Consumer Electronics

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What Does Consumer Electronics Mean?

Consumer electronics (CE) refers to any electronic devices designed to be purchased and used by end users or consumers for daily and non-commercial/professional purposes.

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Consumer electronics are among the most commonly used form of electronic, computing and communication devices.

Techopedia Explains Consumer Electronics

Consumer electronics includes a broad set of electronic devices that provide one or more functionalities in a home or for a particular individual. The term initially referred to electronic devices that were installed or used specifically inside a home/house. However, they also now incorporate mobile and computing devices, which can easily be carried by an individual outside the home, such as a cell phone or a tablet PC.

Consumer electronics include items, such as:

  • Televisions
  • DVD players
  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
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