LG UltraFine 5K Display: Is It an UltraFine Choice for Your Mac?

Apple fans from all over the world have been waiting for this December, a month when a new LG monitor and new MacBook Pro appeared on the market. First LG UltraFine 5K Displays had some issues, including strange problems with Wi-Fi network, which are already fixed and now this device is announced as a worthy alternative to the Cinema Display. But is it really so? Let’s find out.

No more annoying cable clutters

LG UltraFine 5K is rich in USB-C ports for connecting peripheral devices. In addition, it has a Thunderbolt 3 port, so you can plug everything you need at the same time. For instance, you may use all these USB ports simultaneously to connect your computer to transfer video files and power your monitor. As a result, you will get rid of at least one unwanted cable on your desk.

However, this plus can easily become a minus for those who own an old Mac model. We have tried this monitor on a 2013 MacBook and despite the fact that it is a great machine, it can output 4K only. Moreover, with an old Mac, you will have a duller RGB instead of an accurate P3-color gamut.

Not as cool as Apple styling

Monitor’s design looks like LG didn’t have enough time (or interest) to work on it. LG UltraFine’s design is far from Apple styling and therefore looks a little bit strange in a complementation with MacBook Pro.

You won’t find any switch buttons on LG UltraFine, but it turns on automatically when you connect it to your computer.

On the whole, the design of this device doesn’t look very sleek. The monitor has a built-in webcam on the top, so the upper chin is larger than the bottom part. From the first glance, it looks a little bit strange, but this can hardly become a real problem. We bet that you (as well as the other customers) will forget about it after a couple of days.

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A considerable minus in monitor’s design is that UltraFine 5K is mostly made of plastic, except the metal foot. It’s a pity, especially, if you recall about the monitor’s price.

In a word, LG UltraFine 5K monitor’s design differs from Apple’s for the worse, though it has been created for MacBook Pro.

Speakers and display are beyond praise

A great advantage of LG UltraFine is the display itself. It has 218 pixels per inch and a 60Hz refresh rate. Therefore, the shades of black look really black and other colors are deep and rich. Moreover, P3 wide-color gamut guarantees amazing color reproduction.

LG UltraFine 5K monitor has a great display

Watching high-quality 4K and 5K videos on LG UltraFine will make you feel like you are looking through a crystal clear glass.

Speakers are as great as the display and this is very good news for all potential customers who don’t have much money to buy a costly monitor along with add-ons. The speaker output is no worse than the 5K iMac.

To sum up, LG UltraFine 5K is a great choice for those MacBook owners, who want to watch their favorite movies on a giant screen. Keep in mind that this monitor only makes sense if you have got 2016 MacBook. Older models won’t allow you to enjoy display’s full potential.

Maybe, you have already tried this monitor and have some experience to share with other Mac fans? Your comments and ideas are more than welcome, so don’t be shy to leave them below.