What is Hardware ?

Hardware is best described as a device that is physically connected to your computer or something that can be physically touched. Most hardware will contain a circuit board,ICs, and other electronics. A perfect example of hardware is a computer monitor, which is an output device that lets you see what you’re doing on the computer. Without any hardware, your computer would not exist, and software would not be able to run. In the image to the right, is a webcam and an example of an external hardware peripheral that allows users to make videos or pictures and transmit them over the Internet.