PC Doctor August 31, 2018

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Dear PC Doctor:

I was on the phone with tech support the other day and the person helping me asked about what “peripherals” I have. I know what peripheral vision is, but I had no idea what he was talking about. Can you tell me?



Dear Tom:

Sure! Your tech support person was asking what you have connected to your computer.

Usually, when people say “computer,” they mean the computer itself, the monitor, your keyboard and mouse (or the all-in-one set-up of a laptop). Peripherals are useful things you plug into the ports on your computer to help you accomplish various tasks. A printer is a peripheral. So are scanners, speakers, headphones, external hard drives, microphones, external webcams (though many computers have those built-in now), joysticks and other controllers for gaming, or anything else with a USB or HDMI interface that you can plug into and connect to your computer.

I hope this helps!

Until next time,

Happy Computing!

PC Doctor

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