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Marques Brownlee
Brownlee in 2021
Personal information
Marques Keith Brownlee

(1993-12-03) December 3, 1993 (age 30)
EducationStevens Institute of Technology (BS)
YouTube information
Also known asMKBHD
Years active2008–present
Subscribers17.3 million (main channel)
20.09 million (combined)[b][1]
Total views3.6726 billion (main channel)
3.83 billion (combined)[a][1]
100,000 subscribers2012
1,000,000 subscribers2014[2]
10,000,000 subscribers2019[3]

Last updated: August 18, 2023

Marques Keith Brownlee (/mɑːrˈkɛz ˈbrnl/ mar-KEZ BROWN-lee; born December 3, 1993),[4][5] also known professionally as MKBHD, is an American YouTuber and professional ultimate frisbee player, best known for his technology-focused videos as well as his podcast Waveform.[6] As of August 2023, he has more than 20 million subscribers across all channels and 3.83 billion total video views. Vic Gundotra, a former senior vice president of Google,[7] called Brownlee "the best technology reviewer on the planet right now".[8][9] At the 10th Shorty Awards in 2019, he was named "Creator of the Decade"[10] The former name of his YouTube channel is a concatenation of MKB (Brownlee's initials) and HD (for high definition).[8] With New York PoNY, he is the 2022 WFDF World Champion in the Open Category for ultimate Frisbee.[11]


The official MKBHD logo

Brownlee joined YouTube on March 21, 2008.[12] He first started uploading technology videos in January 2009, while still in high school, about new products or reviews of products he already owned.[13][14] He produced his first videos through screencasting.[14][15] His first several hundred videos were primarily hardware tutorials and freeware.[8]

Brownlee in 2014

Brownlee's reviews have been promoted by other review sites as well. Engadget promoted the site in January 2012 when they featured his tour of the then-new cloud storage service called Insync.[16] In November 2013, one of Brownlee's most viral videos was posted based on the LG G Flex, where he performed various scratch tests to demonstrate the self-healing ability of the device.[17][18] The video reached one million views on the first day. As of April 2023, the video has more than 8 million views.[19] In December 2013, Brownlee did an interview with Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.[20][21] In May 2014, Brownlee did the first over-the-air interview with Evan Blass.[22]

Brownlee's video review and scratch test of a rumored 4.7-inch sapphire display component for the iPhone 6, uploaded July 7, 2014,[23] gained immediate popularity, being featured on sites such as The Verge, Forbes, HuffPost, CNET, and Time Magazine. The video appeared on NBC News, and in newspapers across the world. As of January 2023, the video has gained over 9.2 million views on YouTube and has had over 60,000 likes.[23] Brownlee also has a similar video regarding a dummy model of the iPhone 6, uploaded a couple of months earlier, which (as of April 2023) has since gained over 7.6 million views on YouTube.[24]

In December 2015, Brownlee interviewed professional NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, titled "Talking Tech with Kobe Bryant!", in which he talks about tech interests of Kobe and the most recent Kobe-designed Nike shoes at the time, the Kobe 11.[25][26]

During one of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary debates that was cosponsored by YouTube, Brownlee asked the candidates, by video, whether tech companies and the government can find a middle ground over encryption while considering rights to privacy and national security.[27]

In October 2016, he interviewed Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi during the release of their latest MacBook Pro 2016.[28] The latter was, again, invited to Brownlee's channel after WWDC 2020 in June.[29]

In March 2018, he interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson.[30] That April, Brownlee won Shorty Awards Creator of the Decade.[31] In June 2018, Brownlee was a guest on Hot Ones.[32] He then interviewed Tesla CEO Elon Musk in August.[33] and with assistance of TLD (Jonathan Morrison) filmed Tesla Factory Tour with Elon Musk![34] In December, Brownlee was featured in YouTube Rewind, later releasing a video on his complaints about the series.[35]

In February 2019, he interviewed Bill Gates.[36] That October, he interviewed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella before Microsoft's Surface announcement, in addition to actor Will Smith.[37][38]

Brownlee reached 10 million subscribers on December 18, 2019,[39] making MKBHD one of the most-subscribed-to technology-focused YouTube channels, according to Social Blade.[40][41] As of April 2023, his main channel has 16.8 million subscribers and 3.45 billion total views. His secondary channels add an additional 2.6 million subscribers and approximately 165 million views.

