LG 27UD88 Review: A Well-Rounded Ultra HD Display With USB-C

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A few weeks ago, we took a look at LG's new 27-inch UltraFine 5K display designed in partnership with Apple to pair with the new MacBook Pro. While it's a high-quality screen that offers a sharp, spacious, Retina desktop, the overall design has generated mixed reactions, particularly in comparison to Apple's design standards.

    At a standard price of $1299 and even Apple's discounted price of $974, the UltraFine 5K isn't a cheap display. Its smaller sibling, the 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K, at its temporary price of $524 might be more appealing to users who are willing to give up some pixels and a few features, but there are several other Ultra HD and 4K options on the market, some of which we rounded up in mid-November.

    Among these other options, one of the most popular Ultra HD (3840x2160) displays with USB-C connectivity has been LG's 27-inch 27UD88, which offers a clean design, a matte screen finish to reduce glare, and a broader array of connectivity options than the UltraFine lineup. The 27UD88's IPS display supports 99% coverage of the sRGB spectrum, 5 ms response time, and a 60 Hz refresh rate.


    As with the UltraFine displays, one of the major advantages of USB-C connectivity on the 27UD88 is the ability to transfer data, video, and even power over a single cable, and the 27UD88 offers up to 60 watts of power over USB-C to power a notebook computer.

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  2. Carlson-online macrumors member

    May 27, 2004
  3. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    It's almost like putting a button labelled "Do not push".
  4. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
  5. 69Mustang, Jan 20, 2017
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    69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Purely there to tempt the overly curious to void their warranty by... trying to use.:)

    Decent looking monitor. LG does have some nice ones. Looks better than the 5K one imo.

    {can't... re-sist... t- t- t- touching... the DO NOT USE... gaaaaagh}
  6. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I have this display and it is great for the 13" 2016 rMBP. Originally bought it with my 12" rMB. With the 13" it is a ton better, as the 13" supports display scaling and 4k@60hz. On the MacBook I could only get 4k@30hz and no scaled modes. At 1440 scaled res this thing is perfect (The original pixel doubled 2k was pretty lame at 27".)

    My only complaint is that the USB ports are only 2.0 speed when using USB-C for display output (They are 3.0 if it is just in hub mode, I believe.)
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    It's for service use. Presumably diagnostics and updating firmware if ever needed.
  8. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Seems like a good choice and something that I would get in the future. I don't get the stupidity of large monitors that don't provide additional connectivity options. Also, the ability to use a portrait orientation would be handy for working on documents
  9. turbineseaplane, Jan 20, 2017
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    turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Pretty disappointing that the lower priced LG's like this one has a USB hub with some normal ports and additional inputs built in and the much more expensive 5k one doesn't. :-(
  10. Raineer macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    I have this monitor (just missed it at Christmas and it took another month for the world's supply to come back into stock).

    I do really like it. I have a 2016 15" and it drives it fine, and it charges it fine as well - but I am not doing video work or long compiles that threaten maxing out at 85W.

    This is the first time I have used an external monitor with any MBP. I am surprised at how poor a lot of the graphics come across on the external, especially on the web. I understand that it's up to websites to display assets which are of a certain resolution - however that doesn't seem like it should be the case with menus inside OS X.

    Is it common to see stair-stepping inside the text within OS X as well? (sorry, macOS, just caught myself).

    Maybe I had my expectations set too high. The problem gets worse as I scale to higher resolutions (tinier text), but even at the largest text setting (emulating 1080p) it is way too blocky.
  11. buntonn macrumors newbie


    Oct 3, 2016
    Essex, UK
    I ordered this last night from Overclockers UK and its arriving with me tomorrow, I was weighing up between this and the 5K model, but for my needs I was unable to justify the additional £384! I am sure this will be just perfect for me and if I decide to get a second, the saving has almost paid for that.
  12. mikecorp Suspended


    Mar 20, 2008
  13. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    If you remove this cap all the pixels will drain.:p

    This Display looks is so much better than the other higher priced ones, can't believe they made them so fugly.
  14. Jago macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2013
    Since Sierra, several users have claimed to have gotten 2016 Macbooks to do 4k/60hz without a patch (including a system that was never previously patched). Can anyone else confirm/deny?
  15. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    I have the same monitor minus the USB hub stuff and it's gorgeous in person to be honest..
  16. fortuneteller33 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2012
    One major downside in design to this monitor vs LG's UltraFine displays is the extra power brick. I'll pass.

    As someone who really dogged the design of the UltraFine displays when they were first announced at the Mac Event; after seeing them in person at the Apple Store I was actually quite impressed. While they don't look very apple-esque, they really are beautiful displays with a build quality unmatched by most others in that range. You can definitely tell Apple "worked with" LG on them.
  17. turbineseaplane, Jan 20, 2017
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    turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    eh... I guess..

    The brick for this monitor is teeny (by power brick standards)

    On another note, I also prefer that these 27" models do *not* have the webcam stuff.. (or that hideous "chin" or "brow" - not sure what to call the top bezel)
  18. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    I know, they want to be conservative but unless you actually need to charge your MBP fairly fast, this display will power your 15" MBP just fine. The 85-W charger is there to cover the power needs at maximum demand (and allow fast-ish charging). If some people get a 3-hour battery life with their 15" 2016 MBP that means if your usual usage gets you 6 hours, you on average only draw half what the power adaptor provides, aka 42.5 W (or even less, my guess is that if you peg both CPU and GPU at 100% utilisation, you don't even get 3 hours and thus usage corresponding to 6 hours battery life might only consume about 30 W).

    Meaning, a 60-W power supply has no problems keeping your MBP charged (even if during short burst of really stressing the machine, the battery level might drop a bit). Just that charging will take longer (instead of 85 minus 42.5 W, aka 42.5 W being available for charging, you might only have 60 minus 42.5 W, aka 17.5 W available for charging).
  19. lifeisepic macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2013
    Ordered mine today also from Overclockers UK. Mine arrived on Monday with the free DPD delivery.

    It does seem like great monitor. I am slightly worried that 1440p scaled won't look good but I've been reading a lot that it's still decent. I wouldn't mind your thoughts on this, especially once you receive it.

    I'll be connecting it to my 2015 15" rMBP using the display port. Also the USB A to USB C cable to use the hub.
  20. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    I'm using 1440p scaled on the model that's the same but has no USB hub ($500 USD model from Best Buy)

    I think it looks absolutely fantastic!
  21. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    That will be the case on any 4k@60Hz display with USB-C (as opposed to Thunderbolt 3). At that resolution, all 4 high-speed lanes in the cable are needed for display just leaving the "legacy" USB 2 wires for USB use.
  22. Raineer macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    In person this monitor enclosure looks great. Have no issues with it.
  23. rdav macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    Does no one care that the consumer Warrantee on the 27UD88 is limited to 1 year? How is it that Dell can offer three years on similar monitors, but LG gets away with just one? All those great specs aren't much use if the thing dies in month 13. To me it demonstrates a lack of confidence by the manufacturer, which is off-putting. Likewise with the price; what's the true cost of ownership if replacements are required that much more frequently?
  24. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    And your comment about Apple's 90 day warranty? That must mean that Apple has absolutely no confidence in its products.
  25. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    That's telephone support

    His point is valid about a poor warranty from LG in comparison to their competition in the same space on similar products (other monitors).

    My LG 31MU97-B just died at the 2.5 year mark and they want $300+ to fix it. Had it been a 3 year warranty (as in his Dell example) it would have been covered.

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