Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for 2019




Everyone loves Apple. Their devices not only look great but also beat other devices on the market in terms of performance. There’s a lot that’s good about Apple’s devices. But there are some things that people don’t like about Apple’s products. One of them (the elephant in the room) is the price tag.

Apple’s laptops and all their other devices have always been one of the most expensive devices in the market. And I don’t think the price will go down any time soon if ever. If you love Apple’s MacOS but hate the expensive price tag, then join the Hackintosh club.

Best Hackintosh Laptops

What is a Hackintosh?

Hackintosh is a term used to describe the process of using Apple’s MacOS on laptops that aren’t MacBooks. Basically, installing MacOS on a laptop of your own choice. Why would anyone do that? Well, there are a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is that for the price of one Macbook, you can get three Hackintosh laptops.

Another difference is that you get to choose the configuration of your laptop. Not only that, you can upgrade anything in your Hackintosh any time.

If you want to upgrade your MacBook’s RAM, you will have to contact Apple’s Customer Service and pay them a hefty fee to add more RAM to your laptop. But with a Hackintosh laptop, you can just open it up and add more RAM to the laptop that you bought from the Internet at the cheapest price.

The problem with Hackintosh laptops is that you can’t buy them from the Internet like you would buy any other device. You have to make them yourself. The process isn’t exactly a cakewalk if you aren’t a software developer but with a little effort, everyone can do it.

But Here’s the Problem with Making Your Own Hackintosh laptops:

  • Most laptops aren’t compatible with MacOS.
  • If your laptop doesn’t have the right hardware, MacOS won’t work on your laptop.

To save you hundreds of hours of research, we have compiled the following list of laptops that have been tested by the Hackintosh community and are almost guaranteed to work.

Top Picks

Check out our list to find your next favorite laptop but don’t forget to check our buying guide at the end.

DELL XPS 15 – 9550

This is the most recommended laptop in the Hackintosh community. It has been tested by hundreds of people and it has worked almost every time. Your chances of building a Hackintosh laptop with this device are the highest.

Dell XPS 15 is one of the most popular laptops among professionals. You will find at least one person in every office using this device.

Dell XPS 15 9550

Although it’s popular amongst professionals, it is capable of much more than just some basic office work or email. Its hardware configuration is enough to run the most demanding of software such as Unity 3D or Maya and the latest games.

This lightweight laptop is small in size and packs a 15.6-inch screen. Unlike most laptops in this laptop’s price range that only offer an HD screen, this laptop comes with a 4K resolution screen that displays everything in crispy details.

DELL XPS 15 comes with a 6th Generation Intel i7 Quad Core processor that runs everything including the most resource-intensive software smoothly. It also offers 16 GB of RAM that you can upgrade up to 32 GB. And a 2 GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M Graphics card.

All in all, this laptop comes with almost everything a MacBook has to offer plus more. This laptop offers a touch screen display, which isn’t available in Macbook, and it comes with a Thunderbolt port. It’s a lightweight beast that is perfect for both entertainment and work.

  • 6-inch Ultra HD 4K Resolution Screen.
  • 6th Generation Intel i7 Quad Core Processor.
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM. Expandable up to 32 GB.
  • 2 GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M Graphics.
  • 512 GB SSD Drive.
  • Windows 10 Home.
Pros:

  • The biggest benefit of going with this laptop is that it is the most tested and the most recommended laptop in the Hackintosh community.
  • With 16 GB RAM and an Intel i7 processor, this laptop offers enough resources to run even the most demanding games and apps smoothly.
  • You get an Ultra HD 4K screen that looks good at all angles and displays everything crystal clear.
  • Touchscreen display with InfinityEdge technology.
Cons:

  • A little more expensive than other laptops on this list.

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DELL INSPIRON 15 7559

Dell Inspiron 15 7559 is not a new edition to the Inspiron family. It’s a gaming laptop Dell released a few years ago. Unlike most of the laptops in this list, this laptop is built for gaming.

