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.
- 3D Printer
- Braille embosser
- Braille reader
- COM (Computer Output Microfilm)
- Flat panel
- Printer (dot matrix printer, inkjet printer, and laser printer).
- Sound card
- SGD (Speech-generating device)
- Video card
What are the output devices of my computer
Every computer has a monitor or display screen, a sound card (or on-board sound on the motherboard), and a GPU (or on-board 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.