Not everyday you hear news of big competing corporations making products specifically for use with Apple’s products and so, when LG announced a couple of new displays designed specially for the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, it kind of raise some eyebrows. The displays, called UltraFine, come in two sizes: a 27-inch 5K model and a smaller 21.5-inch 4K variety. LG said the former is designed and optimized for the new MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 running macOS 10.12 or later, and with that, it is also the “world’s first” 5K display to tout Thunderbolt 3.
The 5K model boasts an eye-watering resolution of 5,120 by 2,880 with a pixel density of 218 while the 21.5-inch model managed a 219ppi out of its 4K resolution display. Whichever model you opt for, you can be sure that it covers 99 percent of the P3 color space, thus making the display suited for creative tasks like video and photo editing. With Thunderbolt 3, your MacBook Pro can be charged while simultaneously received and transfer video, audio and data.
In addition, three USB Type-C ports are available at your disposal and being “optimized for MacBook” also means the display can do without with physical adjustment buttons since those can be done via the MacBook built-in control. Finally, the larger model also gets a front-facing camera, along with microphone to enable FaceTime calls. It seems like LG is aiming at MacBook users with the smaller display, though it totally supports the MacBook Pro too. And oh, the displays are in black, not silver as one might have expected of “designed for Apple” products.
Images courtesy of LG Electronics.