"Although this is bad news for all those directly affected it is good news for the UK consumer. They were terrible computers and the problems with them were a regular feature on the Watchdog TV programme," said computer consultant Adrian Mars.
"My favourite was the story of a flat screen that blew up when it was plugged in. The response from the support line was: 'Could you just plug it in again so that we can hear what it sounds like.'"
However, others have blamed continued price deflation in the personal computer market as the cause of the demise.
"The group has fallen victim to the continued price deflation in the personal computer market," said the administrators joint administrators, Andrew Hosking, Martin Ellis and Les Ross of Grant Thornton.
"These redundancies were therefore inevitable."
The closure of the Burnley factory will mean around 1,500 redundancies. Staff were informed of the severity of company's financial troubles at a meeting on Wednesday morning.