Computer Hardware Manufacturers of the UK

A short look at past and current computer hardware manufacturers of the UK.


Acer are a prominent manufacturer of computers as well as components. The company was founded in Taiwan in 1976 and made numerous acquisitions in the nineties. The largest acquisitions came in the 2007 and 2008 with purchases of Gateway and a stake in Packard Bell. The business has manufacturing plants around the world.


Alienware were founded in 1996 and headquartered in Miami, Florida. The company specialises in manufacturing high-end gaming desktops and laptops. The company was successful enough in 2002 that Dell considered buying them, however the deal did not go through until 2006. The brand still exists as a subsidiary of Dell, with independence for marketing and design.


Compaq was founded in 1982, and was a relatively popular manufacturer of desktop computers in the 1990s with the Presario being most notable. The company was purchased by HP in 2002, but continued to run under its own name until 2013 when the brand was merged.

Dan Computers

Dan Technology was a highly respected London-based computer manufacturer in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and won a number of awards and favourable reviews in this period. Competition and a drop in computer sales in 2001 forced it into receivership in 2002, and the brand was picked up by Stone Computers.


Dell have been operating since 1984. The company which formed in Texas grew significantly during the nineties to become one of the largest desktop and laptop computer manufacturers, as well as moving into other products such as tablets and MP3 players. Many businesses around the world also use their servers and network equipment.


Elonex is a London-based hardware manufacturer which produced laptops and desktops in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and even sponsored Premier League football side Wimbledon. The company has since moved into producing other hardware such as tablets as ebook readers, as well as IT services.


eMachines was founded in 1998, and later became a subsidiary of Gateway in 2004. The brand was also taken in as part of the Gateway-Acer acquisition, though the eMachines brand lasted until 2013. By March 1999, the company was the fourth largest manufacturer in the U.S., and did so by focusing on selling computers without monitors.

Evesham Technology

Evesham Technology (also known as Evesham Micros and was a Worcestershire-based company which operated between 1983 and 2008, during which it opened nineteen retail stores throughout the UK. The company folded due to financial issues after investing heavily in the governments Home Computer Initiative, which was suddenly cancelled in 2007.