Attack of the “Mac” Clones – UPDATE

psystar1I looked at Psystar’s site, and I found one thing really interesting in their Q&A section. The question was, can Apple updates be installed on the OpenMac? The answer was Yes and No. Yes most of the updates can be installed, and no some updates may cause you to have to reinstall Leopard. I guess if you really don’t care about running updates then your ok, right. They did have a link to a forum that said which updates are ok and which are not. I also noticed on their store page for the OpenMac that Mac OS X Leopard is an additional cost to the $399.99 price. For an additional $155.00 you can purchase Mac OS X Leopard, and if you purchase it with the computer they will install it for free. How generous of them. So, let me see if I have this correct. The computer they are selling for $399.99 will now cost you $554.99, and the least expensive Mac Mini sells for $599.00. Now the savings is $44.01, and not $200.00. Wait it gets better. If you want the FireWire ports that come standard on a Mac Mini, it will cost you an additional $50.00. The new price for this OpenMac is now $604.99. Now you are paying an additional $5.99 for the Mac Clone. So, there’s not really a savings when you completely build the computer. Sounds like buying a Dell Computer. They get you with the low price, which is a bare bones computer. But, once you add stuff to the computer, it is no longer this inexpensive computer. In their defense, they do say you see a savings when you buy in larger quantities.