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Apr 12, 2001

HP today launched its 27-inch ENVY display with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a built-in USB-C port for charging the new MacBook Pro, 12-inch MacBook, or most other USB-C devices at up to 60 watts over a single cable.


The IPS LED-backlit display features a clean design with a micro-edge bezel, matte black rear panel, and a thin aluminum stand. The base can be detached for VESA wall or arm mounting, but a bracket is not included.


The display has a 60Hz refresh rate and supports AMD FreeSync, designed to eliminate stuttering and tearing in games and videos by locking the refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card.

Tech specs:eek: 27-inch IPS LED display with ultra-wide 178° angle viewing
o 4K Ultra HD resolution (3,840×2,160 pixels)
o 16:9 aspect ratio with 142 PPI
o 60Hz refresh rate
o 99% sRGB color gamut
o Typical brightness of 350 cd/m2
o Built-in ports: 1 USB-C, 1 DisplayPort 1.2, 1 HDMI 2.0, 1 HDMI 1.4
o USB-C Power Delivery up to 60 watts
o AMD FreeSync
o VESA mounting
Included in the box:eek: A/C power cable
o USB-C cable
o DisplayPort cable
o HDMI cable
HP's new ENVY 27 Display is available on and at select retailers in the United States for $499 starting today. The price point is about $200 cheaper than some competing USB-C displays, such as the LG 27UD88 and Lenovo ThinkVision X1, but features and connectivity vary.

One display that may be a better buy in the near term is LG's and Apple's new UltraFine 4K display. While it has a smaller 21.5-inch screen, the UltraFine has "Cinema" 4K resolution (4,096×2,304), built-in speakers, 3 additional USB-C ports, higher 500 cd/m2 brightness, and a wider DCI-P3 color gamut.

LG's UltraFine 4K display is $524--only $25 extra--until December 31. Afterwards, its price returns to $699.95, which will make it a less attractive option compared to HP's ENVY 27 display, although still worth consideration.

Article Link: HP Launches 4K ENVY Display With USB-C for New MacBook Pro
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Jul 24, 2015
This monitor is crap:
  • Not 5K
  • No USB-C hub
  • No DCI-3P
If only LG had this design...

We're just a few short steps away from Dell's / HP's running licenced MacOS ;-)

Keep dreaming.

Not going to happen.


Sep 7, 2011
Surprised they didn't try to squeeze in some standard ports in the back. That would have made it a sure-buy for some of the members here.

I was just thinking the same. a single Display Port or HDMI as a 2nd input would be wonderful on a display like this.

I know i'm likely a fringe case, But My desktop (which I'd pair this too) also sits next to my home server. While the home server runs headless 99% of the time. There is that odd time I need to plug it in to diagnose something from the terminal. Being that it's a slightly older machine, There's no USB-C (And never will be, home servers don't need to be upgraded frequently enough, and USB-C alone isn't a compelling server upgrade)

I'm all for the move to USB-C as the standard for ... everything. But this "All or nothing" mentality is pushing it too far.

edit: Yes, I'm 100% wrong in this post. I should have finished my coffee before postign. I'm leaving it here though so you all get a good laugh at my patheticness
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macrumors 68020
Jun 13, 2016
It looks better but I hope this is proof for those somehow doubting Apples involvement in the LG monitors:
- Not Retina
- Not P3
- No software integration
- Doesn't just have USB-C ports
- Cheaper
- Not "built for Mac"
- Not exclusively sold through Apple
- Lower brightness
- Mentions support for AMD FreeSync


macrumors 68000
Aug 9, 2012
VERY nice and a killer price point. I'm tempted but I'll hold out for an affordable wide gamut display depending on whether Apple shows any commitment to Macs over the next year.
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macrumors 604
Feb 4, 2004
Florida Resident
When there is a huge selection of monitors, drives, portable USB-C batteries, and devices that use the new USB standard then I'll consider getting a newer Mac. Just not this generation MacBook Pro. I wish the MacBook Pro would have taken advantage of all that space on the side for other ports.


macrumors regular
Dec 30, 2008
Just so I'm clear - this couldn't charge a 15" mbp right?

Correct.. for some reason many are sticking with 60w .. which isn't enough to charge the 15" rMBP.. it needs to be able to pull 85w. Others have tested this with the new LG UltraFine 21", which only does 60w, and the 15" doesn't even show charging..

Sad really.. this basically makes it a dud out the door. I was really interested until I saw it wouldn't charge my 15" MBP.. Thats part of the reason to GO with something like USB-C..


macrumors 6502a
Jun 25, 2013
lol it's not 5k??? Really, you can tell the difference with all those 5k video recorders?

I wish it had a few USB devices to pass through but may not need it to be honest.


macrumors 603
Jul 29, 2002
Vancouver, BC
You know, at this rate, I won't be surprised if Apple contracts one of them to update the next Mac Pro...

I'm pretty confident that we'll see a full refresh of the Mac lineup in 2017. Just a shame that they've misfired the past few years on that. Apple used to be respected for delivering again and again. Somewhere along the way, they have lost that momentum. Despite claiming otherwise, they have become seduced by profits instead of their passion for great products.

This HP monitor looks great, but I would not be buying it on the simple principle that they claim its 4k when it's not.
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