Output device

Printer output deviceAn output device is any peripheral that receives data from a computer, usually for display, projection, or physical reproduction. For example, the image shows an inkjet printer, an output device that can make a hard copy of any information shown on your monitor. Another example of an output device is a computer monitor, which displays an image that is received from the computer. Monitors and printers are two of the most common output devices used with a computer.

Types of output devices

Tip: Keep in mind that drives such as a CD-ROM, DVD, Floppy diskette drive, and USB Flash drive may be capable of receiving information from the computer, but they are not output devices. These are considered storage devices.

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Also see: Hardware terms, Input device, Input/output device, Output, Printing terms, Video terms