This week I got my hands on the new 21.5 inch LG UltraFine 4K monitor to complete my MacBook 2016 ecosystem. The reason I had my eye on this monitor is because its the first true monitor that Apple is pushing for its new lineup of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, which now only connect to those laptops via the new USB-C, but they in fact also power them. Mind boggling when you pause to think about it.
Setting up was a breeze, as it should be when it comes to installing a monitor on my MacBook. The specs lay out a stunning 4096-by-2304 resolution, 9.4 million pixels, and to me I completely agree, with it being my first 4K monitor its surreal how crips the graphics are. But what surprised me was when I got to playing with it, the surround sound got me to jump out of my chair.
I hadn’t honestly even realized we did have speakers on this thing, so it was a great bonus.
So besides the one USB-C cable that’s include to power up to 60W of charging power to my MacBook, you also also get 3 downstream USB ports (480 Mbps) for additional power. Since I only just got some USB-C to lightning cables, I can finally make use of those other ports to power my iPhone.
With the first practical hardware with USB-C to connect to my MacBook, in many ways the 21.5-inch display does remove some of the dongle nightmares I’ve had, so I don’t really need more than the one direct port to plug-in to my MacBook. In fact, this is the accidental solution of the modern-day docking system. No docking hardware, just minimal connection to your computer. Plug-in-Plug-out. Apple have also priced it at a promotional price of $524, for the month of November, to promote USB-C peripherals.
LG’s richer younger cousin
There is also the 27-inch 5K LG UltraFine Display coming out in December, with a resolution spec of 5120 x 2880, with a P3 wide color gamut. At a heftier price of $1,299.95, its really expensive, but you get greater real-estate.
There is one downside I have noticed with my MacBook (and its the maximum-spec 2016 model) is that it is slightly sluggish. At a refresh rate of 60, its not ideal for my MacBook but its not un-useable, you just get a slight lag.
So, all-in-all, I’m happy with my purchase of the LG UltraFine 4K monitor at a reasonable price, the quality is great, despite the minor lag on my MacBook, the speakers are fantastic, and with the prospect of having to not have to deal with having other adaptors, its a great screen. Of course this isn’t the only USB-C monitor and LG do have others in the market.