• 2.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Carl B from Derby

    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)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Wish I'd Bought This Sooner

    • Written by John P from Great Barton

    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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Initially amazing but...

    • Written by Paul C from Sudbury

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Screen

    • Written by Peter C from Hove

    Amazing Screen just works brilliantly with my Mac Book Pro 13", the colours are so real would fully recommend this converting this into a huge desktop computer.

    Thank you Apple & LG for makine this amazing screen.....

    Its the best I have seen and used.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome, but expensive, but awesome

    • Written by Stephen M from Hartlepool

    The only downside to this monitor is the price. There's no getting around that - it's expensive. Then again, not so expensive compared to other 5k monitors (of which there aren't many), so the question is whether 5k is worth the price. For casual use, definitely not. For professional use, if you work all day at your computer and you're staring at the screen for 10+ hours a day, I'd say yes.

    Of course, there are lots of 4k monitors available for half the price of this screen, some of which are good quality, so is 5k worth it and what else does this monitor provide to justify the cost?

    Firstly, 5k provides about 50% more pixels than 4k and the scaling looks great. Clearly the most important thing here is the quality of the display itself, and it's pretty awesome, basically like a giant Retina display. Your eyes will thank you. No matter how hard you try, you will not see any individual pixels on this thing. It's also the perfect size for up-close work at a desk, in my opinion. Anything bigger starts to feel unwieldy, and anything smaller is cramped.

    It works right out of the box with a single USB-C cable which also provides power to your MacBook Pro for a single cable setup. That's a nice perk, and USB-C is the future. It also has additional USB-C ports on the back of the monitor, so it's a full hub into which you can plug hard drives, microphones, iPhone cables etc. I connected an Ethernet cable into an old Apple Ethernet USB adapter plugged into a cheap USB-C adapter and then into the monitor, and that might sound complicated but it works great. It also has an integrated webcam, which is pretty good quality. The built-in speakers are loud, and more than good enough for a monitor.

    The build quality is very solid. The design isn't stunning or iconic, but it's functional and does the job. No fiddling around to assemble - it's all packed in one piece. It feels very sturdy and is easily adjustable. The basic black bezels and stand just get out of the way. It won't win any design awards, but it's built to last.

    This is a top quality display. It works perfectly out of the box with MacBook Pros from 2016 onwards (I'm using it with a 13 inch 2016 MBP), and it doesn't have any of the teething issues which were present at launch (which you can still see reflected in the very early reviews). I'm pretty sure nobody will be disappointed in the quality of this thing, or how much it enhances their Mac experience on the desktop. 5k is pretty great. Afterwards, you'll find it hard to go back to other monitors. Then it all just comes down to that price, and whether it's worth it to you.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by Peter H from Belper

    Don't be put off by the poor reviews of this monitor, although it obviously had some initial shielding issues, these seem to have been sorted out. It may also not be the greatest monitor in terms of style but actually it's not bad and you soon get used to it. The picture quality really is very good and it works a treat with a MacBook Pro via USB-C.
    My only negative is that I wish it had more thunderbolt 3 connections as my audio interface still needs to be connected the MacBook rather then the monitor. Yes it's expensive but can pick up recon ones for a lot less, I just didn't want to risk it.
    Go for it........

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb. If you have a Macbook Pro, buy this monitor

    • Written by Mark M from Sydney

    The only thing I regret about this monitor is that I didn't buy it earlier.

    I put off buying this monitor because of the bad reviews. Instead I went through two other monitors, each of which were much cheaper but whose picture quality was noticeably worse than the iMac screens. I returned those monitors and given assurances about how easy it was to return to Apple if faulty, I put up the money to buy this monitor in April 2018 - and it's worth every penny. Clear, bright, crisp, great colours. Plus only one cable connecting to my 2017 MacBook Pro. I've not had the problems other users have complained about (perhaps LG have improved their quality assurance by now).

    The monitor has built-in camera and sound, plus the stand has that clean, minimal aesthetic that looks like an Apple-designed device. The only quibbles are (a) raising or lowering the height is a bit stiff; (b) running Windows using BootCamp the display will sometimes suddenly go black for a few seconds - but is this due to the LG monitor or the MacBook Pro video card or Microsoft's Windows software? In any case I don't run Windows enough for this to be a problem.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Daisy-Chain Support

    • Written by Jamie H from Durham

    Superb image quality. HOWEVER...

