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Congrats on deciding to dive into the world of macOS. It’s a great operating system and does a lot of things better than Windows.
Finding the best laptop for Hackintosh can be a challenge as you can’t install this modified version of macOS on just any laptop.
In a hurry?
Here’s our Editor’s choice:
Dell XPS 15
You need the right hardware that supports Hackintosh, and from that, you have to find the best compatible models. As we said, it is not easy when you don’t know what you’re looking for.
We have gone through a lot of models and have found really good laptops that come with the right hardware that also does well with Hackintosh.
With the list we made, you literally save days of research and can pick a laptop that suits your need. Without wasting any more time, let’s have a look at the best notebooks for Hackintosh for the year 2020.
Best Laptop For Hackintosh (Editor’s Choice) – Dell XPS 15
The Dell XPS 15 is our Editor’s choice for the best laptop for Hackintosh in 2020.
This laptop is the closest one that can be compared to the MacBook Pros highest variant. It comes packed with hardware that is high-end and gives you a brilliant performance.
The design of the Dell XPS 15 reminds us of the MacBook Pro in many ways. It comes in a light silver shade that the MacBook Pro is famous for but has black interiors that are nice-looking.
Dell has reduced the thickness of the bezels significantly and calls it the InfinityEdge display. As a result, the entire footprint of the laptop has been reduced and that has resulted in a much smaller laptop that gives you the same level of performance.
The laptop measures 11mm at the thinnest point and 17mm at the thickest point which is extraordinary for a high-performance laptop. It weighs around 4lbs that makes it one of the most portable heavyweight performance laptops out there.
If you are a student or someone who travels a lot, you can easily slide this into your backpack and carry on with your day.
Display & Inputs
The display on the still XPS 15 is probably its best feature. We have a 15.6-inch display that comes with 4K resolution. Thanks to the infinity edge design, you get a lot of screen real estate with very little bezels giving you uninterrupted viewing experience.
The colors on the display are super vibrant and give you a satisfying viewing experience. The display is perfect for watching your favorite movies and TV shows, working on photos and video editing, and also for simple web browsing if that’s your thing.
We have an IPS panel underneath the display, and that is responsible for the brilliant contrast ratio we are getting. The viewing angles are also nothing short of excellent which is something you would expect in a high-end laptop like this one.
The display also doubles up as a touchscreen. If you’re someone who enjoys using a touchscreen on a laptop, then you might have some fun. But none of the MacBooks come with a touchscreen so it is pretty much useless here. You will be able to make use of it only if you install Windows as a parallel operating system.
The keyboard on the Dell XPS 15 is a gem. We have an excellent keyboard that comes with keys there are great to type on. The feeling when you type on this keyboard is very pleasing, thanks to the feedback the keyboard gives.
The keyboard is backlit which makes it possible for you to work in environments where there is not much light. The trackpad is a Windows precision trackpad, and It does what it is supposed to do with finesse.
The processor we have here is an i7 9750H processor from the ninth generation of Intel chips. This is a high-performance processor from Intel and comes with the ability to run some complex and heavy applications.
The processor comes with six physical cores and 12 logical cores. We get a base clock speed of 2.60 GHz which is a pretty good starting point. Even without any boost, we have a powerful processor at our disposal. When you require that extra power, the laptop can push to a maximum of 4.5 GHz which is crazy.
When it comes to memory, the Dell XPS 15 comes with 16 GB of RAM. This is DDR4 RAM we are talking about, and it comes with excellent bandwidth that is perfect for efficient multitasking. You can also run multithreaded applications, and this memory will manage it like a boss.
Dell XPS 15 has taken storage to the next level on this laptop. We get a 1 TB SSD storage which is the best bargain you can get. This SSD comes with excellent speeds and compliments the processor and the memory in the best way possible.
Since you’re getting both storage as well as the speed there is nothing to complain about the storage department.
The graphics card we have here is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. This is a higher mid-range graphics card that comes with a dedicated video memory of 4 GB that is of GDDR5 type.
With this discrete graphics card in place, you will be able to play most games without any issues. If you want to play the latest AAA games, then you might have to metal down the settings a bit, but that won’t be that much of a problem.
