Output Devices

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  • Headphones
  • Monitor
  • Plotter
  • Printer
  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • TV
  • Video card

Any device that outputs information from a computer is called,an output device. Since most information from a computer is output in either a visual or auditory format, the most common output devices are the monitor and speakers. These two devices provide instant feedback to the user's input, such as displaying characters as they are typed or playing a song selected from a playlist.
While monitors and speakers are the most common output devices, there are many others. Some examples include headphones, printers, projectors, lighting control systems, ETC. A computer without an output device connected to it is pretty useless, since the output is what we interact with. Anyone who has ever had a monitor or printer stop working knows just how true this is. Of course, it is also important to be able to send information to the computer, which requires an input device.

There are many input and output devices such as multifunction printers and computer-based navigation systems that are used for specialised or unique applications. In computing,input/output, refers to the communication between an information processing system (such as a computer), and the outside world. Inputs are the signals or data received by the system, and outputs are the signals or data sent from it.

Output devices

Output devices are things we use to get information OUT of a computer. Here are some examples of output devices.

Monitor - A monitor is the screen on which words, numbers, and graphics can be seem. The monitor is the most common output device.

Compact Disk - Some compact disks can be used to put information on. This is called burning information to a CD.

NOTE: A CD can also be an input device.

Printer - A printer prints whatever is on the monitor onto paper. Printers can print words, numbers, or pictures.

Speaker - A speaker gives you sound output from your computer. Some speakers are built into the computer and some are separate.

Disk Drives - A disk drive is used to record information from the computer onto a floppy disk or CD.

Floppy Disk - A floppy disk is used to record information on. The information is stored on the floppy disk and can be used later or used on another computer.

Headphones - Headphones give sound output from the computer. They are similar to speakers, except they are worn on the ears so only one person can hear the output at a time.