The £250 HacBook Elite is an Upgradeable MacBook/Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Behold, the HacBook Elite, a new machine that’s unlikely to be around for long. If you hadn’t guessed already, it’s essentially a MacBook that has absolutely nothing to do with Apple.

Oh, and you can upgrade it.

Once an HP EliteBook, it ships with no operating system, but has been optimised to run OS X. Featuring a 14-inch, 1,600 x 900 display, a Sandy Bridge i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage, it offers a lot of bang for your buck. At just $349 (£250), it's a touch cheaper than Apple's models.

If you want to get your hands on it, we’d recommend making a move as soon as possible, as the HacBook Elite’s creators are likely to be up to their necks in legal poop at some point very very soon. Not that they seem to mind.

“We're merely selling kits that users can then do whatever they want with afterwards,” said Jack Kim, one of the people behind the project, to The Register. “It's optimized to run OS X, but you can install Linux or Windows on it and use it however you want - that's completely up to the user. If Apple contacts us with concerns we'll work together to solve them.”

He recommends buying an OS X licence from Apple and praying for HacBook Elite. Have a look at it here. [Register]