Wednesday, February 1, 2017

LG UltraFine 5K doesn't work near WiFi routers

LG's UltraFine 5K monitors are Apple's recommended Thunderbolt 3 monitors for their MacBook Pro... but be aware you might not be able to use this ultra-high resolution screen if you have a WiFI router nearby.

Some users of these high-end displays have found out, in the worst possible way, that the problems that plague their monitors, with frequent connection problems, are related to the proximity of a WiFi router.

The case seems to be well known to Apple and LG, with the manufacturer simply stating that it's recommended to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between a WiFi router and the monitor. Something that won't be hard to find (I myself have two WiFi routers right next to 2 monitors).

Although we have referred to the enormous technical challenges associated with the huge amount of data required for ultra high resolution screens (to the point where we're about to start using compression in order to transfer such contents between a graphic card and screen), this is the kind of issue that would deserve a very clear and visible warning on the product page, so potential buyers are aware and can make an informed decision.

Or else, people might begin to suspect that big price drop on these monitor might have had something to do with this...

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