Wednesday, July 31st 2019

LG Introduces New Ultrafine 5K Display

LG Electronics (LG) today introduced a new 27-inch UltraFineTM 5K Display (model 27MD5KL) which, along with the company's 24-inch UltraFine 4K Display (model 24MD4KL), gives consumers two high-quality monitors that are designed specifically for the latest Apple products.

LG's UltraFine displays deliver amazing image quality when connected to a Mac or iPad Pro. Designed to enhance productivity, the LG UltraFine 5K delivers powerful all-around performance and the latest connectivity options. With Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C support, the monitor is an ideal companion for the latest Mac notebooks and desktops, as well as iPad Pro. LG's 5K monitor allows users to configure a versatile Mac workstation with video, audio and data transfer through a single cable. And thanks to 94 watts of power, the UltraFine 5K can also charge any USB-C compliant host such as Mac or iPad.
Designed to meet the needs of creative designers, photographers and videographers, LG UltraFine 5K is a superior wide-screen solution that delivers precise detail and color. It boasts P3 wide color gamut and 500-nit brightness for optimized images, no calibration required. The monitor's 218 pixels per inch (PPI) results in more than 14.7 million pixels that render incredibly lifelike images and razor-sharp text for viewing multiple windows and tools simultaneously. The built-in camera, microphone, and stereo speakers provide a rich multimedia experience.

LG UltraFine 5K is designed for next-level convenience, with adjustable height and tilt for maximum user comfort. Compatibility with macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and iOS 12.4 enables users to control brightness and volume directly from the Touch Bar or keyboard on MacBook Pro. And the monitor's ambient light sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness when connected to a Mac.

With the LG UltraFine 4K monitor with 23.7-inch screen, which is ten percent larger than the previous version, users can experience similarly realistic colors and the full coverage of the P3 wide color gamut and 500-nit brightness. The monitor's quality build and design and easy connectivity give users maximum ability to explore their creativity. With a Mac, the Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used to daisy chain two 4K displays.

"The first LG UltraFine series was well received by creative professionals for its exceptional performance and convenience," said Jang Ik-hwan, head of LG's IT business division. "Ease of use, seamless integration, and stunning screen quality make LG UltraFine monitors a great choice for Apple users."

LG UltraFine 5K is now available at apple.com and select Apple Stores.
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31 Comments on LG Introduces New Ultrafine 5K Display

#1
Ferrum Master
I wonder, the panel tech is not mentioned because the target audience is way too stupid for that, or the press release author is the numb one?

Ah even the actual resolution is missing.... wild.
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#2
TheLostSwede
Ferrum Master, post: 4089855, member: 90058"
I wonder, the panel tech is not mentioned because the target audience is way too stupid for that, or the press release author is the numb one?

Ah even the actual resolution is missing.... wild.
https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27md5kl-b
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#4
Vayra86
Looks lIke a sweet IPS panel, I wonder how badly it glows (and bleeds) as it can do 500cd/m

Perfect candidate for a bit of Lightboost
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#5
Ferrum Master
Vayra86, post: 4089871, member: 152404"
Looks lIke a sweet IPS panel, I wonder how badly it glows (and bleeds) as it can do 500cd/m

Perfect candidate for a bit of Lightboost
I can bet... it glows like that....

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#6
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
I use two of the older LG 5ks at work and they're exceptional displays. My Spectre can only drive them at 4k, but you'd never notice the difference to be honest. My only complaint about them is the display doesn't offer any kind of control of the display via buttons on the display. Changing things like brightness and contrast has to be done by some stupid USB interface to the display. I ended up using Redshift on my laptop (running Linux mind you,) in order to get the color temperature and brightness to a point where it doesn't give me a headache and make my eyes bleed.
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#7
TheLostSwede
Ferrum Master, post: 4089870, member: 90058"
Yeah, that's the obvious... it is weird just PR content wise.
Nah, most PR reads like that today, all fluff, no real technical content.
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#8
Ferrum Master
Aquinus, post: 4089894, member: 102461"
My only complaint about them is the display doesn't offer any kind of control of the display via buttons on the display.
That's the best thing about these ones, priced about 1300$ :D They managed to lock them to MacOS because of that. True Apple product from LG.

They are old indeed, just added port and charging... else? Meh... HDR is coming, for content makers it starts to be a need and Catalina brang HDR support.
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#9
euricog
More importantly, how much for the display's stand?
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#10
PerfectWave
Ferrum Master, post: 4089855, member: 90058"
I wonder, the panel tech is not mentioned because the target audience is way too stupid for that, or the press release author is the numb one?

Ah even the actual resolution is missing.... wild.
5 K!!!!!!!!!!
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#11
bug
Aquinus, post: 4089894, member: 102461"
I use two of the older LG 5ks at work and they're exceptional displays. My Spectre can only drive them at 4k, but you'd never notice the difference to be honest. My only complaint about them is the display doesn't offer any kind of control of the display via buttons on the display. Changing things like brightness and contrast has to be done by some stupid USB interface to the display. I ended up using Redshift on my laptop (running Linux mind you,) in order to get the color temperature and brightness to a point where it doesn't give me a headache and make my eyes bleed.
Proof that you can't actually see 4k or 5k at that diagonal. Or that your eyes are starting to fail you :P
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#12
koaschten
euricog, post: 4089940, member: 189414"
More importantly, how much for the display's stand?
:rolleyes:
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#13
xorbe
> that are designed specifically for the latest Apple products

that are priced higher than any reasonable PC owner would pay
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#14
PanicLake
Ferrum Master, post: 4089855, member: 90058"
I wonder, the panel tech is not mentioned because the target audience is way too stupid for that, or the press release author is the numb one?

