• 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.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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)!

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible. Do Not Buy!

    Lots of issues and way overpriced for what it is.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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!!!!

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as bad as these reviews would have you think

    I've had this displays since it came out and have experienced some of the issues that others have mentioned. After waiting a loooong time to get my hands on the monitor it was a little disappointing out of the box. When I initially setup the display my MBP wouldn't recognize it, but after doing a full reboot it was fine. I think it was more of an issue with my OWC USB-C dock than anything with the monitor. I never encountered the WiFi interference issue, but did have a problem with image retention on the display. The image retention got so bad that it was affecting my work, so I started a support session with LG to get the problem resolved. One quick online chat later and they issued a service request. I received a box to ship my monitor back within a few days and sent it back. I think the repair took a little over a week. My display is perfect now, despite having it returned with a very small crack in a non-visible part of the casing. I'm dealing with LG to resolve that, but it doesn't impact my review of the display, only LG's service team.

    I can see why people are frustrated. This display was flawed when it was initially shipped, but the improvements they've made seem to have helped a ton. The design of the monitor is a bit lacking, but the black bezel seems to disappear when I'm actively using the monitor so I don't mind it. The base is solid and heavy so the display isn't moving anywhere.

    At the end of the day, this is a killer monitor. You can certainly spend less money on LG's 27" 4K display (4K UHD 27UD88-W), but this thing is quality and having the extra pixels is very nice — especially when working in things like Sketch and Illustrator all day.

    * It's 5K
    * USB-C so you only have to deal with one cable to your Mac
    * The color of the display is awesome

    * Would have loved some other connections on the back other than USB-C to avoid buying a dock
    * They probably could have made the bezel smaller, like the 4K UHD 27UD88-W
    * It's a bit expensive, but 5K ain't cheap

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    12 Months in still loving them

    I purchased a pair of these to hook up to my late 2016 15" MBP and I am loving them. No crashing issues. Once in a while (5 times in 12 months.) on wake up one of the monitors comes up dark and I have to go into display settings to adjust the brightness.

    Great quality. Buying another one today for my remote office!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    I've owned this display now for almost 12 months. With each MacOS update I keep hoping the integration will finally come, but so far no. I also own an old Thunderbolt display. What a difference! Yes, the resolution of the LG display is stunning. The sound is pretty good, but here's what is lacking compared to the Thunderbolt display:
    Unreliable camera integration - Unlike my Thunderbolt display which never lets me down on videoconferencing, this thing almost never works. The light is on (often during a videoconference) but no picture. Craptastic!
    Intermittent crashing of the system - This is completely unpredictable, but I've lost count of the number of times when I plug in the USB3 cord and it brings things down.
    Settings app I only discovered a couple of months ago - Found this by digging into the LG website. Without it you don't get periodic firmware updates.
    No ethernet - A major omission. Yes, that's right, no ethernet port on the thing. So, you have to have a separate USB3 to ethernet connection if you want to use your corporate or office ethernet connection.
    I could probably come up with more. Suffice it to say, I would never buy another one of these.
    Apple, get your act together and come out with a Thunderbolt 3 display!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice resolution, color gamma, but... unstable connection with my MBP

    When connected to my late '16 MBP 15" the connection is often unstable. Making my MBP switching from the display to my MBP display a lot. It's like a black out, en then a few seconds later it comes back. This is very frustrating when working projects where I really need the extra display. This is very frustrating on a € 5000 setup! The problem occurred after updating OS X to the latest version. And with only one year of support, witch is just passed for the MBP, I feel really abandoned by Apple!

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, solid display!

    This display exudes Apple's quality for color accuracy and function.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do your research before you buy

    I mistakenly didn't do my due diligence and read all the reviews for this display before I bought. This display has given me nothing but problems, I decided to go with the LG because my Thunderbolt Display was amazing and lasted me 5+ years without any issues. I bought the LG and keep getting random turn offs/on to poor color quality and just overall reliability issues. For these reasons, unfortunately, I cannot recommend this display. My old Thunderbolt Display was better quality and built to last.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Had major problems in less than one year

    This display has given me many problems, especially for the $1299.99 price tag, I certainly expected it to last longer than six months. I only bought the unit six months ago, and already the display fails to turn on...I had to send it back to LG for repair and they have had it now for a month and still haven't fixed or replaced my unit. I wish Apple would make displays again. I miss the Thunderbolt. I cannot recommend this display.

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality Product

    Great image quality (what would you expect from 5K), looks sleek. Overall great purchase.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly out-of-the-box as of Nov 2017

    I picked up a new one from the Apple store on Nov 1. I've read all the reviews, and they've apparently fixed up all the problems. The sound from the speakers is tremendous, there's no WiFi interference, and I've experienced no other problem in the past month using everything this display has to offer. No firmware update necessary.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless! Macbook pro crash after connecting / disconnecting

    Like the screen quality. But it keeps crashing my macbook pro after connecting / disconnecting the monitor. Which makes is useless. Apple support doesn't know any solution, internet is full of users with the same complaints.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lemon that was DOA

    I bought the first version of the Ultrafine Display in 2016 and it was one of the defective models that kept crashing the computer and later was recalled. I gave the second version of the 21" display a try a few weeks ago and it finally worked. It was sold with defective firmware but the updates fixed the insanely loud audio. After some use, I realized that that the size wasn't big enough.

    So, I exchanged it for the super-expensive 27" model. It turned out to be DOA.

    Pros: none, since it arrived DOA
    Cons: very expensive, looks cheap and ugly, technical issues

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of problems!

    I'm one of the first buyers. I ignored the wifi problem because it is avoidable by not using the router behind the screen. But 6 months into the normal usage of this display I found serious image retention problem, even when the display is on showing a static webpage for 1 minute! Avoiding all LG products at all cost in the future. P.S. there is a huge gap between the first level and second level of the volume in the internal speak inside the display. Awful product.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display, but numerous issues

    Looks good, functions bad:
    - My mac often freezes on wake
    - Random disconnects

    20 of 21 people found this useful