LG UltraFine 5K Monitor

LG 5K monitor is available for purchase in the US and is compatible with older Macs [atualizado]

Apple surprised (positively or negatively?) A lot of people when it introduced new monitors at its special event in October. Contrary to what everyone expected, these were not Apple products, but LG’s with a “touch” of Apple: the LG UltraFine.

LG UltraFine 5K Monitor

Being completely compatible – or, better said, “made for” – the new MacBooks Pro, they are available in two models with different resolutions: one 4K (with four USB-C ports) and another 5K (with three USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt 3).

The LG UltraFine 4K Display was already available for purchase in the United States shortly after it was announced, costing $ 700. But with the discounts on USB-C accessories that Apple decided to give (which will last until March 31, 2017), this monitor is going for $ 525.

Now the LG UltraFine 5K Display is also now available for purchase on Apple’s American website. Like the 4K model, it is on sale until 3/31/2017: from $ 1,300 to $ 975.

In the case of a product focused on the new MBPs (and with connections that only favor it), many wondered if there would be a possibility to use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with older machines. And the answer comes from Apple: yes, it is possible, but it will work as a 4K monitor. The company listed the generations of Macs compatible with the monitor and their supported resolutions:

3840 × 2160 @ 60Hz

  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid-2014) or newer
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2014) or later
  • iMac (Retina, 27 inch, Late 2014) or newer
  • iMac (Retina, 21.5 inches, late 2015)
  • iMac (21.5 inches, late 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, early 2015)

3200 × 1800 @ 60Hz

For those who have a Mac mini or a Mac Pro and want to use the 5K monitor, Apple recommends it as a second screen since it may not turn on until macOS Sierra starts; that is, it may be a limitation for those using pre-existing resourcesboot like Boot Picker or macOS Recovery.

On the subject of recharging notebooks (after all, the Thunderbolt 3 port is capable of providing power), this function will only be possible with machines that have a Thunderbolt 3 port; that is, it will not work with older Macs connected by adapters.

Unfortunately, so far, the 4K and 5K models of the LG UltraFine are unavailable for purchase in Brazil (if they will ever appear here).

[via 9to5Mac, MacRumors]

Update · Dec 21, 2016 at 19:00

The novelty of being able to use the new monitor on older Macs with adapters is good; however, from what appears on the Apple website, users of the 4K monitor will not be so lucky. The only models on the compatibility list are MacBooks Pro this year and MacBooks from both early 2015 and 2016, as the machine must have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 (ie, those with Thunderbolt 2 are out , even with adapters).