Psystar Shipped A Computer...Really!
Well, it seems as though Mac clone upstart Psystar has done what many thought to be impossible - they've actually shipped some computers. To people. And judging by the reviews, the embattled company has managed to put together a pretty solid lower-midrange machine, featuring an Intel Core2Duo CPU @ 2.2GHz, 4GB DDR2 memory, and an Nvidia 8600 GT graphics card. Truthfully, the only Mac-standard features absent from Psystar's Open Computer are Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi - which, considering its bargain-basement price isn't really a big deal. What is a big deal, however, is the disturbing reality that Psystar's Open Computer - when running Apple's OSX - will never be able to receive OS updates or patches. Also troubling is that any "hacked" update software designed to bypass Apple's authentication process could realistically brick OSX, meaning users would have to purchase another full OS license, or switch to a Windows or Linux environment. It's really nice that the guys at Psystar weathered the media storm and managed to produce what they've advertised, but I think that most would still consider the company's products to be more trouble than they're worth.