    The main problem I have with this display is that there is no ability to daisy-chain two of these displays with my MacBook Pro 15" 2017. LG allegedly supports MST, but MacOS does not.

    Apple - if this is your 'official' display, sort out the compatibility issues.....otherwise, bring out your own display that actually supports daisy-chaining and doesn't have the issues that other users have described.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant monitor (literally)

    • Written by Neil A from Cirencester

    I read some negative reviews about using this with my macbook pro but it seems that whatever gremlins were in the earlier models may now have been sorted. Everything else you've heard about the quality, colour and resolution is true. Very glad i purchased this.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Run an agency? Get these.

    • Written by Rob P from Saltaire

    I've been put off getting these into our agency for some time. Now that I own one, I feel we have wasted time following reviews of ex-issues. They are the best companion monitor available for your MacBook Pro. It's like bathing your eyes. Great quality image.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works its great

    • Written by Pavandeep A

    The LG 5K is probably one of the best panels out there. The only one I can think of that is nicer is the Dell 8K, but nothing really supports that unless you're willing to spend £7k on a custom computer

    Anyway, the panel looks great, speakers are decent, won't replace standalone speakers but better than most in built speakers I've heard on computer monitors. The webcam is also nice, 1080p, an upgrade to the 720p webcam Apple still use in the 2016 MacBook. I have also used this with a 2014 15inch MacBook and it looks ok, not great, but decent. The stand is great, smooth adjustment and solid base.

    However with my unit it has stopped working. I sent it to LG and they sent it back to me saying they could not source the part to repair it. I asked for a replacement unit as its only 5 months old, and they, LG who manufacture the display and print their name on it, say they cannot get one. I told them I can wait a couple of weeks for them to get one, and they said they cannot get one regardless of how long I wait. That to me sound crazy. So I am stuck with this monitor that doesn't work while I wait for LG to come to a resolution with me about what they can do.

    I normally love LG, their TVs are currently the best on the market, so I expected better from them. Reading reviews it seems I'm not the only one with issues. Now having said all that mine was manufactured December 2016 and those manufactured after February 2017 have been slightly redesigned to fix many issues.

    So overall would I recommend? Yes. I know it sounds weird from a 2 star review, but if you get one post March 2017 they are ok. If LG do replace my monitor with a working one I will push this to a 4 star review, but until then, it will stay 2 star

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good

    • Written by Hani C from Wilmslow

    Image quality is above and beyond. Really happy with the performance of this monitor. The only downside is the steep price.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buggy and unreliable

    • Written by Ink G from London

    LG clearly didn't spend the time they should have done to get it right. Half the time it won't turn on with the laptop (MBP15"2016) and I either have to reboot or unplug the Mac, the USB ports don't always work either, and sometimes the screen comes on with no brightness.
    While some of this could be macOS related I suspect most is to do with poorly written firmware in the LG monitor.
    I also have a cluster of dead pixels which is very annoying.
    Finally, I have found no way of getting this monitor to work with Windows 10 on BootCamp. It just does not work! (I work in IT and have tried everything.)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty and neither Genius Bar nor LG can correct!

    • Written by P J G B from CAMBRIDGE

    Display is fine, but the hub will not start up with a disk which works fine directly in my MacBook Pro. The Genius Bar could not get it to work – neither would another LG 5K Display tested – and LG technical support simply want to blame the disk, ignoring that it works with the MacBook and also on unplugging and replugging.
    I had to exercise my Sale of Goods rights to return it, as it does not do what is stated.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Philip B from EXETER

    Despite little issues, satisfied overall. Easy to use with no serious issues for me on the single cable USB hub/monitor/charging connection to MBP15 2016.

