PeripheralAlternatively referred to as an auxiliary device, a peripheral is hardware input device or output device that gives a computer additional functionality. Peripheral devices, however, are not essential for the computer to perform it's basic tasks; they can' be though of as an enhancement to the user's experience. The following section contains examples of computer peripherals.

Computer peripheral examples

Note:Unlike the computer, a peripheral is incapable of operating by itself and relies on the computer to function properly.

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Also see: Accessory, Bells and whistles, Expansion, Hardware, Hardware terms