Input Device

Trackball input device exampleAn input device is any hardware device that sends data to a computer, allowing you to interact with and control the computer. The picture shows a Logitech trackball mouse, an example of an input device.

The most commonly used input devices on a computer are the keyboard and mouse. However, there are dozens of other devices that can also be used to input data into the computer. Below is a list of computer input devices that can be utilized with a computer or a computing device.

Types of input devices

Tip: Keep in mind that drives such as a CD-ROM, DVD, Floppy diskette drive, and a USB Flash drive may be capable of sending information to a computer, but they are not input devices. They are considered storage devices.

What are the input devices of my computer

Every computer comes with a keyboard and a mouse (touchpad) that are considered input devices. As far as any other input device it all depends on what is included with your computer or attached to your computer. For example, if you also have a scanner it would be another computer input devices. The best method of determining all of the input devices your computer has is to go through the above list and note each of the input devices your computer has.

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Also see: Hardware terms, HID, Input, Input/output device, Keyboard terms, Mouse terms, Output device, Pointing device