Ah even the actual resolution is missing.... wild.
I hate when they do that... do a thorough article lazy boy! Especially if the info are available... https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-27md5kl-b
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#15
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
bug, post: 4090002, member: 157434"
Proof that you can't actually see 4k or 5k at that diagonal. Or that your eyes are starting to fail you :p
There is a point of diminishing returns, that's for sure. 4k is probably about as big as it should get for ~27-inch displays. 5k probably makes more sense for ~32-inch displays.
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#16
xorbe
Aquinus, post: 4090309, member: 102461"
There is a point of diminishing returns, that's for sure. 4k is probably about as big as it should get for ~27-inch displays. 5k probably makes more sense for ~32-inch displays.
5120x2880 24" would be pretty cool. You could treat it as a 2560x1440 display with awesome sub-pixel accuracy.
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#17
bug
xorbe, post: 4090314, member: 102945"
5120x2880 24" would be pretty cool. You could treat it as a 2560x1440 display with awesome sub-pixel accuracy.
Either that or you'd be wasting money on pixels you don't actually see. You'd probably be able to safely get rid of AA though :D
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#18
IceShroom
No DisplayPort 1.4 . How is this monitor supporting 5K in full colour? TB3 only suppots DP 1.2 which supports full colour upto 4K, not 5K.
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#19
bug
IceShroom, post: 4090321, member: 175457"
No DisplayPort 1.4 . How is this monitor supporting 5K in full colour? TB3 only suppots DP 1.2 which supports full colour upto 4K, not 5K.
Who cares?
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#20
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
xorbe, post: 4090314, member: 102945"
5120x2880 24" would be pretty cool. You could treat it as a 2560x1440 display with awesome sub-pixel accuracy.
To what end?
bug, post: 4090316, member: 157434"
Either that or you'd be wasting money on pixels you don't actually see. You'd probably be able to safely get rid of AA though :D
Even at 4k I don't turn AA off. To be honest, higher resolution seems to just make blocky edges turn more into straight edges, but they're still overly sharp. AA still helps smooth out things that feel too sharp at higher resolutions (in my opinion.) Although with that said, I usually don't need more than 2x or 4x.
IceShroom, post: 4090321, member: 175457"
No DisplayPort 1.4 . How is this monitor supporting 5K in full colour? TB3 only suppots DP 1.2 which supports full colour upto 4K, not 5K.
It probably does chroma subsampling or something with Apple special proprietary sauce.
bug, post: 4090324, member: 157434"
Who cares?
My guess would be not you?
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#21
IceShroom
bug, post: 4090324, member: 157434"
Who cares?
People who buying this as they will use this for video and photo editing, where colour accuracy and colour quality is important.
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#22
bug
Aquinus, post: 4090329, member: 102461"
Even at 4k I don't turn AA off. To be honest, higher resolution seems to just make blocky edges turn more into straight edges, but they're still overly sharp. AA still helps smooth out things that feel too sharp at higher resolutions (in my opinion.) Although with that said, I usually don't need more than 2x or 4x.
My reasoning is, you can't actually see those pixels at 27". If you crammed 5k within 24" you'd get pixels so small, they'll do AA's job themselves. Maybe 5k@24" isn't there yet, but we're approaching that point. Fast.
IceShroom, post: 4090331, member: 175457"
People who buying this as they will use this for video and photo editing, where colour accuracy and colour quality is important.
I figure not many of them loiter around TPU ;)
And while this is probably very color-accurate, it still doesn't do HDR. But I'm sure Apple has something even more expensive to cover that.
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#23
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
bug, post: 4090332, member: 157434"
My reasoning is, you can't actually see those pixels at 27".
You will if they look a lot different than the pixels around them. If I put a single pixel wide black line on a completely white background on 4k, you'll see it. What you probably won't see is if I made it two pixels wide instead of 1.
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#24
bug
Aquinus, post: 4089894, member: 102461"
I use two of the older LG 5ks at work and they're exceptional displays. My Spectre can only drive them at 4k, but you'd never notice the difference to be honest.
Aquinus, post: 4090333, member: 102461"
You will if they look a lot different than the pixels around them. If I put a single pixel wide black line on a completely white background on 4k, you'll see it. What you probably won't see is if I made it two pixels wide instead of 1.
Make up your mind ;)
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#25
xorbe
Aquinus, post: 4090329, member: 102461"
Even at 4k I don't turn AA off. To be honest, higher resolution seems to just make blocky edges turn more into straight edges, but they're still overly sharp. AA still helps smooth out things that feel too sharp at higher resolutions (in my opinion.) Although with that said, I usually don't need more than 2x or 4x.
This here, I have to agree with this. There's just no replacement for AA until ridiculous levels of extra pixels. It's related to audio filtering vs ringing, except in the visual domain.
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