I get a bit nostalgic when I talk about my laptop. It’s a 17in MacBook behemoth that I’ve had almost a decade. It’s slow to start, takes forever to render and is having trouble with new frame sizes and bit rates. But I love that thing. I’ve taken it to Ireland, Jamaica, and Peru. It’s crisscrossed the United States with me and the only issue I’ve had is the hard drive died once. Well, that and it’s a 17in MacBook behemoth! Trekking all over with it requires a large bags (which I’m ok with) and a strong back.

Enter the Gnarbox.

When I first learned of the Gnarbox I was a bit skeptical. A device the size of a hard drive enclosure that was going to replace my laptop and allow me to edit and share media on the go. Sure, if you say so. I was curious though, so I bit the bullet and let me tell you, it was worth it.

The Gnarbox is a portable hard drive. 128gb solid state drive that allows you to back up your photos and footage while on the go. But it also has a companion app that serves as a video and photo editor. While it’s not Final Cut or Premier, it does allow you to create short highlights from your footage, that you can edit with sound, export to your phone and share instantly. It allows you to edit your Raw photo files from anywhere and share them too. All without a laptop.

For the past summer, my MacBook has stayed home for the most part. I’ve been able to take my Nikon, GoPro, and Gnarbox and shoot and share without lugging around my precious MacBook. As a food blogger, traveler and creator of social media content, the Gnarbox is a game changer. I can shoot my meal and while eating, edit the raw photos and have them on Instagram before dessert. I can make short video clips for clients on the spot and not need to set up my laptop. The detail and level of editing is damn close who what I would get out of Photoshop, for a lot cheaper.

Bottom line – if you create online content and need a solution that doesn’t require you to learn to edit professionally or carry an entire edit suite, you need the Gnarbox.

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