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Best Laptops for Hackintosh 2023 – Buyer’s Guide

For those who don’t know, a Hackintosh laptop is basically a laptop that is completely non-Apple, however, is hacked in a certain way that you can actually run Apple’s Mac OS on it.

Hackintosh laptops can be useful for people who want to use the macOS operating system but do not want to pay the premium price for a MacBook laptop. They can also be useful for developers who need to test their software on a variety of hardware configurations.

However, it is important to note that building and maintaining a Hackintosh laptop can be a complex and time-consuming process, and it may not always be possible to get all hardware components to work properly with the macOS operating system.

Additionally, it is important to be aware that installing the macOS operating system on non-Apple hardware is a violation of Apple’s terms of service, and it may not be possible to obtain technical support or updates from Apple for a Hackintosh laptop.

Recommendations 

Recommendation 1: If you have a budget of around 800 to 900 dollars, it might be a good idea to consider purchasing a brand new “Macbook Air M1 2020” instead of buying a Non-Apple laptop.

Apple 2020 MacBook Air Laptop M1 Chip, 13" Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, FaceTime HD Camera, Touch ID. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray
  • All-Day Battery Life – Go longer than ever with up to 18 hours of battery life.
  • Powerful Performance – Take on everything from professional-quality editing to action-packed gaming with ease. The Apple M1 chip with an 8-core CPU delivers up to 3.5x faster performance than the previous generation while using way less power.

Recommendation 2: Buying a refurbished MacBook is another excellent choice if you’re serious about using Mac OS.

What are Renewed MacBook’s? 

Renewed products look and work like new. These pre-owned products have been inspected and tested by Amazon-qualified suppliers, which typically perform a full diagnostic test, replacement of any defective parts, and a thorough cleaning process. Packaging and accessories may be generic. All products on Amazon Renewed come with a minimum 90-day supplier-backed warranty

Best Renewed MacBook Deals

1:  Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2017) $344

2: Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2017 ) $438

3: Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch $250

Best Hackintosh Laptops 2023

1: Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon – Renewed 

Lenovo X1 Carbon 6th Generation Ultrabook: Core i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 14inch Full HD Display, Backlit Keyboard (Renewed)
  • 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor (1.8GHz Base, up to 4.00 GHz)
  • 16GB 2133MHz RAM | 512GB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive

Does everything work?

Core functions work flawlessly. Notable non-functional features include the fingerprint reader, WWAN, and USB 3.1 Gen2 hotplug. Check this for more detail Link

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2: Lenovo 330S – Best Budget Laptop 

Lenovo Newest 2019 Flagship IdeaPad 330S 15.6" Laptop Intel Core i3 4GB Memory 128GB Solid State Drive Midnight Blue
  • 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U mobile processor: Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance for HD-quality computing.
  • 15. 6" display: Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

 

 

 

66 thoughts on “Best Laptops for Hackintosh 2023 – Buyer’s Guide”

  1. Wonderfull work!! Thank you so much for your dedication bringing us this list. I’m going to buy Lenovo G50-80 – 80E501DGUK 15.6 inch Laptop 5th Gen. Intel Core i7-5500U 2.40 GHz / 3.0GHz Turbo Processor, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 1366 x 768 Screen Resolution, DVDRW Super Multi, HDMI, LAN, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, Card Reader, USB 3.0.

    And i was wondering if this generation chipset is OK and also the graphic “card” to run OS X

    Thanks again!

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  2. Well, given the fact that they all cost almost as much as the real thing, why bother? I get a Macbook Air for the same price, it’s legal and everything works………

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  3. Hi Aamir! Great post!
    Please may you help me?
    I get Dell Inspiron 15R 5537:
    i5 4200U 1,6Ghz, 
    8GBRAM (2x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3L,
    Intel 4400HD +AMD RADEON HD 8670M 2GB, 
    1705 Wireless Driver con Bluetooth v4.0 
    1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive.

    Any sugestion… What the best osx version to install on machine? There is a guide?

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  4. I came to know that lenovo Y50 does not detect the graphic card after hackintosh. I want to dual boot (mac osx+win) lenovo Y50. I wanted to ask that after successful installation if I open windows will my laptop detect the graphic card ? will it work like a gaming laptop? will I be able to play games like GTA-V? or I will face some problems? …

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  5. This configuration ok for mac osx?

    4th Generation Intel Core i3 Processor
    4GB RAM, 500GB HDD Storage Capacity
    Intel HD4000 Integrated Graphics

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    • I have priced a ton of Macbooks vs Windows laptops and that is a totally incorrect statement. The exception being the Surfacebook.

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  6. For the record dell 7347 Everything works 100% after changing out the internal wifi card for a dell dw1650=$30-38 bucks. On El Captain. You have to disable the touch screen via custom port injector listed in Tonymacx86 because of ghost touches. The newer models of this 7000 series 2n1, i don’t think have that issue.

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  7. You have the Z50 listed as having a 4th generation i7 cpu with Intel HD 4000 graphics. When going to Amazon through your buy link and looking up specs on this, the specs Amazon lists are an amd cpu and Radeon Grapics, contrary to Hackintosh successful laptop builds.

