Geared Up – MKBHD’s Desk Setup & Gear

If you love gear as much as we do then you already know who Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) is. Allow us to introduce him anyway. With over 3 million followers, MKBHD is one of Youtube’s most popular reviewers of all things gear and tech. Variety has named him in their Top 5 Digital Star #Famechangers and Vic Gundotra branded him the “best technology reviewer on the planet”. In addition to his massively popular Youtube channel, MKBHD also runs his own website and even endorses signature gear when it meets his standards of excellence.

Update July 2016: MKBHD just released a video updating us on the tech he uses daily so we’ve updated this post to keep you guys in the loop. 

marques brownlee sitting in the chair

Ultimately, we like to think of MKBHD as the living, talking, the video-shooting embodiment of virtually everything we represent here at Man of Many. He’s not the competition–if anything he’s an alliance. In honour of our fellow curator of cool, we’d like to share MKBHD’s desk and audio set up because like everything else he stands behind each component signifies the top stratum of gear and design. Check our MKBHD’s Desk Setup below.


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xdesk air pro

XDesk Air Pro

XDesk (formerly NextDesk) already blew minds with the XDesk Pro and now they’re back with an upgrade. The XDesk Air Pro delivers even more dynamism and weight capacity than its predecessor. The frame is made from solid recycled aluminium and can support over 630 lbs. But what makes this clean, breathtaking beauty truly stand out from the pack is a lightning speed ability to adjust in height at the touch of a button on the LED display. Thanks to four microprocessor-controlled lifting columns and the use of internal dual drives, height adjustment is not only effortless but quiet too. If you like this, you’ll also like our 25 Best Desks for the Home Office.

Purchase: XDesk Air Pro

herman miller embody chair

Herman Miller Embody Chair

MKBHD gets his perfect posture by using the Herman Miller Embody Chair, which utilizes various ergonomic functions to stimulate blood and oxygen flow as well as support proper sitting position and reduce spine compression. It’s also fully adjustable and made with recyclable materials at a facility that runs solely on renewable energy. This is truly a product truly creating comfort with a conscience. The price point might be a little steep–but the chair costs far less than the back surgery you’ll need after sitting in some crude alternative that doesn’t give a hoot about your spine or any other part of you for that matter. If this is a little outside of your price range, maybe check out our list of the 15 Best Office Chairs for Ergonomic Bliss.

Purchase: Herman Miller Embody Chair

mkbhd mac pro view

2013 Mac Pro

Love them or hate them, no other brand fused elegant design with approachable functionality the way that Apple did in the early to mid-2000s. Their new Mac Pro Workstation Server is a treasure chest of features all contained within a compact cylinder that looks sent back in time from an advanced civilization (or a trash can). Expect a big step up from previous instalments in terms of speed, memory, storage and graphics. MKBHD is rocking the 8-Core trashcan with a mammoth 64 gigs of ram, Dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics card and Final Cut Pro for editing.

Purchase: 2013 Mac Pro

asus ergonomic back lit led monitor pa328q

ASUS Ergonomic Back-lit LED Monitor

Keeping things sleek and superior, MKBHD pairs his premium hard drive with an equally impressive monitor from ASUS. Featuring a 32-inch 4K/UHD display with top-shelf pixel density, colour resolution and wider angles thanks to the use of IPS technology, along with wall-mount capability and an ergonomic adjustable stand that can pivot with ease, the ASUS PA328Q Monitor delivers award-winning performance and sweeping connectivity with various ports. No wonder MKBHD makes it all look so easy.

Purchase: ASUS PA328Q Monitor

yamaha hs8 studio monitor speaker black

Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor Speaker, Black

For any Internet sensation, the sound is as important as sight. When it comes to sound delivery, MKBHD employs the use of the Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor, which takes a philosophical approach to acoustics and architecture. The HS8 Studio Monitor uses everything from state-of-the-art noise reduction technology to recently developed transducers to adjustable control features in order to provide tremendous clarity at both ends of the aural spectrum.

Purchase: Yamaha HS8 Studio Monitor

universal audio apollo twin thunderbolt interface

Universal Audio Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface

There was a time when the only way to produce studio sound was in an actual studio. Those days are over. The Universal Audio Apollo delivers all the complexity of analogue sound and studio mixing in a beautiful little device that connects to the computer and weighs just under 4 lbs. It has features like real-time UAD processing and tube preamp emulation to bring top-tier functionality to the convenience of MKBHD’s desktop.

