Hardware and Software

By Jolene

What is Hardware and Software?

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Hardware - Hardware is the parts that you can hold of a computer system. This includes the mouse, keyboard, monitor, hard ware drive and so on.

Software - Software is the codes that tells the computer what to do. Computer Software is non tangible. For example, Microsoft Word or Microsoft Powerpoint.

Computer Hardware and Software need each other to work and neither can be realistically used without the other

Input and Output - Hardware

Input is putting in something. Things used for input that are hardware are:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Touch Screen
  • Microphone


Output tells the computer to write/do. Things used for output that are hardware:

  • Speakers
  • Printer
  • Monitor
  • Headphones
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