The reason why we added this laptop to this list is that it comes with hardware that is good enough to run even the most demanding games of all time like Watch Dogs 2 or Grand Theft Auto 5.

DELL INSPIRON 15 7559

Although this laptop is built for gaming, it is great for work as well. With the 16 GB RAM that comes with this laptop, you can run all the popular creative and business tools like Adobe Photoshop and Blender 3D. It also offers a 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 960M graphics card. This device’s hardware configuration is what most gamers go for when building a custom PC from scratch.

This laptop sports a 15.6-inch screen Full HD 1080p resolution screen. With this laptop, you get a 10-hour battery life after a full charge.

Specs at a glance:

  • Intel i7 Quad Core Processor.
  • 6-inch Full HD 1080p screen with anti-glare.
  • 16GB RAM.
  • 4GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M graphics card.
  • 1 TB Hard Drive.
  • Windows 10 Home
Pros:

  • With 16 GB RAM and a 4 GB DDR5 Graphics Card, you can run even the most demanding games and applications on this laptop.
  • Built for gamers but perfect for all users.
  • 10-hour battery life that will last you your whole workday.
  • You get a Full HD 1080p screen with anti-glare.
Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a big-enough SSD drive. Only 8 GB

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LENOVO YOGA 710

Lenovo Yoga 710 is the perfect laptop for creative types. Whether you are giving a presentation or creating a 3D character for a video game, this laptop has got the hardware configuration to handle it all.

This laptop sports a cool design and packs enough power to run even the most demanding of applications and games. The best part about this laptop is that its screen can be flipped completely to the back. You can flip the screen to the back when watching a movie or when you don’t want to use the keyboard.

LENOVO YOGA 710

This laptop offers a 15.6-inch Full HD screen that displays everything crystal clear. The screen, unlike a MacBook, is a touch screen, so you can fold it to the back and use your fingers to control your computer.

Lenovo Yoga 710 comes with a built-in HD webcam with two microphones. It also comes with a 256GB Solid State Drive, which is enough to hold almost all your personal and work data. The SSD offers a performance boost compared to a normal Hard Drive.

This laptop comes with an integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics card that can run games and movies smoothly without any lag. It can even run demanding applications like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Fruity Loops.

If you are a creative person, you will love the way this laptop looks. It offers a stylish design and a foldable screen that you can flip to the back. The best part of this laptop’s design is that it’s thin body measuring at only 0.7”.

Unlike most laptops on this list, this laptop comes with a Fingerprint reader that allows you to lock your laptop with your fingerprint just as you would lock your phone.

Specs at a glance:

  • Intel 7th Generation i5 Processor.
  • 8GB RAM.
  • 256GB SSD Drive.
  • Fingerprint Reader.
  • HD Webcam with two microphones.
  • Integrated Intel UHD 620 Graphics Card.
  • Windows 10.
Pros:

  • Offers hardware configuration that can run everything from movies to resource demanding software like Adobe Photoshop.
  • Comes with a Full HD 15.6” touch screen display that offers a 360-degree foldable design. You can flip the screen to the back when watching a movie or giving a presentation or if you just want to use this laptop as a tablet.
  • 256GB SSD drive gives the laptop a performance boost and offers enough space to store all your personal files and your work files.
  • The fingerprint reader allows you to lock/unlock this laptop with your fingerprint.
  • Thin, lightweight laptop design that measures at only 0.7”.
Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with a dedicated GPU.

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Acer Aspire E5-571

Although an older generation laptop, Acer Aspire 35-571 packs enough resources to run your favorite applications without any lag. This laptop comes with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, though you can update it to Windows 10 for free from the Windows Store application.

This laptop packs a 500GB hard drive which is more than enough for most people. Although this laptop only offers only 4 Gigabytes of RAM, it should be enough to run most applications. And in any case, you can always add more RAM to this laptop later.

Acer Aspire E5-571

With this laptop, you get a 15.6-inch screen with a webcam on top. Although a budget laptop, it comes with almost all the features you would expect including WIFI, Bluetooth, and a Memory Card reader. This laptop is perfect for both school and office users.

