In the 21st century, people are surrounded by electronic devices. You probably won’t be able to imagine a day without any electronic items. Just look around, you’ll be surprised by how many of these devices are sitting next to you. Your smartphone, laptop, and iPad are just a few examples.
Almost every day, we see new gadgets produced and sold in electronic stores. There are so many electronic machines out there that we need to learn to be able to keep up with the list. So, here’s a list of the most common electronic devices in English. Go over the electronic products vocabulary list and familiarize yourself with these daily-used items.
Definition of Electronic Device
An electronic device is a machine that works by using electric energy. For example, we know that televisions are a type of electronic device because it works only if we plug in the power cord. The power cord connects our appliance to the electricity power supply via a wall socket or extension cord.
Electronic Devices List
Here’s a list of electronic devices. Go over each product and see if you own any of these gadgets. Which electronic item is your favourite?
Electronic Items with Pictures
Following is a list of electronic items with pictures and examples.
Blender: Electric blenders are used to grind and mix ingredients. People commonly use blenders to make smoothies, soup, juice, and pesto. Normally, blenders are placed in the kitchen.
Clock: Digital or electronic clocks use the battery power (or other electric power source) to display the time. People also use clocks to set the alarm. Clocks are often placed in bedrooms, living rooms, or hallways.
Computer: A computer is an electronic device that manipulates data. You can do a lot of things with computers, including creating documents, saving files, playing games, and browsing the Web. People often keep computers in their rooms. A laptop is a portable computer that is designed to be lighter than a desktop. People like to take their laptops with them when they leave the house.
Digital Camera: A digital camera is a type of camera that captures photographs in digital memory. Unlike film cameras, you can take unlimited photos and view them instantly. Nikon and Sony are the two most famous brands for digital cameras.
E-Reader: An E-reader is a device used explicitly for reading. You can read e-books, online magazines, newspapers, and PDF files. The most famous E-reader product is Amazon Kindle.
Electric Guitar: An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses an external amplifier (also known as an amp) to output the power sound. Without an amp, you won’t be able to hear the full sound that the guitar can make.
Fax: A fax is an electronic machine that sends and receives printed pages or images over phone lines. It scans the page and sends the information as electronic signals. Although they aren’t as popular as they used to be, a lot of businesses in the legal, medical, and financial industries still use fax machines.
Kettle: An electric kettle plugs into a power outlet and uses electricity to heat up. Kettles are mainly used to boil water. You’ll often see kettles in the kitchen.
Microwave: A microwave is a kitchen appliance that heats and cooks food by exposing it to electromagnetic radiation. People often use it to defrost frozen food and reheat leftover food items.
Phone: A phone is a device that uses electric signals for users to be able to speak to someone in another place. Nowadays, phones are used for additional purposes, including playing games, browsing the Internet, and sending messages.
Printer: A printer is a device that receives text and graphic data from the computer and transfers the information to paper. In other words, you tell the computer to send a document to the printer. Then, the printer puts the exact information from the document on paper. A lot of companies and libraries have printers.
Radio: A radio is an electronic sound communication device that uses radio waves. People use the radio to listen to music, news, and other broadcast programs. Although, radios aren’t popular anymore, a lot of people still listen to it while driving.
Refrigerator: A refrigerator is a kitchen appliance that uses electricity to keep the temperature cool inside. People use refrigerators to store food and drink.
Speakers: Speakers are sound output devices. People connect a speaker to a computer system to listen to the sound. You can also easily manage the volume with speakers.
Tablet: A tablet is a wireless, portable computer device with a touchscreen interface. You use a mouse for a desktop, a trackpad for a laptop, and use fingers for a tablet.
Television: A television is a telecommunication device that transmits moving images and sound. We use television to watch the news, TV series, and movies. New televisions now have internet connection which allows users to watch online content such as YouTube videos.
Vacuum: A vacuum or vacuum cleaner is an electronic device that causes suction to clean the floor. It removes dirt from surfaces.
Videogame: A video game is an electronic game that can be played by connecting with input devices like a controller, keyboard, or joystick. Some examples of video game consoles include Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.
Washing Machine: A washing machine is a home appliance used to wash the laundry. Some apartment buildings have a laundry room for residents who don’t have a personal washing machine.
Webcam: A webcam is a small digital camera that you connect to a computer. Often laptops have webcams built into the device. People use webcams during virtual meetings (or video calls) to show their faces to other people.
Electronic Devices FAQs
Here are some commonly asked questions about electronic devices.
What is an electronic device?
Electronic devices are items that use electricity to do different jobs. Some examples of electronic devices are phones, tablets, TVs, cameras, and game consoles.
What devices are included in the electronic items list?
Here’s a list of electronic items:
- Desktop Computers
- Digital Cameras
- Wearable Devices (e.g., Smartwatches, Fitness Trackers)
- Game Consoles (e.g., Xbox, PlayStation)
- E-readers (e.g., Kindle)
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Headphones (Wired and Wireless)
- Smart Home Devices (e.g., Smart Thermostats, Smart Lights)
- GPS Navigation Devices
- Home Security Cameras
- Virtual Reality Headsets
- Kitchen Appliances (e.g., Microwave, Blender)
- Smart Refrigerators
- Fitness Equipment with Electronic Features (e.g., Smart Treadmills)
- Electronic Toys (e.g., Remote-Controlled Cars)
- Digital Clocks and Watches
- MP3 Players
- DVD and Blu-ray Players
What are the top 10 electronic gadgets?
The top 10 most popular electronic gadgets are smartphones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, fitness trackers, smart TVs, digital cameras, gaming consoles, and drones.
What are some electronics that start with s?
Here are some electronics that start with the letter “S”: smartphones, speakers, smartwatches, scanners, security cameras, stereos, and synthesizers.
What are some electronics that start with l?
Here are some electronics that start with the letter “L”: laptops, LED TVs, logic boards, laser printers, and lunar lights.
What are some electronics that start with m?
Here are some electronic devices that start with the letter “M”: microphones, modems, monitors, MP3 players, MRI machines, and MacBooks.
Tips for Learning Electronic Items Vocabulary
Vocabulary is an integral part of learning English. Here are some ways to learn and remember new words you have learned.
- Create flashcards. Have pictures on one side and the English word on the other side. Flashcards are super handy. Take it with you and go through the cards when you are taking the bus or subway.
- Study with friends. Hearing your friends use words will help you pick up new vocabulary faster.
- Your house probably has a ton of electronic devices. Try to say the item’s name in English every time you pass by it. Repetition is the key to memorization!
Names of Electronic Devices in English
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Electronic Devices: Join the Conversation
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