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A device is a unit of a computer system like keyboard, printer, floppy, harddisk or monitor.

A distinction is made between:

and between:

  • Internal devices: Devices inside a computer system like interface cartridges, floppy, harddisk, CD-, DVD- or Blue Ray disk.
  • External devices (peripheral or peripheral device): Devices outside a computer system often with external power - often used on home computers or on very small modern computer systems like game consoles, tablets or smartphones.