Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

A device may refer to any of the following:

device1. In general, a device can refer to any electronic device including a laptop, tablet, and smartphone.

2. When referring to a computer, a device is any internal or external hardware peripheral that attaches to a computer to send, receive, or process data. For example, a printer is an example of a device, although more appropriately referred to as a peripheral.

Tip: See our peripheral definition for a full list of example peripheral devices and further information on this term.

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