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Argentinian company offers OpeniMac clones

updated 02:20 pm EST, Fri December 5, 2008

OpeniMac clones

An Argentinian company is the latest computer maker to defy Apple and release Mac clones. Customers can choose from two models, OpeniMac and OpeniMacPRO. The standard version features a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 320GB 7200RPM hard drive. The Pro clone integrates a 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GS 1GB GPU, and a 20-inch LG widescreen monitor.

The OpeniMac carries a price of $990 alone or $1330 with a 19-inch monitor, while the OpeniMacPRO with the monitor is priced at $1765. The company is likely targeting a local market, as the website does not have an option to purchase. Instead, customers must enter their information into a contact page.

Florida-based Psystar sells a similar product to the OpeniMac with a monitor, but prices the package $500 below the Argentinian equivalent. The American company is involved in a heated legal battle with Apple, with a lawsuit that claims violations of the Mac OS EULA and illegal circumvention of copyright methods.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Quark108

    Joined: Dec 1969



    wow... contains "iMac" and "MacPro" in the name and runs Mac OS... clearly not in any violation!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: hmmm...

    Wow, talking about going overboard. Copyright AND trademark violations.

    And you can barely tell these machines apart from the real thing, too!

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If PsyStar had any brains in the outfit, they would have opened up business in another country. It's gotta be 100x more difficult to prosecute a copyright case in a country like Argentina

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The beginning...

    Is this the beginning of something that Apple has secretly feared since moving to X86? This might explain the rumoured shift to a proprietary chipset (not just the GPU manufactured by nVidia) that would render such transgressions impossible whilst preserving an Intel CPU. Or they could move back to IBM/Motorola...

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does anyone have a Psystar?

    They are targeting the midrange desktops that Apple refuses to make.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Psystar

    I am not even taking a chance. My bread and butter runs on Mac.

  1. thedude

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Some of the comments make me wonder if anyone has ever been overseas. I remember being in UAE when the PS2 first came out. You could not buy one there without the a mod chip. (this allowed the machine to play burned games). Then you buy either obviously pirated copies or the real ones in the same shop. And this is just one example. There are hundreds of things that are pirated for real. The using of different hardware to run an OS is not really news outside of the US.
    Pystar is testing the waters here in the US and it should be interesting to see if Apple with be able to keeps its tight control on hardware since it is using off the shelf components now.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple will be all over th

    Apple legal will be all over them! Overseas sales doesn't make it legal either. Apple is a World wide company and there copyrights and property still apply no matter where they are. They meaning counterfeit Apple PC clone sellers.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Better be cheap, 'cause it is sure is ugly! PC also ran looking! I'll keep my MBP (last gen) with its smooth running and nice looks.

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