Computer webcam hardware exampleAbbreviated as HW, Hardware is best described as a device that is physically connected to your computer, something tangible. Most hardware will contain a circuit board, ICs, and other electronics. A perfect example of hardware is a computer monitor, which is an output device that allows the user to interface visually with the computer. Without any hardware, your computer would not exist, and software would not be able to run.

The picture is a Logitech webcam and an example of an external hardware peripheral. This hardware device allows users to take videos or pictures and transmit them over the Internet.

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What are hardware upgrades?

A hardware upgrade is any new hardware that replaces or adds to old hardware in the computer. A good example of a common hardware upgrade is a RAM upgrade, where the user is increasing the computers 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 new one, thus increasing the performance of the computer.

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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