Output device

Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Printer output device

An output device is any peripheral that receives data from a computer, usually for display, projection, or physical reproduction. For example, the image shows an inkjet printer, an output device that can make a hard copy of any information shown on your monitor, which is another example of an output device. Monitors and printers are two of the most common output devices used with a computer.

Types of output devices

The following list contains many different output devices. For further information, select any of the listings with blue text.


Drives such as a CD-ROM, DVD, floppy diskette drive, and USB flash drive are also considered storage devices.

What are the output devices of my computer

Every computer has a monitor or display screen, a sound card (or onboard sound on the motherboard), and a GPU (or onboard video on the motherboard), which are all output devices. A printer is also very commonly used with computers. Depending on the type of computer and how the computer is used, other output devices may be used with a computer. The best method of determining all of the output devices your computer has is to go through the list above.

Why do computers need output devices?

A computer can still work without an output device. However, you'd have no way of determining what the computer is doing.

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