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LG UltraFine 5K Display

Introducing LG UltraFine 5K Display

LG UltraFine 5K Display

5K IPS Display

P3 99% Color Spectrum

Thunderbolt¢‚ 3 Ports

3 USB-C Downstream Ports

Built-In Camera & Rich Bass Speaker

[MKBHD]

My first impression of the LG was pretty positive.

For someone who works with video all the time or with photos, editing, it's kind of nice to have.

[Jonathan Morrioson]

Colors are popping, saturation is the number one word that comes to mind.

[Austin Evans]

So you have the thunderbolt 3. So you can charge the laptop over single cable which gets you extra usb-c port on the monitor.

[MKBHD]

So picture quality is A+.

[Austin Evans]

UltraFine looks awesome. It is just awesome.

LG UltraFine 5K Display

The Ultimate Mac Companion

  • Overview

    With a stunning 5120x2880 resolution and P3 wide colour, the 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display brings your favourite photos and videos to life. So whether you’re watching a film or editing an image, this high-performance monitor delivers immaculate 5K resolution for even the most pixel-packed visuals.

    A single Thunderbolt 3 cable (included) provides up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. And three downstream USB-C ports (5 Gbps) offer additional connectivity and power to compatible devices and accessories.

    Built-in stereo speakers, camera and microphone deliver a rich media experience. And with over 14.7 million pixels, you won’t miss a single detail of your next design layout, photo edit or FaceTime call.

    Outstanding image quality

    The LG UltraFine 5K Display features a 27-inch IPS panel, P3 wide colour and 500 cd/m² of brightness. And with over 14.7 million pixels — 77 per cent more than a typical 4K UHD display — the human eye can’t discern the individual pixels.

    Perfect for photo and video editing, the UltraFine 5K Display gives you plenty of room for a multitude of tools and windows, while rendering incredibly lifelike images and razor-sharp text instantaneously.

    Simplified user experience

    Connect the UltraFine 5K Display to your MacBook Pro via an included Thunderbolt 3 cable, which supports 5K video, audio and data simultaneously — all while supplying up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro. And with seamless macOS integration, you can control volume and brightness on your 5K display without the need for physical buttons.

    Use the adjustable stand to create a personalised environment for work or play. Or disconnect the stand and mount the display on your preferred VESA arm using the provided VESA cover.

    Highlights

    Outstanding image quality

    Over 14.7 million pixels

    Built-in stereo speakers, camera, microphone, and three USB-C ports (5 Gbps)

    Video, data and power over a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable (included)

    What’s in the Box

    LG UltraFine 5K Display

    Thunderbolt 3 cable (2m)

    Power lead

    Easy setup guide

    VESA cover

    Tech Specs

    Display Size: 27-inch (diagonal) 5K display with IPS technology

    Resolution: 5120x2880 with support for billions of colours

    Brightness: 500 cd/m²

    Colour Gamut: P3 wide colour

    Ports: One Thunderbolt 3, Three USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1, 5 Gbps)

    Power Delivery: Up to 85W over Thunderbolt 3 for host power and charging

    Camera Type: Built-in camera

    Speaker Configurations: Stereo

    Power: Built-in power supply

    Height: 46.4 cm / 18.3 in.

    Width: 62.6 cm / 24.6 in.

    Depth: 23.9 cm / 9.4 in. (with stand), 5.4 cm / 2.1 in. (without stand)

    Weight: 8.5 kg / 18.7 lb.

    System Requirements

    Operating System: macOS Sierra 10.12.1 or later

    Connection: Thunderbolt 3–enabled Mac

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    Mfr. Part Number: 27MD5KA-B.AUSA

    UPC or EAN No.: 8806087930849

    Warranty

    Note: Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer’s warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer’s warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law.

