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LG’s 4K and 5K UltraFine Thunderbolt 3 Monitors for MacBook Pro Now Selling

by on December 20, 2016

Stephan Jukic – December 20, 2016

While you might have to wait some time to actually get one of them delivered, the two new LG UltraFine monitors that have recently been unveiled and were specifically released with Apple’s latest laptop machines in mind are now on sale from the Apple Store online.

Apple discontinued sales of its own native Thunderbolt display back in June of this year (2016) and for a little while users of Mac products were left wondering what the next cutting-edge large desktop display choices for their own Macs might end up being. This was then cleared up in October when LG and Apple, working together in a sort of partnership, announced that they were releasing two new monitors, a 5K and a DCI 4K model with respective display sizes of 27 inches and 21.5 inches which would be designed to handle Apple’s new MacBook Pro USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 laptops which have also come out near year’s end.

However, these two new PC monitors, which sport some truly spectacular display specs, were not to be available for purchase until December.

Well, now they’re on sale finally and on offer for “special prices” of $974 for the 5K 27 inch model and $524 for the 21.5 inch 4K model. Why are these rather hefty prices special? Because the original slated price tags of the two displays were set at $700 for the 4K model and $1,300 for the 5K model and also because the new, lower prices are set to be bumped back up in March of 2017 (though whether this actually ends up being the case is something we wonder about).

In any case, Apple’s website states that ordering either of the displays now will lock in the special discount price but does not guarantee delivery of the monitors right away. More specifically, there is an estimated delivery delay time in effect of between 5 and 6 weeks for the 4K model and a delay of 2 to 4 weeks for the 5K model.

Supplies of either monitor may be available in physical Apple Store locations but how many units and in which stores will vary from location to location and by store supply date in some cases.

Why Apple and LG didn’t simply stock up enough units of both monitors to handle potentially larger-than-normal Christmas/New Year’s holiday demand is a good question but we can speculate that one or both of the two companies may be using the discounts and availability delays to generate forced scarcity and thus prod consumers into buying early. This is of course simply speculation on our part.


The 5K UltraFine monitor offers a 5120 x 2880 resolution while the 4K model delivers a “true” 4K resolution of 4096 X 2304 pixels which goes well beyond the typical 3840 x 2160 pixels of most 4K UHD and 4K monitors on sale today. Both monitors thus offer extremely fine PPI pixel densities for their display sizes and come with excellent visual performance specs which include DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage and very high brightness ratings of 500 cd/m2 or slightly more according to Apple and LG.

Finally and also very importantly, both PC displays offer the extremely advanced connectivity spec of Thunderbolt 3 for compatibility with MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops of the newest type. A single Thunderbolt 3 connection delivers enough bandwidth to easily handle the native resolution of these displays while also being capable of extremely fast laptop charging and high-powered audio transfer. The two monitors also come with three USB-C ports for peripheral devices.

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