If you plan to run professional-grade software that needs a lot of graphics performance, you should go for a GPU that is much better than the one here. We recommend checking out our high-performance choice as it comes with an absolute beast of a GPU.
When it comes to the battery department there are a few factors to consider. The laptop power is a 4K display and has a hexa core i7 processor managing the entire show. If you are a laptop enthusiast, you would expect an average battery life from this laptop.
This is where the Dell XPS 15 pulls off a major surprise. The laptop, with regular use, is capable of staying alive for about 8 to 10 hours. This is an excellent battery life, and it’s pretty good for the price. When you work on something complex or resource-intensive, this number will go down, but that is to be expected.
Overall, the Dell XPS 15 is the closest you can get to MacBook Pro 16”. It matches Apple’s flagship laptop when it comes to performance,and you can get it by paying a lot less. If you’re looking to get the best Hackintosh experience, then the Dell XPS 15 is the best laptop for Hackintosh in 2020.
Runner Up – ASUS ZenBook 13
The ASUS ZenBook 13 is our second choice when it comes to running macOS on non-Apple hardware.
Since we chose a 15.6-inch laptop as already the editor’s choice, it is only fair that we give a 13.3-inch laptop a chance to feature as a runner-up. After all, it gives you the best portability one can get.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 is an ultra-slim laptop like its name suggests. It is one of the thinnest laptops we have seen in the ZenBook range and weighs only around 2.60lbs.
Just because the same book weighs a lot less doesn’t mean it is a week laptop. The laptop meets demanding military standards for reliability and durability. It has been tested in harsh conditions with physical vibrations and shock tests that mimic even the roughest day to day use.
One of the best things about this then book model is its display. We have a 13.3-inch display that comes with full HD resolution. The resolution for this display size gives us good pixel density and make sure that the images are sharp enough.
The real show-stealer here is the size of the bezels. You are getting super-thin bezels, and you just lens an amazing viewing experience. ASUS has achieved a screen to body ratio of 95% which is just amazing in terms of design.
The display is perfect for consuming media like movies and TV shows. You can also make this your work display as it gives you excellent colors and sharp texts. Though the display is not good as the ones in the MacBook Pro 13 inches all the MacBook Air, it does a pretty good job.
The keyboard we have here does a few things very well. The first thing we would like to mention is the ergo lift hinge which gives you a little lift making the typing experience a bit more pleasant.
The keys on the keyboard are quite nice to type on. For a 13.3″ mid-range laptop, they give you enough travel, and you don’t lose any speed or accuracy which is nice. The trackpad is pretty good and can also double up as a number pad which is a nice innovation, in our opinion.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 kills it when it comes to battery life. With light use, this laptop can last for about 8 to 10 hours which is nothing short of excellent. Even when you run complex and heavy applications, you can expect around 5 to 6 hours of battery life, and that is impressive.
The processor that powers the aces in book 13 is an Intel Core i7 8565U chip. This is a quad-core processor from Intel and comes with a base frequency of 1.80 GHz. The processor can go up to a maximum of 4.60 GHz which is a lot of power for an upper mid-range range laptop like this one.
The laptop comes with a TDP of 15W that should give you enough room to exercise its power without throttling of any kind. You also get 8 MB of Intel smart cache memory that should come in handy when you’re dealing with simple applications but bigger file sizes.
When it comes to everyday performance, the laptop does very well. You can run pretty much any application on this laptop, and this processor can handle it without breaking a sweat.
The memory department on this laptop comes with 16GB of RAM. There are 2 8 sticks, and you can even be upgraded to 32GB if you need that kind of memory in the future. When it comes to multitasking there are no restrictions, and you can open even tens of tabs on your favorite browser which is a nice thing to have.
The storage department comes with 512 of PCIe solid-state drive. This solid state drive is quite fast and can move even Gigabytes of data within seconds. It helps in opening applications at lightning-quick speech and provides performance enhancements wherever possible.
