Where are Acer laptops manufactured

12 Aug Who makes Dell, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Apple laptops?

Have you ever wondered who makes that laptop you own?  Well, wonder no more, because I’m going to tell you.

Many people, and understandably so, believe that Dell, HP, Toshiba, Apple or Acer make their own laptops.  This actually is not true.  In fact, they don’t even design them in most cases.  There are three main Chinese ODM (Original Design Manufacturers) manufacturers and one smaller manufacturer that design and make them for all five.

Compal Electronics Inc, based in Taipei, Taiwan, designs and manufacturers laptops for Dell, Toshiba, HP (Hewlett-Packard) and Acer.  They currently manufacture 45% of all Acer’s shipped laptops.  50% of Dell’s outsourced notebooks come from Compal.  In June they recorded sales of $43 Billion according to their posted sales reports.

You can view some of their current laptop product lineup here.

Quanta Computer is the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of notebooks.  Quanta is headquartered in Taiwan, with factories in several continents.  25% of all Acer notebooks are made by Quanta.  If you look on their notebook product page, you may recognize the basic design.

It is also not well known that Quanta Computer is now manufacturing the Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer.

In June of this year, Quanta Computer recorded sales of a whopping $62 Billion.

Compal and Quanta are designing and manufacturing a fascinating new product for Acer that will dual boot Windows XP and Android.  You can look for that product to hit store shelves any day now.

Wilstron, also based in China, makes up the remainder of Dell’s outsourced laptops.  A fascinating little tidbit is that Wilstron, along with Flextronics International Limited and Celestica, also manufactures the XBox 360 for Microsoft.

You hear many people argue about which of those laptops is better than the other.  They’re all made in the same factory, designed by the same people.

Some other major players:

AsusTeK Computer Inc. – manufactured the original MacBook

Foxconn Electronics Inc. (Hon Hai Precision Industry) manufacturer of Apple’s MacBook and iPod nano as well as the Sony Vaio laptop.  Foxconn has also just landed some orders from Dell and HP for 2010. 

Inventec Corporation

Micro-star International (MSI) – main manufacturer of MDG laptops

MiTAC International Corporation

Tyan Computer Corporation