DIY MacBook for Less than 3000rmb
Turn a Dell into a MacBook
MacBooks are awesome, but the thought of forking over more than 10,000rmb for the low-end model is just too depressing. But with a little hacking, you can DIY your own ‘hackintosh’ out of a 3,000rmb Dell ultraportable laptop.
What is a hackintosh? It means installing Mac OS on a non-Apple machine. Only certain PC models’ hardware are compatible with Mac OS, and the Dell Mini 9 is reported to be ideal for the conversion. There is a step-by-step tutorial to handling the Mini 9 conversion via Gizmodo. And here is some more info on it. These guides say that the steps to convert the machine are simple and easy to follow.
The Dell Mini 9
First off, these things are tiny. Aesthetically, this little laptop is very similar to something in the MacBook line; it’s got a nice glossy case. But it is much smaller than anything Apple offers and should be excellent as an ultraportable option. They come in black and white, so be sure to make your preference clear to the Taobao Seller before you buy. Hard drives are also small, at 4, 8, or 16gb. You will need 16gb for the hack to work.
Get the 7-day Guarantee
There are several Sellers on Taobao who offer the seven-day unconditional refund guarantee on the Mini 9. I think this is a good idea, as it will give you an easy out if anything just doesn’t feel right. When you get it, test the hell out of it. You won’t have to worry about coverage past 7 days. Because once you hack the OS, you probably forgo any extended warranty.
Dell Mini 9 – as low as 2900rmb
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