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ASUS ZenBook14 UX430UN-NB71: i7-8550U, 8 GB LPDDR3, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 $809.99

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While I was looking for a good hackintosh laptop, I came across this one with a very tempting price.

14-Inch wide-view Full-HD nano-edge bezel display in 13" chassis with Windows 10
Latest 8th generation Intel Quad-Core i7-8550U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
Fast storage and memory featuring 256 GB SSD with 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Extensive connectivity with micro HDMI / USB Type C, 802.11ac WiFi, SD Card Reader and Backlit keyboard
Sleek and lightweight 2.87 lbs aluminum body for comfortable portability
Built-in fingerprint reader with one-touch login via Windows Hello feature
Bundled laptop sleeve, Micro HDMI to HDMI and USB 3.0 to LAN dongles
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OK, bought it.

DId anyone have experience using this as a hackintosh? I'd be interested to know your experience.
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8 gb onboard
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Bummer. If I could up the RAM to 16GB, I'd probably bite on this. But initial poking around it seems there is no additional slot and the 8gb onboard is soldered on.
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I admit I haven't played with putting osx on a pc in a long time but the last time I checked, you will run into issues with the Nvidia gpu. I don't think there are drivers because they tend to use amd for graphics. You can probably force onboard graphics but something to be aware of. Good luck!
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MX150 won't work for the hackintosh per this post. [reddit.com] Also seems that the wireless won't work.
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Memory

Memory 8 GB LPDDR3
Memory Spec 8 GB onboard
Memory Slot (Available) 0
Max Memory Supported 8 GB
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Here's a very in-depth review on this same unit, with the only difference that I see in the test model being that it has 16GB RAM. Otherwise same CPU and GPU.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Asu...492.0.html

Things that made me decide against getting it:
1. soldered RAM (not upgradeable) (although worth mentioning the M.2 SSD is accessible for upgrading)
2. so-so screen quality
3. apparently emits a "whine" noise at all times, even while idling

Too bad, because otherwise seemed to hit most of the things I was looking for.
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Good specs. Bad implementation.

I would avoid ASUS i7 ultrabook laptops. It sounds good to have a powerful cpu but it almost always creates heat issues. At the minimum, fan being on far too many times. The difference between the i7 and i5 in mobile laptops isn't great for most non-gaming use and this is not a gaming machine. If there is no memory upgrades possible then you may find it problematic a year down the road.

This is a Mac Air wannabe but not the best candidate for a Hackintosh. MacOS does bot support Intel WiFi which most ASUS laptops come with but that is par for the course. But if the wifi is soldered on, then you have to use a USB dongle. I would also avoid Kaby Lake CPUs for a Hackintosh. It can be done but requires some work unless some one has already done the DSDT patches and clover files and put it up on a site to just download.

I have been a fan of ASUS laptops for a long time. While they make good components and have decent designs, their recent low end designs have been awful with far too many glitches especially in software (their trackpad drivers and software is one of the worst in the industry). The quality control is slipping as well in display, battery, etc.

Instead of making just a few well designed laptops at different price ranges, they have started to churn out 20 or so models/configurations a year with quick EOL and the support for each dwindles and gets diluted. Firmware and drivers stop getting updated too soon. Because their battery designs keep changing, it sometimes becomes difficult to find original replacements even for 2-3 year old models just when the shipped battery dies.

May be they are trying to emulate Apple for forced upgrades, but it does not bode well for their laptop strategy.

Their gaming laptops are great though.
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Bought one at Best Buy and returned it a couple of days after.

The fan would just run even when I was just browsing the internet. Loved everything about it, the weight, display, even did some light video editing.

At the end, the fan went on too often and was a bit too loud.
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Bummer. If I could up the RAM to 16GB, I'd probably bite on this. But initial poking around it seems there is no additional slot and the 8gb onboard is soldered on.
Same boat here. I have an older Zenbook with 8GB, and it seems silly to buy a new one with the same amount. I'd rather have 512GB storage, too, but could deal with the 256GB. Given the freefall of RAM prices this year, I'm hoping that manufacturers start to phase out the 8GB models, especially in somewhat premium models like the Zenbooks.
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Bummer. If I could up the RAM to 16GB, I'd probably bite on this. But initial poking around it seems there is no additional slot and the 8gb onboard is soldered on.
Microcenter is selling similar one 8550u 16gb and 512 ssd for $769
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Bummer. If I could up the RAM to 16GB, I'd probably bite on this. But initial poking around it seems there is no additional slot and the 8gb onboard is soldered on.
My exact thoughts
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Microcenter is selling similar one 8550u 16gb and 512 ssd for $769
link?
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This product is back on sale for 789.99 for 2 days.
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