What are laptop peripherals?

Friday, March 6th, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops

A laptop peripheral is a piece of computer hardware that is added to the basic laptop in order to expand its functionality.  These devices are sometimes called accessories.

Peripherals are not essential and one can do without them initially – your laptop can be fully functional without any accessories.

As you expand in the ways you use the laptop, it is inevitable that you will discover the need for one or more of the following peripherals:

  • printer
  • data projector
  • scanner
  • charger (one comes with your machine, but you may want an additional charger to carry around or leave at work)
  • extra battery (if you want to work for extended periods away from a power outlet, an additional battery is useful)
  • external disk drive
  • microphone
  • digital camera
  • video equipment
  • docking station
  • external monitor (larger screen)
  • full-size keyboard
  • mouse
  • security lock

Different cards, which may not be issued with your laptop and have to be purchased separately, could also be viewed as peripherals:

  • internet data card
  • video capture card
  • wifi card
  • modem.

Each one of these peripherals has a specific use and will allow you to perform extra functions.  Even though you can do without most of these, they will add value to your laptop.

Can you think of any peripeherals that I missed?

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1 Comment to What are laptop peripherals?

Albie Peripherals
Sunday, 8 March, 2009

The problem with laptop peripherals is that when you got too many little gadgets to enhance your laptop performance an appearance, you go an ordinary ws as @ home or @ your office.Rather invest in a ws @ home orjust get a laptop to do the basic ICT tasks.

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