The BEST Accessories for YOUR New 2020 27″ iMac!

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

The good news is the brand new imac from 2020 doesn't really need any accessories wait what was the title of this video again okay so seriously if you're gonna use the imac everything you need comes in the box it comes with a keyboard it comes with a mouse it's got decent speakers i mean it is built into a 5k display this thing is an all-in-one package just ready to go however there are some additions that you could use to make your life a little bit

Easier or to make it like more high quality like there's always a way to enhance your experience with a computer so what are those accessories and are they any good let's find out what's up everyone i'm the everyday dad and if i can figure it out you can figure it out so i love you can see it over here this is the new imac that we unboxed the other day this is the refresh from 2020 very powerful device which now has the t2 security chip which that helps with video encoding so this will probably turn into my main video editing machine

Which is exciting um but here's the accessories that i'm going to use to really kick it up to the next notch as a video editing platform and the first one like i said it comes with a keyboard and it comes with a mouse but if you don't necessarily like those offerings for example i do not necessarily prefer the magic mouse i like this mouse this is the logitech mx master three now you've seen me talk a lot about this device in previous accessory videos and this is

My primary mouse i love this thing like here's the magic mouse here's the mx master three now the magic mouse it is perfectly usable it gets everything done you might need it's got a right click it's got all of the powerful gestures so you can scroll any which way it's actually a pretty good mouse the biggest problem with the magic mouse is the charging port down here the mx master 3 does a lot of the same things which is weird for like a more traditional mouse it can scroll vertically but also thanks

To this wheel it can scroll horizontally which for me as a video editor is a huge huge plus it's also got so many customizable buttons it's really ergonomic like it just fits it feels so good to hold this mouse and to use it it glides perfectly it's super precise if you are going to upgrade over the apple mouse this is the mouse that i recommend and as we're talking about that initial keyboard offering here is the magic keyboard which is one of my favorite keyboards but you all have been saying

How much you like mechanical keyboards so here's the and pro 2. this is a mechanical keyboard that i've been using over the last couple of days it works really well it can connect to a computer either via the usb-c port right here or you can have up to four devices paired via bluetooth down here and that's how i have it paired to my computers right now you can hear it's got that clickiness that everybody wants a mechanical keyboard for as opposed to the oh we turned on the internet maybe we should unpair and i'm

Using the wrong mouse maybe we should unpair these devices first so i've got the brown switches on this device it's really great i like how small and easy it is to just take with you this is called a 60 mechanical keyboard which if you notice there's kind of like a trend between keyboards that i like to use so yeah if you're looking to upgrade maybe get away from the magic keyboard and get clicking and drive your family crazy here's the and pro 2.

I love gear that just drives my family crazy next up one of the things yes this is an all-in-one package that has everything like built into the back it's got sd card usb a usb c but it's built into the back i don't know if you've used imacs before i used an imac pro for two years it's kind of a pain in the butt to always have to like reach behind the computer to plug in an sd card to plug in like a hard drive so i still recommend a dock or a dongle to go with an imac i know it's got everything built into it

Why would you need a dock because it's just so much it will make your life so much easier to be able to interact with your i o when it's in front of the computer like look at how much easier this is besides like being blind and not knowing what's behind it so i use the cal digit ts3 plus this gives you sd card headphone usbc usba on the back you can get ethernet not a big deal on here you can plug into another display port so you could do dual monitors with this if you really

Wanted to you get another usbc you get thunderbolt 3 this is a thunderbolt 3 port which would again push monitors if you really wanted to more usba and you've got its power thing back here i highly recommend if there's only one thing in this whole video you're gonna buy you don't necessarily have to buy this expensive of a dock because this is an expensive dock you could also just get like a cheapo this one is from best buy this

Is the j5 create it also has hdmi it's got usba usbc ethernet sd card micro sd card you could also get like the apple version this is the hdmi but you can also get the sd card you really just want to get as much of the i o from behind the computer to in front of it i'm telling you i'm telling you it's somebody that creates lots of videos and i'm always plugging in io i'm always taking it out on hard drives and this and that and this and that i'm always plugging stuff in life is

