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The best tech gadgets we tested in 2021

Tech gadgets that have been touted as the next big thing for years are finally coming. Here, we test a few of them out and see how they fare in real-world use cases.

The “best tech gadgets 2021” is a list of the best tech gadgets that will be released in 2021. The list includes smartphones, laptops, smartwatches and more.

Technology is an integral part of our daily lives, but choosing the proper devices for your requirements — whether it’s for business, fitness, or enjoyment — may be difficult. That’s why we spend endless hours putting the newest technology to the test, from gauging how quick the fastest smartphones and computers are to living with headphones and earbuds for weeks on end. This year, we tested a number of fantastic devices, but these are the ones that genuinely stood out in each category.

Overall, the iPhone 13 (beginning at $699; is the best smartphone.


The iPhone has long been at the top of our smartphone rankings, and the iPhone 13 succeeded the iPhone 12 this year. It offers the finest performance and one of the best cameras of any phone we’ve ever tested, as well as a sleek design with an immersive display.

Samsung Galaxy S21 (beginning at $799.99; is the runner-up.


The Samsung Galaxy S21 is a fantastic Android phone with a clean and colorful display, a triple camera system, and performance that rivals our top selection.

Google Pixel 5a with 5G (beginning at $399, previously $449; is the best cheap phone.

Google Pixel 5a with 5G

The Google Pixel 5a with 5G is a bargain phone that performs better than anything else in its price range. A competent camera system and clear display let you to shoot and examine detailed photographs, while a clean Android installation, extended battery life, and three-year guaranteed upgrades round out the package.

• Read more about our phone testing here.

Apple iPad 9th Gen ($329.99; is the best tablet overall.

Apple iPad 9th Gen

Due to a speedier CPU that easily kills common activities, the 9th Generation iPad came out as the best overall choice in our tests. It offers a unique combination of performance and value, as well as compatibility for key iPad accessories like the Apple Pencil.

iPad Pro (beginning at $799.99; or has the best performance.

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro 2021 is the quickest tablet we’ve ever tested, and it breezes through a wide range of operations – Photoshop exports, video renderings, gaming, productivity chores, and streaming all work smoothly.

Galaxy Tab S7 ($499, originally $649.99; is the best Android tablet.

Galaxy Tab S7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 has the power to keep up with anything you throw at it, as well as enough battery life to last more than a day. While Android isn’t quite up to pace with the iPad OS, Samsung DeX mode gives the Tab Windows-style multitasking.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus ($64.99, formerly $109.99; is the best budget tablet under $200.


The Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus can do a variety of activities and provide access to Amazon’s content collection, which includes streaming movies and TV episodes, e-reading, and even light gaming. It can accomplish a lot for its inexpensive price, but keep in mind that the Amazon App Store is restricted.

• Read more about our tablet testing here.

MacBook Air ($899.99, initially $999; is the best Apple notebook.

Apple MacBook Air

The M1 MacBook Air is still the greatest Apple laptop for most people, even with Apple’s newer, more powerful 2021 MacBooks on the stores. It’s ridiculously speedy for the money, has a beautiful and travel-friendly design, and will last you an entire workday and then some.

Dell XPS 13 ($899; is the best Windows notebook.

Dell XPS 13

The Dell XPS 13 outperforms all other Windows laptops because to its gorgeous, practically borderless display, fantastic keyboard, and good performance for the money. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the most visually appealing and lightest laptops available.

Apple MacBook Pro 14-Inch ($1,999; is the upgrade selection.

MacBook Pro 14-Inch

If you want greater processing power, Apple’s most recent MacBook Pro is the greatest ever. With a wide range of useful ports, the reintroduction of tactile function keys, and the most insane MacBook performance we’ve ever seen thanks to the new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, the new 14-inch model is both a progression and a throwback for the MacBook series.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (beginning at $879.99; is the best 2-in-1 laptop.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

The Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft is a multifunctional powerhouse. It’s a comfortable, fast, and very portable laptop with adequate power to perform daily multitasking and a considerable amount of intensive visual work with the Type Cover keyboard added. When you’re done with email for the day, its stunning 2880 x 1920 display and powerful speakers make it a great tablet for watching movies and TV programs.

• Read more about our laptop testing here.

Blue Yeti (beginning at $89.99; is the best overall microphone.

Blue Yeti

The Blue Yeti is still the gold standard when it comes to USB microphones, despite stiff competition from newer versions. This microphone has excellent audio quality, making us seem clear and natural, and it has four recording settings, making it suitable for usage in home offices, streaming setups, podcast booths, and conference rooms.

Fifine K669B (beginning at $29.99; is the best cheap microphone.