    I am trying to gain clarity on this, does the Lenvo Z50 have Intel or AMD, Radion or Intel Graphics?

    If it has AMD cpu and Radion Graphics I don’t see how this is compatible with Hackintosh.

    Thanks,
    Michebre

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  8. Aamir Irshad
    Is this laptop is compatible for hakintosh using for IOS Development XCode and ios Simulator
    HP Probook 450 Core i3 5005u 4GB RAM 500GB HDD 15.6″ HD LED Dos INTEL HD GRAPHICS -LAN- WiFi-CAM

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  9. Model : HP Notebook 15 r-032TX
    Processor: i3-4005U @1.70ghz
    RAM: 8GB
    HDD: 500GB
    Graphics: integrated Intel HD 4400/NVIDIA 820M 2GB

    Can I use Yosemite or el captain?

    Links please if possible!

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  10. It seems like most of these are very low-end.
    I have a 17″ Macbook Pro, 8GB, 2.9GHZ Core 2 Duo, 512MB Video RAM, and the problem is that Apple no longer makes Pro series laptops. Tim Cook killed Apple. All newer laptops are not Pro models, they are MacBook Airs branded as a Pro, no 17″, and not upgradeable at all.
    I want to make a 17″ Hackintosh, that is at least; i7 3 GHZ, 2-4GB VRAM, 16-64GB RAM. Touch Screen would be nice too.
    It seems like most of these on the list are about the same, or lower than my old 2008 MacBook Pro. They seem to all max out at 8GB RAM.
    My only other option will be to abandon laptops, and build up a desktop.

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  11. Does Asus R558UF Intel Core i5 6th Gen 8GB RAM 2GB NVidia is compatible for macOS Sierra?
    and how do I check the compatibility?
    Plz Help

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  12. Sir! Great post!
    Can you help please?
    I have Dell Inspiron 3521:
    i3 3217U 1.80Ghz (4 CPUs), ~1.8 Ghz
    4 GB RAM 1600MHz DDR3L,

    Any suggestion , i need for Apps development … What the best osx version to install on machine?

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  13. I have a Lenovo Yoga 710-11ISK 80TX:Signature Edition
    Processor: Intel Pentium CPU 4405Y @ 1.50GHz 1.51 GHz
    Installed memory (RAM): 4.00 GB

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  14. Kinda lose a lot of credibility when your spelling/grammar skills are so poor, getting OS X to work as a daily driver with almost full hardware recognition is no easy feat on a laptop…. it seems like you’re just promoting random models without fully fully knowing the exact specifics of exactly what works out of the box, what works with dsdt/ssdt patches, and what doesn’t work at all…..
    Also, giving people advice like “use the latest one” is very poor, it’s a well known fact that a LOT of machines working flawlessly under Yosemite/El Capitan have many many broken/not-yet-working features under Sierra; Sierra is not advised as a daily driver for a laptop at this point….. don’t just make stuff up man

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  15. I have Lenovo Z50-70 and it’s working perfectly and my friend recently bought Y50-70. I think it’s amazing laptop with high quality resolution 4K. Thanks for sharing information bro.

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  16. Toshiba C50-A X0011 15.6-inch Laptop

    2.5 GHz Intel 4th Gen Core i5-4200M Processor
    8 GB DDR3 RAM
    500 GB Hard Drive 5400 rpm SATA
    15.6 inch Screen
    Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600

    Any suggestion… What the best os x version to install on machine? There is a guide?

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  17. Many of us looking at Hackintosh laptops are doing so because Apple no longer makes a **17″** MBP. For that reason, this list is useless.

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  18. I think i’m the lucky one. Many laptops on this guide have at least one issue. I have a HP dv42160us (i had only 1 laptop in my entire life – I’m 30 years old and i have Desktop PC since 7 years old). I installed Yosemite 10.10.3 on it and everything works perfectly, except card reader and remote control.

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  19. or this Lenovo IdeaPad 700 15.6″ Full HD IPS Notebook Computer, Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX950M 4GB, Windows 10?

    i need a model where i can work on videos program? Graphic ab 4GB and i7 6gen and 4Core? thanks for help

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  20. I have the Lenovo G50-70. I love it for hackintosh. However if anyone is considering this laptop for hackintosh they should know that Lenovo “unsupported” wifi cards are blacklisted in the BIOS. If you would like to swap out your wifi card you will need to edit the BIOS of your laptop. I’ve done this and replaced the optical drive with a backup 1tb hard drive and put in ssd. Works very well.

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  21. have somebody experience whit the HP Pavilion X360 14-BA083ND laptop. and what for OSX version is best for this laptop.

    specs:
    Processor: Intel Core i5-7200U 2,5 GHz whit turbo: 3,1 GHz,
    4GB RAM type:DDR4, 2133 MHz
    HD Graphics 620, HDMI,
    256 GB SSD HD
    USB 3.1 (Type-C/Gen1), 2x USB 3.1,
    14 inch Capacitive touchscreen 1920 x 1080

    i be great full for a anser. Thanks

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  22. I have a hp bs576tx laptop with i5 7th generation and amd radeon 520 graphic card. It is compatible for any mac is
    .

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