A desktop computer is a personal computer that fits on or under a desk. It typically has a peripheral monitor, keyboard, mouse, and either a horizontal or vertical (tower) form factor. Unlike a laptop, which is portable, a desktop computer is meant to stay at one location.
Desktop computer overview
Below is a picture of a computer with each of the main components that help make up a computer. In the picture, you can see the desktop computer, flat-panel display, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. We've also labeled each of the input devices and output devices.