Top positive review
A very good 4k display.....
11 December 2016
I bought this to go with the latest MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar. I had previously owned the 2012 version and was using it to drive an Apple Cinema 30" Display. A very solid pairing but I wanted to upgrade once I got my new laptop so I opted for this LG for a few reasons.
1) I have had good experience with LG products in the past so the I feel confident buying another one.
2) I wanted 4k but didn't want to break the bank and the 27" screen size actually feels a lot better to work on than the previous 30".
3) USB-C. A big selling point as I an now able to connect everything together with once cable and It will charge my 15" MacBook Pro so I no longer need a charger when I am using it.
4) Mostly very favourable reviews from tech websites and Youtube reviewers and users.
5) The design is very good and the monitor looks great. The 30" Apple Cinema was 6 years old and it showed. Things have moved on a lot since then.
6) The price. I managed to pick one up that was virtually brand new for £450 which is almost half the price of the currently discounted LG 27" 5k display that was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro's. I was pretty sure I would get the 5k but I cannot justify twice the price for what wont be twice the display. Also I personally don't really like the design of the Dell alternatives so that ruled out a lot of other options.
Now I actually have it I can only reiterate all of the above. Everything looks stunning and connects together flawlessly. On my Mac I use it in scaled mode and everything works perfectly. I haven't however had a chance to test this with Windows yet although I don't anticipate there been any major problems.
There are one or two criticisms though which prevent me from giving it 5 stars.
1) The warranty is only 1 year. Its not a deal breaker and its the same standard warranty you would get from Apple but it is a slight worry if anything were to go wrong with it. The Cinema Display I can see going on for another 5 years with no problems. This LG I am not so sure.
2) Whilst the design is very nice its virtually all plastic. This is not a deal breaker at all as I have no physical interaction with the display it does make it feel a little cheap. But at the same time it doesn't look cheap so this is really just a minor gripe.
3) The quality of the supplied cables is not the best. Again its not a deal breaker because you can get much better quality replacements from Amazon for just a few pounds but I have had one or two issues with the USB-C cable and have heard of a few other users having cables fail or break and have to buy replacements..
Overall I am very happy with this display. It displays beautiful 4k, looks great on my desk and provides power to my laptop via one cable. I am pleased I opted for this display over the 5k that is about to be released and saved myself £500 (or £700 once December is over) and I would recommend this for sure, especially to anyone who has USB-C functionality on their device.