If you’ve ever edited a video, you know the pain. Luckily, whether you’re shooting a 4K promo video or editing one, things have gotten a whole lot easier these days. But if you regularly edit 4K or even 8K footage, you need a desktop computer. Here we bring you a selection of the best desktop computers you can buy today.
The Mac Studio looks a lot less serious than Apple’s old Pro desktops, but this little brick of aluminum is a content creation behemoth – there’s no doubt it’s one of the best powerful desktop computers. Even the base model has 32 GB of unified RAM – real fuel for video monitors. Professionals might immediately gravitate towards the twice as expensive option, which has an even faster M1 Ultra processor, but creatives just starting out will be more than happy with the “cheap” option.
Apple has taken a 180 degree turn from some of its bad habits. The Mac Studio has two USB-C connectors and an SD card slot on the front – handy for connecting a camera to quickly transfer your latest footage.
On the back are four Thunderbolt 4 ports and an HDMI port. You can connect up to five monitors (!), and the headphone output is more powerful than most. You will be glad if you decide to acquire real studio boxes to perfect your mixes.
But the big chunk of Mac Studio is video. Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and (of course) Apple’s Final Cut Pro are all optimized for M1 processors, allowing for better performance than a high-end PC with a 12th Gen Intel processor . You can cycle through super high-quality 4K clips in video projects as if nothing had happened. For having tried it on less powerful PCs, it is really not nothing.
We have one issue with the Mac Studio, aside from the price: it’s not as quiet as Apple’s MacBooks. It is still much quieter than the equivalent Windows PC.
Apple Mac Mini
The Mini is smaller, cheaper, and overall less flashy than the Mac Studio. It still has enough CPU power to excel at video editing, and the starting price is mightily attractive…but you’ll want to upgrade to 16GB of RAM and at least 512GB of storage, which will bring the cost to $1,099. £. The Apple upgrade tax strikes again.
Lenovo Yoga AIO 7
If you’re short on space, the Yoga AIO 7 should fit your setup. Lenovo has packed the internals of a very powerful laptop into a slim brick that sits behind this PC’s large 27-inch screen. The screen itself is 4K, and can reproduce super rich colors. You can also rotate the screen 90° to shoot videos in portrait mode.
HP Envy 34
Most all-in-one PCs are just deconstructed laptops with a screen added on, but that’s not the case with this HP. It features a full Intel desktop processor paired with a super bright 34-inch 5K display. It features a desktop PC with a full Intel processor paired with a super bright 34-inch 5K display. For gamers, the Nvidia RTX 3060 is a little weak, but it’s the most powerful Windows AiO PC.
The 24-inch iMac is just over a year old, but it’s still the ultimate all-in-one PC for content creators. That’s especially true if you want to shoot videos in the same room, as the iMac is cuter than most people’s babies and comes in seven colors. Of course, it’s also very powerful, making it one of the best desktop computers of its kind.
Now add these…
Samsung Odyssey Ark
Stock up on style with a beautifully shaped 55″ monitor you probably don’t have room for. It’s still amazing.
These smart light panels can adapt to the colors of a screen or TV, which is a plus if you want your PC space to be part of your “decor”.
Steelseries Arena 7
This 2.1 speaker system features RGB lights that react to gaming, as well as Bluetooth technology for phone streaming.