Psystar, a tiny computer company, claims to be selling a cheap “Mac clone” tower called “OpenMac” which comes in a black- or white-colored case.

The “OpenMac” tower comes with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility via emulated EFI firmware that Psystar claims fools Mac OS X into believing that OpenMac is a genuine Mac.

Psystar’s “OpenMac” in its base configuration retails for US$399 and includes:
• 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Processor
• 2GB of DDR2 667 memory
• Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics
• 20x DVD+/-R SATA drive
• 4 USB Ports

“The highly extensible OpenMac is a configuration of PC hardware capable of running unmodified OS X Leopard kernels. If you purchase Leopard with your OpenMac, we will not only include the actual Leopard retail package with genuine installation disc, but we also include a Psystar restore disc for your OpenMac and we will preinstall Leopard for free so you can begin to use your computer right out of the box”, the Psystar website states.

More info via Pystar’s website [currently inaccessible] here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “oh my” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Software License Agreement for Mac OS X explicitly states: This License allows you to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time. You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so.

Expect Psystar’s Mac mini shoved into a fugly ATX PC tower case, er… “OpenMac,” to be shut down quicker than a Windows-powered Navy destroyer.