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A desktop computer is a computer system designed to be used at a table or desk. Some desktop computers have a separate monitor and system unit, while others are "all-in-one" models, in which the monitor is built into the computer. All-in-one computers are designed to sit on a desktop, while system units are usually placed on the ground. Both types of desktop computers include a keyboard and mouse as input devices.

Unlike laptops, desktop computers are not portable machines. Instead, they are designed to remain in a single location and require a connection to a power outlet. Because of their static nature, most personal and business workstations are desktop computers.

First Published: May 1, 2013
Last Updated: May 1, 2013

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