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Very, very disappointing

      I have this attached to a new MBP 15" and over the first couple of weeks of use it has been a very poor experience. The display panel itself is excellent - fabu I have this attached to a new MBP 15" and over the first couple of weeks of use it has been a very poor experience. The display panel itself is excellent - fabulous image quality. But that's it. Connecting the MBP to the display causes the MBP to freeze frequently, or not respond at all. Connected keyboards (with required USB adaptors, naturally) constantly need to be unplugged and plugged in again to work, and connecting the MBP with the lid closed while trying to wake it with an attached keyboard works maybe 1 time in 10. All in all, this is far from great and another example of Apple not giving the Mac enough time or talent.

      • Written by Mark W from Middlesex

      149 of 157 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Very, very disappointing

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Nice display but lots of issues

      The 5k resolution looks awesome when paired with my new 2016 MacBook Pro but ... The MBP takes a long time to boot when connected to this display. The display i The 5k resolution looks awesome when paired with my new 2016 MacBook Pro but ... The MBP takes a long time to boot when connected to this display. The display intermittently goes off then on again. It also seems to forget about the attached USB3 hub (connected to the display via Apple's own USB-c to USB3 dongle) and none of the USB devices work until I disconnect and reconnect the hub. Not sure if the problems are with the display or the MBP, or both. Not a good experience.

      • Written by Steve B from Derby

      111 of 115 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Nice display but lots of issues

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      £900 for a monitor that can't be used if you have wifi?

      It's being reported that if your fairly close to your router you get strong screen flickering and if you're too close and have your router on your desk like me It's being reported that if your fairly close to your router you get strong screen flickering and if you're too close and have your router on your desk like me it douesn't work at all. As apple/lg cheaped out on any kind of em shielding.

      • Written by Naveed I from London

      83 of 116 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?£900 for a monitor that can't be used if you have wifi?

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      So disappointed. Green screen let down by so many design flaws.

      The stand is not sturdy, the slightest amount of pressure on your desk (e.g typing) and it wobbles like crazy. It's even worse if you raise the height of the mo The stand is not sturdy, the slightest amount of pressure on your desk (e.g typing) and it wobbles like crazy. It's even worse if you raise the height of the monitor even a little bit. The panel itself looks magnificent (which is why it gets 2 stars instead of 1) but suffers from very bad backlight bleed and image retention. Not something I expect from a £1100 monitor. I love the idea of a one cable solution, and with this being the only 5k monitor that works reliably, i'll continue to use it. Apple really dropped the ball presenting this their preferred display for the Macbook pro. I'd avoid this and look at a considerably cheaper 4k monitor (which scales rather well to the native resolution the Ultrafine 5k displays)

      • Written by Carl B from Derby

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?So disappointed. Green screen let down by so many design flaws.

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      I Wish I'd Bought This Sooner

      Deterred by the bad reviews for this, (and the price) I have held off buying but now don't regret paying for it one bit. It's a cracking panel video and photos Deterred by the bad reviews for this, (and the price) I have held off buying but now don't regret paying for it one bit. It's a cracking panel video and photos pop out at you, while small text is easy on the eye. It works seamlessly and simply. I'm using a 15" 2017 MacBook Pro USB-C, Apple Magic Mouse, Keyboard and Trackpad. Two Canon printers and B&W speakers are fed via an Apple USB-C to USB dongle from the monitor and an Anker USB powered Hub, the speakers replacing the internal LG speakers when powered on. The internal speakers are OK but no better or worse than the similar 27" iMac speakers. The Monitor is close by an Apple TimeCapsule and BT Router neither causing any bother to the screen. Day to day the Mac is being run in sleep mode, awaking by keyboard presses. The keyboard volume and brightness functions work as you would hope. As stated by another reviewer the volume setting is a bit course and the law unhelpful, all the volume you need happening at the left hand end of the scale. Brightness setting is roughly equal to the settings on the Mac, as in a mid point being about right in an averagely bright room. The gloss finish to the screen is slightly unhelpful with reflections. The whole appearance is perfectly acceptable and in profile quite elegant, the rise and fall works very well, the thicker bezel at the top not really an issue. If you've read this far get the credit card out. Incidentally the printed retail box is contained within a brown card outer carton for shipping.

      • Written by John P from Great Barton

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?I Wish I'd Bought This Sooner

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Initially amazing but...

