• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Use 2 of these with MacBook Pro

    Owned for 4+ months, absolutely no issues. The important thing to note is that these displays have requirements, they need to be used with the correct ports on the Mac. To use 2 displays you also must have the correct hardware, I would recommend doing a little research before purchasing. If set up correctly the experience is outstanding.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing image quality!

    I got this to replace my LG 4K to work with my 2016 MacBook Pro. The image quality is the best I have ever seen! Totally worth it, wish it had HDMI Input to plug in my PS4 tho.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, works very very well.

    I have been using this monitor for a year now as a daily monitor connected to my 2017 Macbook Pro 8-10 hrs/day (for video conferences 3-6 hour, email general office work. At first there were some issue with connectivity and random crashes, as expected as an early adopter of the best of the best, but as with all software-driven hardware the good folks at LG and Apple have been constantly improving both the monitor and OS software to work very well together. Using this monitor works precisely the same as my old set up (2013 MBP w Apple Cinema Display). Here are the keys to success: Open and log in to laptop before connecting the monitor, once connected you can closed the clamshell on the MBP. When stepping away, I have the screensaver set to come on after 10 min, and sleep set to 90 min, this way I can be gone for lunch and it wakes without issue. When leaving it for several hours or overnight, I put the MBP to sleep and then disconnect the monitor cable from the MBP. Following these rules, just like as I did with my previous all-apple setup, it works flawlessly and allows me to enjoy the best monitor on the market. Hope this helps.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hopefully I got a good one!

    So in reading all these reviews quite honestly it freaked me out to even think about buying on of these. So I did the next best thing and bought 1 27" and one 22" of these refurbished by a place in LA. So far I have to say the screen is amazing. I have had every Apple Monitor including a 5k Mac but really liked th eidea of plug and play and I completely get the comments about it not looking Appleish" but as a designer I am super focused on the screen and it is great. I like the telescoping because it really can line up nice. Even put the 22 and 27 on the 15" MBP and it was great. Again it could blow up tomorrow but I really like it. One 27" in the studio is amazing and the 22" for travel is a great size and the box can be carried on a flight. Combine this with the new Wacom Intuos that has has the bluetooth finally working and a trackpad and it is awesome sauce! I would give it 5 stars but all these bad reviews are making me think I might have lucked out? That's it. Happy Branding and Designing!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with older Macs with some limitations

    FYI, this display does work with the 2013 Mac Pro (as advertised) at reduced resolution and looks pretty good without distracting jagged edges, but it also works with the 1G 2012 MacBook Pro Retina at further reduced resolution (2560x1440). Other models may be compatible at similarly lower resolutions, though it's far from ideal, as text appears noticeably pixelated.

    The build quality leaves something to be desired as the display wobbles left-right if there's any vibration at all transmitted from keyboard to desk. The picture quality is good, with a slight black crush, but excellent color gamut. The audio at moderate volume causes internal parts to vibrate, I wouldn't use this for music playback or any audio-based work.

    There is a reason Apple is getting back into the display business. It's unfortunate that this collaboration didn't work out better.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid this display! It's defective

    This display is defective and has not been fixed by LG or Apple. It's prone to flickering (left and right parts of the screen on and off) making it unusable. It's not the cable as I switched this out with others.

    Just avoid it and settle with a Dell 4K or like It's not worth the hassle.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Monitor

    - Works well with my MacBook (5k, 60Hz)
    - Works also well with my Windows Pc (4k, 60Hz). I am using the Thunderbolt Ex 3 PCI Extension Card.
    - I have Mouse and Keyboard connected to the Monitor and i can easily switch between Mac or Pc by just plug/unplug the Thunderbolt 3 Cable.

    - The Product-Design is well done.

    I was skeptical fist but i am absolutely glad i bought this display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Clarity but...

    The monitor's clarity and crispness of text is excellent. However I cannot get the white to match my IMac 5k. Then monitor presents "warmer"colors not matter how I adjust it. Otherwise great and I like only having a single cable to my macbook for the monitor and power.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's just perfect

    We've spent plenty of time trying to find a substitute for apple cinema in our company. Several testdrives made us stop our searches when we met this display. The quality of picture, response and external design are 5 stars of 5

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Image Quality

    The UltraFine 5k is truly spectacular, despite, the many online reviews, I find the build quality to be great. The height adjustment is one of the best features. The often criticized 'chin' is really nothing to worry about in person. The P3 panel is breathtaking. It makes looking at any other display (aside from Apple's own 5k iMac) a waste of good eyes. As a designer, the color accuracy of this panel is truly amazing. I liked it so much, I picked up a second LG 5k! They connect wonderfully to my Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro. The only thing I wish? More connectivity on the back...It would be nice to be able to connect these wonderful displays to my eGPU. Even 4k/mDP ports on the back, in addition to some USB type-A, would have really rounded out this model.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed after 14 months

    The fan on this monitor failed after 14 months, 2 months after the manufacturers warranty expired. This is an expensive monitor to fail just 14 months after it was made.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Work Just Fine

    Bought this few days ago, it works just fine, impressive clarity, easy to function

    2 of 3 people found this useful