Best Mac for iMovie Video Editing 2015

I get a lot of questions on my YouTube Channel about which Apple Macintosh computer is the best for those that want to become a YouTuber and use iMovie to edit their videos. I decided to give two recommendations when answering this question. The first will be for a portable and the second will be for a desktop.

Before giving the answer to your question I would like to qualify my answers:

  1. I will try to keep the choices to the lowest price models that I would actually buy.
  2. The Mac will give you the best bang-for-buck with editing video using iMovie (and Final Cut Pro X for that matter).
  3. Lowest price is not my goal.
  4. 8GB of RAM is a minimum requirement as I think Apple shipping computers in 2015 with 4GB is a joke.
  5. The sum of the whole often proves to be a better system than the specs you see. (What I mean is CPU, GPU, Hard Drive speeds, etc.)

Drumroll please…….

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The best desktop Apple Mac computer for editing video using iMovie is:

  • 21.5″ iMac
  • 2.9GHz Quad Core i5
  • 8GB of RAM (Get 16GB if you have the extra cash)
  • 1TB Hard Drive (Get the Fusion Drive upgrade if you have the money)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 1GB video memory
  • Price: $1499 [Amazon Link]

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The best portable Apple Mac computer for editing video using iMovie is:

  • 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • 2.7 Dual Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Price: $1299 [Amazon Link]

And I will put in an honorable mention for those that want to get in as cheaply as possible and already have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.  The honorable mention award for the best Apple Mac computer for iMovie is the mid-range Mac Mini at $699 [Amazon Link]

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Thanks,

ET