Hackintosh makes due in lieu of Apple Silicon Mac [Setups]

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A Hackintosh forms the core of this three-display setup.
A hackintosh forms the core of this three-display setup.
Photo: GrandeNJR@Reddit.com

If you’re out there pimping your computer setup on a Mac social media list, but you don’t have a Mac, what do you do? Well, you could flex your Hackintosh laptop and surround it with some Apple gear to make things look good.

Redditor GrandeNJR took that route with his recent post, “Not a real Mac (Hackintosh), but do my other Apple products make up for it?” Or at least he appeared to take that route.

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Surprise, surprise

As it turns out, he has no other Apple gear, except perhaps an iPhone. And maybe an iPad, though he doesn’t list it. He just implied “other Apple products” in his headline.

Nevertheless, other Redditors seemed to accept the post as a normal part of the Mac Setups subreddit. And GrandeNJR pledged that an M1 Mac is in his future.

Hackintosh counts in my book,” said a commenter. “I like this!”

“Haha great!” replied GrandeNJR. “My next machine will most definitely be one of the Apple Silicon Macs, been daily driving macOS on mine and haven’t looked back since.”

Hackintosh laptop and landscape and portrait monitors

In his setup, GrandeNJR sports a 2018 Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 laptop running macOS Monterey (that unauthorized use is what makes it a “Hackintosh”). The machine sits on a Soundance Laptop Stand.

He uses the laptop to drive a 29-inch LG UltraWide IPS monitor as his primary display, horizontally, and a 24-inch LG HD IPS monitor vertically, as his secondary display.

The two monitors are not especially large by today’s standards, but they certainly make a big difference as additions to a 13-inch laptop screen.

The 29-inch display features 2560 x 1080 pixel resolution and a 75Hz refresh rate. Newer versions add HDR 10 support, which is a higher standard for brightness. The 24-inch has 1980 x 1080 pixel resolution and the same refresh rate.

A Baseus Monitor Light Bar keeps the eye strain down while lighting up the desktop a little bit.

Practical peripherals

Keeping with the theme of, whoops, not many Apple products at least right now, GrandeNJR goes with an Epomaker SK64s mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable keys and RGB backlighting. We can forgive the lack of a Magic Keyboard for something like that, certainly.

Along with the keyboard, he’s got a Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse handling input and navigation.

To help smooth out the networking and connectivity in the setup, GrandeNJR turns to a Baseus 17-in-1 USB-C hub. A Remax RP-W12 wireless charger helps keep gadgets juiced.

Finally, a GoLiveMic PodPro 700 microphone is in the mix.

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Computer:

Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 laptop running macOS Monterey

Soundance Laptop Stand

Monitors:

29-inch LG29WK600-W UltraWide IPS Monitor (primary)

24-inch LG24MK600M HD IPS Display (secondary)

Baseus Monitor Light Bar

Peripherals:

Epomaker SK64s mechanical keyboard

Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse

Networking and charging:

Baseus 17-in-1 USB-C hub

Remax RP-W12 wireless charger

Audio:

GoLiveMic PodPro 700 microphone

Furniture and decor:

Ikea Fejka potted plant

Ikea Linmon tabletop

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