With its 27-inch 5K display and 10-bit IPS panel boasting whopping 5120 x 2880 resolution and 218 pixels per inch, the brand new LG UltraFine monitor is slowly, but surely making its way to the masses. One of the first users who had a chance to get his hands on the premium LG monitor is US-based filmmaker Max Yuriev. In the next quick overview produced for AppleInsider, he covers some of the most appealing features of the monitor alongside the advanced functionality and seamless integration it provides once tethered to the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
With its 500 nits of brightness and 99% of P3 color space coverage, the LG UltraFine 5K monitor seems to be matching the quality of the 2016 MacBook Pro display perfectly. Even though the screen is a bit glossy, the reflections it produces shouldn’t be a serious concern for users mainly due to the excellent brightness and viewing angles it provides.
Other than that, the unit sports a front-facing camera, microphone, and high fidelity integrated speakers along with a height and tilt-adjustable rock solid stand. Optionally, you can easily swap the stand with the provided VESA cover if you need to mount the monitor to a dedicated VESA arm.
Because of the seamless MacOS integration, the LG UltraFine monitor doesn’t have any physical buttons whatsoever. You can control its brightness as well as the volume control of the built-in speakers and adjust the front-facing camera settings directly through the MacBook Pro itself.
The three downstream USB-C ports offer additional connectivity and transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps along with 85W power supply to compatible devices and accessories. In this particular case, Max has attached an additional 5TB external hard drive to the monitor thus taking advantage of the amazing flexibility and efficiency the Thunderbolt 3 interface provides.
However, the further speed tests with the faster Sandisk Extreme 900 2TB and PNY 480GB SSDs confirmed that you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the full transfer speeds these external drives provide unless you connect them directly to your MacBook Pro. So, if you are planning to use similar SSDs, you’d better bypass the built-in USB-C hub of the LG 5K display.
Besides that, the LG UltraFine 5K monitor is indeed a quite appealing option for those users who want to build a convenient home dual monitor setup and take full advantage of the blazing fast speeds and efficiency the latest Thunderbolt 3 interface offers.
Currently, you can still purchase the LG 5K UltraFine display for $974 directly from Apple. For that amount of money, you’ll certainly be able to get the best bang for your buck, especially when you compare the LG UltraFine display to its main competitor the Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K IPS monitor that lacks Thunderbolt 3 capabilities and currently costs $800 more.