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Hardware & Computer

Technology Terms

TermDefinition
USB Storage Drive A small, portable flash memory card that plugs into a computer's USB port and functions as a portable hard drive.
Monitor A device that displays signals on a computer screen
Modem A modem is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information.
Printer an output device that produces a paper copy of alphanumeric or graphic data
Flatbed Scanner a type of optical scanner having a flat, stationary surface on which a page is scanned by a moving head.
Hand Scanner A hand held, generally low quality, device for digitising images
Touch-Pad a computer input device for controlling the pointer on a display screen by sliding the finger along a touch-sensitive surface: used chiefly in laptop computers.
Joystick a lever resembling this, used to control movement of a cursor or other graphic element for video games and computer graphics.
Mouse a palm-sized, button-operated pointing device that can be used to move, select, activate, and change items on a computer screen.
Speakers an electroacoustic device, often housed in a cabinet, that is connected as a component in an audio system, its function being to make speech or music audible
Trackball a computer input device for controlling the pointer on a display screen by rotating a ball set inside a case.
Keyboard a set of keys, usually arranged in tiers, for operating a typewriter, typesetting machine, computer terminal, or the like.
Microphone an instrument capable of transforming sound waves into changes in electric currents or voltage, used in recording or transmitting sound.
Webcam a video camera that inputs to a computer connected to the Internet, so that its images can be viewed by Internet users.
Motherboard a printed circuit board containing the principal components of a computer or other device, with connectors into which other circuit boards can be slotted.
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