• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Take the Poor Reviews With a Grain of Salt

    • Written by David U from Denver

    This monitor is gorgeous! I have the newer 27MD5KB-B ("business line" model with the three year warranty, not purchased from Apple), and it works flawlessly with my 13" 2018 TB Macbook Pro (Mojave 10.14.1). Connects reliably everytime, and the display resolution, brightness, contrast and quality is as good as the 5k iMac I have at home, with slightly less reflection. Speakers aren't quite as good as those in the Apple TB display this replaced, but they're fine for conference calls and music while working. The camera is very high resolution (1080) and works perfectly too. Keyboard volume and brightness controls work seamlessly on the monitor. Granted the aesthetics of the monitor aren't quite as cool as Apple's products, but it looks better in person than in pictures. It has a nice matte black finish and the bezels don't seem as big as you might think. This monitor may have had a tough start, but it's working great for me!

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it

    • Written by Paulo M from El Cerrito

    Six weeks ago, I bought the top of the line 13in-MacBook Pro, a Blackmagic eGPU, and the LG UltraFine 5K Display. Two days ago, the monitor went blank, so I contacted customer service. The call lasted over one hour, and we tried all possible combinations to fix the problem but eventually we gave up. After that I did a careful internet search and I was surprised by the large number of people having similar problems. I hope that I can fix the problem soon by going to the Apple store but I suggest that you avoid this pain.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Took Mine Mac Mini to Another Level

    • Written by Domingo M from South Elgin

    Own a Late 2014 Mac mini using a Asus 2540x1440 display. Hated the picture quality and sound. Forcing to invest on a pair of external speakers, taking desk space.

    During the spring, while visiting the Santa Barbara Apple Store, noticed a LG UltraFine 5K Display being hooked up to a Mac mini and was very surprise. Asked if the Mac mini will be able to drive the LG. The answer was, "We'll see." Man, did it drive it. Even the Apple tech was surprised at the picture quality and sound coming out of this set-up. Right there and then, my thoughts was, "I want one!"

    Well, it took a few months, but I finally have it and it meets all my needs and expectations. Outstanding display.

    The picture and sounds are both outstanding. The speed of moving data onto my external hard devices are just unbelievable. That's using the Thunderbolt 2 that the Mac mini provides. Can't wait for the new 2018 Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 that HOPEFULLY will be coming out next week!

    Honestly, if the new 2018 Mac mini is NOT a giant leap, I may just keep my $$$ and stay with this set-up because how satisfied I am.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by Neil P from Covina

    Bought it in August of 2017. 14 months later it starts sprouting vertical always on lines. comes with a 12 months warranty so the solution is nothing but replace.

    Never had a monitor that went out so quickly or came with such little support. Never again

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not conpatible with Mac Pro!

    • Written by David B from Fairfax

    The old and much nicer Cinema Display works better with Pro systems and look much better doing it. This display can't even run at 4K yet alone 3K resolution with Apples best computer. I wish Apple would update the specs to mention this display does not work correctly with Apple desktop computers.

    UPDATE! Does not work with 2018 Mac Mini either

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Interferes with Internet Connection

    • Written by Rod W from Teignmouth

    I would love to say I love my LG monitor - the picture quality is amazing!

    However, mine appears to have a major flaw and I'm not sure if others are experiencing the same thing. Since installing my monitor next to my MacBook Pro I've been having increasing internet connection problems with my internet freezing. I've been blaming BT and my ISP. I upgraded my router and even tried changing channels on my router and multiple other 'fixes'. Nothing worked and the problems grew progressively worse until it's reached a point where I couldn't work! But here's the weird thing - I realised that the connection problems were isolated to my home office. So I started investigating further. And here's the really weird thing - if I turn off the LG monitor, my internet connection problems are instantly resolved. Nothing else impacts performance - but the second I turn my monitor on, internet crashes. Online support were of no help and just said I'd need to take my MacBook Pro and screen a Genius Bar. It'll be interesting to see what happens...

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    • Written by JIE Y from Champaign

    No big difference from those 200-bucks-monitor

    3 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best display I have ever used

    • Written by Philip R from Bethesda

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible

    • Written by Jon J from San Juan Capistrano

    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...

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by MICHAEL R from Raleigh

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by Lauren V from Southern Shores

    Bought July 30th, and didn't use it for the first two weeks. Now that I have been using it for the last two weeks, it has blanked out on me 5 times. It's getting more and more frequent. There is no power button on this so you can't power it on and off, the only choice is to pull out the plug and hope that causes it to flicker back on. I thought it was only when the computer went to sleep, but now it just happens while working. Apple top tech suggest shutting down the computer to get it to work every night, LG tech suggests change the power outlet it was plugged into. Forget it. Don't buy this monitor. This or the B version. Junk. LG tech support is a joke. Run away Run away. Mine is going back today.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    nice display, Apple stands are better

    • Written by Stephen P from Glendale

    pros

    Works fine for me. Connected to touchbar Macbook Pro. Great to have the high resolution (I have 5K) screen.

    Vertical position adjustment (a feature which is not important to me, but am including for completeness).


    cons

    Wobbles. Whenever I bump my desk, the display wobbles and takes about 6 seconds to damp out and stop. Very annoying. Never had this problem with Apple displays (same desk).

