Andrew Steele

Historical Computer Hardware Manufacturers

A short look at past computer hardware manufacturers which have either gone out of business or have been absorbed into other companies.

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Dan Computers

Logo of 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.

Elonex

Logo of Elonex

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

Logo of eMachines

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

Logo of Evesham Technology

Evesham Technology (also known as Evesham Micros and evesham.com) 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.

Gateway

Logo of Gateway

IBM

Logo of IBM

Medion

Logo of Medion

Mesh Computers

Logo of Mesh Computers

Packard Bell

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Saitek

Tandy

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Time

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Tiny

Logo of Tiny

Wang

Logo of Wang