In December 2020, he was honored in the Forbes 30 Under 30 listing in its social media category.[42]

In April 2023, Brownlee collaborated with footwear brand Atoms to create the high-top Sneaker 251, named after the duration of his first YouTube video.[43]

Retro Tech

Retro Tech is a YouTube Original series produced by Vox Media Studios starring MKBHD which aired on December 2, 2019.[44] In the series, Brownlee interviews fellow YouTube creators and celebrity guests and discusses iconic pieces of technology from the past which have had a major impact on modern life and culture.[45] Season 2 of Retro Tech began in April 2021, in which he reviews technology that was believed to be the future but failed to ever reach production or the general public.[46]

Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast

Brownlee is the host of a technology podcast with co-host Andrew Manganelli, who is a producer for the MKBHD YouTube channel. The podcast is called the Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast and is sometimes referred to as Waveform and WVFRM. The podcast is focused on consumer electronics and surrounding topics. The first episode was aired on July 31, 2019. Brownlee announced the podcast on his YouTube channel on August 13, 2019, in the video titled "Introducing Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast!". There have been multiple high-profile guests on the podcast, including iJustine, Mark Zuckerberg, Craig Federighi, and Carl Pei.

The Studio

Brownlee is also the host of another YouTube channel called The Studio, which focuses on behind-the-scenes activity of the MKBHD team.

Smartphone Awards

In December 2014, Brownlee started his Smartphone Awards series, where he picks the best phones in certain categories from the past year. In 2017, Brownlee started to create physical awards that were featured in the video, most of which were requested and sent to the companies whose phones won them. The Smartphone Awards are usually posted towards the middle of December, after all of the phones of the year have been released and tested.

Year Best Big Smartphone Best Compact Smartphone Best Camera The Value[c] Best Battery Best Design[d] Most Improved Bust of the Year Phone of the Year Ref.
2014 Galaxy Note 4 Xperia Z3 Compact Galaxy Note 4 & iPhone 6 Plus OnePlus One Sharp Aquos Crystal BlackBerry Passport Fire Phone HTC One (M8) [47][48]
2015 Galaxy Note 5 iPhone 6S Galaxy Note 5 OnePlus X Droid Maxx 2 Galaxy S6 Edge+ BlackBerry Priv HTC One A9 Nexus 6P [49]
2016 Galaxy S7 Edge iPhone 7 Pixel & Pixel XL OnePlus 3T Moto Z Play Galaxy S7 Edge HTC 10 Galaxy Note 7 & Project Ara Pixel XL [50]
2017 Galaxy Note 8 iPhone 8 Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL OnePlus 5T Razer Phone Essential Phone HTC U11 HTC U Ultra Galaxy Note 8 [51]
2018 Galaxy Note 9 iPhone XS Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL Pocophone F1 Mate 20 Pro Find X Razer Phone 2 Red Hydrogen One OnePlus 6T [52]
2019 ROG Phone II Galaxy S10e iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max Redmi K20 Pro ROG Phone II Galaxy Fold ROG Phone II Pixel 4 OnePlus 7 Pro [53]
2020 Mi 10 Ultra iPhone 12 Mini iPhone 12 Pro Max Pixel 4a ROG Phone 3 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Galaxy Z Fold 2 Galaxy Note 20 Galaxy S20 FE [54]
2021 Galaxy Z Fold 3 iPhone 13 Mini iPhone 13 Pro Pixel 6 iPhone 13 Pro Max Galaxy S21 Ultra Galaxy S21 Ultra Surface Duo 2 Galaxy S21 Ultra [55][56]
2022 Galaxy S22 Ultra Asus ZenFone 9 iPhone 14 Pro Pixel 7 ROG Phone 6 Nothing Phone 1 Pixel 7 OnePlus 10T Pixel 7 [57][58]
Brownlee speaking at Web Summit's Collision conference in Toronto in 2023

Personal life

Marques Keith Brownlee[59][60] grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey. He attended Columbia High School, graduating in 2011, and studied at the Howe School at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he majored in business and information technology.[8][9] Brownlee graduated in May 2015 and became a full-time YouTuber. His videos were produced at his apartment until he moved out in 2016, and he now works out of a studio in Kearny, New Jersey, using RED video equipment.[61]

American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL)

Brownlee is a professional ultimate frisbee player for the New York Empire of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL),[62][63] who were the AUDL champions in 2019, 2022 and 2023.[64][65] Brownlee previously played for the Philadelphia Phoenix (2017) and Garden State Ultimate (2015–2017). Other previous team engagements include the now-defunct New Jersey Hammerheads, a team belonging to the AUDL, and the New York Rumble, which was in the now-defunct league Major League Ultimate.

