Apple discounting LG’s new Macbook Pro-compatible 4K and 5K monitors by 25% off
Stephan Jukic – November 7, 2016
Last week Apple and LG made what was in effect a joint product release announcement in which the two companies released a new USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Macbook Pro laptop in a 15 inch and 13 inch edition and along with this, the release of two new LG PC monitors, one with DCI 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) and the other with 5K resolution,, both of which also come with USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 and which are fully designed to deliver external 4K and 5K display for the new Macbook Pro machines.
Then, this past Friday, Apple announced a surprise price slashing to the retail markups of its USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories and adapters for their new Macbook Pro machines. It’s suspected that this latter move was done to counter the growing public outcry over the entirely new connectivity ports of the latest Macbook Pro notebooks, as well as a lack of legacy connectivity for them.
Now, along with LG, Apple has another “gift” to its consumer fanbase in the form of a major discount on the two new “UltraFine” LG PC monitors that came out with the MacBook Pro notebooks.
The discount being offered by the companies is indeed quite impressive at 25%, with the prices of the two monitors going down from their original MSRP of $1,300 for the 5K monitor and $700 for the 4K monitor to $974 and $524 respectively.
In other words, users are getting a superbly designed DCI 4K monitor with the most advanced connectivity specs in existence for the same price as what a much more typical 4K PC gaming monitor for Windows would come with. And the new price for the 5K monitor is highly competitive indeed. No other 5K PC display in existence sells this cheaply (though there are currently only three other models in existence, from Philips, Dell and Apple).
Apple is considering these new discounts for the LG UltraFine monitors and all Apple USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 accessories a “Special Pricing” promotion, so the reduced prices supposedly won’t last long. The offers on the UltraFine monitors and connectivity accessories expire as of December 31st.
LG manufactured the two new UltraFine monitors in coordination with Apple and both displas are designed to be particularly compatible with Apple’s Macbook Pro notebooks and with Apple products in general. In other words, while the two monitors do technically work with Windows PCs and notebooks, they don’t do so very well. However users of Macbook machines who want a bigger external display for their little notebooks probably won’t find better PC displays than these for the task.
The 4K monitor offers a display size of 21.5 inches and the 5K monitor comes with a 27 inch screen. Both displays come with 10-bit color, wide color gamut DCI-P3 color space coverage and come with IPS display panels. The two LG UltraFine monitors will start shipping to buyers within the next few weeks.
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