Is It a Hardware (HW) or an Hardware (HW)?

It’s "a hardware". Since the initial letter (h) of the word hardware is clearly pronounced, we use the article "a".

It’s "a hardware". Since the initial letter (h) of the word hardware is clearly pronounced, we use the article a. For example, we say "a hardware update", "a hardware firewall", "a hardware key", "a hardware change", etc.

How much does a hardware firewall cost?

How much does an hardware firewall cost?

Because the abbreviation HW is typically pronounced as a single word (not as individual letters), it also takes the article "a".

Do you have a HW support service contract for switches?

You can use a HW key to make your online accounts even more secure.

As a noun, however, the word hardware is uncountable, so we drop the indefinite article.

We have hardware to install.

We have a hardware to install.

This is a partial list of words that also begin with a sounded "H", and therefore take the article "a":

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