LG Electronics (LG) introduced Wednesday a pair of new “UltraFine” IPS-type LED LCD display monitors, including a 27-inch wide-screen 5K display, model 27MD5KL, designed for creative professionals, including photographers, videographers and designers to use with the latest high-resolution Apple products.

Both monitors over wide viewing angles using In-Plane Switching LCD panel technology.

The new 27-inch UltraFine 5K 27MD5KL model ($1,299.95 retail price) offers 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution and is joined by the company’s latest 24-inch UltraFine 4K display, model 24MD4KL ($699.95), which features 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and uses a LG Nano IPS LED LCD panel. It is similarly optimized for use with new Apple devices, including new Macs and iPad Pros, LG said.

LG said the 27MD5KL was designed to enhance productivity, offering high-resolution imagery and the latest connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C ports.

The 5K monitor can be easily configured for use as a Mac workstation with video, audio and data transfer through a single cable, LG said. Power output from the Thunderbolt USB-C port is rated at 94 watts, sufficient to charge any USB-C compliant host such as a Mac or iPad.

The LG UltraFine 5K’s screen is said to produce precise detail and color, with full coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut recommendation, 500-nits of peak brightness for optimized images, and no calibration required.

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Pixel density is listed at 218 pixels per inch (PPI) translating to more than 14.7 million pixels. LG said this is enough to render lifelike images and razor-sharp text. It also allows for simultaneous viewing in multiple windows while multitasking with various tools, including the monitor’s built-in camera, microphone, and stereo speakers.

LG UltraFine 5K monitor also provides for adjustable height and tilt to enhance viewing comfort from a variety of seating positions. It is compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14.6 and iOS 12.4, enabling control of brightness and volume directly from the Touch Bar or keyboard on a MacBook Pro. The monitor’s ambient light sensor automatically adjusts screen brightness when connected to a Mac.

The 5K monitor has a 60Hz native refresh rate, 14ms grey to grey (GtG) response time, 1100:1 contrast ratio, and a pair of 5 watt stereo speakers.

The LG UltraFine 4K monitor has a 23.7-inch (viewable) screen that LG said is 10% larger than the previous version. It presents 98% DCI-P3 wide color space coverage and has 500 nits of brightness. It also features the advanced connectivity solutions, including 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports (85 watts) and three USB-C ports. The monitor can be used to daisy chain two 4K displays.

The 24MD4KL has 540nits of peak brightness, and a 1200:1 contrast ratio. It also has stereo speakers but does not include a built-in mic or camera.

“The first LG UltraFine series was well received by creative professionals for its exceptional performance and convenience,” stated Jang Ik-hwan, LG IT business division head. “Ease of use, seamless integration, and stunning screen quality make LG UltraFine monitors a great choice for Apple users.”

LG said both the LG 27MD5KL and the LG 24MD4KL monitors will be available to purchase shortly through Apple stores and at apple.com.

By Greg Tarr

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