Acer ditching cheap eMachines PC brand

A PC brand that started out as a way to sell Windows desktops at very cheap prices is officially no more. eMachines, which was acquired by Acer a number of years ago, is being ditched by the company in favor of two other brands it has bought over the years, Gateway and Packard Bell.

PCWorld.com reports that an Acer statement seems to suggest that with the discontinuation of eMachines, Acer's two remaining sub-brands could expand their product portfolio. It said, "As computing devices are used in new ways, both on the go and throughout the home, Gateway and Packard Bell will adapt their product portfolios to meet these needs." Gateway PCs are sold in North America and Asia, while Packard Bell PCs are sold in Europe.

eMachines was founded in the U.S. in 1998, and starting by selling desktop PCs that were a few hundred dollars cheaper than those usually sold by the main PC makers of the time. Usually, PCs made by eMachines had lower hardware specifications than the competition as well.

In 2004, Gateway acquired eMachines for $30 million. In 2007 Acer came in and bought all of Gateway, including the eMachines brand, for $710 million. The eMachines website will remain online to offer customer support for those people who bought an eMachines PC before the shutdown.

Source: PCWorld.com | Image via Acer

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I used to work at a computer repair store, and whenever someone would call saying they had a computer with a faulty PSU.. we'd look at each other and say... 'eMachines'. We were usually right on the money. And oddly enough it was usually the same/similar models coming in for repair in waves.

... Unusual.

I actually bought a cheap Acer 2 1/2 years ago from someone who wanted it fixing (it needed a new hard disk and reinstall but she'd knackered the OEM sticker up and the hard disk was completely dead so lost license). I quoted £200 for the new disk, windows 7 OEM license and labour (install, updates and additional 3rd party software installs) but she decided to just get rid of it to me for £50 instead.

Anyway I'm waffling, it lasted me like a champ for 2 1/2 years and only just died a few weeks ago, sure it wasn't the fastest CPU but I upped the RAM to 4GB and had a 128GB SSD drive so it wasn't too bad.

Point is, this machine had been used by her and treated badly for just under a year, then by me for nearly 3 years. I'd say thats pretty good going for a £400 laptop!

I gave my niece a Packard Bell laptop someone gave to me. I fixed it and they like it.
The only odd thing it had a foreign keyboard on it.

This touches me... I dual boot Windows and Linux. As a young teenager, an eMachines was my second computer. The first was before I got into technology. Maybe I'm too young at 18, but that crappy eMachines was a tinkering computer for me. I mastered XP on it, upgraded it to 7, and first learned about open source on it. I used Firefox for the first time on it many years ago. Sad day for me today. It was a pile of junk, but learning had to start somewhere, and it was MY pile of junk! I cleaned it out and prevented it from overheating.. Eventually I took the hardware out and modded it (crazy I know, just tried to stop it from overheating). I used Ubuntu for the first time on that eMachines. I am also the first one in my family to know anything about computers thanks to that eMachnies. It's slowness was due to viruses and crap building up from family members watching "those sites" on it, so I learned about System Mechanic, ditched Norton and McAffee for Avast on it, tried Debian on it, ran all sorts of programs on it. Now you guys may laugh, but I had to get a start somewhere. I was 12 or 13 when I started. Not bragging but this is like part of my childhood dying. I even managed to teach myself enough to lock up the BIOS on it, and viola, nobody else could ruin it. After that certain someone who ruined it left, I taught my grandmother to use Linux (would teach her Windows but I don't want her to run into issues with it,) Windows 7 is too complex for her (she hadn't used XP in several years, either. Mind you I gave her a desktop environment that looked like XP) Now I'm not a fanboi (I use both Linux and Windows about equally), and I loved that computer. And now I'm learning C! How life flies by... As funny as this sounds, if a certain someone hadn't watched so much you know what that it ruined the computer, there would have rarely been a need to reinstall. But he kept watching it again and again to the point that sending it too the shop was costing hundereds, so I learned and took matters into my own hands. Plus my father never done anything for me so it was just me and the computer most of the time. Grandmother still does not drive. So my hobby was technology. Behold. The birth of a nerd. Fueled by someone watching smut and ruining my PC, and monetary constraints and loneliness, I took lemons and made lemonade. Of course, I was lucky enough to have knowledgeable service techs who recommended Firefox to me (IE, at version 7 at the time sucked and was full of holes, unlike ie10, for the most part) and that's what set off the geek within me. Nowadays I'm at college, writing support for a custom Android ROM in my free time for the Motorola Triumph, and getting formal training. I'm by no means suggesting that I deserve commemoration from you guys, but my life story with regards to technology I figured was a little strange and interesting.If anyone else has something interesting to share, why not share it?

