The Types of Computers

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People have different interpretations to what makes a computer a computer. The term computer applies to any device that has a microprocessor in it. Most people think that a computer is a device that receives input by the user through a mouse and a keyboard, and displays the information on the computer monitor.
Do you know the different types of computers? There are roughly 10 different types of computers.

10 Types of Computers

People have different interpretations to what makes a computer a computer. The term computer applies to any device that has a microprocessor in it. Most people think that a computer is a device that receives input by the user through a mouse and a keyboard, and displays the information on the computer monitor.

Do you know the different types of computers? There are roughly 10 different types of computers.

PC

The personal computer (PC) is a computer that is used by only one person. While a Mac would be considered a PC, most people relate the term with a computer that runs the Windows operating system. When PCs were first developed, they were known as microcomputers. This was because they were a complete computer system, but they were built on a much smaller scale than the huge computer systems in use by most businesses.

Desktop

A desktop is a PC that is not designed for portability. Desktop systems are designed so that you will set the computer up in a permanent location. Most desktop systems will offer more power, storage and upgradability for less cost than the portable computers.

Laptop

Laptops or notebooks as there are sometimes called, are mobile computers that have the monitor, keyboard, mouse, processor, memory and hard drive all in a battery-operated package slightly larger than an average hardcover book.

Netbook

Netbooks are even more portable than the laptop is. The Netbooks are extremely inexpensive (roughly $300 to $500) making them affordable for just about anyone. However they are less powerful than the laptop computers are and are very limited as to what they are capable of doing.

PDA

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are tightly integrated computers that often use flash memory instead of a hard drive for storage. These types of computers often do not have keyboards but rely on their touchscreen technology for user input. PDAs are very small, about the same size as a paperback book, very lightweight with a reasonable battery life.

Workstation

A workstation is simply a desktop computer that has a more powerful processor, additional memory (RAM) and enhanced capabilities for performing a special group of task, such as 3D Graphics, game development or video rendering.

Server

A server is a computer that has been optimized to provide services to other computers over a network. Servers usually have powerful processors, lots of memory and large hard drives. They may be used to serve web pages, ftp, and email, among other services.

Mainframe

Back when computers were first created, a mainframe was made up with huge computer systems that could fill an entire room or even a whole floor! As time goes on the size of computers have decreased and the power have increased, the term mainframe has been replaced with enterprise server. You may still hear the term used today, usually in large companies to describe the huge machines that processes millions of transactions every day.

Supercomputer

This type of computer usually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to build. Supercomputers are usually made up of a bunch of single computer systems called nodes, these nodes offer a parallel processing power that no single computer may offer. Sometimes this type of computing environment will be called a cluster. The best known supercomputers are built by Cray Supercomputers.

Wearable Computer

The latest addition in computing is wearable computers. Common computer applications such as (e-mail, database, multimedia, and calendar/scheduler) are integrated into watches, cars, cell phones, visors and even clothing.

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Computer, Computes, Desktop, Laptop, Mainframe, Netbook, Notebook, Pda, Server, Supercomputer, Types Of Computers, Wearable Computer, Workstation

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