If your goal is to play the latest games or run resource-intensive 3D applications, this might not be the laptop for you. Don’t get me wrong; it can run most applications and a lot of games. But don’t expect to get too much out of this budget laptop.

It’s a lightweight laptop with a slim, portable design, so you can carry it anywhere. It comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 which is all you need for most types of school and office work.

Specs at a glance:

  • 6” screen.
  • Intel i5 Processor.
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400.
  • 500 GB Hard Drive Space.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • Windows 8.1.
Pros:

  • Hardware configuration is enough to run most applications, so this is a great budget laptop for most types of school and office work.
  • Comes with 4GB Ram, Intel i5 Processor, and Intel HD Graphics 4400 to make everything run as smooth as possible. Although the RAM isn’t much, you can always upgrade the RAM on this laptop.
Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with the latest Windows 10.
  • Only offers 4GB RAM.

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HP ProBook 450 G4

HP markets its ProBook 450 G4 laptop as a business ultrabook. It is a laptop built for professionals and creatives. It’s got an Intel i5 processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM. Whether you want to give a presentation or design a brochure for your company with Adobe Illustrator, this laptop will do the job and run everything smoothly.

HP ProBook 450 G4

This laptop offers a 15.6-inch Full HD Display with anti-glare that is accompanied by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520. It comes with everything you will need in a laptop including an HDMI port, VGA ports, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, and many other features.

This laptop comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. If you prefer to run this laptop on Windows 7, you can also downgrade Windows for free.

Specs at a glance:

  • Intel 6th Gen i5 Processor.
  • Full HD 1080p Display with Anti-Glare.
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM. Upgradable up to 16GB.
  • 500GB Hard Drive Space.
Pros:

  • The 500GB Hard Drive space offered by this laptop is enough to hold all your personal and work files.
  • Comes with Intel i5 Processor and 8GB of RAM allowing you to run even the most demanding games and software easily.
  • The RAM can be upgraded to 16GB.
  • Comes with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed. Can be downgraded to Windows 7 for free.
  • The 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p resolution screen offers crystal clear display and sharp colors.
Cons:

  • The hardware configuration could have been better.

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ASUS ZENBOOK UX533FD-DH74

Asus Zenbook is a beautiful looking laptop that offers a lightweight design and promises the best in portability. The display screen on this laptop has very thin bezels and offers a lot more screen area than most other laptops do.

This laptop comes with the best hardware configuration you can get at this price tag. It comes with a Full HD 15.6-inch screen. It also comes with an Intel 8th Gen i7 Quad Core Processor and 16GB DDR4 RAM. This laptop’s hardware configuration can run any game and software without any visible lag.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX533FD-DH74

If you are a gamer, this is one of the best laptops you can get at this price tag for gaming. It comes with a Geforce GTX 1050 Graphics card, which can play most modern games smoothly and will continue to do so for at least the next 5 years.

Asus Zenbook’s hardware configuration is super fast as it comes with an Intel i7 Processor and a 512GB SSD Drive which is enough to hold all your files.

Whether you want a laptop just for some simple office work or you are a serious gamer, this laptop is an affordable beast that can handle anything you throw at it, be it high-end games or resource-demanding software like Maya 3D or Photoshop.

Specs at a glance:

  • 6-inch Full HD Display With Very Thin Bezel.
  • Intel 8th Gen i7 Quad Core Processor.
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM.
  • 512GB SSD Disk Space.
  • Geforce GTX 1050 Max-Q Graphics Card.
Pros:

  • You get a 15.6-inch screen that comes with a lot of display area as the bezels on the screen are very slim, unlike most laptops.
  • 512GB SSD Disk space will not only make your laptop run fast but will also be enough to hold most of your files.
  • The GTX 1050 Geforce graphics card included with this laptop’s configuration can run all the latest games and software out there smoothly without any lag.
  • With 16GB DDR4 RAM and an Intel i7 Quad Core Processor, you will rarely (if ever) see any lag in your gaming or work.
Cons:

  • The processor and hardware configuration is a bit old.

