Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Computer monitorAlternatively referred to as a desktop display, a display or display device is a term used to describe the device used to view images or text. The picture is an example of a flat-panel display and the most common display used with computers today.

Tip: When a display is connected to a laptop or another device with its own display, it functions as a secondary display, and is referred to as an external display or external monitor.

Tip: A remote desktop display or remote display is a display of the desktop shown over a remote connection. For example, remotely connecting to your mom's computer to see what she is viewing while helping her with a computer problem.

Examples of computer display devices

Anything capable of being connected to a computer and displaying its output is considered an output device. Below is a listing of the most commonly used display devices.

Monitor, Screen, Video terms