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Aug 2, 2019

LG Releases Affordable 5K Resolution Monitor Designed for Macs

LG is known for releasing top-notch display panels and it seems like they have come through again this time, as they released a more affordable alternative that is almost just as good as Apple's new (super expensive) Pro Display XDR panel.

Apple Pro Display XDR

When Apple announced their new Pro Display XDR display priced at USD 4,999 (around PHP 255,000), everybody was shocked. But without a doubt, the new display from Apple packs impressive specs, 32 inches of 6K resolution goodness that promises to give professionals accurate colors and the deepest blacks. But the thing is, the price point is considered by most users to be very steep.

LG UltraFine 5K

Thankfully, LG has decided to come out with an alternative choice for professionals and enthusiasts, releasing the 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display. Though not as big as the Pro Display XDR, it still has a decent size and high resolution that makes it work perfectly with Mac and several Apple products, giving users enough screen space to work on for video or photography projects. The panel has 218ppi, and offers excellent P3 wide color gamut, which should satisfy its end-users.

The UltraFine 5K Display can be connected to a Mac or iPad Pro via a USB Type-C or Thunderbolt cable, making it compatible with the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac models released from late 2014 to date.

To take full advantage of the monitor at 5K, it would be best to use the following Mac models:

2016 model and later

  • MacBook Pro

2017 model and later

  • iMac Pro
  • iMac

2018 model and later

  • Mac mini
  • MacBook Air

The UltraFine 5K Display comes with its down display stand that allows users to adjust the viewing height and angle, unlike the Pro Display XDR which has a separately sold stand that goes for USD 999 (around PHP 51,300) and a separate VESA mount which goes for USD 199 (around PHP 10,000).

LG's newest display also comes with other built-in features like the webcam, mic and stereo speakers, which are excellent add-ons that allow users to minimize the clutter on their workspace, making this ideal for minimalists. In addition, since the LG display panel supports Thunderbolt 3, mobile devices like the iPad Pro and the MacBook Pro can be charged through the Thunderbolt 3 cable while using the monitor, which outputs 94 watts of power. For hardcore users, there's an option to daisy chain two UltraFine 5K Displays together for dual monitor action.

Take note that the UltraFine 5K Display is natively supported by macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and iOS 12.4. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users are given the ability to tweak the monitor's settings using the Touch Bar.

The LG UltraFine 5K Display was released just last week and is currently available in select Apple Stores in the United States for USD 1,299 (around PHP 66,000). There's no word yet whether this will be available locally.

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