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LENOVO G50

Lenovo G50 is a budget laptop. If you are thinking of running high-end games or applications on this laptop, it may not work well. Other than that, this laptop can handle most type of work including office and school work.

LENOVO G50

As this is just a budget laptop, you only get an Intel i3 Processor and 6GB DDR3 RAM. Although the hardware configuration doesn’t sound as great as the other laptops on this list, this laptop is a budget laptop that is suitable for work and some light entertainment like watching YouTube or Netflix.

If you want a laptop for some school work, this laptop may be perfect for you. It’s a budget laptop you can buy without breaking the bank that can easily run most applications and is suitable for most type of work.

Specs at a glance:

  • Intel i3 Processor.
  • 6-inch Screen.
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 500GB Hard Drive.
  • Windows 8.1.
Pros:

  • This a budget laptop that is perfect for simple school and office work.
  • The 15.6-inch screen that offers a 1366×768 resolution.
  • Comes with 6GB DDR3 RAM and Intel i3 Processor which can run most applications smoothly without lag.
  • 500GB Hard Drive that can easily store all of your files.
Cons:

  • The screen doesn’t offer an HD resolution. Max 1366×768 resolution.

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Xiaomi mi Notebook Pro

There’s a reason why the Hackintosh community loves this laptop. It’s stylish, sleek design makes it look just like a MacBook. When you turn it into a Hackintosh, it will not only run things smoothly but also look stylish.

This laptop is designed to offer high performance and to run everything smoothly. It’s got an Intel i5 Processor that is more than enough for most users. To fight lag and run everything smoothly, this laptop comes with 8 Gigabytes of DDR4 RAM. It also offers 256GB of SSD Disk Space to make sure all your programs run fast and so that you can access all your files faster than a normal hard drive.

Xiaomi mi Notebook Pro

This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch screen that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The display is Full HD and displays everything crisp and clear. This laptop can run almost all the modern games out there as it has got a 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150 Graphics Card, which is more than capable of handling high-end games and applications.

With this laptop, you also get Windows 10 pre-installed. Moreover, you get all the features you would need in a laptop like WiFi, Bluetooth, and other such features. What we like the most about this laptop is its sleek design. It not only looks like a MacBook, it even offers slimmer bezels on the display than a MacBook does.

Specs at a glance:

  • 6-inch Corning Gorilla Glass Screen.
  • Intel i5 Processor.
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM.
  • 256GB SSD Disk Space.
  • 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150 Graphics Card.
  • Windows 10.
Pros:

  • This laptop is designed to run resource-intensive games and applications with ease. It comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and an Intel i5 Processor.
  • With 256GB SSD, you can rest assured that all your applications will load up fast and all your files will be accessed faster than on a Hard Drive.
  • You can run almost all the games out there on this laptop as it comes with a 2GB DDR5 Nvidia MX150 Graphics Card.
  • This laptop looks a lot like a MacBook and offers a Full HD Screen with Super Slim Bezels on the display which offers more display area on the screen.
Cons:

  • For the price point, the graphics card could have been a little better.

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HP – Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360 is a beautifully-designed laptop that is lightweight but packs the best of hardware you can get for its price range. It comes with a Full HD 13.3-inch Touch Screen display. Unlike the MacBook, this laptop offers a touch screen display.

This laptop offers an Intel Core i7 Processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM, which is enough to smoothly run most applications and games on the market. It also comes with an integrated Intel HD 520 GPU.

HP - Spectre x360

This laptop also offers 256GB SSD Drive which is much faster than a normal hard drive and can store almost all your files. What we don’t like about this laptop is that it doesn’t come with a dedicated Graphics Card. Most laptops in this price range come with a dedicated graphics card.
It offers all the features you would come to expect in a portable laptop such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Type C (Thunderbolt) Port, and many other such features.

This laptop offers a foldable screen that you can flip to the back to use the laptop as a tablet. It is lightweight and offers a slim, portable design that looks great.

