- Exceptional color accuracy
- The colors are vibrant
- Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C compatibility
- Bezels that are thick
There are so many monitors out there these days with gigantic displays, impossibly thin bezels, and HDR that it’s a breath of fresh air when one comes along that merely gives a terrific resolution and flawless image quality. And that, in a nutshell, is the LG UltraFine 24MD4KL-B.
With its buttonless design and small weight, this USB-C display is virtually made for Macs and Ultrabooks. You’ll be able to charge your laptop while seeing an incredible display with only a single Thunderbolt 3 cable – and a surprisingly long Thunderbolt 3 cable is included right out of the box.
However, it’s a pricey monitor, especially given the large panel and thick bezels. The excellent image quality helps to compensate, but it’s still difficult to recommend to regular users.
the cost and the availability
If you’re interested in purchasing the LG UltraFine 24MD4KL, you can do so right now, albeit you’ll be limited to the Apple Store in the United States, where it’ll set you back $699. If you’re in the UK or Australia, though, you’ll have to wait a little longer because we couldn’t find it anyplace in those countries.
This is a lot of money for a 4K monitor, especially when you can get comparable-looking panels from LG for the same price with a bigger screen and slimmer bezels. The LG 27UD88-W, for example, has the same resolution, equal image quality, and a larger screen for $649 — and it’s even cheaper at the time of writing.
The color support will be the most significant difference between these two monitors. The LG 27UD88-W offers a sRGB color gamut of 99 percent, however the LG UltraFine 24MD4KL has a full DCI-P3 color range. As a result, this display is only for photographers and video editors that require the most color correct display available. Everyone else would be better off looking somewhere else and saving some money.
When you take the LG Ultrafine 24MD4KL out of the box, one of the first things you’ll notice is how small the bezels are, especially if you’ve been around current laptops and smartphones like we have. The bezels are 13.9mm on the sides and 15.5mm on the top and bottom, which is enormous by today’s standards.
While the bezels aren’t exactly low-profile, the rest of the device is. The LG UltraFine 24MD4KL is only 1.9 inches thick at its thickest point, and the stand is black and fades into the background. The fact that the only connections available are USB-C around the rear (two Thunderbolt 3 and three ordinary USB-C pass through) helps.
And, as for the stand, it’s flat at the bottom, so you could easily conceal it. It also allows you to adjust the monitor’s height and tilt vertically. The display, however, cannot be rotated or tilted horizontally. It’s a shame that you can’t fully alter the orientation of the display on a device that’s clearly meant for professionals’ needs.
Buttons aren’t present on this monitor, so don’t bother looking for them. Depending on whether or not it detects a signal, this monitor will turn on or off. In theory, this is a great idea, but we’re not sure why the bezels are so thick when there are no buttons. This also means that if you wish to modify the display settings, you’ll have to rely on software rather than fiddling with the image manually. Most individuals will presumably be unaffected, although power users may be irritated.
It’s difficult to say if we like the LG UltraFine 24MD4KL’s design or not. On the one hand, the button-free design is a lifesaver for usability, and we applaud a more minimalist approach to hardware design. The thick bezels, on the other hand, and the fact that we can’t swivel the display without shifting the entire stand are a headache.
This monitor has excellent picture quality that isn’t even close to being debatable. This 3,840 x 2,160 24-inch panel is incredibly pixel dense, with 183 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to 163 ppi on 27-inch displays with the same resolution. That’s a 10% increase in pixel density, which will be noticeable if you’re a designer who works with high-resolution photos all day.
This screen also has a brightness of 500 nits, which, when combined with the entire P3 broad color gamut, results in a very brilliant and colorful display. Everything is really stunning, whether you’re staring at the macOS High Sierra default backdrop or watching Altered Carbon on Netflix.
Just bear in mind that this isn’t a gaming monitor, thanks to its 60Hz reaction rate, hefty price, and lack of HDMI or DisplayPort. If you have a gaming laptop with Thunderbolt 3, you can definitely play certain games on it, but you’ll get a better experience for less money elsewhere. It doesn’t help that getting this monitor to function with Windows requires a lot of jumping through hoops, especially if you’re running a gaming PC.
It’s not as though gaming is relevant here. We keep staring at this screen, oblivious to the fact that video games exist in the first place.
Even with the sound turned down, we can’t take our eyes away from Altered Carbon on this screen. On this monitor, Photoshop is likewise a fantastic experience, with the excellent resolution and true color making any necessary alterations a breeze – though we must admit, our regular Photoshop job is very minimal.
The final word
The LG UltraFine 24MD4KL is a stunning 4K display when all is said and done. It boasts the complete P3 color gamut and is bright enough to keep you from looking away from your screen.
However, most regular users would find it difficult to recommend due to the thick bezels and hefty pricing. You can do better elsewhere if you’re just looking for a decent display to connect your Mac to. Users of Windows 10 will also have a significantly better visual experience in other areas.
If you’re a photographer or video editor searching for a budget-friendly pro-level display and don’t mind the lower screen size and thicker bezels, there’s a lot to like here.