[Bestbuy618 Laptop Channel] I was very, very hesitant before purchasing this product, due to its extremely obvious advantages and particularly glaring disadvantages. In May 2019, along with the release of the 19 MacBook Pro, Apple restocked the LG UltraFine 4K display, which is today’s protagonist. The LG UltraFine 4K monitor has a 23.7-inch IPS panel with a P3 wide color gamut and a brightness of 500 cd/m2.
It has a screen that is a mirror image of the iMac and can display more than 8 million pixels, which is four times more than a standard 1080p HD display.
The monitor has two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, one of which can be used to connect a second 4K monitor. The three downstream USB-C ports can also connect compatible devices and accessories and provide additional power. An included Thunderbolt 3 cable provides up to 85W of charging power for MacBook Pro or MacBook Air models with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, and the built-in stereo speakers improve the audio experience even further.
The monitor’s design is straightforward, with a white LG logo centered on the lower bezel. The base is made of pure metal, though it is thin, like a steel plate, making it easy to place a phone, keyboard, docking station, and so on. The display body lacks any switch keys, a camera, and even the front bezel is large enough to “park the aircraft carrier.” The back of the monitor is also very “simple,” with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, three USB Type-C ports, a power connector, and a bracket release button and anti-theft lock mounting holes on the right side.
Why buy an “old” product that will be back on the shelves in 2019 when it’s 2021? Before the Pro Display XDR was released, Apple and LG collaborated to launch two displays (LG UltraFine 4K / 5K), which you can understand Apple as the “executive producer” and LG as the “OEM”, together driving the positioning, design, color mixing, and production of these two products. To give you an example, the LG UltraFine 4K monitor has a light sensor centered on the top, supports original color display (automatic brightness and color temperature adjustment), and also supports seamless adjustment of monitor brightness, volume, and music switching via Mac.
Having said that, the LG UltraFine 4K is a plug-and-play monitor that integrates seamlessly with the Mac without requiring too much setup or debugging. When I use it for image and video processing, it has nearly the same color reproduction and very close visual appearance as the MacBook Pro. Apple’s “mastering” combined with the seamless experience with its own devices is the most direct selling point of this display.
What made me hesitant to make a decision was the lack of an HDMI port, a built-in front-facing camera and microphone, and the fact that the stand does not support vertical rotation or left/right rotation.
The LG UltraFine 4K, on the other hand, does not connect to Windows computers, nor to XBOX, PS, or Switch consoles, and has been geared towards Apple devices such as the Mac or iPad since its release. The front-facing camera and microphone are optional, but when I need to participate in a video conference, I still need to turn on my MacBook Pro to invoke the front-facing lens that comes with it. Furthermore, I still have to pull out my phone to make a WeChat call or video call to a friend, which is almost fun. The LG UltraFine 4K only supports up and down movement and cannot be rotated, which is inconvenient for developers who need to knock out code for long periods of time.
These three flaws contradict my initial thoughts of retiring it and taking it home to play XBOX games, but all things considered, the LG UltraFine 4K is in my opinion the best external display for Mac up to this point, although a better choice would be the Pro Display XDR, which is nearly 10x the price of the LG UltraFine 4K, but that still dissuades me directly.
The LG UltraFine 4K is destined to be an extremely niche product, with a price tag of $5,356 and product positioning. I had previously considered the Dell U2720, which is perhaps one of the best 4K monitors in the $4,500 price range for an overall experience, but because 27 inches felt large to me personally and didn’t have the same seamless experience with Apple’s ecosystem as the LG UltraFine 4K, I ended up placing an order for the latter. It’s worth noting that as a 2019 product, the LG UltraFine 4K / 5K is actually better suited for use with
Although Apple released the Pro Display XDR professional-grade display in 2019 and restocked the LG UltraFine 4K / 5K display, there is no news that Apple will launch its own more “affordable” display new. As a $5,356 monitor, the LG UltraFine 4K has too many significant advantages and disadvantages. Displays with a good price/performance ratio, on the other hand, abound, and there are better options for other 4K products in the $5,000 price range.
The LG UltraFine 4K had an estimated delivery date of no availability on Apple’s website just before I placed my order, and a number of Apple Stores in Beijing do not support offline pickup. Perhaps, in addition to the M1X-equipped 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, next month’s Apple fall launch will include news of a new monitor. Unlike Apple’s other product lines, the monitor does not have a detailed price range division within Apple, from the LG UltraFine 4K in the 5,000 yuan range to the LG UltraFine 5K in the 9,000 yuan range, and then directly to the Pro Display XDR starting at 40,000 yuan,