The ZenBook 13 comes only with an integrated graphics card. We do not have a discrete graphics card, and, in our opinion, we don’t think that’s a problem as the integrated graphics card is quite capable of handling most mid-range graphics requirements without any issues.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 really shines in the connectivity department. It gives you more force than the MacBooks, and with that, you get a bit of flexibility as well. You get a USB Type-C port, USB Type-A port, and also an HDMI port that should come in handy. There is also a microSD card reader for those who use SD cards, and you get the good old audio jack as well.
Overall, the ASUS ZenBook 13 is a good match for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13. Hardware on this laptop is quite powerful, and you’ll be able to do a lot more by paying a lot less. This is easily one of the best notebooks for Hackintosh in 2020.
Best Budget Laptop For Hackintosh – Acer Aspire 5
If you are looking for a macOS experience without spending a lot of money, then the Acer Aspire 5 is the perfect laptop for your Hackintosh.
The Acer Aspire 5 comes at a very affordable price but brings a good set of hardware that guarantees you a decent performance all across the board. The performance of the laptop can be compared with that of the MacBook Air And even the MacBook Pro 13 in some cases.
The MacBook Air starts at around $1000 while the MacBook Pro 13 costs a little bit more. These Acer Aspire 5 is much more affordable And gives you a similar performance which is exactly what a Hackintosh is for.
The display on this laptop has a 15.6 inch one. It comes with full HD resolution and an IPS panel beneath it. When it comes to picture quality, the display does a pretty good job and delivers good colors with a decent contrast ratio. The display is well suited for watching movies and TV shows, web browsing, social media, and other daily tasks.
If you are going to do some serious photo editing or video editing, then this display is not the right one for it. Thanks to the IPS panel, you get excellent viewing angles that allow you to get the same accuracy of colors from any angle.
The keyboard on the Acer Aspire 5 is quite impressive. Being an affordable laptop, you would expect Acer to cut some corners and the keyboard is where most manufacturers usually do. But here, we get a nice keyboard that comes with well-spaced keys and good feedback.
The typing experience on this keyboard is impressive and it doesn’t affect your speed or accuracy in any way. The keyboard also comes with backlighting which means you will be able to work even in the darkest of rooms without any issues. The trackpad is not that great with macOS, but it gets the job done.
Being a 15.6-inch laptop, you might have your doubts when it comes to portability. This is not the most portable laptop on the list, but for a 15.6-inch laptop, you can easily carry this around without any issues.
The laptop also excels when it comes to battery life. Most laptops in this price range will not last more than two or three hours, but the Acer Aspire 5 manages to consistently last for about 6 to 7 hours depending upon your user habits. Heavy usage might bring this number down, but we would still have a laptop with decent battery life.
The laptop is powered by an Intel core i5 processor. This is a dual-core i5 processor and Is a mid-range one at best. The processor comes with a base frequency of 1.10 GHz which is quite low. However, when you need that extra power, the processor uses a turbo boost and gives you more power to get things done.
When it comes to handling your everyday needs, this processor does a commendable job. Whether it is running your simple office applications or even some heavy lifting, is this i5 chip doesn’t falter much.
There are 8GB of RAM in the memory department. The RAM is of the DDR4 type and comes with good clock speed. It provides enough bandwidth for efficient multitasking, and you can also run multithreaded applications without any issues. You can also upgrade the RAM later which is something you can’t do in both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.
The Acer Aspire 5 does not come with a dedicated graphics card. The integrated Intel HD graphics card is okay when it comes to handling complex graphics requirements. If you don’t require complex graphics handling, then you will be perfectly fine with this laptop.
On the connectivity front, the Acer Aspire 5 gives you enough options. You get a couple of USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, an ethernet port, and also an audio jack. There are no USB Type-C ports which is a bit disappointing. The laptop also comes with built-in support for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Overall, the Acer Aspire 5 is a solid affordable laptop. You get the macOS experience without spending a lot of money, and it might be as good as a regular Mac depending upon your needs. Without a doubt, this is the best budget laptop for Hackintosh for the year 2020.
Best High-Performance Laptop For Hackintosh – Gigabyte Aero 15
The Gigabyte Aero 15 is our choice for the best high-performance laptop for Hackintosh.
Gigabyte has been giving us some beastly laptops, and they are so good. This Aero 15 model is no exception as it delivers excellent performance and is perfect to replace a MacBook Pro 16 with even better performance.
