Computer Output Devices

Output devices are devices which are used to bring out the information from the computer.

The output device translates processed data from a machine coded form into a form that can be read by the end-user.

List of Popular Output Devices

The most common output devices that are in use as follows:

  1. Monitors
  2. Printers
  3. Plotters
  4. Projectors
  5. Speakers

Now let's describe all the above listed popular output devices available for a computer system.


This is also known as display screen, however, usually refers to the entire box, whereas display screen can mean just the screen. In addition, the term monitor often implies graphics capabilities.


Printer is a device that prints text or illustrations on paper.

There are many different types of printers available in the market such as:

  • Daisy wheel
  • Dot Matrix
  • Laser
  • Ink-jet
  • Thermal
  • Line printer etc.


A plotter is a computer hardware device similar to a printer that uses a pen, pencil, marker or other writing tool to make a design.

Often these printers are used in schematics, CAD, and other print Jobs.


An output device that can take the display of a computer screen and project a large version of it onto a flat surface.

Projectors are often used in meetings and presentations to help make sure everyone in the room can view the presentation. Projectors used with computers are small devices that are really much larger than a toster and typically weight a few pounds.


An output device connected to a computer's sound card that outputs sounds generated by the computer.

The speakers with sub-woofer are the most commonly used device in the personal computers.

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