If the tech world could be cleanly divided into three camps, there would be hardware companies, software companies and those companies that straddle the line between the two industries.
Basically, hardware companies produce those tangible tech objects that people can use or interact with, while software companies bring those devices to life with lines of code.
Top Hardware Companies
Hardware companies design and develop computers, monitors, internal and external hard drives and keyboards, as well as devices like smartphones, digital cameras, speakers, televisions, gaming consoles and virtual reality headsets.
21 Leading Hardware Companies
From screens that fold to virtual reality headsets that track a user’s eye movements, here are the hardware companies designing and developing the latest devices being used at home and in the workplace.
From iPhones to iPads, and soon, possibly, a mixed reality headset, Apple is one of the most well-known hardware companies — one that’s not only pushing the envelope when it comes to capability, but also design. According to MacRumors, Apple, after numerous delays, is expected to unveil 10 new or updated devices in 2023 including new MacBook Pro models, a larger version of its smart speaker the HomePod, as well as a new model of Airpods, the iPhone 15 and the long-awaited headset for accessing the metaverse and other virtual and augmented worlds.
Besides being an online marketplace, Amazon is also known for consumer devices like the Kindle and Alexa-enabled smart speaker, the Echo. The company designs many of its products, but also spends billions of dollars to acquire other hardware companies like the maker of Roomba, iRobot, and the smart home security device company, Ring, In January, the latter unveiled a new addition to their camera lineup, the Ring Car Cam, which is designed for vehicles.
Asus is a leading hardware company that produces phones, laptops and desktops, monitors and wearable devices like the VivoWatch, which is integrated with medical grade sensors that can monitor a user’s heart rate. In January, Asus launched a new controller for the popular gaming console Xbox, which features an OLED display, along with bluetooth, radio frequency and USB-C connectivity.
Known for designing and developing cameras and lenses for professional and amateur photographers, Canon also markets devices like high-end printers, scanners and sensors for office and industrial use. Additionally, the company develops multimedia projectors, cameras designed for filmmaking and even CT and MRI systems for healthcare settings.
Cisco develops networking hardware like routers and wireless access points geared toward enterprise businesses. It also provides cloud and cybersecurity equipment, as well as software used to manage and secure networks.
Another leading hardware company, Dell is widely known for its laptops, desktops and monitors. The company also develops servers and other storage devices, along with devices like speakerphones, wireless headsets and soundbars for enterprise businesses.
While Google may be best known for search and email, the company’s devices, like its Nest thermostat and smart speaker, and Pixel smartphone, make Google a top hardware company. Last year, the company unveiled its first Pixel smartwatch that integrates with Google Home and Nest devices, as well as other Pixel products like wireless headphones.
HP is a hardware company that’s been able to successfully integrate its devices in homes and offices. Best known for its line of powerful laptops and desktops, HP also developed VR headsets for gaming and use in the workplace, as well as 3D printers, monitors and other equipment for digital workstations. The company even has a robot that can print plans and layouts at construction sites.
Known for its smartphones, HTC branched out even further with Exodus 1, a blockchain phone that combines smartphone technology with a cryptocurrency wallet integrated with a bitcoin ledger stored on a SD card. HTC will also soon help users enter the metaverse at work and at home with a new VR headset, Vive XR Elite, that’s set to launch in February, according to CNET.
IBM specializes in hardware devices for the infrastructure technology industry. Its line of products include power servers, storage solutions and single- and multi-frame systems like the company’s z15 microprocessor. In 2022, the company, for the first time since 1993, failed to claim the top spot among patent filers, according to Bloomberg.
Lenovo is a hardware company known for its laptops, personal computers and tablets. Other devices include wireless headphones, a smart clock and digital picture frame. In January, the company unveiled its new Yoga Book, which is a dual-screened laptop with OLED displays. It also announced a smart paper tablet dubbed E-Ink with enough storage for 50,000 pages of writing and drawing.
LG is a hardware company specializing in televisions and gaming monitors, as well as home appliances like dishwashers, ranges and refrigerators. In January, the company began shipping its 45-inch curved gaming monitor with other sizes expected to be available later in 2023. The company offers a line of wireless headphones and speakers. Additionally, its line of OLED gaming monitors will also be available in 2023.
From mice and ergonomic keyboards to home security cameras and wireless chargers, Logitech offers a wide variety of hardware geared for homes and offices. It also offers a line of products for streaming, like cameras and microphones, and tools like cameras for workplace video conferencing.
Though known for its social network, Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has become more focused on hardware development in recent years. The company is focused on hardware initiatives geared toward the metaverse, having released two VR headsets last year, the Quest 2 and Quest Pro, with plans in the works for a Quest 3 and a wearable device for user’s wrists, according to the Washington Post.
Micron is a hardware company specializing in storage and memory devices. For consumers, Micron developed a 1 terabyte micro SD card designed for capturing video, dubbed the c200. The company also offers other microSD and SD memory cards geared for industrial settings, like capturing AI-enhanced video surveillance.
With a long history of developing popular game consoles like the Super Nintendo and N64, Nintendo released its Switch in 2017, which has become one of most popular gaming systems alongside Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox. The company has two other versions of consoles out alongside its base model: the Switch Lite and a model with an OLED display.
Roku develops devices like streaming players, speakers and sound bars, and smart home products such as cameras, lights, plugs and video doorbells. According to CNBC, Roku will be releasing its own line of smart televisions, 11 in all, beginning in the spring of 2023.
Samsung develops smart televisions, monitors, audio equipment, tablets and smartwatches. The company also offers a curved monitor dubbed the Odyssey Ark that can be rotated vertically into “cockpit mode,” allowing for more than one content source to be displayed. Additionally, Samsung offers a line of smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Z Flip4, with foldable displays.
Printers, copiers and audio and visual equipment from the hardware company Sharp are often used in offices and other work settings. The company also offers a line of displays and projectors, as well as laptops under the brand name Dynabook. For consumers, Sharp offers a 65-inch smart television, the Aquos, equipped with Google Assistant and Roku.
With its popular gaming console the PlayStation, a line of mirrorless cameras, smart televisions and robotic dog, aibo, Sony is one of the most well-known hardware companies in the world today. In January, the company unveiled a new controller for the Playstation that increases accessibility for users with disabilities. Sony’s design team worked with accessibility experts and tested more than 12 designs, according to a company blog post.
Western Digital is known for its storage products like memory cards for digital cameras and external hard drives compatible with both Mac and PCs. The company also offers other products such as USB flash drives, embedded flash drives and platforms for data center and server storage.