The 5K LG UltraFine is the external display Apple didn’t want to make

By , Oct 27, 2016

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During its ‘hello again’ event on Thursday, Apple showed off a new 27-inch 5K LG UltraFine display. SVP Phil Schiller described it as the “ultimate docking station” because it has multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports, and can even charge the new MacBook Pro.

Schiller also noted that Apple teamed up with LG to build the display specifically for the new Pro, so it’s unclear what the future is of Apple-branded displays. There have been rumors it’s building one, but it may have decided the numbers aren’t there.

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Here are the full tech specs:

  • Display Size: 27-inch (diagonal) 5K display with IPS technology
  • Resolution: 5120-by-2880 with support for billions of colors
  • Brightness: 500 cd/m²
  • Color Gamut: P3 wide color gamut
  • Ports: One Thunderbolt 3 (input), three USB-C (USB 3.1 gen 1, 5Gbps)
  • Power Delivery: Up to 85W over Thunderbolt 3 for host power and charging
  • Camera Type: Built-in camera
  • Speaker Configurations: Stereo
  • Power: Built-in power supply
  • Height: 18.3 in./46.4 cm
  • Width: 24.6 in./62.6 cm
  • Depth: 9.4 in./23.9 cm (with stand), 2.1 in./5.4 cm (without stand)
  • Weight: 18.7 lb./8.5 kg

And here is a blurb about the display from Apple’s website:

With a stunning 5120-by-2880 resolution and P3 wide color gamut, the 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K Display brings your favorite photos and videos to life. So whether you’re watching a movie or editing an image, this high-performance monitor delivers immaculate 5K resolution for even the most pixel-packed visuals.

A single Thunderbolt 3 cable (included) provides up to 85W of charging power to your MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports. And three downstream USB-C ports (5 Gbps) offer additional connectivity and power to compatible devices and accessories.

Built-in stereo speakers, camera, and microphone deliver a rich media experience. And with over 14.7 million pixels, you won’t miss a single detail of your next design layout, photo edit, or FaceTime call.

 

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The LG UltraFine 5K display is pricey at $1,300, and Apple says it won’t be available until December. There is also a 21-inch 4K version of the UltraFine, which has a resolution of 4096-by-2304. It’s priced at $700 and starts shipping in 5-6 weeks.

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  • Why is the top bezel so thick? I can’t believe this is what it looks like because Apple said they worked with LG on this monitor. Looks outdated.

    • techfreak23

      Not that I’m excusing the design, but it looks like it’s a little wider on the top bezel to accommodate the camera.

    • Jon20

      That’s the part Apple contributed to. You know how they love their bezels. Lol.

  • techfreak23

    Pretty outrageously priced, especially since it’s being made by LG. If it was a unibody aluminum design like the Thunderbolt/Cinema Display, those prices might be a little more acceptable.

    • ravinigga

      But again LG have better and natural colors the Samsung

  • malhal

    Probably the same panel LG supplied for the 5K imac. Wonder why it’s only USB 3.1 gen 1 and not gen 2 like the new MBPs? You’d think the “ultimate docking station” would include at least Ethernet.

  • Simonh2159

    Will get the dell ultrasharp 27 5k. As is 675 pounds got dual diplayport you need two ports that’s why lgs got three plus a v good graphic card to drive it and the software calibration software dell has made is brilliant I take it apple ha done the same with the calibration issues that’s a must to get the graphics card to out put the right gaunlet to the display accurate colurs if good it’s very good for photo wor

  • Taurean

    The answer is probably no, but will these work with the reg. New MacBooks?

  • jakeopp

    Has bigger bezels than my cheap 1080p Dell monitor…

  • IJustWantTruth

    Can my iMac 5K retina drive two of these new monitors? If so, what adapters are needed if any?