LG UltraFine Display (4K & 5K) Overview Updated February 13, 2017

LG UltraFine Display (4K & 5K)

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The LG UltraFine Display is a product forged from a partnership between LG and Apple. It comes in both 4K and 5K varieties, and features USB-C connectors for connecting to eligible Macs and for connecting peripherals.

The LG UltraFine 5K Display is the de facto replacement for the Apple Thunderbolt Display. The 5K model is the flagship version of the display, and features native 5120-by-2880 resolution, a 1920-by-1080 camera, microphone, three USB 3.1 (gen 1) ports for connectivity to peripherals at up to 5Gbps, and can charge both the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro at full speed via USB Power Delivery.

Be sure to read our full LG UltraFine 5K Display FAQ for more details, and also watch our hands-on walkthrough where we unbox and talk about the display’s details.

LG UltraFine Display Stories February 13

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Last month 9to5Mac published the first report highlighting LG UltraFine 5K Display performance problems when using the Apple-recommended monitor with Macs near Wi-Fi routers. Now we’ve learned that Apple Stores have stopped carrying the LG UltraFine 5K Display in retail locations for now.

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LG UltraFine Display Stories February 9

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Last week, we were the first to report on shielding issues that plagued Apple’s external monitor solution, the LG UltraFine 5K. In our usage, we found that using the display within 2 meters of a router effectively rendered the display useless.

While LG stated that it was fixing the WiFi interference shortly thereafter, Apple has now pushed shipping of the UltraFine 5K display on its website to 5 weeks to 6 weeks…

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LG UltraFine Display Stories February 3

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Earlier in the week, we reported that the LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a Wi-Fi router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang the connected MacBook Pro.

LG has now said that it has identified the hardware problem in which Wi-Fi routers within 2 feet of the display resulted in signal interference issues. All new UltraFine units produced after February will not be affected as they will be fitted with ‘enhanced shielding’. Existing owners of the UltraFine 5K Display, recommended by Apple as the best companion to the 2016 MacBook Pro, will need to contact LG support for assistance.

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LG UltraFine Display Stories February 1

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LG UltraFine Display Stories January 30

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Apple discontinued its Thunderbolt Display last summer after five years on the market, and now Apple recommends the LG UltraFine 5K Display ($974 through March 31, regular $1299.99) for new MacBook Pro customers. While the industrial design doesn’t match Apple’s hardware, the UltraFine 5K screen is Retina resolution like 5K iMacs and connects using the new Thunderbolt 3 I/O.

LG UltraFine 5K Display has a critical usability issue, however, that doesn’t affect other external monitors: the hardware can become unusable when located within 2 meters of a router.

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LG UltraFine Display Stories January 10

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LG’s UltraFine 5K Display is here, and while it tops the 4K model in virtually every statistic, there are some scenarios where you might consider buying two 21.5-inch 4K displays instead of a single 5K display.

Both UltraFine Displays are on sale for a limited time until March 31, 2017. The LG UltraFine 5K Display is on sale for $974 and the 4K version is on sale for $524.

That means that you can get two 4K models for $1048, or only $74 more than a single 5K display. Despite the 4K version’s noted shortcomings — lack of a camera, microphone, Thunderbolt 3, 10-bit color, etc. — this may be a viable option if it happens to meet your needs. expand full story

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