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

LG UltraFine Display (4K & 5K)

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November 2016 - March 2017


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 March 13

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LG UltraFine Display Stories March 10

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Earlier this year we reported issues with using the LG UltraFine 5K Display with new MacBook Pros near wireless access points including Apple wireless routers. LG acknowledged issues caused by poor shielding, inventory was pulled from Apple Stores, and revised hardware with proper shielding is now shipping and should be in Apple Stores soon. This week we got our hands on one of the new models with shielding improvements to put to the test and see if the issues have really been resolved…

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LG UltraFine Display Stories February 28

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After previously pulling inventory over quality issues caused by poor shielding, Apple now promises LG UltraFine 5K Display deliveries as soon as March 8. 9to5Mac discovered last month that the original version of the Apple-endorsed Retina resolution monitor could become unusable when placed near a wireless access point like most routers.

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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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