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Acer is acquiring Gateway to become the third largest PC vendor


Plans are afoot for Acer to acquire Gateway in a $710 million deal that is poised to make Acer the world's third largest PC vendor.

J.T. Wang, Acer's chairman, speaking at a news conference in Taipei declares that, "This is the biggest acquisition in Acer's 30 year history."

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Apparently, Acer's acquisition deal with Gateway also comes hand-in-hand with its derailment of rival Lenovo Group's plans to acquire Packard Bell.

Here's an excerpt from Network World:

Alongside the acquisition deal with Acer, Gateway unveiled plans to exercise its right of first refusal to acquire shares in Packard Bell's parent company, PB Holding. SARL, from John Hui. Hui is the founder of eMachines, which Gateway acquired in 2004, and the largest shareholder in Packard Bell.

Certainly, this is a well-timed slap in the face.  In 2006, the combined number of PCs shipped by both Acer and Gateway totaled 18.6 million PCs.  Lenovo, on the other hand, shipped 16.6 million. The big question raised by analysts is really how smoothly the integration process will be, but only time will tell.

In the meantime, declining desktop shipments not withstanding, share your criteria for selecting a desktop PC vendor for your company.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

7 comments
jeanetta.davis
jeanetta.davis

I will never purchase or recomend Gateway to any customer Acer is garbage I detest their hardware, I have been steering customers away from it for years.

craig.toshack
craig.toshack

Do not buy Acer. A friend of mine got a laptop last christmas and has been having trouble with their support people ever since. I bought to Acer LCD screens last summer and a few months later both had been shipped back for repair. Their support people have been treating my friends like garbage. Finally they came to me for help and we discovered that the install of XP that exists on the hard drive was flawed. Acer blamed it on MDG (retailer) as Acer explained that MDG swaps drives on new units for old ones. If they think MDG does this then why do they not prevent sale of their systems & other hardware to MDG.

unhappyuser
unhappyuser

Price is actually not at the top of my list. I look at service and support over the long haul. I need to know if there is someone competent on the other end of the phone when I call. I also don't need someone that is going to do everything they can to make the call billable. Dell, for example, has good prices but their TS gets a C. This is coming from the John Q Public side and Enterprise side. This is not just recent. Dell has had TS issues going back many years. All vendors go through TS issues. Compaq really screwed up years ago when they tried chagrin for everything and then credit your money back if the call was deemed under warranty. I've actually been impressed with Gateway on the Enterprise side. Their TS on the JQP side isn't as good but definitely better than Dell or HP/Compaq. How about the rest if you? Do you look at TS when recommending, or choosing, a vendor? EMD

Teacee
Teacee

I feel this is a good deal acer is making, I have owned Gateway and Acer. The support at Acer is great, they will pay for shipping round trip if your Warranty is current fast turnaround. Gate either merged with emachines or vice versa a few years back, and I had trouble with a emachines desktop and service was great. Acer has been very smart bu offering low prices for years now. If only Apple would get the hint, they would sell much more Apple products, they are still way over priced.

highlander718
highlander718

....if the PC's are known as reliable :-). I think in 10 years experience I called TS (mainly for requesting replacement parts or replacing a DOA unit) 4 or 5 times ? I was very pleased with IBM/Lenovo, HP/Compaq and after an initial reluctancy with Dell as well. Never had to pay for any TS related charges. I did not trust Gateway or Acer (true it is for subjective reasons - Gateway looks to me like a home PC manufacturer and Acer brings to mind old/refurbished/reused/donation kind of PC's).

mikea5402003
mikea5402003

I have been doing IT work since 1991. have been on a lot of Gov. contracts doing onsite support. Have help with a switch from IBM to Dell. from my point of view it was one of the Gov. big BOOBOOs. Supporting about 400 systems we went a lot of down time. Using systems that were five years old. to all new Dells in about a month. Our service call volume went up so much we have to hire extra tech to keep up with them. Ya they were quick about getting parts to us. I called IBM once with a bad HDD in a Thinkpad. while talking with the tesh at IBM he asked if there were any rubber feet on the bottom of the laptop. there wasnt. He told me that without the feet it would over heat. I was asked to count how many of the systems we had. after I gave him a count he sent me out feet for everyone of the systems. I never had support that well from Dell. Currently I am working on a HP Ze2113 for my niece. Its less the two years old. and has been trouble since it ran out of warranty. SB it bad. Its a ref. one it is $360 and only has 90 day warranty on it.

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