The Verge reviews LG UltraFine 4K: A great MacBook monitor

“The advent of USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 technology means that it’s now possible to deliver the Thunderbolt Display’s key feature of single-cable charging and video connectivity at higher, Retina-class resolutions,” Sam Byford writes for The Verge. “[Apple] worked with LG on a pair of new ‘UltraFine’ monitors — a 21.5-inch 4K model and a 5K display at 27 inches, matching the (LG-manufactured) panels in both sizes of iMac — that are meant to be the perfect partner for USB-C-equipped MacBooks. Apple’s Phil Schiller described them as ‘the ultimate docking station’ at October’s MacBook Pro event.”

“I’ve been using the 4K model all week, and while it might not be the official Thunderbolt Display replacement some Apple fans were hoping for, it turns out to be more Apple-like than you might expect,” Byford writes. “I wouldn’t call the UltraFine 4K ugly. It gets out of the way with a simple, sensible design that is Applesque in function, if not form. There are no buttons anywhere on the monitor, and no setup process to speak of. The stand is excellent, offering just the right amount of resistance to make adjusting the angle and height easy without sacrificing stability. The UltraFine’s design may not be premium, but it is professional.”

“Although there are still growing pains with USB-C, this is really the kind of product that shows the full potential of the connector,” Byford writes. “Once you have the right cables and adapters, it’s never been easier to build and use a docking setup for a desk. In my case, my MacBook gets power, a second display, two external hard drives, and a USB microphone all by plugging in a single cable, along with the wireless Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: While we realize that we’re in the minority, we’d rather have an Apple logo on our displays than “LG.” Thank Jobs for Apple stickers!

Apple lowers prices of 4K and 5K LG Ultrafine displays by 25 percent – November 4, 2016
Apple exits external display biz, worked closely with LG to create external displays for its new MacBook Pros – October 28, 2016


  1. I don’t quite understand the purpose of your question. I can’t recall recently seeing a monitor, even of the lowest quality the didn’t have a VESA mount.

    FYI, yes it does. “Use the adjustable stand to create a personalised environment for work or play. Or disconnect the stand and mount the display on your preferred VESA arm using the provided VESA cover.”

    As well, more information on Apples LG UltraFine 5K Display
    page if you are really interested.

  2. Had a question: Can you use the laptop with an external monitor, keyboard and mouse if the lid is shut? Otherwise, you have an open laptop cluttering the work area serving absolutely no purpose? I tried asking the question before but my post never got approved by MDN. Hmmmmm.

  3. Is that Space Gray plastic? Sad that Apple can’t use its cash horde to offer something that matches existing Macs. But then, Apple is so inconsistent there now too. It used to be the Mac was a coherent family. Now you have everything from shiny black cylinders to pink netbooks and different shades of gray. Few of which match last years light gray or this years iPhone black options.

    Does anyone at Apple talk to each other about consistency of product design?

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