UPDATED 24/04/2021 8:10 AM
The technical components that make up your computer or smartphone are called hardware. This includes all components that are installed in the PC or laptop and respond to electronic or mechanical impulses. Peripheral devices such as printers, USB sticks and keyboards are also hardware components.
A computer usually consists of a motherboard, graphics card, processor, memory and drives. The hardware, together with the respective operating system, forms the basis for you to install and use your programs. The costs and size of the hardware vary depending on the device.
While very small components are installed in a smartphone, a tower PC contains a motherboard that is over 12 inches in size.Besides the installed elements, devices like mouse and keyboard are also part of the hardware. Output devices like printer and screen are also part of it.
So all the components of your PC that you can really touch are hardware. Software, on the other hand, is installed subsequently on the components. This is usually done via a user interface.