The only concern here is that you don’t save any money on this laptop as it costs pretty much the same as similar spec MacBook Pro would cost. But there is a nice performance jump especially in the graphics department which opens a lot of possibilities.
The first thing we want to talk about is the display. We have a 15.6-inch display that comes with ultra HD resolution. This is an AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) display, and it comes with very thin bezels. The bezels are so thin that it can’t host the WebCam in its usual position. The WebCam is found at the bottom at a weird position, but that’s serviceable.
Being an AMOLED display, this display kills it when it comes to picture quality. The blacks are just pure blacks, and you get excellent whites with pretty good greyscale performance as well. You will enjoy media consumption on this display as it provides rich and vibrant colors that are perfect for it.
The display compares well with that of the MacBook Pro 16. The MacBook Pro 16 has a slightly bigger display, but the difference is negligible. The resolution on this display is much higher, and it gives you more detail when compared with the MacBook Pro.
The keyboard on the Aero 15 is an excellent one. It is a tactile keyboard that comes with a nice mechanical keyboard finish and gives you good feedback. You will love typing on this keyboard, and it will not affect your speed or accuracy in any way.
The keyboard comes with RGB backlighting which you can customize for a more personalized experience. There is also a dedicated number pad which should come in handy for a lot of people. This is something you don’t get with any of the Macs so that’s a pleasant addition.
The trackpad on the Aero 15 is not as big as the one in the MacBook Pro. But it is a Windows precision trackpad, and it does well when it comes to handling macOS.
The Gigabyte Aero 15 is powered by an Intel Core i7 10875H Processor. This is an octa-core processor from Intel and comes with a base clock speed of 2.30 GHz. The processor comes with 16 threads which makes it probably the most powerful processor out there in the market.
With a TDP of 35W and a maximum clock frequency of 5.10 GHz, this processor is a beastly one and can handle pretty much any complex application you throw at it. The processor gets a CPU mark benchmark score of 15,466 which pretty much confirms how powerful this processor is.
One of the problems with having a very high and processor on your laptop is handling the heat produced. The Gigabyte Aero 15 is primarily marketed as a gaming laptop, and you would expect a good cooling system, and it doesn’t disappoint us.
The laptop comes with windows infinity cooling which comprises 71-blade fans and 5 heat pipes. This cooling system can Increase the overall heat dissipation by 30% which is a significant improvement. When the processor comes out firing all guns, the schooling system should be able to keep the temperature at a decent level.
The memory department on the Aero 15 comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. This memory allows you to multitask to your heart’s content. You’ll be able to run even complex applications that need a lot of computations without any performance quirks
The graphics card on the arrow 15 is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070. This is a high-end graphics card and comes with Turing architecture that offers you an excellent gaming performance. Since we are not going to be using the Macs for gaming, you will find this graphics card useful in running other heavy applications.
Video editing is one of the primary uses of the MacBook Pro 16. Final cut pro is the go-to application of choice for those who edit videos on a Mac. The software runs well with you are RTX 2070, and you get much better than the times with this laptop. The graphics card will come in handy for other high-end use cases as well.
The Aero 15 is not the most portable laptop out there. At the same time, it is not as bulky as other gaming laptops as well. The laptop weighs around 4.4 lbs which is pretty good for a 15.6-inch laptop that offers you this kind of performance.
Being a high-performance laptop, you would not expect the arrow 15 to have good battery life. With a 4K screen to power, the laptop also has to take care of a power-hungry processor and a powerful GPU. Even with all these high-end hardware, the laptop manages class for about 4 to 5 hours which is pretty good.
There are a lot of connectivity options on this laptop. We get a USB type C port, 3 USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort 1.4, an ethernet port, and SD card reader, and also a combo audio jack.
The SD card reader we have here is a UHS-II SD card reader which comes with the transfer rate of 300 MB per second. This is 12 times faster than your traditional SD card reader which should come in handy for a lot of people.
Overall, the Gigabyte Aero 15 is a perfect improvement on the MacBook Pro 16. If you want to run macOS on a laptop that is much more powerful than your regular MacBook Pro, then this laptop here is an excellent choice.
