Psystar Claiming $399 Mac Clone – how to do what Apple does for less

Apr 14, 2008
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This may already be a non-issue as their site is already down, however the company was apparently cranking out computers with 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 250GB HDDs, 2GB of RAM, a DVD burner, and Mac OS X Leopard. For some extra money you could have reportedly gotten FireWire and an NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT added to that list.

The basic computer was reportedly selling for $399, a far shot from the cost of even the most basic Mac which I’m pretty sure is still the Mac Mini ringing in at $499 at its cheapest. Not only are such practices as these generally frowned upon by Apple, but it’s also against the End User License Agreement of Mac OS X to install the OS on any non-Apple hardware.

The basic idea behind the system was using an EFI emulator to run the OS as is. The downside was that even the company admitted that future updates from Apple had the possibility of crashing the system. However they were kind enough to provide a site that you could have used to check whether a particular update would crash your system or not, but, chances are the company is either already out of business or on its way there considering their site went down somewhere around the time Apple’s legal team was likely to be reporting for duty.

[via digitaltrends]


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