Apple & Tech YouTuber SnazzyLabs has just put up a quite interesting video detailing the ability of one of Lenovo’s cheapest laptops, the IdeaPad 330S, to become a very functional “Hackintosh”.

For the uninitiated, the term “Hackintosh” refers to installing MacOS on a PC. The process is technically not allowed by the Apple TOS, however it seems that the Cupertino company is luckily not too interested in preventing users from doing so.

Not all laptops can be Hackintoshed, of course. It requires a certain level of compatibility with the included hardware. In the case of the Lenovo 330S, the included Wi-Fi card must be switched out for a compatible Broadcomm card — though it’s still quite a cheap upgrade.

It’s not up to the build quality or battery life of a MacBook Pro, but it’s hard to argue with the price. (Image Source: Snazzy Labs)

Once you’ve got the hardware (Wi-Fi card required, SSD and more RAM optional), you can follow this guide here to complete the whole process in just about an hour.

There are a few interesting points highlighted in SnazzyLabs’ video about this setup. On the plus side, the laptop has an open SDRAM slot, which allows for an upgrade to a dual-channel configuration. Like nearly all PCs (save for recent Dell XPS offerings and a few others), the Wi-Fi and SSD can of course be upgraded. The main downside of this $279 MacBook alternative seem to be the small (30Wh) battery, which reportedly only offers about 3 hours of battery life in Windows or MacOS. Beyond that, SnazzyLabs reports the build quality of the $279 IdeaPad leaves a bit to be desired, especially when compared to the CNC aluminum chassis of most laptops north of $1000.

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Still, at under $300 for the base laptop and a Broadcomm card, it looks like a fun project to engage in if you are interested in playing around with MacOS and its native applications but don’t want to commit a lot of money or support Apple.



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