bright white with no way to turn it off. Resolution os good its just not a functional piece of hardware.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An Amazing Monitor for my Mac mini and 13" MacBook Pro - late 2013

    I was fully ready to replace my late 2013 MacBook Pro so I could use this monitor with 5K resolution or the smaller 4K version. Then I spotted an obscure note that the late 2014 Mac mini could use the 5K version at 3200 x 1800 resolution, so I decided to give it a try. Coming from a very capable 1900 x 1200 24" monitor I'm very satisfied by how nice this LG is at 3200 x 1800 @ 60 hz. Way sharper and way more room on this 27" display. This is the same configuration on display at our local Apple Store, with a mini. Even better, my 2013 MacBook Pro can do the very same thing, and it works very well at this same resolution. After only two days of using this, I would highly recommend it. It looks great on my Ergotron stand, the camera and mic work well in addition to great colors, brightness, and sharpness. I can also look forward to eventually replacing the MacBook with a new one and then enjoying the full 5K.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display, but hangs my Macbook

    Apple thinks it is supposed to work great with the MacBook Pro 15 as seen in the launch keynote, but I can't say that's true. My MacBook Pro 15 freezes almost everytime I connect the monitor. Mind it, that I am using the OTB cable, I have tried all the video memory refresh tricks, Downgraded to MacOS sierra to see if I can correct it but NO. My only way out is a force restart. It's just annoying. When it works, the display is crisp, clear. But the glare, ARRGH. Dell does a better job at making work monitors.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy!

    After a few months, the displays suffers from a major image retention problem. LG support states that this is normal and refuses to do something. Therefore, I really can't recommend to buy this display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    LG UltraFine 5K Display

    I tested this with my new 15" MacBook Pro (configured with the absolute top specs for late 2017) and my new Time Capsile 3TB.

    The display works just fine so far, although I have owned it for less than a week. Using the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) hub on the back of the monitor, internet downloads were slowed approx. 50% (about 35mb, which is about what you would get on wireless AC), uploads, not so much at all, about 65-75MB vs 80-85MB when plugged directly into the laptop.


    I would love to have had my monitor match my new MacBook Pro!

    Otherwise, its a great monitor.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it! almost did not buy it, but I'm glad I did!

    I almost did not buy this monitor based on the negative reviews I have read on this site, but decided to give it a try, because I really needed a large desk monitor for my 15" MacBook Pro (2016). Just got it a few days ago, and everything works very well! sleep, reconnecting, volume, etc. Make sure you install the LG screen manager, which also allows you to update the monitor's firmware. And yes, the image quality (THE most important quality) is fabulous. Very happy with it. I only use one monitor, and connect via the supplied Thunderbolt 3 cable. Make sure you plug it in the correct port (it is marked)!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible. Do Not Buy!

    Lots of issues and way overpriced for what it is.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ugly and overpriced.

    Did apple really approve this 2003 looking black plastic design? Ever cheap $200 monitors from china looks better than this plastic bulk. The picture quality is amazing but for the price they are charging, heck no!!!!

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