Alternatively 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
- Digital camera and Digital camcorder
- Monitor, Touchscreen, Projector, or other display
- Sound card
- Tape drive
Note:Unlike the computer, a peripheral is incapable of operating by itself and relies on the computer to function properly.
What peripheral devices come with a computer?
When you buy a new desktop computer, it comes with at keyboard, mouse, sound card, power plug, and may also include a monitor. A laptop computer includes everything, so it only includes a power cord.
Tip: See our computer definition for a full listing of computer components and everything found within a computer.