I'm looking for a term that collectively describes both software and hardware. Doesn't have to be a single word but it would be preferable.

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    computer? computing device? Or if you're up for a neologism, and you primarily intend the word to be written, not spoken, then either everyware or anyware might be amusing.
    – PellMel
    May 2, 2016 at 21:10
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    In formal documents I suspect a term such as "computing system" would be used.
    – Hot Licks
    May 2, 2016 at 21:42
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    "computer or IT system"
    – Graffito
    May 2, 2016 at 22:26
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    A similar question was posted to StackOverflow: stackoverflow.com/questions/4288182/…
    – Hank D
    May 2, 2016 at 23:31

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It depends on your context to a great extent, but common IT parlance would just refer to "a system". It would be unnecessary to prefix this with "computing", "IT" or similar if the context is clear, e.g. we lost connectivity because the system was down.


Ecosystem. When used for technology, the word describes not just hardware and software within or related to a single device, but across multiple devices, services, or product lines.

For example, one could describe phones, tablets and other devices running the Android operating system, as well as the apps that run on those devices, and compatible accessories as constituting the 'Android ecosystem'.


Going to go with technology as it encompasses everything about computers and gadgets in general.


Computer. Edited: I suggest this because all functional computers comprise hardware and software.

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