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On which one of the following output devices is hard copy often displayed?


1. Monitor 
2. Scanner 
3. Printer 
4. Key Board

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : Printer 

The correct answer is Printer.

  • Hard copy output devices are devices that provide output on printed paper or other permanent media that is human readable. Examples of devices that produce hard copy are printers, plotters, and microfiche. 
  • Hardcopy is a printed copy of information from a computer. Sometimes it refers to as a printout, so it is called hardcopy because it exists as a physical object. Hardcopy is the tangible output that is usually printed. Printers are the most used use to produce a hardcopy output which is printed paper.
  • When a document is created on a computer, it is typically saved as a file on the computer's hard drive. This is sometimes referred to as a soft copy.
  • While the file can be easily opened and edited on a computer, it can also be easily deleted.
  • Therefore, sometimes printing a hard copy is done to create a physical backup of the document.

  • Output devices:
    • The output device receives information from the computer and provides them to the users. The computer sends information to the output devices in the binary-coded form.
    • The output devices convert them into a form such as printed form or display on a screen, which can be used by the users. The commonly used output devices are the monitor and printer. 

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