Fifine K669B

This relatively unknown microphone surprised us by providing sound quality that was superior to other alternatives costing almost twice as much. It’s a terrific place to start for your home office or for those who want to create a YouTube or Twitch channel.

Elgato Wave:3 is the best microphone for streaming. (; $119.99, originally $149.99)

Elgato Wave:3

The Elgato Wave:3 is the microphone to use if you’re serious about Twitch broadcasting. This premium microphone not only sounds fantastic, but it also comes with superb software that makes managing several audio sources at once a breeze, ensuring you always sound your best for your audience.

• Read more about our microphone testing here.

Logitech C920S ($59.99; is the best overall webcam.

Logitech C920S

We’ve tried just about every major webcam on the market, and the Logitech C920S remains our everyday work camera. This well-loved camera still provides the finest image quality for the money, as well as good low-light performance and software customization options.

Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000 ($26.80, originally $39.95; is the best budget webcam.

Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000

The Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000 delivers consistent image quality for close to nothing if you’re on a limited budget. This 720p camera has a lightweight, travel-friendly design that’s ideal for individuals who are commuting again, as well as a big 68.5-degree viewing angle that can record a large portion of your conference room (or home office) at once.

Logitech StreamCam

Our normal work webcam is the C920, but while we’re broadcasting, we use the Logitech StreamCam. Our is because this high-end camera produces stunning 60 frames-per-second footage, which helps us seem more professional and true-to-life during broadcasts. It’s also the nicest-looking webcam and the sole major choice for TikTok and Instagram producers who want to shoot vertically.

Razer Kiyo Pro ($99.99, formerly $199.99; is the best high-end webcam.

Razer Kiyo Pro

• Read more about our webcam testing here.

Overall, the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition ($1,649.99; is the best gaming laptop.

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

You won’t find a better gaming laptop for the money than the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition in terms of performance and functionality. This laptop can run the newest PC blockbusters with high-resolution graphics, lasts a long time on a charge, and has a unique and customisable design – all for a fairly inexpensive $1,649.

MSI GS76 Stealth ($2,199.99; is the best big-screen gaming laptop.

MSI GS76 Stealth

The MSI GS76 Stealth is the way to go if you want a huge screen to immerse yourself in your favorite games as much as possible. This laptop boasts a magnificent 17.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 screen that looks fantastic in our favorite games, and it’s powered by an extraordinarily powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics card housed in an attractive and sleek design.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model ($2,699.99; is the best splurging gaming laptop.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model is the only gaming laptop we’d take to a coffee shop out of the several we’ve reviewed. It’s one of the most slick-looking gaming notebooks on the market, which makes the fact that its tiny body holds powerful Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics and an Intel Core i7 CPU that flew through every demanding game we threw at it all the more amazing.

• Read more about our gaming laptop testing here.

Razer Kraken X ($29.99, originally $49.99; is the best budget gaming headset.


For under $50, the Razer Kraken X works with every gaming platform and produces excellent sound – and it’s often on sale for much less.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S ($129.99; is the best wired gaming headset.


With a fantastically comfy design, outstanding sound quality (complete with simulated surround sound), and extremely helpful inline controls for changing game and chat volume on the go, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S is the finest wired gaming headset we’ve tried.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 ($149.95; is the best wireless gaming headset.


With plenty of handy features, outstanding audio quality, and soft earcups that kept us comfortable for hours on end, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is our selection for the finest wireless gaming headset. But it truly shines with its Bluetooth features, which let it to connect to both your console and phone at the same time, allowing you to quickly talk with Discord pals or listen to music as you play.

• Read more about our gaming headset testing here.

Beats Fit Pro ($199.99; are the best wireless earphones for Apple users.

Beats Fit Pro

The Beats Fit Pro are similar to the AirPods Pro, except they’re better and less expensive. All of the Pro’s essential functions, including as active noise cancellation and transparency mode, are included in this design, which is more secure, has better controls, and comes in a wider range of colors. If you’re an Apple user, it’s the new go-to.

The best wireless earbuds for Android users (as well as the best wireless earbuds for calls) are the following: Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (; $149.99, originally $199.99)


The Galaxy Buds Pro have a lot to offer Android users, including excellent audio quality, consistent active noise cancellation, and a slew of handy options for personalizing the sound of your music and switching noise modes on the fly.

EarFun Air ($42.49, originally $69.99; are the best affordable earbuds.

EarFun Air True Wireless Earbuds

The EarFun Air are the best affordable earbuds on the market, with superb audio quality that can match the AirPods Pro in the appropriate situation.

Jabra Elite Active 75t ($149.99; is the best for working out and jogging.


