I’ve used my Hackintosh as a production machine for the past two weeks now, and I’m ready to make some observations.
1. In running OS X 10.10.5, the Hackintosh is super fast and super responsive. Photoshop and Manga Studio run like a dream. All apps play well within OS X on the Hackintosh.
3. Downloading apps from the Mac App Store and from third-party developer sites works as it should.
1. When using the Apple menu to shutdown or restart the Hackintosh, the screen goes black and stays stuck at the spinner. Pressing the soft reset button at that point will reboot the Hackintosh, but the Hackintosh does not reboot from OS X on its own.
2. With the SnowBall microphone plugged into the Hackintosh’s USB3 port, the Hackintosh will not boot the Chimera boot loader . Unplugging the Snowball microphone allows the Hackintosh to boot through Chimera.
3. The Hackintosh reverts to the default Apple desktop wallpaper upon logging in after a reboot or power up.
Each of these quirks aren’t deal breakers for me, given the performance gains.
Updating the OS to the next point release (or even El Capitan) has me a little concerned. It won’t be as smooth as running a bonafide Mac. When the next point release of OS X hits, I’ll be back to write about the experience.
Outside of the quirks listed above, I haven’t found any significant negatives to building a Hackintosh. For the adventurous and geeky, like myself, it’s worth the plunge. For average users, I’d recommend sticking with a bonafide Mac.
What are your experiences with Hackintoshing?