Just infinitely easier when you can see what you're doing i hate being frustrated and i will always spend money to not be frustrated so we've got all this great stuff for the computer but we got to put it on something right it's got to be put on something so what i like and what i will continue to recommend is just a big like desk mat so this is a big leather desk mat from a company called galloway leather

You can buy these on amazon so i know it sounds fancy sounds fancy but these it's just so much nicer like if you have a wooden desk or you have a plastic desk trying to use like your mouse or a keyboard it's just a huge i don't like it i like having the feeling of having something nice and soft underneath my mouse and this is just a really nice mouse pad you can see it's got the my monitor marks from the monitor because the monitor like sits on top of it

But i don't like having small mouse pads i like having the ability to have a lot of space with my keyboard or my mouse i don't want to be like oh i'm running off the edge so i really really like these big mats you don't have to get a leather mat you could get one of those like neoprene type mats too um i have one of those big ones on my like working from home desktop i'm telling you if you've never used a big mouse pad before my first time using one was last year you'll never go you'll never go

Back when you get one okay now as we're building as we're talking about the imac one of the things that i don't have in right now it's actually supposed to get delivered today but didn't get delivered in time for the video you know it's been thunderstorming all day i get it the delivery drivers are slow i'm not angry upgradeable ram so i recommend because this imac does have the user upgradable ram door on the back get the base model get the eight gigabytes of ram and then buy your own because you can very cheaply and very

Easily upgrade the ram on this device and let me know leave a comment below if you would like to see a video when i do upgrade this if you'd like to see the process for upgrading the ram i don't know that that's enough for like a full video but maybe we'll do like a twitter video or something like that but yes absolutely buy more ram do not buy apples ram buy your own ram and install it in here and i will leave links above of the ram that i ordered speaking of drive space

Though like this is so i guess it was kind of confusing during the unboxing video when i said it's the high-end base model so i consider each of the three main options to be a base model and this is the most expensive of those base models because you can always spec it out from there so it is a base model of the three options it's just the most expensive one but even that most expensive one only gets you a 512 gigabyte solid state drive it's fast drive

But that's not really enough for work i always have to have at least a one terabyte like working drive for any computer i use so i'm going to recommend the samsung t7 solid state drive yes they also have the t5s but those have recently been discontinued so if you can find one good luck because like every video producer wants those because they work with all the black magic cameras the t7s currently do not but this works fantastically for computers because this thing is incredibly fast it's much

Faster than the t5 it's smaller than the t5 you can get all sorts of options again i recommend a one terabyte working solid state drive if you're going to be doing like youtube or video production if you're not doing youtube or video production i'd still recommend we'll talk more about a non-solid state drive here in a second but i always you got to work off something solid state drives are great these are awesome because they write and read super fast it's almost just like having

Another solid state drive on your computer but this one you can take with you and it costs way less than apple's options so we talked about other drives if you're just if you're not doing work off of it and 512 is more than enough for what you need because you just browse the internet you're making spreadsheets whatever you can always then just go with a normal like spinning hard drive this is a lacie it's just this is a four

Terabyte less c drive it's usbc plugs in pretty darn fast very durable i have all of my files backed up to three of these right now and it's just good because you can get like four terabytes i think it was like a hundred bucks so definitely don't spend the money if you're not trying to work off of your drive to get four terabytes on the imac get something that's just easy transportable you can get them for cheap enough that you can have several to have redundant data because if your data is

Not backed up in several places it's not backed up at all and you're just waiting for one of these things to fail and then all your data is gone these are a great way to keep that from happening speaking of safety and this is something that i'm going to start adding to all of my accessory videos because there's been some pretty high profile like youtube hacks twitter hacks check into your security plan and this is called the google titan this is a security key that plugs into the usb drive on

Your computer and you can set it so that if you're like a social media person or you have accounts that you don't want people to be able to get into you can set it up so you physically have to have this plugged into your computer to have access to your accounts like when if you get into my basement and steal this key well shoot i that's not a plan i guess well my secondary backup plan is the fisticuffs but seriously though you gotta take care of your online privacy and your online security off my