On July 31, 2022, Brownlee won the WFDF World Ultimate Club Championship with New York PoNy.[66]

See also


  1. ^ Views, broken down by channel:
    • 3.6734 billion (Marques Brownlee)
    • 51.820 million (MKBHD Shorts)
    • 3.017 million (100 Upload Project)
    • 33.849 million (The Studio)
    • 28.443 million (WVFRM Podcast)
    • 59.447 million (Waveform Clips)
    • 28.443 million (Auto Focus)
  2. ^ Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    • 17.3 million (Marques Brownlee)
    • 635 thousand (MKBHD Shorts)
    • 16.8 thousand (100 Upload Project)
    • 761 thousand (The Studio)
    • 301 thousand (WVFRM Podcast)
    • 399 thousand (Waveform Clips)
    • 680 thousand (Auto Focus)
  3. ^ Called "Best Budget Smartphone" before 2021.
  4. ^ Called "Craziest Design" in 2014.


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  3. ^ Brownlee, Marques (December 18, 2019). 10,000,000!. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Brownlee, Marques (December 3, 2011). MKBHD Update 7.0. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Brownlee, Marques (March 10, 2020). The Truth About the Escobar Folding Phone!. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "League Players". AUDL. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Raymond, Scott (August 24, 2011). "Google+ real name clampdown ignores own grace period". ZDNet. Vic Gundotra is the Senior Vice-President of Social Business at Google.
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  29. ^ Brownlee, Marques (June 26, 2020). Apple responds to your comments!. Retrieved June 29, 2020.
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  32. ^ Marques Brownlee Ranks Hot Sauce Labels While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones, retrieved October 11, 2019
  33. ^ Talking Tech with Elon Musk!, retrieved October 11, 2019
  34. ^ Tesla Factory Tour with Elon Musk!, retrieved October 11, 2019
  35. ^ Brownlee, Marques (December 12, 2018). "The Problem with YouTube Rewind!". YouTube. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  36. ^ Talking Tech & Saving the World with Bill Gates!, retrieved October 11, 2019
  37. ^ Talking Tech & Meme Review with Will Smith!, retrieved October 11, 2019
  38. ^ Talking Tech with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella!, retrieved October 11, 2019
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  42. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30 2021: Social Media". Forbes. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
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  50. ^ Brownlee, Marques (December 22, 2016). Smartphone Awards 2016!. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
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  57. ^ Smartphone Awards 2022!, retrieved December 27, 2022
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  59. ^ Brownlee, Marques. 10,000,000!. YouTube. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  60. ^ Marques Brownlee [@MKBHD] (December 18, 2019). "More incredibly, though, we finally actually did it. 10,000,000 of you subscribed to the channel. So there it is. It's my Dad's middle name too. And his Dad's. We're all MKBs, I'm just the first HD one" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2019 – via Twitter.
  61. ^ Linus Tech Tips (May 9, 2017). EXPOSING MKBHD'S FAKE VIDEOS (Studio Tour). Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  62. ^ Yang, Avery (July 24, 2019). "Famous Tech YouTuber Has Side Gig as Ultimate Frisbee Pro". NBC New York. Retrieved November 24, 2022.
  63. ^ How Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) balances a massive YouTube following and a pro ultimate frisbee career (Web video). ESPN. January 29, 2022 – via YouTube.
  64. ^ AUDL [@theAUDL] (August 11, 2019). "🏆 @empireultimate" (Tweet). Retrieved January 4, 2021 – via Twitter.
  65. ^ Rubin, Alex (August 28, 2022). "New York Empire Caps Off Undefeated Season With Second AUDL Championship". Ultiworld. Retrieved November 24, 2022.
  66. ^ Strod, Jesse (August 2, 2022). "WUCC 2022: PoNY Get Revenge on Ring in Gold Medal Match (Open Division)". Ultiworld. Retrieved November 24, 2022.

External links

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