Computer Peripherals

Peripherals are pieces of hardware that you add to your computer. In the Computer Peripherals Channel, find explanations, reviews, videos and prices on these parts, plus how they communicate with your computer.

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How to Clean a Scanner

When you know how to clean your scanner, and clean it regularly, you will ensure its longevity and high performance. Learn about how to clean a scanner in this article.

How to Configure a Printer or Scanner in Windows 7

Configuring a printer or scanner is a relatively easy task. Learn about how to configure a printer or scanner in Windows 7 in this article.

How to Add a Shared Printer from Windows Vista

When you know how to add a shared printer from Windows Vista there's no need to buy multiple printers. Learn about how to add a shared printer from Windows Vista in this article.

How 3-D Printing Works

People are used to printing out all sorts of two-dimensional documents and photos on their home printers, but imagine if you could do the same with 3-D items like toys or even furniture. Find out how 3-D printing is making that scenario a reality.

How will humans interface with computers in the future?

Computers are growing increasingly sophisticated, but in most cases, we interact with them with the same tools we've been using for decades. Can engineers come up with better ways to interface with machines?

What are the different ways you can print without wires?

Wireless technology has helped get rid of that tangled mass of cables underneath your desk. Wireless printers can help you take the next step toward becoming completely unwired.

How Transmissive Film Works

Transmissive film can make a LCDs display brighter and easier to read. Or it can keep others from reading your screen. See how it works.

How Ink-free Mobile Photo Printers Work

A printer that fits in your pocket? Won't ink drip out of it and stain your clothes? Not with this ink-free portable device. Snap a photo with your digital camera or cell phone and print it instantly.

How can you print without ink?

Inkless printing? It doesn't seem possible. But one company's prototype inkless printer can print as well as erase documents. That means paper can be reused. How green is that?

How the Xynergi Keyboard Works

It's been called a $28,000 keyboard, but actually the Xynergi keyboard is part of a desktop media production center package. Can it revolutionize the media editing industry?

How Thought-Controlled Wheelchairs Work

In the not-too-distant future, disabled people could be able to control a motorized wheelchair, the Audeo, with only their thoughts. How could the same technology also restore speech to people who are unable to talk?

How Brain-computer Interfaces Work

Imagine being able to transmit signals that would allow a blind person to see directly into his or her brain. For severely disabled people, the brain-computer interface could be the most important technological breakthrough in decades.

How Laser Printers Work

Laser printers are fast, precise and inkless. So how do the words get there? How can a laser beam write on paper? Read about laser printer technology.

How 3-D PC Glasses Work

PC gaming is one of the fastest-developing gaming sectors out there, and the view is a lot more interesting these days. Gamers can now play incredible 3-D games using high-tech glasses that give the game environment more depth than ever.

How do touch-screen monitors know where you're touching?

Touch-screen monitors have become more and more commonplace as their price has steadily dropped. There are three basic systems that are used to recognize a person's touch -- learn how they work.

How CD Burners Work

With the rise of the MP3 format, burning your own music CDs has never been so popular -- or so easy. CDs have become one of the most widely adopted data-storage mechanisms.

My scanner has a resolution of 9600x1200 dpi -- what do those numbers mean?

Scanners vary in resolution and sharpness, and their dots per inch (dpi) are determined by two "sampling rates." Find out how they affect your scanner's functionality.

Why do CRT monitors contain lead?

Why do cathode ray tube computer screens contain lead? Learn about these older computer monitors and why you can't dispose of them in the trash.

How do optical mice work?

With the rise of the optical mouse, it appears that the venerable wheeled mouse is in danger of extinction. What makes an optical mouse better, and how does it work?

How Inkjet Printers Work

Inkjet printers shoot miniscule droplets of ink onto paper to create a seemingly fluid stroke. And with prices dropping since their introduction in the late 1980s, these printers are more popular than ever.

How Scanners Work

Before the digital camera explosion, flatbed scanners were the way to get images into a PC and online. These devices turn images on paper into data you can access on a computer. Find out how scanners analyze, process and transfer images.

How Elumens Vision Station Works

The next generation in computer displays gives you a full 180-degree field of view. Learn how the Elumens display works!

How Offset Printing Works

Offset printing is the technology that makes most magazines and catalogs possible. See how the offset printing process puts full-color images on paper.

How is the LCD in a laptop computer so bright?

Fluorescent tubes and backlighting help make a computer's LCD screen bright and readable. Find out how these parts work together to keep your screen aglow.

How Computer Keyboards Work

With all the extras and options that are available for new computer keyboards, it's hard to believe that their design originated with mechanical typewriters. Now just look at all they can do!


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