LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays are the new Apple monitors


— 11:00 AM on October 28, 2016

In case you weren't aware, Apple tends to release new monitors to go along with new devices. The refreshed MacBook Pro announcement yesterday didn't include any monitors with Apple's name on them, though. The honors were given to a pair of LG displays called "UltraFine," which the company says were designed specifically for the new MacBooks. The UltraFine displays are available in 21.5" size with DCI 4K resolution and as a 27" variant with 5K resolution.

The 21.5" model uses a 4096x2304 IPS panel that Apple says supports "millions" of colors, which seems to imply it's a 8-bit unit. Meanwhile, the 27" model 5120x2880 panel supports "billions" of colors, indicating what's likely a 10-bit panel. LG says that either monitor can reproduce 99% of the DCI-P3 color space, and that maximum brightness should reach an impressive 500 cd/m². Both monitors can charge attached laptops, and include speakers and VESA mounts.

The 4K monitor differs from its larger sibling in a few other ways. The smaller monitor uses DisplayPort over a USB Type-C connector for input duties, and has three USB 2.0 Type-C ports for connecting other devices. In contrast, the 5K display requires a Thunderbolt connection, no doubt thanks to its higher resolution. Its triad of onboard USB Type-C ports are of the USB 3.0 variety. The larger display also includes a built-in camera.

The UltraFine displays are only available from Apple for now, and the sultans of style want $700 for the 21.5" 4K model. Apple's site says that current orders for that monitor should be shipping in five to six weeks. Meanwhile, the 27" UltraFine 5K monitor isn't yet available for purchase, but will go for $1300 and arrive early December.

 
   
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