Buyers’ Guide 2016: Mac Desktop for Creatives

Ideal for creative work, Mac has long been the go-to choice for creatives. Whether it’s resource-draining editing software or demanding design programs, Mac has proven itself time and again as the most reliable creative counterpart around. 

When it comes to Mac for desktop, there are three simple choices: The ever dependable iMac, the powerful Mac Pro, and the compact and efficient Mac mini. In the desktop arena, Mac faces fierce competition from a vast array of PCs all clamouring to sit atop your desk. Packing an assortment of different processors, graphics cards and monitors, the desktop world can be a perplexing and intimidating place – particularly for first time creative buyers. Luckily, Apple have provided a solution. With Apple Mac desktop range, you know what you’re getting – a familiar UI, trusty hardware and an assortment of essential creative software and applications at your fingertips.

Take a look at this essential buyers’ guide so you know exactly what you’re in for when you go with Apple and their Mac desktops.



With its big, bright Retina display now available in 5K on the 27″ model and 4K on its 21.5″ sister, the iMac really knows how to set itself apart. Having always been popular amongst image specialists and designers, this multi-purpose machine has caught the attention of videographers thanks to its built-in 4K editing capabilities. Fitting in well with almost any creative environment, the iMac is both sleek in design and space-efficient. All of iMac’s internals are built into its gorgeous, slim screen, meaning no cables and no mess. The iMac even comes equipped with an Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 to boot… You really can’t go wrong with the ultimate all-in-one Apple Mac desktop.

If you’re looking for a bargain on powerful iMac computers but 4K doesn’t interest you, why not check out some older models? We’ve got both the 21.5″ 2.9GHz Quad i5 iMac and the 21.5″ 2.7GHz Quad i5 iMac available at great prices!

The specs:

21″ iMac

– 21″ widescreen display.

– Up to 2TB Fusion Drive.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i5 2.8GHz processor.

– Up to Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200. 

From £743 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

21″ iMac with 4K Retina display 

– 21″ 4K Retina display.

– Up to 2TB Fusion Drive.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Core i7 3.3GHz processor.

– Up to Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200. 

From £992 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

27″ iMac with 5K Retina display

– 27″ 5K Retina display.

– Up to 3TB Fusion Drive.

– Up to 32GB (4x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Quad Core i7 4.0GHz processor.

– Up to AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory 

From £1199 ex VAT on Jigsaw24. 

Mac Pro

Mac Pro on Jigsaw24

The creative powerhouse and Apple’s workhorse, the Mac Pro is the only way to go if you’re looking for optimum performance, user-specific customisability and the ultimate editing hub. With the potential to house a colossal 64GB of RAM and up to 12 individual processors, the Mac Pro will deliver at every turn.

There’s a reason Mac Pro is considered the industry-standard – it’s fast and reliable, perfectly suited for editing audio and video in your favourite applications like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Da Vinci Resolve. The power of the Mac Pro is contained within its discrete yet stylish cylindrical casing and is only 25cm high and 5kg in weight – perfect for maintaining a clear, open creative workspace. Sporting all the ports you could ever need, Mac Pro allows you to connect all of your essential peripherals, right at home in a large creative suite complete with multiple monitors and lots of external storage. If you want to make use of Mac Pro’s customisability and design a desktop computer suited specifically to you, we recommend giving our Mac Pro Configurator a look.

The specs:

– Up to 2.7GHz 12-core processor.

– Up to 1TB PCIe-based flash storage.

– Up to 64GB (4x16GB) memory.

– Up to Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.

– Support for three 4K displays,

– Six Thunderbolt ports.

From £1999 ex VAT.

Mac mini

mac mini

The light and compact Mac mini offers an impressive amount of power for such a small computer. With 3GHz of muscle and up to 16GB of RAM, Mac mini coasts through those essential office tasks and performs well under processing pressure. Whilst Mac mini may not match the sheer performance of the Mac Pro or iMac, it’s perfect for streaming your content around an office or in a meeting with AirPlay. For all of your admin, server, or streaming-based needs, look no further than the Mac mini.

The specs:

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB (2x8GB) RAM.

– Up to Dual Core i7 3GHz processor.

From £329 ex VAT.

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