Things To Know Before You Choose The Best Laptop For Hackintosh
We know you’re excited about the idea of a Hackintosh.
But are you aware of all the crucial stuff about Hackintosh? Sometimes saving a few hundred dollars can blindside us. Is a Hackintosh the right choice for you?
This section gives you all the information you need to know about Hackintosh.
With this information, you will be able to see if a Hackintosh is good for your need, and you’ll also get an idea about the problems that might come with one.
What is a Hackintosh?
A Hackintosh is a computer that uses macOS on non-Apple hardware. If you install Apple’s macOS on a Windows machine, then it is a Hackintosh. A Hackintosh can be either a desktop PC or a laptop.
One of the main reasons people prefer taking the Hackintosh route is to save themselves from Apple’s premium prices. This way, you can get the macOS experience at a much cheaper price.
You can also upgrade the hardware at your will which might not be possible in most Apple computers.
Is Hackintosh A Problem-Free Solution?
If you’re planning to use a Hackintosh for getting a taste of macOS or simply as a hobby, then you won’t get a lot of problems with a Hackintosh.
But if you’re planning to do a lot of professional work with a Hackintosh, then prepare to face a lot of bugs and other issues. If you don’t want to deal with these irks, then you’re better off buying a MacBook from Apple.
To tell the truth, not one laptop is 100% compatible with macOS. Unless you get a Mac, you are going to get issues. Some might get simple issues like your SD card reader not working or your WiFi adapter disconnecting often.
Our advice would be to not rely on a Hackintosh as your main computer. If you must use macOS as your primary operating system, then you probably should get a Mac.
Is Hackintosh Legal?
We can’t say if it legal to use a Hackintosh.
But we can say that it is not illegal to use one.
If you assemble your computer, then you can install macOS on it and run it for personal use. But you’re not allowed to sell commercial Hackintoshes. That’s where we would draw the line.
Can I Run All Mac Apps on my Hackintosh?
99% of the macOS apps will work fine on your Hackintosh. Compatibility problems will mostly be associated with the hardware and not the software.
There might be some popular applications that might not work well. For example, Bootcamp is a famous Mac app, and it does not work in Hackintosh computers. However, some alternatives can take care of that problem.
Is a Hackintosh Better Than Regular Macs?
It depends on the user and their use case.
If you’re building a Hackintosh for experimental reasons, then you might find something interesting about both approaches.
One advantage Hackintosh users have is that they are not restricted by Apple hardware. You can make a much more powerful computer and run macOS on it which can lead to some interesting results.
If you’re looking to build a powerhouse that runs macOS and can handle the bugs that come with it, then you might find it better than a regular Mac.
What Are Some Problems With A Hackintosh?
Some of the simple problems you might experience are
- SD card reader not working
- Certain keys on the keyboard not working
- WiFi adapter issues (Very common)
- Bluetooth issues
Some serious problems with Hackintosh are
- Kernel issues
- Boot screen problems
- Untimely freezing of the OS
- Issues with power management
- Graphics card issues
What Are The Basic Requirements Of A Laptop To Run macOS?
To transform a Windows laptop into a Hackintosh, here are some basics you need to know.
The laptop must have an Intel processor as AMD chips won’t work with Hackintosh laptops.
You should find a guide for your specific Hackintosh model so that you can follow it step by step to complete the installation process.
Use hardware that is known to compatible with Apple software so that the installation and the regular use are as smooth as ever.
Do You Get Updates From Apple?
Yes, macOS will run as it always will, but getting updates will do more bad than good.
Most Hackintosh computers break when they run automatic updates from Apple. It is better to see if the update has done well in the Hackintosh community before you install it on your computer.
Can You Dual-boot on a Hackintosh?
Yes. Though Bootcamp does not work with a Hackintosh, you can still make a dual-boot environment with Hackintosh laptops.
That’s all we have for this post.
One of the key things to note is to go for a laptop that is a lot cheaper than Mac laptops. Otherwise, all the hassle you go through won’t make any sense.
We hope you were able to find the best laptop for Hackintosh with the help of our guide.
If you’re still struggling with zeroing in on one model, do let us know and we’ll get in touch with you to offer more help.
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