LG UltraFine 5K Display Named 'Best Photo Monitor' in 2017 TIPA Awards

LG's UltraFine 5K Display has received a 2017 TIPA Award as the "best photo monitor," the company announced today.


TIPA on its website said the display "brings professional photos and videos to life" with 5K resolution, while it also praised the display's single-cable Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and DCI-P3 wide color support. TIPA said the display reflects a "good demonstration of LG's expertise" with an "eye to the future."

TIPA, short for the Technical Image Press Association, is made up of a group of editors from 27 photography and imaging magazines worldwide. Editors from the magazines met in Havana, Cuba earlier this month to vote on the best imaging products of 2017, and the UltraFine 5K was the only display to win an award.

The award is somewhat humorous given that LG's UltraFine 5K Display suffered from a shielding-related manufacturing defect that caused the display to glitch or turn off when in close proximity to a Wi-Fi router or, in some cases, even a MacBook Pro. LG has since fixed the issue and replaced affected displays.

Tag: LG


Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
1 week ago

Damn that thing is ugly

Actually it's not.

In RL it looks perfectly fine. It does look horrible on pictures though.
Rating: 8 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago

How can this be the best monitor ? It has resolution you can't see. This is just a symptom of the spec war and the "how to con the fan-boys with figures" scam.

Why not read the article and find out? It's from a professional photographers organization, people whose job it is to examine these things in depth.

This monitor isn't aimed at fanboys. It's aimed at people who make a living with photography and digital imaging.
Rating: 6 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago

There's also the ghosting/image retention issue, the kernel panics, etc. This display is a giant mess. If I were to buy a 5K display at this point I'd get the HP Z27Q.


No ghosting/retention on either of mine. Kernel panics no longer a problem either. Best display available for the 2016 MBP and only requires a single cable to connect compared to the 2 cables required to connect a Z27Q.
[doublepost=1492616049][/doublepost]

It has resolution you can't see.


Open your eyes! And maybe read up on retina displays.
[doublepost=1492616254][/doublepost]

Clever photography trick there—they tilted it up slightly to make the bottom and top bezels to appear similar in thickness. Good optical illusion. I'd be interested to know for what technical reason they made that poor design choice.


Damn, I keep forgetting about the two asymmetric bezels that sit in front of me all day every day. Maybe it's because you just don't see them in use because they are dark and fade away next to the gorgeous display! The reason behind the design is because they need the space for a camera which is the same reason the bezel is asymmetric on the MBP itself.
Rating: 6 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago
Unpopular opinion but: I LIKE MY LG 5K!
Rating: 6 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago

This is not right. It's total incompetence on the part of the TIPA (and Apple). This monitor is totally useless for doing any real photo work. (I am a pro myself.) Resolution isn't the issue, not in viewing, scanning, printing, whatever. The issue is the ability of a device to display a reasonable number of shades of whatever color is being reproduced. The color space of these monitors are DCI-P3, which is a standard for movie houses. It's just a little better than sRGB, which is crap. The standard is Adobe RGB 1998, and there are other larger spaces as well. There are many pro-level monitors that can do 98-100% of this color space, from Eizo to NEC and many others. These LG monitors are not pro-level. They are useless for any serious work. The TIPA should know better, and Apple should stop imaging that I want to watch movies on my Mac all day long. I actually have work to do.


DCI-P3 is just as wide as, if not wider than, Adobe RGB 1998. The only difference is that Adobe expands the green area and DCI expands the red area. Neither are better or worse, they are just different.


In fact, according to this article, DCI-P3 has a slightly higher coverage of Pointer's gamut ( 86.9% vs 86.2% ) compared to Adobe RGB (1998)
http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/pointers_gamut.htm
Rating: 5 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago
I own one and the monitor is the best I've ever used. The picture quality is incredible. I dock my MBP in a Twelve South Book Arc and plug in 1 cable for the ultimate cleanest desk setup.

That stand looks quite high. No need for a desk!


It's actually pretty nice. The height of the stand is just tall enough to clear a 15" MBP. You can run your MBP right underneath the monitor with the laptop open.
Rating: 5 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago

How can this be the best monitor ? It has resolution you can't see. This is just a symptom of the spec war and the "how to con the fan-boys with figures" scam.


What? You can definitely tell the difference in sharpness between the LG 5K and a non retina monitor.
Rating: 5 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago

Unpopular opinion but: I LIKE MY LG 5K!


I don't think that's unpopular at all, it's actually a very nice monitor. Even though it's not the most aesthetically pleasing in terms build, the display is beautiful.
Rating: 4 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago

Yeah, you do keep forgetting. Have you ever looked at a MBP? The bezels are symmetrical top and bottom.

Yes I sit in front of one for 8 hours a day and no, the bezels are not symmetrical, they are in fact very similarly proportioned to the LG 5K.

The iMac has symmetrical bezels but an extra chin—and the design looks balanced.

I sit in front of one of those too and IMO the design now looks dated and heavy compared to the 2016 MBP + LG 5K combo.

Apple announced that they're working on new displays alongside new Mac Pros so they obviously regret this choice.

This is pure speculation so no point arguing. When Apple actually do release the new first party display we might see more clues as to their motivation and I suspect it won't look much like the iMac or recently discontinued Apple display.


Furthermore, if you want to talk about dark rooms then you should know that it's not good for your vision to sit in a completely dark room. Most of the designers I know, including myself, face their displays away from the light source in the room and have everything be backlit.

Thanks for the tips, got that covered. Window to the right of where I sit with horizontal blinds when needed and I have Philips Hue lights backlighting the displays. Poor quality photo below to illustrate. Sorry about the quality but I just shoved my chair back and took the snap without really thinking about the wide dynamic range.



Look at the chin on that iMac! :p

Rating: 4 Votes
Avatar
1 week ago
That stand looks quite high. No need for a desk!
Rating: 3 Votes
[ Read All Comments ]