Specs at a glance:

  • 3-inch Full HD Touch-Screen Display.
  • Intel Core i7 Processor.
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 256GB SSD Drive.
  • Integrated Intel HD 520 Graphics.
  • Windows 10 Pro.
Pros:

  • This laptop comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD Touch Screen Display that offers a 1920×1080 resolution.
  • It can run most applications and games with the Intel i7 Processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM that you get with this laptop.
  • You get Windows 10 Pro pre-installed on this laptop.
  • The 256GB SSD Drive that comes with this laptop speeds up all your programs and can hold almost all your work and personal files.
Cons:

  • It doesn’t come with a dedicated Graphics Card like most other laptops in this price range.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 710S

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Ultrabook is a laptop designed for creative professionals in mind. If you are a writer or designer who likes to take their work with them, you will love this laptop. It is lightweight and offers a stunning sleek design.

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S

Even though this laptop doesn’t look like much, it packs inside an Intel i7 Processor and 8GB RAM. It can run even the most demanding software without any lag. The screen on this device offers a Full HD display. It offers an “Infinity Edge” display screen which looks crisp and clear from all angles.

Specs at a glance:

  • 3-inch Full HD Infinity Edge Screen.
  • Intel Core i7 Processor.
  • 256GB SSD Drive.
  • 8GB RAM.
  • Windows 10.
Pros:

  • This laptop offers a beautiful design that is lightweight and sleek.
  • It offers a Full HD Display with Infinity Edge, which makes everything look clear from all angles.
  • It comes with an Intel Core i7 Processor and 8GB RAM which is enough to run everything smoothly.
  • The 256GB SSD that comes installed in this laptop will help run all your programs and games smoothly.
  • It laptop comes with Windows 10 pre-installed.
  • The screen has very thin bezels, which increases the display area.
Cons:

  • It doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card like the other laptops in this price range.

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Buyer’s Guide

What Is Hackintosh?

Apple’s high-end pricing and lack of hardware customization for MacBooks don’t sit well with people who like to build their own computers. That’s how the Hackintosh process came to be.

It is the process of turning a normal PC into one that runs Mac OS. The process isn’t easy and doesn’t always work but people have done it before.

Here’s an example of someone who did it on YouTube:

Should I Build A Hackintosh?

The reason why some people like to build their own Hackintosh is that it is much cheaper than a MacBook. For the price of one MacBook Pro, you can buy two Hackintosh laptops.

If you don’t care about the price and if you are okay with using a closed system that you can’t customize yourself, then you should go with MacBook.

But on the other hand:

  • If you would like more control over the device…
  • If you don’t want to pay too much for everything associated with the Apple ecosystem…
  • If you want to be able to upgrade your laptop hardware without paying hundreds of dollars to Apple…

then, yes, you should go with a Hackintosh.

It is much cheaper to repair a Hackintosh laptop than it is to repair a MacBook.

MacBooks use custom hardware components that you can’t buy on Amazon and they certainly aren’t easy to install.

With MacBooks, you have to pay the price Apple decides and there is no room for a bargain, but with a Hackintosh, you can find and use the cheapest hardware you can buy on the Internet.

Is It Legal?

Installing Apple’s Mac OS on your laptop that is not a MacBook is a legal grey area. Unlike Microsoft’s Windows, Mac OS isn’t available as a downloadable ISO file that you could burn to a disc and install Windows. To install Mac OS on a laptop, you first need to copy it from a laptop that already has Mac OS installed on it.

Although that is the preferred and the most recommended way, you still can download Mac OS from torrent sites and install it on your laptop.

But here’s the deal:

Just like Microsoft, Apple doesn’t care what the Hackintosh community is doing. They haven’t said anything about it and seem to be just fine with people tweaking with their products. Now, although that doesn’t make the process legal, the chances of Apple taking any action are very low. People download and install thousands of pirated copies of Windows every month. Microsoft knows this but doesn’t care. Apple doesn’t care about the Hackintosh community either. But you have to remember that it may be illegal to build a Hackintosh.

