20 Examples of Output Devices

Output devices are an important component of computers, mobile devices, and electronics that convert electronic information into physical formats people can see, hear, or touch.

Examples of output devices include Monitors, printers, speakers, headphones, projectors, LED displays, calculators, and more.

Examples of Output Devices

Here are the best examples of output devices:

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1. Monitors

A monitor displays text, graphics, and video. LCD and LED monitors are the most common types today. The monitor allows you to see the information and images from the computer.

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2. Printers

Printers produce printed material like documents and photos on paper. Common types are inkjet, laser, and dot matrix printers. You can hold the physical printouts the printer produces.

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3. Speakers

Speakers convert electrical signals into sound waves you can hear. They allow you to listen to music, sounds from video games, audiobooks, and more from the computer.

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4. Headphones

Headphones also convert electrical impulses into audible sound waves. They allow private listening of computer audio.

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5. Projectors

A projector receives video signals from a computer and projects the image onto a screen or other surface. Projectors allow groups to view enlarged screens.

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6. 3D Printers

A 3D printer constructs three-dimensional objects based on digital models. It allows you to produce physical models from computer design files.

7. Plotters

Plotters draw specialized graphics like large blueprints and engineering designs with colored pens on paper. They produce very large printed outputs.

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8. Braille Embossers

A braille embosser transfers computer text into embossed braille pages that blind users can read by touch. The tactile dots allow written computer words to be accessible to visually impaired users.

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9. Computer Speakers

Dedicated external computer speakers provide louder, higher fidelity sound for music, games, and video playback compared to built-in laptop speakers.

10. Television Screens

Computer video and signal cables allow televisions to display the output from computers. This allows larger screen viewing.

11. Projection Screens

Front or rear projection screens show enlarged computer video and images projected from attached projectors for presentations to groups.

12. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

LEDs convert electrical inputs into visible light. LEDs provide visual feedback from electronic devices.

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13. Traffic Lights

Computers and processors control the sequencing and timing of traffic light signals. The red, yellow, and green lights are output devices directed at drivers and pedestrians.

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14. Embedded Touch Screens

Cars, appliances, medical devices, and other equipment now have embedded touch screens to display and control outputs with a finger. The touch interface allows interaction.

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15. Voice Assistants

Smart speakers with voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home produce verbal responses and music upon voice command input. The speakers allow conversational interaction.

16. Graphing Calculators

Advanced handheld calculators like TI-84s have LCD screens to graph mathematical functions and display computed answers. The visual output shows math concepts.

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17. Projection Keyboards

Visible laser light beams project the layout of a keyboard onto a flat surface for typing input. This virtual keyboard is an interactive light-based output device.

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18. Laser Levels

Laser levels project aligned beams or lines for construction alignment tasks. The marking lines help guide the proper orientation of structures.

19. Stage Lighting

Computerized control of theater spotlights, floodlights, and lighting effects allows elaborate stage productions. The lighting visuals contribute to dramatic performances.

20. Tactile Feedback Devices

Some tablets, phones, and interfaces now produce tactile feedback vibrations to confirm taps, clicks, and selections. These tactile vibratory responses act as touch-based output.

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