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Macs for Video Editing, our favorites for Overall, Portability & Budget

Top 3 Best Macs for Video Editing. Macs have always been favored by professional video editors for their reliability and performance in video editing. These days, you can choose from a number of different Mac computers. iMacs and MacBook Pros, all of which have something unique to offer to anyone interested in video editing. But how do you know which one is the best for you? To help you make a good purchase decision, we have picked three categories and selected one best Mac for each.

Best Overall: iMac Pro (Upcoming)

In June 2017, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, the company announced its most ambitious professional Mac computer to date. Called iMac Pro, this beastly computer is not only the most powerful Mac ever created, but it’s also the first entry in a brand-new tier of ultra-high-performance machines designed for the virtual reality era.



The iMac Pro will arrive this December, and we already know what it will offer. Whereas previous iMacs had up to 8 cores, the new iMac Pro will have 18 cores—yes, that’s not a typo. With Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.5 GHz, a Radeon Pro Vega graphics card, and up to 128 GB of RAM (again, not a typo), this stunningly powerful Mac computer makes no compromises, especially for video editing.

iMac Pro for video editing?

If you spend a lot of time editing 4K video footage and long for a computer that would allow you to accomplish more in less time, look no further—the iMac Pro is the video editing machine you need. Yes, the prices will be high, but we can guarantee that you won’t feel the need to upgrade for many years. In fact, you might even like the price of the iMac Pro as it has a built-in 5K display with support for the DCI-P3 color space and up to 500 nits of brightness. A display like this is usually expensive, but it never comes with 18 cores and a chassis so beautiful that only Apple could have designed it.

Best for On-The-Go: MacBook Pro 15-Inch with Touch Bar

There’s a lot to like about the current MacBook Pro range, but the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is definitely the most appealing for video editing. No, it doesn’t offer the same portability as the 13-inch model, but it offers something even more important—processing power and plenty of screen real estate.



The 15.4-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology has 2880 x 1800 native resolution and support for the DCI-P3 color space.  The American film industry even commonly uses RGB color space for their digital movie projection. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor clocked at either 2.8 GHz or 2.9 GHz.

Most powerful MacBook for Video Editing

We recommend you choose the more powerful model because it also comes with a 512 GB SSD (as opposed to only 256 GB), 16 GB of RAM, with graphics card being the Radeon Pro 560,  and GDDR5 memory 4GB. With automatic graphics switching to the less battery-hungry Intel HD Graphics 630 integrated graphics card.

Best Value: Early 2013 MacBook Pro 15-Inch

If you’re on a budget, the early 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro offers an unprecedented value, regardless of whether you buy it refurbished or used. The most powerful version of this laptop (which is the one that you should get considering the laptop’s age) has an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.7 GHz, 16 GB of 1600MHz DDR3L memory, 512 GB of flash storage space, and the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics card.

The vivid 15.4-inch Retina display with 2880 x 1800 resolution makes video editing enjoyable even without a larger monitor to connect the laptop to, and the large battery offers up to 7 hours of work time on a charge.

Best Mac Video Editing Early MacBook Pro 15 Inch

Best 4k monitor for MacBook Pro

Finally 4k technology is affordable and with that you can enjoy the full high quality output of your MacBook Pro on large external desktop monitors. However, with all the options out there it can be overwhelming. So we put a list together of some of the best 4k Monitors you can buy for your MacBook Pro.

Until Apple comes out with a series of Apple 4k display monitors that rivals their Thunderbolt Display, you’ll have to use brands normally reserved for PC applications. This has become common place now though as more and more Apple enthusiasts are being introduced to these alternative brands by the introduction, for example, of Ultra HD televisions.

If you are wondering what Apple products support 4k, currently they are:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013) and later
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) and later
  • Mac mini (Late 2014)
  • MacBook Air (Early 2015)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later

Lets get to it and take a look at some of the top 4k Apple display alternatives for your MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro!

Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor P2715Q 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

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Specs:

  • With 99% sRGB color coverage and a factory color calibration
  • Maximize your viewing options by adjusting the monitor to your desired height, or easily tilt or swivel to your preferred angle
  • Pivot from landscape to portrait view to easily see full pages at a glance
  • Feel free to mount the panel head to the Dell Single Monitor Arm or the wall for even more flexible viewing options

The Dell P2715Q Ultra HD 4k Monitor is most likely the first choice in 4k monitor options. Many people have had Dell monitors in the past and their positive experiences drive them to this brand time and time again. In fact most opt to purchase two of these monitors and daisy chain them. With an Ulltra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and over 8 million pixels this monitor is great for digital artwork, movies and business applications. This monitor is a little more expensive than most at ($519 USD), but the added port options and swivel support are worth it. Theres even a 5k monitor but at ($1,700 USD), we don’t recommend the upgrade at this time.

LG Electronics 4K UHD Monitor 27UD68-P 27″ Screen LED-lit Monitor

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Specs:

  • 4K UHD Resolution (3840 x 2160) IPS Display
  • sRGB over 99%
  • On-Screen Control with Screen Split
  • FreeSync
  • Pivot stand and functionality: Yes

If you are looking for a 4k Monitor to impress go with this LG 27UD68-P. Advertised as a gaming monitor due to it’s impressive refresh rate and clarity this monitor can do anything you need. Stunning Ultra HD resolution and advanced gaming features will give you hours of entertainment. Your MacBook Pro graphics will look great on this 4k monitor. One downside is that even though it comes with an HDMI cable its not the best quality cable and you may find yourself buying another one, but who can complain most brand don’t include the cable. Finally a high quality monitor at a decent price ($545 USD).

ASUS PB287Q 4k UHD 28-Inch LED Monitor

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Specs:

  • See every detail in 28-inch true 4K display with 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution, 157 pixels per inch, and real 10-bit color
  • ASUS Eye care technology with Flicker free for less Eye fatigue; Ergonomically-designed stand with Tilt,Swivel,Pivot,Height adjustment plus wall-mount capability for comfortable viewing position
  • Get the fastest 4K experience possible with 1ms GTG response time and 60Hz refresh rate
  • Connect to everything you own with HDMI, HDMI/MHL, and DisplayPort
  • Featuring ASUS-exclusive SplendidPlus, VividPixel, GamePlus, QuickFit technologies. ASUS Rapid Replacement: 3 Years Warranty, 2 way free shipping

The ASUS PB287Q 4k monitor is one a great choice for those who know the quality ASUS puts into their products. Designers looking for color quality will be impressed with the 1.07 Billion colors this monitor can produce, not to mention its 100M to 1 contrast ratio. Works great via HDMI and your MacBook Pro. Also available with a single arm mount, which we highly recommend for greater flexibility in positioning. Priced well at around ($450 USD) the additional mount will put you back another $100.

Bottom Line

There are many 4k Monitor options out there for your MacBook we recommend staying with the major brands: LG, Samsung, ASUS and Dell are some of the best. Currently if you are looking for a good balance of quality and performance you are going to be looking at the $400-$600 price range. The 4k monitors above all fall in that category and compliment your Apple MacBook well.

Before we forget you’ll most likely also need an HDMI cable, there are some specific 4k cables out there but needing an expensive Apple 4k cable is not necessary as we recommend the Amazon Basics High Speed HDMI. Hope this helped you pick the best 4k monitor for your needs. Let us know in the comment section which one you have or are planning on purchasing.

Incase Icon MacBook Sleeve with Tensaerlite

Incase’s ICON Sleeve with Tensaerlite for MacBook Retina is a great case and another addition to Incase’s awesome Mac lineup. The case comes in 13’’ or 15’’ models, and is most notable for two things, it doesn’t have a zipper, and it features Incase’s Tensaerlite technology. And, the two incase traditions, neoprene and faux fur, are featured in this item as well.

In the past, Incase has made good laptop cases for Mac, but they’ve always had a vulnerability to being dropped. Tensaerlite, the multilayered shock-absorbing rim that runs around the case, solves that problem. Tensaerlite is a lightweight bumper frame that feels like a tough rubberized material.