      No issues using with a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016). When purchased there were a few issues when connecting to an already booted MacBook but these were solved wi No issues using with a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016). When purchased there were a few issues when connecting to an already booted MacBook but these were solved with a display firmware update via the LG Screen Manager software. It's a lovely screen... at least initially. The main issue I have with it is the ghosting when moving between desktop spaces. Mainly when moving from light spaces to dark. LG support in the UK less than helpful. I had an Apple Thunderbolt Display before this and I wish Apple would would reintroduce it with an upgraded panel. Without the ghosting this would be a nice display but despite the upgraded resolution it doesn't compare to the Apple Thunderbolt Display in terms of build quality or looks. If I could get a 5K iMac without the iMac I'd buy one tomorrow.

      • Written by Paul C from Sudbury

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Initially amazing but...

  • Answers from the community

    • Answer

      The Apple specs say the MacBook Air 2012 supports up to 2560 x 1600 on an external display. The The Apple specs say the MacBook Air 2012 supports up to 2560 x 1600 on an external display. The LG UltraFine 5K manual says it has a 2560 x 1440 at 60 Hz timing so it should work but maybe not. The Macbook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) only has Thunderbolt 1 (10 Gbps). 2560x1440 60Hz uses about 5.3 Gbps, which leaves less than 5 Gbps for all the USB devices of the LG UltraFine 5K. But Thunderbolt 1 has two bidirectional 10 Gbps channels. If the display uses one channel, then the other channel is free for USB devices. I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it. To get 5K though, you need an eGPU with Thunderbolt 3 output. The only solution so far is the Blackmagic eGPU (all other eGPU's do not output their DisplayPort signals through a Thunderbolt 3 controller). Apple does not support eGPUs on Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 Macs, so you'll need to use a workaround (available on the eGPU.io website).

      • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
      • on 27-Jul-2018
    • Does this display have a GPU of its own? If so what GPU?
      • Asked by Ben B from BEVERLY HILLS
      • on 27-Oct-2016

      Answer

      No. Sadly no built in GPU.

      • Answered by William O from Brussels
      • on 10-Nov-2016
    • Answer

      You can buy 2,3, or 4 and use them in tandem. They do not daisy chain though. The LG 4K display d You can buy 2,3, or 4 and use them in tandem. They do not daisy chain though. The LG 4K display does not have a DisplayPort output to support daisy chaining. The LG 4K is a USB-C display (USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode, using DisplayPort 1.2 (4 lanes), and USB 2.0). I don't know if macOS supports DisplayPort MST (for daisy chaining displays using DisplayPort). The MacBook Pro supports DisplayPort 1.2 which can't support more than one 4K 60 Hz display anyway. Each side of the MacBook Pro (left side and right side) can support two displays. The MacBook Pro 15 inch allows up to four 4K displays. The MacBook Pro 13 inch allows two 4K displays. Thunderbolt 3 can support two 4K 60 Hz displays from a single port using Thunderbolt display daisy chaining, a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 adapter, or a Thunderbolt 3 dock. However, I am unaware of any Thunderbolt 3 product that has more than one USB-C port with DisplayPort alt mode (required for USB-C displays like the LG 4K). It might be possible to use an LG 4K with DisplayPort only (no USB) by using a USB-C to DisplayPort cable, but then any functions of the display that require USB will not be usable (audio, brightness control, USB hub). Brightness control may be possible using an app that uses DDC/CI. To get two ports supporting USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode from a single Thunderbolt 3 port (so you can use the other 3 ports for other stuff), you need the following: 1) two Sunix UPD2018 or two Delock 89582 (PCIe USB 3.1 gen 2 host controller with USB-C DisplayPort alt mode port). 2) one Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion box with two or more slots such as the Sonnet Echo Express SE III, or two Thunderbolt 3 PCIe expansion boxes each with one slot such as the Sonnet Echo Express SEL (Thunderbolt 3 Edition). 3) one Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter such as the one made by Sonnet (not all Thunderbolt 3 products are Mac compatible so check the manufacturer's specs).

      • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
      • on 25-Feb-2018