What Types of Computers?

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Before looking at the various components, it is useful to distinguish between two different types of computers: desktop computers and laptop computers. A desktop computer consists of a computer case and a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse. As the name suggests, this type of computer is typically placed on a desk and is not very portable.

A laptop computer has the same components but integrated into a single, portable unit.

Typical laptop computer with integrated hardware components laptop computer

While these two types of computers look quite different, they have the same general hardware components.