Purchase: Universal Audio Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface

mkbhd logitech mx master wireless mouse

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse

Logitech is the perfect option for the modern day gear enthusiast who probably needs to navigate more than one computer at a time. The Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse flaunts an unmistakable sculptured exterior and handy thumb wheel and can connect with up to three computers at once via wireless technology. The user can switch between each computer with the click of a button. Thanks to a Darkfield Laser sensor, the mouse works on any surface over 4mm thick.

Purchase: Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse

mkbhd colorware matte black apple keyboard

Colorware Wireless Apple Keyboard

As his desk set-up duly indicates, MKBHD is big on personality and the products he uses are too. Take, for instance, his custom matte black keyboard and trackpad from Colorware. It’s effortlessly smooth, mobile and sleek, like MKBHD himself.

Purchase: Colorware Wireless Apple Keyboard

mkbhd audio technica red color

Audio Technica ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

The red M50’s have been MKBHD’s daily’s for a very long time. While his red ones are a little more on the expensive side with a coiled cable, there’s no reason you can’t still have the same audio quality in a different colour.

Purchase: Audio-Technica ATH-M50RD Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

bose qc35 headphone

Bose QC35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

We’ve covered these bad boys on the site here and they’re actually my daily drivers which I’m listening to right now as I type this article. In our view, they’re the best noise cancelling headphones on the market and MKBHD tends to agree. He uses these for travel and flights. Here’s his review.

Purchase: Bose QC35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

jaybird x2 headphone

Jaybird X2 Headphones

He uses the Jaybird X2‘s over the new Freedoms for generally walking around and they’re awesome Bluetooth earbuds. Here’s his review of the Jaybird X2’s.

Purchase: Jaybird X2 Sports Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

sennheiser hd 800 reference dynamic headphone

Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Headphone

Update: apparently these aren’t his dailys anymore. The perks of being a renowned gear reviewer keep piling in. The Sennheiser HD 800s are quite simply next-level audiophile headphones, which utilize an open back design and patented Ring Radiator transducer to capture the full soundstage of an artist’s performance. And of course, those premium ear cushions feel downright dreamy against the lobes.

Purchase: Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Headphone

woo audio wa7 fireflies amp

Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies Amp

Rounding out MKBHD’s audiophile set up is this pure tube headphone amp with a digital-to-analogue converter. The WA7 Fireflies are conceptual triumphs that do away with semiconductors to use a 6C45 triode as both a driver and a power tube. As with most high-end equipment, Woo Audio streamlines a laundry list of amazing specs and features to establish unfettered accessibility and truly exceptional sound. Damn, MKBHD–you do not mess around when it comes to audio gear. Don’t forget you can get turnt’ up with our list of the 10 best High-End Amplifiers.

Purchase: Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies Amp

apple imac pro monitor front view

Apple iMac Pro 27″

With 10-core Xeon W, 128GB of RAM, Radeon Vega Pro 64 16GB and 2TB SSD, you can see why MKBHD added this screen to his setup collection.

Purchase: Apple iMac Pro 27″

Some Updated MKBHD Daily Tech – Mid 2016

 

mkbhd camera lens bracelet

Camera Lens Bracelet

It’s not a piece of tech but something that MKBHD wear’s daily in pretty much all of his videos. Fun fact, it’s pretty much exactly the same size as a Canon EF Lens mount.

Purchase: 5 pcs DSLR Camera Lens Focus Ring Wristband 

mkbhd moto 360 smartwatch

Moto 360

While he doesn’t wear a smartwatch all the time, when he does, MKBHD’s smartwatch of choice on the Android side is the Moto 360. He recommends using this solely with an Android phone rather than an iPhone even though it’s capable of doing both. Here’s his review of the Moto 360 V2.

Purchase: Moto 360

apple watch review

Apple Watch

On the IOS side, it’s the Apple Watch. Here’s his review.

Purchase: Apple Watch

Smartphones?

The question that he get’s asked the most in the comments? You guessed it. It’s his smartphone of choice. While it changes on a regular basis, he’s usually rocking two or three at a time with several sim cards. Read further below for what he’s rocking.

 

oneplus three front and rear view

OnePlus Three (Main Phone)

A solid $400 smartphone with really clean software, great performance and fast charging. Here is our detailed review.

