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

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

Redditor GrandeNJR took this path with his latest post “Not a real Mac (Hackintosh), but do my other Apple products make up for it?” Or at least he seemed to be going that way.

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It turns out he doesn’t have any other Apple gear, except maybe an iPhone. And maybe an iPad, though he doesn’t list it. He only hinted at “other Apple products” in his headline.

Nonetheless, other Redditors seemed to accept the post as a normal part of the Mac setup subreddit. And GrandeNJR promised that an M1 Mac is in its future.

“Hackintosh counts in my book,” said one commentator. “I like this!”

“Haha great!” answered GrandeNJR. “My next machine will definitely be one of the Apple Silicon Macs, I run macOS on mine every day and haven’t looked back since.”

Hackintosh laptop and monitors in landscape and portrait format

In its setup, GrandeNJR carries a 2018 Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 laptop with macOS Monterey (this unauthorized use makes it a “Hackintosh”). The device stands on a Soundance laptop stand.

He uses the laptop to control a 29-inch LG UltraWide IPS monitor horizontally as the primary screen and vertically to control a 24-inch LG HD IPS monitor as the secondary screen.

The two monitors aren’t that big by today’s standards, but they certainly make a big difference as an addition to a 13-inch laptop screen.

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

A Baseus Monitor Light Bar minimizes eye strain while illuminating the desktop a little.

Practical peripherals

To keep up with the whoops, not many Apple products theme, GrandeNJR comes with an Epomaker SK64s mechanical keyboard with hot-swappable keys and RGB backlighting. We can certainly forgive the lack of a magic keyboard for something like that.

In addition to the keyboard, it has a Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse for input and navigation.

To facilitate networking and connectivity in the setup, GrandeNJR relies on a Baseus 17-in-1 USB-C hub. A Remax RP-W12 wireless charger ensures that your gadgets are always supplied with juice.

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

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Computer:

Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 laptop with macOS Monterey

Soundance laptop stand

Monitors:

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

24-inch HD IPS display LG24MK600M (secondary)

Baseus monitor light bar

Peripherals:

Epomaker SK64’s mechanical keyboard

Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse

Connect and charge:

Baseus 17-in-1 USB-C hub

Remax RP-W12 wireless charger

Audio:

GoLiveMic PodPro 700 microphone

Furniture and furnishings:

Ikea fake potted plant

Ikea Linmon tabletop

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