My eMachine's desktop PC has been running pretty close to 24/7 since I bought it about 6 years ago without any issues! Yes, eMachines were a cheap brand, but they were - and are - pretty reliable in my experience!

crazzy88ss said,
...shows what you know of cars lol. Kia is a brand of Hyundai.

Kia is positioned as a 'sporty' division of Hyundai, not as a cheap brand. Shows what you know about cars lol.

eMachines Windows 7 models were actually really nice for the price point. It's kind of sad to see them go, they offered a decent product for a low price.

Jimmy422 said,
eMachines Windows 7 models were actually really nice for the price point. It's kind of sad to see them go, they offered a decent product for a low price.

I will vouch for this, I got an emachines laptop 6 years ago refurbished for around $250. It ran like a champ for years, I just covered up the "e" logo so no one would know

Jimmy422 said,
eMachines Windows 7 models were actually really nice for the price point. It's kind of sad to see them go, they offered a decent product for a low price.

Gateway was great until Acer bought it out. Haven't seen an emachines since Acer bought it.

Jimmy422 said,
eMachines Windows 7 models were actually really nice for the price point. It's kind of sad to see them go, they offered a decent product for a low price.

I never thought the machines were worth the savings until I saw one recently that was actually a very decent budget computer and it had Win7 preloaded.

Acer have a cheap PC brand?

I thought that the entire Acer PC line was cheap. Wasn't their CEO the one that complained about Surface rather than looking at their own product lines.

neo158 said,
I thought that the entire Acer PC line was cheap.

All the brand PCs and laptops are cheap. That goes with the price.

But to Acer defense, they have the best service of them all.

Theres been quite a few decent acer laptops over the last few years, but I think the initial acer brand got itself associated with cheap and its hard to shake a name like that. The latest ranges are pretty bloody good (the tablets and ultrabooks along with laptops).

I didn't know Acer owned the Packard bell brand though, quite a lot of em over here in the UK.

Captain555 said,

All the brand PCs and laptops are cheap. That goes with the price.

But to Acer defense, they have the best service of them all.


not hardly. we had an old Acros that was picked up by Acer right away so bye bye service. ahem 1992 basically our first desktop. up till then dad always brought his computers home .

siah1214 said,
Packard Bell? Are you freaking kidding me? 1995 called, they want their brand back...

As the article stated, "Packard Bell PCs are sold in Europe."

It is only in the United States that Packard Bell collapsed.

PB because such an insane joke here that emachines looks great. Frankly when dad bought his desktop emachines and my brother bought the HP pavilion and later mom did. take them apart and the design and hardware almost 99 % the same. but $100 more on HP. so emachines was basically the cheap version of HP to me. Now I know PB is big in Europe on laptops as well as Fujitsu and Siemens (So's Commodore ) X_X hey Commodore 64 used to mean another 64 not 64bit os..

You know how f69king stupid you just make yourself sound right?
Just because a brand name is old DOESN'T mean it's terrible.
Acer makes cheap laptops CHEAP with that said to MAKE THEM CHEAP they have to be MADE cheap. Hope you get that into your thick skulls. Something made for Dollar Tree is going to be made ultra cheap because it's cheap...