Differences Between a Macbook And a Hackintosh

There are a lot of differences between a Macbook and a Hackintosh. The biggest being that Macbook is the official product offering from Apple. On the other hand, Hackintosh is a device that you build yourself by copying MacOS from a MacBook to your own laptop.

Here are some of the differences you need to keep in mind when building a Hackintosh laptop yourself:

No Warranties

If you buy a MacBook, you get a warranty from Apple that lasts at least one year. If your laptop breaks, you can get it fixed from an Apple service center for free.

But with a Hackintosh, you get no warranties. You get a warranty from the creator of the laptop that you are going to turn into a Hackintosh but the thing to remember is that a lot of companies will consider your warranty void if they find you tweaked (or Hackintoshed) the device yourself.

In some cases, if you break your device, you are on your own. But in most cases, if Mac OS doesn’t work well with your device, you can always revert back to Windows.

The Price Difference

The expensive price tag of Apple’s products is one of the top reasons why people choose to build their own Hackintosh laptops.

For the price of one MacBook, you can build at least two Hackintosh laptops. If your Hackintosh breaks, you can just get another one. But you can’t say the same for a MacBook as the price is too high.

No Guarantee If MacOS Will Play Well With Your Laptop

Because MacOS is a proprietary operating system developed by Apple for its own MacBook laptops, the operating system only supports hardware that comes bundled with the official MacBook laptop.

Most laptops do not work well with MacOS, so it is important to choose a laptop that has hardware that is known to work with MacOS or is at least similar to a MacBook.

Unlike Windows, which is built to work on all systems and hardware, Mac OS is built to run only on Hardware chosen by Apple.

Build a Laptop With Hardware Configuration You Like

If you just want to get some office work done, then buying an Apple MacBook might not be the most cost-effective choice. Building a Hackintosh will save you a lot of money if all you want is a simple laptop that can handle some simple office work and runs Mac OS.

On the other hand, if you are a hardcore gamer and want to run games without any lag at all, building your own Hackintosh allows you to get the hardware you want.

If you like to tweak/upgrade the hardware configuration on your laptop yourself, then building a Hackintosh is the best choice as Apple’s MacBook isn’t easy to customize the hardware of.

Will It Work With My Laptop?

The biggest problem with making your own Hackintosh is that Apple’s proprietary Mac OS is designed to only run on MacBooks and Macs. As a result, most laptops aren’t compatible with the operating system because their hardware isn’t supported/recognized by the operating system.

When buying a laptop to Hackintosh, you need to look for hardware that is at least known to be compatible with Mac OS. Remember that most laptops don’t play well with Mac OS as their hardware isn’t supported by the operating system.

Going with a laptop with hardware configuration similar to a MacBook won’t guarantee that it will work flawlessly with Mac OS but it at least puts the odds in your favor.

The laptops we listed in this guide offer hardware configuration that is the most likely to work with Mac OS, so if you go with a laptop from this list your chances of successfully building your own Hackintosh will be much better than Hackintoshing a random laptop.

We recommend going with the Dell XPS 15 laptop as it has been tested and confirmed to be working by a lot of people in the Hackintosh community. It’s not guaranteed to work for you but the chances of it working well are considerably higher than most other laptops on the market.

If you are into looks and want to buy a laptop that looks like MacBook, then go with Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. It not only looks like a MacBook, it also offers hardware that might be able to run Mac OS. Not only that, but it will also be able to run easily most heavy games and applications on the market.

Once again, whichever laptop you go with, make sure that it is either confirmed by the Hackintosh community to work or at least offers hardware that is compatible with Mac OS.

Conclusion

If you are thinking about building a Hackintosh yourself, don’t forget this:

Most laptops don’t offer Mac OS compatible hardware.

Although all the laptops on this list offer hardware configuration that is either known to be able to run Mac OS or seems will be able to, there is no guarantee that the laptop will play well with Mac OS.

By choosing a laptop from our list, you will increase your chances of making things work.

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