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Peripherals are pieces of hardware that you add to your computer. In the Computer Peripherals Channel, find explanations, reviews, videos and prices on these parts, plus how they communicate with your computer.
  • CD/DVD Drives & Burners
  • Computer Monitors
  • Keyboards & Mice
  • Graphics
  • Printers & Scanners
  • Other Peripherals
  • CD/DVD Drives & Burners

    CD and DVD drives and burners are essential parts of computing these days. Learn more about these peripherals, and get answers to your questions about CD-R, Zip drives and more.

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    Explore These Topics:

    • How CD Burners Work
    • Why can I play some DVD movies but not others on my computer DVD-ROM?
    • How to Use a DVD Burner
  • Computer Monitors

    Many of us sit in front of a computer monitor every day. But how do monitors work? What do you need to look for in purchasing a new one?

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    Explore These Topics:

    • How Transmissive Film Works
    • What causes the faint horizontal lines on my monitor?
    • How Elumens Vision Station Works
    • How is the LCD in a laptop computer so bright?
    • How Computer Monitors Work
    • How Microsoft Surface Tabletop Works
    • How do touch-screen monitors know where you're touching?
    • Why do CRT monitors contain lead?
    • Can I have more than one monitor on my Windows 98 machine?
    • What is dot pitch?
  • Keyboards & Mice

    Explore the interactivity between keyboards and mice and your machine. Learn about the different types of keyboards and mice, what QWERTY means.

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    Explore These Topics:

    • How do optical mice work?
    • Why are the keys arranged the way they are on a QWERTY keyboard?
    • How the Xynergi Keyboard Works
    • How Computer Mice Work
    • How Computer Keyboards Work
  • Graphics

    Graphics are what make our computing experience richer. We’ll take a look at graphic components as diverse as 3-D PC glasses and offset printing.

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    Explore These Topics:

    • How 3-D PC Glasses Work
    • How Stereolithography 3-D Layering Works
  • Printers & Scanners

    Printers and scanners allow us to transfer the information we see on our screens and apply it to many different forms. We'll explore printer types, such as inkjets, laser printers and scanners.

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    Explore These Topics:

    • How does a bubble jet printer work?
    • What are the different ways you can print without wires?
    • How Offset Printing Works
    • How can you print without ink?
    • How Ink-free Mobile Photo Printers Work
    • How Inkjet Printers Work
    • What are the bumps at the end of computer cables?
    • How Laser Printers Work
    • My scanner has a resolution of 9600x1200 dpi -- what do those numbers mean?
    • How Scanners Work
  • Other Peripherals

    The Other Peripherals section explores more add-ons and fundamentals for your computer, such as webcams, sound cards and brain-computer interfaces. Explore other peripherals and add-ons for your computer, such as webcams, sound cards and brain-computer interfaces.

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    Explore These Topics:

    • How Thought-Controlled Wheelchairs Work
    • How Brain-computer Interfaces Work
    • How Webcams Work
    • How will humans interface with computers in the future?
    • How to Move Pictures from a Memory Card to a Laptop


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