LG, Dell and Lenovo debut new USB-C monitors compatible with Apple's latest MacBooks

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in General Discussion edited January 2017
A trio of monitor makers have announced new USB-C-based displays coming later this year, with LG, Dell, and Lenovo throwing their weight behind the new all-in-one connector found on Apple's 12-inch MacBook and new MacBook Pros.

Dell S2718d
Dell S2718d


At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, Dell announced its 27-inch Ultrathin S2718D display, which the company is touting as the "world's overall thinnest monitor."

While it's not as powerful as LG's UltraFine 5K, and it's not even 4K, the Dell Ultrathin offers Quad HD with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels. The display covers 99 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and it is equipped with Dell's InfinityEdge technology, so the bezel design on the display is almost absent.

The monitor can connect to Apple's new MacBook Pro as well as the 12-inch MacBook via a single cable. It also offers power delivery - but users only get 45W of it - so you won't be able to charge the new 13- and 13-inch MacBook Pros from the display itself. Other connections on the S2718D include one HDMI 2.0 port and an audio line out.

It should be available March 23 for $700 in the U.S.

LG 32UD99
LG 32UD99


LG also announced the 32UD99, a 32-inch IPS display with a 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. The display supports the HDR10 standard and covers more than 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. LG says it offers a "True Color Pro" setting for "color reproduction accuracy unmatched in the industry."

It also can connect to Apple's latest MacBook Pros, as well as the 12-inch MacBook, via USB-C.

The monitor's built-in speakers will feature LG's "Rich Bass technology" and the design will utilize the "slim ArcLine stand."

Pricing and availability have not yet been revealed.

Lenovo ThinkVision P27h
Lenovo ThinkVision P27h


Finally, Lenovo also revealed two new USB-C based options: The 27-inch ThinkVision P27h and the 23.8-inch P24h. Both monitors are QHD, IPS panels with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and offer nearly 100 percent of the sRG color gamut. The monitors will also have 6ms response time.

Design wise, Lenovo's displays are also almost bezel-less.

HDMI and DisplayPort will be available inputs along with USB-C -- with a total of four full-sized USB ports. Thanks to 10Gbps bandwidth found in USB 3.1 users can also utilize the DisplayPort out to a second display.

Both displays are expected to arrive in March, with the P27h display costing $329, and the P24h at $259.

See AppleInsider's ongoing coverage of CES 2017 for more Apple-connected devices announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,594member

    The monitor can connect to Apple's new MacBook Pro as well as the 12-inch MacBook via a single cable. It also offers power delivery - but users only get 45W of it - so you won't be able to charge the new 13- and 13-inch MacBook Pros from the display itself. Other connections on the S2718D include one HDMI 2.0 port and an audio line out. 
    A deal breaker if there ever was one. It kind of defeats the USB-c concept and the one cable usability. [shakes head]
    schlackpulseimages
  • Reply 2 of 12
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,789member
    The Dell display isn't even 4K...why release new displays the way they did and have it not be 4K. Its like they knew it wasn't going to be but tried to make it similar for whatever reason. Its a shame too because Dell typically makes pretty good displays. 
    edited January 2017 pulseimages
  • Reply 3 of 12
    netroxnetrox Posts: 716member
    Wow, no thunderbolt 3 support?!?! 
    pulseimages
  • Reply 4 of 12
    thedbathedba Posts: 473member
    netrox said:
    Wow, no thunderbolt 3 support?!?! 
    Yep, that's exactly what I thought. 
    We already have PC manufacturers skimping on great technology because it will add an extra $100-$200 to their hardware on licensing costs.
      
    pulseimages
  • Reply 5 of 12
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,229member
    paxman said:

    The monitor can connect to Apple's new MacBook Pro as well as the 12-inch MacBook via a single cable. It also offers power delivery - but users only get 45W of it - so you won't be able to charge the new 13- and 13-inch MacBook Pros from the display itself. Other connections on the S2718D include one HDMI 2.0 port and an audio line out. 
    A deal breaker if there ever was one. It kind of defeats the USB-c concept and the one cable usability. [shakes head]
    that's where DisplayPort to USB-C which supports 100W is the way to go.
    schlackpulseimages
  • Reply 6 of 12
    neilmneilm Posts: 587member
    The monitor can connect to Apple's new MacBook Pro as well as the 12-inch MacBook via a single cable. It also offers power delivery - but users only get 45W of it - so you won't be able to charge the new 13- and 13-inch MacBook Pros from the display itself.
    Uh, no.

    You certainly can charge a new 13" MBP with a 45W supply — you're just limited to about three-quarters of the rate of its native 61W charger. In fact you can both charge and use it at the same time on 45W, but again, it'll take longer. 

    Do the math. The 2016 isn't capable of using 45W just to operate. If it could the battery life would only be a bit over an hour on the 49.2W-h internal battery (Touch Bar model). So imagine that the most intensive real world usage resulted in, say, just 3 hours battery life. That would mean an average power consumption of 16.4W. That would leave 28.6W for charging from a 45W supply, which would bring an empty battery up to 100% charge in well under 2 hours.
    brucemc
  • Reply 7 of 12
    Wait, let me get this right…

    The Apple-anointed LG UltraFine successors to the venerable Cinema and Thunderbolt line of displays are MORE capable than any of the me-too USB-C displays that are being trotted out at CES?

    Shocking.

    Or not.
    edited January 2017
  • Reply 8 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,556member
    polymnia said:
    Wait, let me get this right…

    The Apple-anointed LG UltraFine successors to the venerable Cinema and Thunderbolt line of displays are MORE capable than any of the me-too USB-C displays that are being trotted out at CES?

    Shocking.

    Or not.
    Yes, but many of the so-called "professionals" around here will buy them because they look better. 
    brucemc
  • Reply 9 of 12
    Rayz2016 said:
    polymnia said:
    Wait, let me get this right…

    The Apple-anointed LG UltraFine successors to the venerable Cinema and Thunderbolt line of displays are MORE capable than any of the me-too USB-C displays that are being trotted out at CES?

    Shocking.

    Or not.
    Yes, but many of the so-called "professionals" around here will buy them because they look better. 
    It could be taste but I do not find any of the listed displays particularly flattering for my mac hardware.
    Especially the Lenovo ruins it with the ThinkVision logo in the left corner, it gives the product a really cheap appearance.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    wozwozwozwoz Posts: 217member
    If Dell can make a monitor, how come Apple can't? 
  • Reply 11 of 12
    polymniapolymnia Posts: 902member
    wozwoz said:
    If Dell can make a monitor, how come Apple can't? 
    Hershey can make a chocolate bar, how come Apple can't?

    You are asking the wrong question, I think.

    You mean: Dell makes a monitor, WHY DOESN'T Apple?

    That's a much more interesting question.

    Apple is clearly in a house-cleaning phase right now. Similar to the late 90's when Steve came back.

    Apple certainly could keep making monitors, WiFi routers (or laser printers, eMates and PowerShot cameras if you go back to the last purge), but they seem to be consciously narrowing focus. It seems like a good strategy to me. Apple only wants to play in a market if they have a shot at being the design leader. For a time all the products listed above were categories Apple led.

    So my answer to your question is that Apple is choosing to narrow focus and monitors are part of the required collateral damage.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    Really bummed out that the LG one doesn't provide enough juice to power my 2016 MBP. I really don't care for the LG Ultrafine one sold at the Apple Store. Also, that one doesn't include at least one or 2 USB ports which is crazy. Apple not keeping the monitor line going is beyond me. I just don't get it. That iconic Apple log on the back of the monitors on most movies ... all that great advertising for them... gone. Just crazy. Looking fragmented.
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