LG UltraWide 5K2K: Beast of a monitor with Thunderbolt 3


“LG has been catering to Mac owners for years, and the company’s UltraWide 5K2K display is a great solution for creative professionals who want a bit more horizontal real estate,” Andrew O’Hara writes for AppleInsider.

“If you’ve got a MacBook Pro on your desk, a big monitor absolutely helps workflow. If you’ve got a more compact Mac mini, it’s a requirement,” O’Hara writes. “With certain tasks such as video or audio editing, programming, or other content creation, more real estate is good, and a 34-inch wide display certainly provides that.”

“The LG UltraWide 5K2K sports a resolution of 5120 x 2160, which at first blush makes this look like a 5K monitor,” O’Hara writes. “Eagle-eyed readers will note, however, the vertical resolution. In short, it has the horizontal resolution of a 5K monitor and the vertical resolution of a 4K display.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: The LG UltraWide 5K2K is guaranteed to make your Mac mini look truly “mini!”


  1. “The LG UltraWide 5K2K is guaranteed to make you Mac mini look truly “mini!””

    Uh… MDN… I hate to be the one to break it to you, but from the article: “the latest Mac Mini is unable to push this display at full native resolution”

    1. Agree Dave, yet it says that it’s not as bright as Apples 5k iMac,, WELL, which begs to ask why would apple NOT package the same 5k monitor for any of their computers, and once again be the best? offer a matching display for the Imac? It just doesnt feel the same with the LG

  2. I love this monitor. I’ve always wanted an ultra wide monitor but the problem I had with most is the fuzzy text. After you come from a Retina display and you look at most ultra wides you can see pixels. The text looks blurry. You can get used to it, but it’s hard, especially when goin back and forth between the MacBook Pro’s retain and the Ultra Wide.

    This puppy has a high enough PPI that your text is more than sharp enough to compete.

    I don’t do typical creative work, but at any one time I have multiple remote desktops up on my screen doing system support, maintenance, etc. At the same time I have browser windows open talking to routers or whatever, all kinds of stuff and that screen space is just a big time saver.

    I’ve done some light gaming with it, and its not bad at all. It’s only 60Hz but I’m not sure I see the difference in some of the higher refresh rates. It looks great though.

    There were some bumpy issues when I first got it. It was tricky to get it to work at the highest resolution over TB3 with certain MacBook Pros, but I initially found a way to get it to work consistently and Apple has provided fixes that alleviate the issue.

    When you combine the space with Mission Control, having all that space on multiple desktops is so sweet. I love swiping to the left and having a 5120×2160 Windows Machine and swiping to the left once more and finding my 5120×2160 LINUX machine. And with the MacBook Pro’s monitor itself available, I often have streaming videos running over there.

    Between the MacBook Pro having the i9 processor and 32GB of RAM, and this monitor, you’d swear you work using multiple desktops.

  3. Why is the trend with monitors to go wider and more letterboxed? Some of us need HEIGHT as well, like when trying to do an 18-part orchestral score, or a long list of numbers, or code that goes down the page instead of across it, etc. etc.? It’s bloody annoying. Bring back 4:3!!!

      1. You’re right of course, Ken, and it’s still there. 🙂 But if I do that I can only see 2 bars at a time of that 18-part score. I (and I would guess many others) need height AND width, but it’s obviously no longer fashionable. 🙁

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