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Why are people taking the screens off of MacBooks?

Answer: For the computing power without the price tag.

A glowing MacBook screen against a dark background.
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There’s a new tech trend making the rounds on the Internet, and hopefully Apple doesn’t find out about it. People are reportedly removing the displays from their MacBook laptops.

Why, you ask? Well, these tech entrepreneurs have decided that they want the computing power of a Mac but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it. Like many other decent pieces of computing technology in this day and age, sparkling new Mac computers have gotten pretty darn expensive.

However, you can often find MacBooks with broken displays, but with the rest of the computer still working nicely, at a much lower price. A little wizardry to connect your own external display and violà! You now have a Mac desktop computer. Plus, there’s a certain level of street cred that comes with having a functioning headless laptop on your desk.