In information technology, the “Hardware” term or “Computer Hardware” based on computing terminology refers to physical parts of the computer system whether it resides inside (internal hardware) or outside (external device) a computer.

As for the external hardware devices, it includes the monitor, keyboard, mouse, computer case and so on which related to the computer. And, for the internal hardware parts include motherboard, memory, graphics card and many others.

Computer Definition

Computer hardware is something you can materially or physically touch. Generally, most people refer the internal parts as components, while for the external devices referred to as peripherals and these two types of devices are under computer hardware.

Besides, a computer system has two significant aspects, and it’s software and hardware. The computer hardware is something we can physically touch just like we discuss in this article. However, it is the opposite of the computer software which is not something we can touch.

Most of the computer hardware need specifics software in order to operate and access its particular setting fully. The software is a set of instructions or command for a computer to execute the specific action. So, in other words, you need both of these elements for a computer system to perform altogether.

Understanding Computer Components

Before understanding this topic, it is useful to distinguish the different types of computer. A computer can be classified in many ways such as size, function, usage etc., and there are most likely five computer categories in common (Super, Mainframe, Mini, Micro, and Mobile).

However, to be more specific in our cases there are only two essential types (Desktop & Laptop). These types have significant differences in design but still must have the same components to perform operations.

For example, a desktop computer embodies a separate mouse, keyboard, and screen or monitor from its components (internal hardware) which inside its chassis. A laptop computer had the same parts but integrated into a single.

You can upgrade and customize desktop computer components. However, it is the opposite for laptop (only several parts which you change and update).