If you're a beginner video editor and are looking to buy your first computer, the question of what type of Mac is best for video editing is often one that arises. All options have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to understand the differences before deciding. In this blog post, I will explore these three computers in detail and advise which option might be best for you. Since I used them all, I will give you my practical tips as well. Read on!
The Mac Mini is a computer that all the professionals come back to. It is very powerful and reliable, with the least problems of any other Apple computer. The cost is low, making it one of the best deals in town when you look at what you have to pay for the power (memory, processor, GPU). The lack of a screen is not really an issue when you consider that the price is so low. Worth to mention, that this type of Mac also has a lot of various ports (unlike a Macbook, for example), so you will rarely encounter problems if you need to connect various additional devices.
MacBook Pro & MacBook Air
Both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air have an excellent build quality. They are made from aluminum, which is very attractive and has a premium feel to it. In addition, both have decent battery life, a great screen (although the MacBook Pro's retina display is crisper), and are extremely light! The MacBook is an excellent choice if you're constantly on the move and use your laptop for work. The downside to both options, though, is that they are more expensive than the Mac Mini. You can get a Mac Mini + monitor together for around the same price as one of these laptops on its own! Also, as I already mentioned Macbook has only a few ports, and you will need to have an adapter with you if you want to plug multiple devices in at the same time.
An iMac is a specialized desktop computer designed specifically for design, video editing, and other similar activities. This type of Mac offers many advantages over the other options. If you want an all-in-one package, the Mac Mini or Macbook cannot compare to the iMac on performance for its price. Obviously, there are going to be some tradeoffs between price, features, size, and practicality. But for specific uses such as video editing, it could be the best choice (if you don't need to change your location frequently). The additional computing power of the iMac allows for more intricate adjusting during the editing process without slowing down or hanging up your system. In addition to this, an iMac's design will not heat your desk the way a Macbook or Mac Mini would. However, iMac does have some drawbacks when compared to a MacBook or Mac Mini. First, it is quite pricey, which for most people is a big drawback. Second, you can hardly travel with an iMac unless you have a huge travel bag for it. So if you are constantly on the move from place to place, traveling back and forth, then iMac is not your best option.
In conclusion, if money is not an issue and you don't have plans to move a lot, go with the iMac. However, if you need to save some cash and can sacrifice a few features for its price tag or like the digital nomad life, I recommend going with the Mac Mini or MacBook. If you need something in between, then the MacBook Air might be the best option for you! Just don't forget that you will not be able to upgrade the hardware in the newest Apple computers, so my advice for you is to take a computer with enough RAMM and SSD space as you will need in the next years.
I hope this article helped you learn more about choosing the best Mac computer for your video editing needs. If it did, please share it with your friends, colleagues, or family; they could find this useful as well! Thanks again for stopping by, and I see you on my next article!