Buyers’ guide: Apple desktops

Buyers’ guide: Apple desktops

While Mac has long been the go-to choice for creatives using resource-draining editing software or demanding design programs, Mac has also proven itself as a brilliant option for business and beyond. When it comes to Mac for desktop, there are three simple choices: the all-in-one iMac, the powerful, professional 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. And packing in a huge assortment of different processors, graphics cards and monitors, the desktop world can be a perplexing and intimidating place – particularly for first time buyers. With Apple’s 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, and powerful internals, the iMac really is the ultimate all-in-one desktop. It’s long been popular among image specialists and designers, and has caught the attention of videographers thanks to its built-in 4K editing capabilities. But outside of the creative world, it’s also found favour with business users, education institutions, and home users, thanks to its multi-purpose ethos.

The iMac is both sleek in design and space-efficient, with all the internals  built into its gorgeous, slim screen, meaning no cables and no mess. It even comes equipped with an Apple Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 to boot.

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 £869 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 £1199 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 £1449 ex VAT on Jigsaw24. 

Mac Pro

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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,  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 discreet yet stylish cylindrical casing and is only 25cm high and 5kg in weight – perfect for maintaining a clear, open 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 £2485 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. While it 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 £395 ex VAT.

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Buyers’ Guide 2016: MacBook for Creatives

Buyers’ Guide 2016: MacBook for Creatives

With efficient, dependable mobile working capabilities, the Apple MacBook range is more popular than ever among creatives. Built to edit, process, administrate and develop, MacBook notebooks deliver at the high standard you’re accustomed to. Despite fierce competition, MacBook stands out with three distinct models: MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro. Each notebook would fit well into any creative environment, but which one is right for you and your work?

Creatively, MacBook computers are there to accommodate you, providing the apps you love and unmatched portable performance you won’t want to go without. If you’re looking to upgrade your existing MacBook or make the jump to Mac for the first time, it’s always handy to know exactly what you’re jumping into – so we put together this guide below to point you in the right direction.

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

The cornerstone of Apple’s notebook range, MacBook Pro is the technical juggernaut of the gang. With as much RAM and CPU power as you could want, your creativity has no limits on MacBook Pro. And with Apple’s gorgeous Retina display available in 13″ or 15″, it’s ideal for seeing your creations up close and personal in vibrant high definition colour. MacBook Pro is perfectly suited for creatives both in the office or on the move, so if videography, design or picture editing is your game, this may be the teammate just for you. With a variety of different ports, including Thunderbolt 2, MacBook Pro delivers the functionality you’ve come to expect.

Your favourite apps are right at home on MacBook Pro, which has sturdy technical foundations perfect for running Adobe Creative Cloud software. Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects operate comfortably on MacBook Pro, utilising its processing and graphics capabilities to ensure a smooth ride from start to finish. And, of course, it’s great for documents and spreadsheets, too!

MacBook Pro doesn’t quite match MacBook Air when it comes to portability, but don’t let that deter you. Despite its superior spec, MacBook Pro is still easy to carry around weighing in at 1.58kg for the 13″ model and 2.02kg for the 15″ version. Resource-demanding creative work on the go has never been easier!

If you’re looking for a bargain on the MacBook Pro, why not take a look at a previous generation model?

The specs:

13″ MacBook Pro

– 13.3″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage or 1TB hard drive.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor.

From £742 ex VAT.

13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display

– 13.3″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel Iris Graphics 6100 processor.

From £827 ex VAT.

15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display

– 15.4″ ultra-thin Retina display.

– Up to 1TB flash storage.

– Up to 16GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel Iris Graphics 6100 processor.

From £1299 ex VAT.

 MacBook Air

MacBook Air

MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest, thinnest notebook. A mainstay of Apple’s product lineup since 2008, it’s a highly portable, surprisingly powerful machine designed with manoeuvrable working in mind. The notebook has all its internals hidden away inside its slim casing (1.7cm at its thickest!), and its light weight, just 1.08kg, meaning you can carry it around all day long.

Shining in speed and efficiency, the 11″ MacBook Air lasts for nine hours, while its 13″ counterpart slogs it out for a total of twelve depending on how you use it. MacBook Air packs solid state flash storage, ensuring quick boot times and no lagging so you can crack on with creating.

MacBook Air is perfect for showing off your creative content too – pick it up, head into a meeting and stream your creativity via AirPlay or Apple TV. Portability is key – you can take your material anywhere with MacBook Air, view it, stream it and edit it on the go with minimal hassle.

Grab a bargain on a previous generation MacBook Air from us!

The specs:

11″ MacBook Air

– 11.6″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

From £549 ex VAT.

13″ MacBook Air

– 13.3″ high-res glossy display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– Up to 8GB RAM.

– Fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

– Intel HD Graphics 6000 processor.

From £702 ex VAT.



The 12″ MacBook is available in a variety of colours, complementing its colourful Retina display. It’s thinner and lighter than its siblings and still packs a punch with some impressive specs for such a small machine. It’ll breeze through presentations and spreadsheets, great for getting your admin work done and dusted.

It’s all for one with the MacBook, which provides a USB-C port used for all peripherals. Charge, transfer and connect from one port, but remember to purchase additional adaptors if this isn’t enough. USB-C transfers content quickly, 5Gbps to be exact, excellent for shifting those video and picture files across devices.

Make a saving on the sleek and portable MacBook with this offer on the 12″ 8GB Dual Core 1.3GHz model.

The specs:

12″ MacBook

– 12″ Retina display.

– Up to 512GB flash storage.

– 8GB RAM.

– Core M processor.

– Intel HD Graphics 5300.

– Gold, silver or space grey.

From £866 ex VAT.

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Mac tip of the month: How to use Boot Camp

Mac tip of the month: How to use Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a feature built into Mac OS X that allows you to load Mac OS X and Windows onto your Mac, and choose which operating system you’d like to use at startup. If you choose OS X, you get your normal Mac desktop, but if you choose Windows you’ll get a Windows desktop, and the ability to run PC-only apps right on your Mac. 

While it’s not as efficient as third party desktop virtualisation solutions that’ll let you run both platforms at the same time, it is a cheap way to get access to both platforms, and is great if you need to run the occasional bit of PC-only software or have employee portals that will only work in Internet Explorer. In fact, according to Soluto, the best computer to run Windows is actually a MacBook Pro!

You will need…

– A Mac running OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later.

– An administrator account in OS X to configure Boot Camp Assistant.

– Internet access.

– USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and trackpad.

– 8 GB USB storage device, or external drive formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) to install the downloaded drivers.

– Recommended minimum of 2 GB of RAM, 20 GB of free space on the disk that you are installing Windows on for the first time, or 40 GB if you are upgrading from a previous Windows version (you can check this by clicking on the Apple icon in the corner of your screen, clicking ‘About this Mac’, then ‘System Report’ and selecting ‘Storage’ in the left hand column).

– Authentic Microsoft Windows full install disk. Some Macs will also let you install Windows using an ISO file containing an image of Windows 7 or higher. To do this, you’ll need to download the ISO file from Microsoft support and save it to your MS-DOS formatted drive.

Before you begin…

BACK UP YOUR FILES. We cannot stress this enough. We’ve even explained how to use Time Machine here. Download any software updates your Mac needs (you can see these in the ‘Updates’ section of the App Store, or by going to the Apple menu and clicking on ‘Software Update’) and, if you’re using a laptop, make sure it’s plugged in and connected to your MS-DOS formatted storage.

Setting up Boot Camp

In the Finder window, click Utilities and select Boot Camp Assistant. Agree to install the latest Windows support from Apple, then select the option to install Windows (plus any other options you need) and click Continue.

At this point you’ll be given a list of options. If ‘Create a Windows 7 or later install disk’ is visible, then you can install Windows using an external hard drive with an ISO image on. If not, you will need a Windows install disk.

Follow the onscreen instructions for your option until you’re asked to create a Windows partition, at which point you have to specify the partition size. Microsoft suggest 40GB or more.

Insert your install disk if you are using one, or keep the drive with your ISO file on attached. Click install. Boot Camp Assistant will create the partition, restart your Mac and open the Windows installer.

When the installer appears, follow the onscreen instructions. If you’re installing Windows 7, you’ll be asked if this is a custom or upgrade installation. Choose custom.

When you’re asked where you’d like to install Windows, select the partition called BOOTCAMP. Selecting any other partition could delete the contents of your Mac. Click Format, then OK, then Next. The installer will then format the Windows partition for you, and you simply have to follow the onscreen instruction to finish your installation of Windows. Your Mac will then automatically restart using Windows, and prompt you to install any support software you need to make sure your Mac and Windows are as compatible as possible.

I just want to use Microsoft Office. Do I need Boot Camp?

A Mac-compatible version of Office, imaginatively titled Office for Mac, is available and includes all the apps you need to work along with PC-loving colleagues. Documents you create using Office for Mac are saved in the same format as the PC version, and will open on any PC or Mac with Office or Office for Mac installed.

However, Apple have their own equivalent apps: Pages (Word), Numbers (Excel) and Keynote (PowerPoint). These are available from the App Store for £14.99 each, and will open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files respectively. While you can’t open Pages, Numbers or Keynote documents in Office or Office for Mac, you can export these documents in Office-compatible formats using your Mac – Apple’s instructions are here.

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