What is the Consumer Electronics Industry?

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The consumer electronics industry is the professional industry involved in creating various electronic devices for use in homes and intended for general consumer consumption, rather than for use in other industries or by various professionals. This industry is responsible for making a wide range of electronics, including kitchen appliances, home entertainment equipment, and computer devices for use in the home. As technology has improved, the line between consumer products and professional products has blurred, though professional products are often more expensive or specialized. The consumer electronics industry is also typically involved in telecommunication devices such as wireless phones and portable communication devices.

There is a wide range of products produced by the consumer electronics industry, and these products can be found in just about any room in a person’s home. Kitchens often have a wide range of devices and products that are consumer electronics. These include everything from digital ovens that can provide greater control over internal temperatures with various options for easier control, to coffee makers and microwave ovens. Dishwashers and washing machines and dryers for clothing are also part of the consumer electronics industry, and these devices are often intended to appeal to homeowners and public consumers.


One of the largest aspects of the consumer electronics industry is home entertainment, and most of the devices found in a person’s living room or television room are part of this industry. Televisions and stereo systems, including speaker systems that provide surround sound or other home theater options, are all part of this industry. Video game consoles, disc players, and cable and satellite receivers are all produced by this industry, as are digital video recorders for television. Even lamps and home telephones are produced by the consumer electronics industry, often with an eye toward developing improvements to make home functionality easier and more versatile.

Outside the home, there are also many products made within the consumer electronics industry for the general public. While wireless and mobile telephones have often been designed with a number of practical applications for the business world, as more and more private consumers have begun using these phones, they have broadened their appeal to a larger consumer base. Computers are also a major part of the consumer electronics industry, including both desktop computers for general home use and laptops that can be used in or out of the home. A great deal of technology is also developed initially for professional use, but is then redesigned or rebranded to be more appealing to the general public as well.


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@Vincenzo -- There are still some very distinct lines between consumer and professional products. In your smartphone example, there are some very expensive phones that can withstand dirt, dust, shocks and can operate in just about any condition man or Mother Nature can throw at them. You've got some of that stuff built into consumer smartphones, but the protection isn't as good. Meanwhile, most consumers have smartphones that can be ruined if they get wet. A professional grade phone is considerably more protected.

And think of musical equipment. The amps and guitars used by pros are a far cry from instruments that are used by people just learning to play. The professional grade stuff is cost prohibitive and that means people who don't play music for a living tend to pick up more affordable gear.

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That line between professional and consumer products has blurred significantly. Heck, it doesn't even exist in a lot of cases. The chances are good the personal computer you have at home matches the specs on the one at your office and think about a smartphone. Is there really such a thing as a professional grade smartphone anymore. In both instances, both consumers and professionals seem to be using the same stuff.

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