Being an ultra-popular Youtuber has its benefits. Like being the first to get his hands on the most coveted display on the planet.

Marques Brownlee unboxes and takes a preliminary look at the new Apple-slash-LG UltraFine 5K Display, built specifically to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3 and the newest MacBook Pros.

Just a few days ago, Apple Insider took a look at the smaller 21.5” LG UltraFine 4K Display. I had planned on purchasing two of the smaller 21.5” LG UltraFine displays, as both the smaller 12” MacBook and the larger 15” MacBook Pro can drive the 4K display. I figured having one or two of those displays would allow both Jaclyn and I to expand our workspaces no matter the notebook in use.

But as Apple Insider — and, to some extent, Brownlee — have discovered, there are some limitations in these displays.

  • The 21.5” UltraFine has three USB-C ports (not Thunderbolt 3) on the back that have USB 2.0 speeds. Yes, USB 2.0. In this day and age, I think that’s inexcusable.
  • The MacBook can only drive the 4K display at 30Hz, not the full 60Hz of the higher end MacBook Pro. This will be attributable to the MacBook itself and not the display, but it’s a limitation nonetheless.
  • The 21.5” display doesn’t come with a built-in camera like the larger 27” 5K UltraFine display.

All this to say, I don’t see myself picking up a 21.5” UltraFine display. The 27” 5K display will be the one I choose, if only because it has USB-C ports that have USB 3.0 speeds. The extra screen space would be a nice side benefit.

These aren’t “desert island” displays. Not only are their ports compromised, their design leaves a bit to be desired. At the very least, I wish Apple would have insisted on designing the outward appearance of these displays.