    Little disappointments:
    -a block of four pixels were stuck on out of the box.
    -Intermittently the monitor does not come on if the cable is plugged into the Macbook with the thunderbolt symbol facing down.
    ( I just take it out and plug in the other way up.)
    -backlighting not as uniform as I would like
    -as an older person, I would really like a physically larger 5K screen (30 inch) so that I could work more comfortably will small font sizes
    -it's disappointing that the screen won't charge USB devices when the macBook is not connected
    -there are still some issues with volume control of the screen speakers

    little pleasures:
    -I haven't seen a better screen
    -one cable for everything is even handier than the previous thunderbolt plus magsafe.
    -The height adjustment allows the macbook to be open directly under the screen, so I can use both screens
    and the macbook keyboard, trackpad, touchbar directly in front of me without swivelling.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working beautifully with MacBook Pro Retina 15" mid-2014 - at full 5K

    • Written by Chris J from Bracknell

    Received this monitor today. I have a mid-2014 MacBook Pro Retina 15" with the NVIDIA GT 750M with 2 GB of graphics memory. I have connected the monitor to my MacBook using an Apple Thunderbolt 2 cable and an Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) adapter. Everything is working great; monitor, USB-C ports on monitor, speakers, microphone and camera. What is more, although Apple state that my machine should only run the monitor at 4K it in fact runs it at full 5K resolution at 60 Hz! The monitor is 1m from my AirPort Extreme router and so far no glitches or other problems so it seems they have addressed those issues too. My one gripe is that the granularity of volume adjustment is not so great. Once you get to just 2 bars of volume it is plenty loud and going any higher starts to bring a little distortion. It would be better if there was more granularity to the volume control.

    Overall at the moment I am very happy with this monitor.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really pleased with the display

    • Written by Lee T from London

    I have one of the 'fixed' displays. Im using it with my late 2013 MBP so it currently only offers 4k. That said the screen and colours look fantastic. Once the new updated MBP are released this year (2017) I will upgrade so I'm able to enjoy the display at 5k.

    I am currently suffering no issues so far after a weeks use :) Love the real estate allows me to open various windows and have toms of space to work.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be a beautiful thing if it worked reliably

    • Written by Peter O from BRIGHTON

    Had seen these in my local Apple Store and was blown away by the image quality (it’s absolutely stunning). I initially held off buying one based on previous bad reviews. However, once the shielding issues were reported as fixed I decided to give one a try. Three days later, I’m returning it, as it keeps disconnecting itself randomly from my MBP. The screen goes black, the connected hard disk gives a disk not ejected properly error and the all windows revert back to the MBP (just as if the monitor had been unplugged). I have had no such issues with either my Apple Thunderbolt (Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter) or Dell (USB-C to DP cable) displays. The LG’s S/N started 0701 (Jan 2017) and the circle symbol was present on the box (indicating a unit to which shielding has been retrofitted by LG).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works perfectly

    • Written by Dave B from LIVERPOOL

    Had delivery of this 4 days ago, works perfectly. No issues whatsoever and really good quality!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Scott J from NORTHAMPTON

    I'd been wanting two of these monitors for some time, but the reviews had put me off. I have a new 15" MBP with touch bar, and I use disk encryption, so based on the previous reviews I'd read this was a recipe for disaster with regards to running these monitors.

    Prior to getting my new MBP, I had a 2013 MBP and when at home used it with a single 24" monitor via HDMI cable. This was great until I upgraded to El Capitan and from this point I had nothing but trouble running any external monitor or projector - and things were even worse when using with Parallels. To my dismay, these issues continued with the new 2016 MBP with touch bar.

    After reading about the issues people had been having with these monitors, I decided to wait given the price of one let alone two. Once LG formally announced they had issues and that new models built from Feb would have extra shielding, I decided I would bite the bullet and buy two once the new stock arrived. After having to wait for around 8 weeks, they arrived last week.

    As many people have said, the quality of the picture on the monitor is outstanding. I haven't had any issues with them when the laptop goes to sleep - everything wakes up again and returns to the state is was in before it went to sleep. I read somewhere that someone who had disk encryption switched on had issues until they switched this off - I still have this on and it's not caused me any issues. Some people reported Thunderbolt cable issues, I've not had any.

    I haven't tried using USB devices directly plugged into the monitor yet so can't report on whether these items wake properly after sleep as some people reported, however I think this is more likely an OSX issue as I have USB devices that don't wake from sleep properly when connected directly to the MBP via a USB adapter.

    It did take me a while to get the correct Graphics setting in Parallels due to the mode I'd been having to run it in with my previous monitor, but after changing this to the "Best for Retina Display" option, the setup is now perfect.

    If you're considering buying these then based on my experience you won't be disappointed.

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