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Incase says this gives the case “maximum impact absorption”. Tensaerlite also helps aesthetically, a thin rim around the slim case. The dimensions are 16’’ x 11 x 0.5’’, so this case is very thin. This product is not designed to go with hard shell cases, only naked Macs.

If you do use your Mac without a hard shell case, the ICON Sleeve is absolutely a great and beautiful choice, helped in no small part to the second amazing feature of the case: no zipper! The zipper, prone to breaking entirely, leaving laptops to plummet earthwards, is replaced in the ICON Tensaerlite case by a strong (and computer safe) magnetic flap. The flap is slim, so the computer fits in snug and doesn’t fall out (there’s also a tough magnetic clasp bit).

This design feature is truly beautiful. And, while the sleek magnet flap is a gorgeous feature and crucial to this design, it should be noted that laptops should not be left on top of the sleeve because that suit-like flap is held together by a magnet that may trigger your Mac to spontaneously turn off. This, however, is a minor drawback to what is undeniably a beautiful and functional case.

Incase ICON 15.6″ Laptop Backpack designed for MacBook users

Incase’s 15.6’’ ICON Laptop Backpack is a great tech bag for an office or back-to-school. It’s sleek, svelte, and unassuming. The bag has simple but sophisticated design, like its dedicated pocket for both a laptop and tablet. Let’s get to a features breakdown.

Features:

  • The ICON easily accommodates all 15’’ laptops in its dedicated padded laptop compartment, lined with faux fur.
  • Full dimensions: 19’’ x 13’’ x 9’’
  • Made with heavy 840d nylon.
  • Main feature: dedicated pockets. Gear pockets, cable/pen sleeves, books pocket, battery pocket, phone pocket, laptop pocket, tablet pocket.

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This bag stands out because of the immense amount of thought and care taken in designing the compartments. This is truly the best MacBook Backpack on the market today. The material is durable, but the design is what’s key. The bag prevents disorganization by having pockets for everything you’d need, and no extraneous features that take up space. The dedicated tablet pocket is on the side of the backpack, allowing it to be accessed without taking off the bag.

The laptop pocket has a tough zipper, big square edges, faux fur, and padding on the back, for real protection. The book bag compartment is big enough to carry probably three 1’’ binders or two large textbooks. In the front pockets, the accessory pockets, there are places for everything one needs to carry, like pens, cords, external drives, notepads, etc., and in the hip pockets there’s a compartment designed specifically for an external battery. A hole in the pocket allows a cord to run from the hip pocket into the main bag, for on-the-go charging.

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The bag is also very well designed with actual human use in mind, creating the ultimate MacBook Pro Backpack. The square edges of the laptop pocket prevent damage that regular bags can’t, and retrieving a laptop from the big square pocket is far easier than fishing one out of a crowded backpack with a traditional rounded, bag-like, top. The shoulder straps are thick and soft, and most importantly contain no pokey edges. The padding on the back of the backpack is tough (to protect the laptop) but is comfortable to wear and has an easy airflow design for those sweaty days.

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Overall this bag is perfect for students and professionals who need a solid backpack for MacBooks. People in tech that don’t want a briefcase and fans of well-designed accessories everywhere need to look no further. A well-designed bag can turn a hectic commute to a workaday job into a livable peaceable world. Don’t believe me? Count the number of times you’ve seen (or lived) some insignificant frustration, like digging though a bag for headphones, a folder, a hard drive, almost push someone over that 8AM edge.

A well-designed bag just makes organization easier, and that makes mornings and work easier. No more digging in the bottom of a case or bag amidst crumbs and loose pens, and receipts, this bag can regulate. In an age where colorful backpacks with one deep sack for everything to mingle in, the Incase ICON stands out in the crowd as a sleek alternative.

 

 

 

Best Dell monitors for the Apple Mac Mini

When you finally decide to buy a Mac the sticker prices can quickly bring you back down to reality. With many of the computers costing $2,000 or more, some have resorted to buying a budget friendly Mac and pairing it with a traditional monitor. Given the current 27″ Thunderbolt Monitor from Apple is priced at $999, many can see the savings in buying good Dell monitor. To maximize the savings one could buy a Mac Mini and add a Dell monitor, this would give you the biggest bang for your buck. However all the monitors we mention in this article can be used with any Mac computer with the proper connections.

Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor P2715Q 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

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  • With 99% sRGB color coverage and a factory color calibration report, you can be sure that colors are as accurate as they can be.
  • Maximize your viewing options by adjusting the monitor to your desired height, or easily tilt or swivel to your preferred angle.
  • Pivot from landscape to portrait view to easily see full pages at a glance.

We’ll start at one of the higher end Dell monitors only because there we still be some of you who require 4K resolution. If you are not a professional or don’t need next generation graphics this is not the monitor for you. Most devices out there don’t even support 4K resolution yet but for those who wan’t to match Apple’s Retina Display monitor resolution this is for you. It is about half the cost of the Apple thunderbolt monitor giving you an average savings of around $450.

Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

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  • Refresh existing 27″ Dell Ultra Sharp monitor with new and improved features to drive productivity and dual or multi-monitor usage
  • A 27″ QHD resolution 16:9 aspect ratio monitor with an ultra-thin bezel.
  • Fully adjustable features like tilt, swivel, height adjust including pivoting both 90 Degree clockwise or counter-clockwise, allowing the thinnest possible edges to be placed side by side.

If you don’t need the 4K resolution this is your next option down in price. However because it is only $50 cheaper than the 4K we recommend upgrading. Many people prefer the UltraSharp monitors because of their thin bezels.

Dell S2715H 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

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  • Get sharp, vivid, cinematic-quality pictures with Full HD resolution and colors that are rich, consistent, and accurate across an ultra-wide viewing angle.
  • Offering easy connectivity with handheld devices and viewing comfort with choice of VESA mounting options and tilt capability.
  • Display content and stream audio directly from your smartphone/tablet to your monitor and charge it at the same time when you connect your device via HDMI (MHL) to your monitor.
  • Vesa mount capability offers you the choice to wall mount or attach the monitor panel to the optional Dell Single Monitor Arm Stand for a clutter-free desk top.
  • Made of environmentally preferable materials, the Dell 27 Monitor is made from more than 25% post consumer recycled materials in its chassis, has BFR/PVC-free laminates in its circuit boards, an arsenic-free glass and a mercury- free LED panel.

Your third option would be the S2715H monitor from Dell, which has a lower resolution of 1920 x 1080. This is slightly lower than the UltraSharp monitors but still gives you HD quality. The biggest benefit of this monitor is the savings. With and average price of around $300 this in combination with a Mac Mini could keep your total budget under $1,000.

Dell S2240M 21.5-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor

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  • Contemporary styling: Feel like you’re there with an elegant, virtually borderless 21.5″ display featuring an almost-invisible bezel.
  • Superb performance: Images come alive with color-boosting Image Enhance, ultrawide viewing and Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 max.) in a 16:9 widescreen format.
  • Versatile connections: Easily connect to your laptop or desktop with VGA and DVI-D (HDCP) connectivity.

Although not highly recommended you could buy a 21″ monitor from Dell. If you’ve worked on smaller monitors and are ok with the size this is a great budget item in the range of $100-$150. Even thought is had HD resolution you will have to purchase an adapter or correct cable to get your Mac Mini to work with this monitor. You’ll need either an HDMI to DVI or Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter. Still a complete solution for the lowest budget.

Ok great… What else do I need?

The Mac Mini comes with the computer and power cord, thats it. So you will need a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor with the proper cables or adapters. For the 27″ monitors above you will need either a Mini DisplayPort cable or HDMI cable. We recommend the Mini DisplayPort cable because it supports higher resolutions, but in general the HDMI is just as good. For the 21″ monitor we recommend an HDMI to DVI cable, you can get an adapter but its just as easy having everything in a single cable. If you are planning on using your TV as a monitor you will want to purchase an HDMI to HDMI cable. If you are not looking for a budget monitor you can check out our review of the high end options, in our opinion some of the best monitors for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.