Soapbox after spending the last two days terrified of hacks another really quick one if you are gonna be doing video editing or you're gonna be doing any kind of like work from here get a nice pair of just like headphones that are comfortable to wear i wear these in all of my like working from home meetings i wear these when i'm video editing i do a lot of stuff with these these weren't very expensive these are the audio technica

Something or others i actually think i got these in a kit because i definitely didn't pay very much for these so you don't have to get this specific one but just get a pair of good studio monitors so you know what's going on you don't have to like it drives my wife crazy when she has to hear all like my meetings all day long also if you're working from home yes they're supposed to have had updated upgraded microphones inside of the imac but as somebody that's been working from home for the last

Four or five months audio is going to be the thing that will make people decide whether or not you actually know what you're doing and yes i get it first impressions are really important and trying to use like if you're talking to big clients or you're talking to big like customers using the built-in microphones you're not going to sound as great so if you have that specific situation this is the rode nt usb mini it just plugs in through usbc to usbc sounds fantastic it sounds fantastic it's got a little built-in

Stand it also comes with a stand but i don't use it i have it hooked up to a monitor arm next to my computer seriously audio like i don't necessarily you'll notice in this accessory video there's not a camera accessory for the computer because video quality is not going to mean that much in a meeting but audio quality means so much and this is so easy to do you don't have to get like a whole bunch of preamps you don't have to get a mix or anything like that you just plug this in and you are good

To go but let's talk gary you're talking about buying all this stuff do you have a free accessory recommendation for me viewer i do actually the box the box that the imac came with is actually a fantastic transport case and i think it might be the best transport case that you can get for the imac now if i'm traveling and i'm driving there or i'm traveling i'm not taking an airplane imacs are fantastic travel computers if you don't have to physically carry this like i've done it traveling for work

Before where i was going to be somewhere for an extended amount of time i just brought the imac and since all the included accessories are so small and portable it all fits in this box you just throw this in your car you have a pro level computer with monitor everything built in you don't have to worry about it breaking and you don't have to worry about like eight different pieces free accessory keep this and then the last there's two more things that i want

To talk about we already talked about headphones but i don't always want to wear headphones so sometimes you need a good pair of like audio monitor speakers and these are the ones that i use these are the presonus what are these these the presonus heiress e.5 it's a two-speaker setup but i only wanted to unplug one to do this video um but these have very good bass they have very good clarity if you are editing like spoken word content like the everyday dad does like every day now

Apparently there are lots of options out there none of them are really wrong i like this pair because for the price they do amazingly well they got little built-in i'm not an audiophile i'm sure they've got built-in woofers or subwoofers or whatever i just know that the bass sounds great the audio sounds crystal clear and i don't always have to wear the headphones and i definitely i don't like trusting my audio mixing or my audio processing to like built-in microphones

It's fine if i'm watching youtube or something like that but if i'm making content that i really want people to enjoy i kind of need something a little bit better to make sure that the audio is doing fine and then it is it's got a giant monitor on it but if you do want like a secondary monitor and this might be something that you don't even have to buy but a cool little accessory is an ipad it's an ipad gary you're saying we should buy ipads

No not necessarily and you don't even have to buy the expensive one there's a feature called sidecar which lets you use ipads as secondary screens for your mac so long as they're max on catalina and you've got the newest version of ipad os you can dual monitor and you can even control your mac with the touch screen on the ipad that's really cool and you can buy like the ipad 10.2 for like 300 bucks and that gives you a

Full touch screen capable dual monitor for your mac it's really cool on macbooks but that doesn't mean it's not also really great for imacs so yeah those are all the accessories again you don't have to buy a single one of these to get a great experience out of the imac everything you need to really use the imac comes in the box but there are things that you could use to make the experience a little bit better and these are the ones that i use to

Make my experience a little bit better and if you like this video and you do want to see more about the imac brand new imac from 2020 here's the unboxing video you where you can watch me struggle to get this computer that was not designed to be unboxed in this studio out and hopefully i don't throw out my back spoilers i didn't but you can find that by clicking right here click click click click click click click thanks for watching

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