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. Another example of an output device is a computer monitor, which displays an image that is received from the computer. 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
- Flat panel
- Computer Output Microfilm (COM)
- Printer (Dot matrix printer, Inkjet printer, and Laser printer)
- Sound card
- Speech-generating device (SGD)
- Video card
Tip: Keep in mind that drives such as a CD-ROM, DVD, Floppy diskette drive, and USB Flash drive may be capable of receiving information from the computer, but they are not output devices. These are considered storage devices.