Hardware

Computer webcam hardware exampleAbbreviated as HW, Hardware is best described as any physical component of a computer system. Most hardware contains a circuit board, ICs, and other electronics. A perfect example of hardware is the screen on which you are viewing this page. Whether it be a computer monitor, tablet or smartphone; it's hardware.

Without any hardware, your computer would not exist, and software would not have a medium to run on. The picture is a Logitech webcam, an example of an external hardware peripheral. This hardware device allows users to take videos or pictures and transmit them over the Internet.

Below is a full list of external hardware and internal hardware you can have with a computer.

External hardware examples

Internal hardware examples

What are hardware upgrades?

A hardware upgrade is any new hardware better than that which it replaced or additional hardware that improves performance. A good example of a common hardware upgrade is a RAM upgrade, where the user increases the computer's total memory. Another good example is a video card upgrade, which is the act of removing an old video card and replacing it with a newer, better one.

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Also see: Component, Device driver, ESD, Hardware conflict, Hardware terms, Hardware monitor, Internal, Peopleware, Peripheral, Phantom, Physical, Upgrade, Vendor ID, Wetware