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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaybird X2 Headphones
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.
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.
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.
Some Updated MKBHD Daily Tech – Mid 2016
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.
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.
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 (Main Phone)
A solid $400 smartphone with really clean software, great performance and fast charging. Here is our detailed review.
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.
Before this, he was rocking a Nexus 6P with an Android Nougat Beta.
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.
Black 15-inch MacBook Pro
Update: MKBHD’s Video Gear
RED WEAPON Forged CF 6K
This beast pushes a whole lotta’ pixels and given the price point, should probably only be used by professionals.
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.
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8
Fast Crisp Clean.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro
A very very nice (and expensive) piece of glass.
The mic that MKBHD uses for 95% of his recording on his videos.
Specifically, build for voice recording, it’s what MKBHD will often use for his voice-overs.
Sound Devices 633
A compact, clean and robust preamp, field mixer and audio recorder.
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.
Sony a7R II
A compact camera that shoots crisp 4K footage. A more versatile camera than the Red if you’re just starting out.
Sony 16-35mm F/4
We know Zeiss always produces quality and this lens is no exception.
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.
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.
We believe that this video head is made from 100% butter.
Sanken COS-11D Lav
The Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone is optimized for digital transmitters and provides shielded RF noise protection.
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.