    Horizontal tilt alignment. Yes, you can adjust, but a solid stand would solve the problem with zero user participation. Again, Apple stands are better on this.

    Edge to edge glass Apple display cleaner.

    Heavy. Hard to move from side to side to point screen sideways to adjust pointing or show displayed content to others. Easy to do with Apple displays.


    summary

    I held off getting this, waiting for an Apple design alternative, but finally gave up, suspecting Apple/LG arrangements limited customers to this LG version.

    Nice screen display, but wish Apple had continued the Apple display tradition for its superior mount.

    Display wobble continues to be annoying.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best

    • Written by Sebastian S from Jacksonville

    I am not sure why all the negative reviews, I can only attribute it to user error or other hardware issues not related to the monitor. I have it hooked up to my Mac Pro. It's amazing compared to the Apple branded monitor. The picture is so unreal. I hooked it up to my MacBook Pro, no issues there neither. I am running the latest version of MacOS. If you want a the best monitor on the market, don't hesitate in buying this monitor. Don't pay no attention to the negative reviews. You have to tweak the monitor, you have to set it as your primary screen, etc..it's not a monitor issues, it's a user issue. So rest assured, this monitor is the tops of the tops.....but do yourself a favor, buy it open box somewhere and save a few hundred....great monitor. In fact, I am searching for my 2nd one currently....

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by Richard P from Universal City

    Paired with a 2018 MacBook Pro . . . perfect out of the box, superior visual quality and still is.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    • Written by Benjamin H from Brooklyn

    I replaced a 21:9 LG display that used Thunderbolt 2 with this, and I couldn't be happier. Great interoperability with the MacBook Pro (much better than previous), and the image quality and brightness are really fantastic. No regrets

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Leads to my audio constantly buzzing

    • Written by Denis K from Baar

    Ever since I started using this monitor I have crackles, buzzes and hums on my audio equipment as long as I am near the monitor. Even using my iPhone with some headphones near the monitor will lead to a buzzing on it. Great picture quality though.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not as "plug and play" as you'd think. Here's how to make it work

    • Written by Kimberly R from Vista

    Once I finally got it working, it seems to work quite well, but I had a heck of a time getting it set up. The "plug and play" feature isn't quite true, there is a key setting you need to configure before it will work properly. I'm sure experienced macophiles would know it intuitively, but it took me quite a while to figure it out.

    When I first plugged it in I was quite frustrated because it displayed my background screen but none of my active windows, and the menu bar at the top of the screen was grayed out.

    I discovered quite by accident that if I set my display to "airstream" to AppleTV it would magically also display on the LG, but that was quite odd and as long as I was using it I couldn't watch Apple TV. Plus there seemed to be a weird delay if I was trying to make a video conference call, as it seemed to be going from my laptop to my appleTV to my monitor.

    In desperation, I started clicking on every option everywhere on my system preferences. I discovered that there is a tab under display called "Arrangement." Under "Arrangement" was a check box under "Mirror Displays."

    Duh. After clicking that, the monitor immediately popped up and all was well.

    I'm sure this was obvious to many people, but to me it was a headscratcher, and even calling Apple Support didn't help, as it didn't occur to any of them, either.

    So, if you buy this, just be aware that plugging it in will not alone make it function. You need to go to System Preferences/Display/Arrangement/Mirror Displays. There are no instructions provided anywhere with the monitor or online either at the apple site or the LG site other than "plug and play," so knowing this is quite helpful.

    Arrangement. Seriously? That's one heck of a non-intuitive command.

    5 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a nice monitor, not sure what all the bad reviews are about?

    • Written by Bill K from Trussville

    This is a fantastic product. I'm not sure what all the bad reviews are about, perhaps there have been revisions. Mine works flawlessly with my 2018 MacBook pro. Really glad I didn't let the bad reviews persuade me to look elsewhere. You get the fully integrated functionality like the Thunderbolt displays. The panel looks as good as my iMac 5k. I love the matte black finish, kind of industrial looking. Nice.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked ok for 16 months, now failing with crashing MacBook Pro

    • Written by Peter N from Woodside

    I am working with a 2016 MacBook Pro 13 inch and all worked ok but now constant crashing when reconnecting after sleep mode. Restarts the computer with all the issues. Flickers for some time on/off after restart and then works until the next reconnect.
    The sharpness is really great, colors are very good, however, it could be brighter. It also had issues before with turning black while working and coming back immediately. No normal USB ports, only USB-C which means I had to buy additional adapters for standard devices that are not even offered as USB-C, yet. It is a shame that Apple is selling this for the high price but not offering any support and does not care for the issues. I would highly recommend staying away from this display.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Thunderbolt Display!

    • Written by Bobby V from Murfreesboro

    I've recently upgraded my MacBook Pro from a late 2013 to one of the new 2018 (the 13" Core i7). In addition to that upgrade, I also purchased the LG UltraFine 5k display and the new Black Magic eGPU. This setup is amazing! The monitor plugs into the eGPU, and the eGPU plugs into the MacBook. I have ONE cable for everything. I love it.

    As for the monitor, aside from the iMacs I've seen in the Apple Stores, this is the most gorgeous display I've ever seen. 5k resolution, bright, color accurate, amazing! Highly recommended if you can swing the insanely high price.

    7 of 8 people found this useful