Purchase: OnePlus Three

galaxy s7 edge front view

Galaxy S7 Edge

He switched to the OnePlus Three from the Galaxy S7 Edge as it’s got a larger screen. He’ll tend to replace his main phone with his ‘Test’ Phone if it performs better. You can read Man of Many’s full reviews of the phone here.

Purchase: Galaxy S7 Edge

nexus 6p screen view

Nexus 6P

Before this, he was rocking a Nexus 6P with an Android Nougat Beta.

Purchase: Nexus 6P

iphone 6 side and rear view

iPhone 6S Plus

This is his secondary phone. It tends to be better with camera related applications that aren’t the official camera app. Basically, snapchat, Instagram, beme and most social apps.

Purchase: iPhone 6S Plus

tablet front screen

Tablet?

Fun fact, he doesn’t use a tablet of choice but has an iPad Pro and Pixel C  laying around the office.

Purchase: iPad Pro
Purchase: Pixel C

black 15 inch macbook pro

Black 15-inch MacBook Pro

MKBHD’s laptop of choice, which is also his daily workforce is the 15-inch MacBook Pro. It’s blacked-out from Colorware and fully maxed out specs wise as he uses this to edit on the go.

Purchase: 15-inch MacBook Pro

Update: MKBHD’s Video Gear

red weapon forged cf 6k

RED WEAPON Forged CF 6K

This beast pushes a whole lotta’ pixels and given the price point, should probably only be used by professionals.

Purchase: RED WEAPON Forged CF 6K

canon cn e cine lenses

Canon CN-E Cine Lenses

MKBHD’s got the 14mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm in his arsenal but he uses the 24mm and 14mm most often.

Purchase: Canon CN-E Cine Lenses

sigma 18 35mm f 1.8

Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8

Fast Crisp Clean.

Purchase: Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8

canon ef 100mm f 2.8l macro

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro

A very very nice (and expensive) piece of glass.

Purchase: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro

sennheiser mkh416 microphone

Sennheiser MKH416

The mic that MKBHD uses for 95% of his recording on his videos.

Purchase: Sennheiser MKH416

schoeps mk41 microphone inside box

Schoeps MK41

Specifically, build for voice recording, it’s what MKBHD will often use for his voice-overs.

Purchase: Schoeps MK41

sound mixer devices 633

Sound Devices 633

A compact, clean and robust preamp, field mixer and audio recorder.

Purchase: Sound Devices 633

shark slider s1 view

Shark Slider S1

To get those clean panning and zoom shots that look extra smooth, you could invest in a slider like this. But if you’re on a budget you can achieve a similar effect with a good skateboard or tripod.

Purchase: Shark Slider S1

 

sony a7r ii camera front view

Sony a7R II

A compact camera that shoots crisp 4K footage. A more versatile camera than the Red if you’re just starting out.

Purchase: Sony a7R II

sony 16 35mm f4 zeiss

Sony 16-35mm F/4

We know Zeiss always produces quality and this lens is no exception.

Purchase: Sony 16-35mm F/4

sigma 24 35mm f2.0 lens

Sigma 24-35mm F2.0

Designed for prime performance and optimum versatility, the Sigma 24-35mm is the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom lens.

Purchase: Sigma 24-35mm F2.0

manfrotto 535 tripod stand

Manfrotto 535 Tripod

While you might want to work out your muscles, you’ll be thanking us when you have to lug your heavy camera gear around and you’ve got this lightweight carbon fibre tripod with you. A simple thing to make your job easier.

Purchase: Manfrotto 535 Tripod

 

manfrotto 504hd

Manfrotto 504HD

We believe that this video head is made from 100% butter.

Purchase: Manfrotto 504HD

sanken cos 11d lav

Sanken COS-11D Lav

The Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone is optimized for digital transmitters and provides shielded RF noise protection.

Purchase: Sanken COS-11D Lav

So whether you want to completely replicate MKBHD’s desk setup, simply choose a few items or build upon it further, remember to not go forking out a whole lot of cash if you’re never going to use it or your not even sure what it’s for. MKBHD’s job is to produce stunning high-quality 4k videos so you may not need the processing power or high-end audio products in his setup. But we can stand by the fact he’s the best youtube tech reviewer around so make sure to hit up his YouTube channel.

MKBHD

 

If you’re interested in other great video content like MKBHD’s, you can check out our Five Vid Friday series where we bring you five of the best videos we find across the web each week.


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