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If you’re often in the gym or on the track, the Jabra Elite Active 75t’s exceptional comfort and secure, sturdy construction make these the earphones to purchase. Even if you aren’t, these often discounted headphones offer some of the greatest features, controls, and noise cancellation of any model available.

Sony WF-1000XM4 ($248, originally $279.99; are the best noise-canceling earbuds.

Sony WF-1000XM4

The Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds perform a better job of filtering out the world while listening to music than any other type we’ve tried. Even the noisiest settings were drowned out by these earphones, which sounded amazing and had an incredible battery life.

• Read more about our true wireless earphones testing here.

TCL 6-Series (beginning at $699.50; is the best smart TV overall.

TCL 6-Series

With QLED and Mini LED backlighting, the TCL 6-Series offers exceptional image quality and an engaging viewing experience for little under $1,000. The Roku interface is simple to use and gives you access to hundreds of streaming services right now.

Sony A90J (beginning at $2,498, originally $2,799.99; is the luxury selection.


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With outstanding clarity and hyper-accurate colors, the Sony A90J boasts the greatest image quality we’ve yet seen. It’s one of the brightest OLED TVs we’ve seen, supports all of the videophile standards, and makes everything easy to reach.

• Read more about our TV testing here.

Overall, the Amazon Echo 4th Gen ($59.99, originally $99.99; is the best smart speaker.

Amazon Echo 4th Gen

The 4th Gen Echo not only has a distinctive cylinder shape, but it also has fantastic acoustics and a slew of Alexa smarts, making it our top choice for a smart speaker. The spherical design enables for more powerful sound to be pushed out, and the sound quality is unrivaled for the price. Even better, it features lots of connection to power your smart home and simplify the setup of additional devices.

Apple HomePod Mini ($99; is the runner-up.

Apple HomePod Mini

The HomePod Mini, our runner-up selection for a smart speaker, does a lot of things well, but its Achilles heel is that it only works with Apple products. You can’t use it unless you have an iPhone. However, if you have that and reside in the Apple environment, it delivers terrific sound of astonishing quality. Siri is more intelligent than ever before, and this little smart speaker can power your smart home.

Sonos One ($219; has the best sound for under $200.

Sonos One

The Sonos One is your best pick if you want strong, clear audio and a smart speaker that is assistant-agnostic. For simple management and responses to questions, you can use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, but the true star is the audio quality, which the Sonos One outperformed every other smart speaker we tested.

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen ($29.99, originally $49.99; is the best cheap smart speaker.


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If you’re on a limited budget, the Echo Dot offers the greatest value for around $50. It has a circular design that closely resembles that of the full-size Echo. It nevertheless provides you fast access to Alexa — which can answer almost any question — and has decent sound quality for its size.

• Read more about our smart speaker testing here.

Amazon Echo Show 8 ($94.99, originally $129.99; is the best overall smart display.

Amazon Echo Show 8

The Echo Show 8 is your best pick if you’re looking for a smart display. It’s the greatest smart display we’ve seen, with a flexible, easy-to-read 8-inch screen baked into a design that goes with everything. Alexa can reply to your requests both verbally and graphically, and it can do everything you’d expect from a smart display.

Google Nest Hub ($59.99, originally $99.99; is the best smart display for a nightstand.

Google Nest Hub

If you want a smart display for your nightstand, we suggest one that maximizes space and isn’t equipped with a camera. This is the $99 Nest Hub, which can also be used as a full-featured alarm clock with sleep tracking capabilities. It’s also loud enough to wake you awake.

• Read more about our smart display testing here.

Wyze Plug ($11.98; is the best overall smart plug.

Wyze Plug

The Wyze Plug is a near-perfect smart plug since it’s tiny enough to not block numerous outlets when plugged in and responds quickly to any instruction. These may be transmitted via the Wyze app or a voice assistant (Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant). It’s also highly cost-effective.

Wemo Smart Plug ($12.99, formerly $17.99; is the best option for HomeKit.

Wemo Smart Plug

While the Wyze Plug does not support Apple HomeKit, the Wemo Smart Plug does, and it is our recommendation for working inside Apple’s ecosystem. It’s as simple as scanning a code with your iPhone to get started, yet it’s still a little plug. Even better, it can function with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant at the same time.

• Read more about our smart plug testing here.

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat ($199, originally $249; is the best overall smart thermostat.

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

The Nest Learning Thermostat is the greatest thermostat we’ve tested, while not being the most economical. It learns your behaviors and adjusts the temperature in your house on its own. These smarts are complemented by some of the greatest controls we’ve ever seen.

Google Nest Thermostat ($99.99, originally $129.99; is the best smart thermostat for the money.

Google Nest Thermostat

If you’re on a limited budget, the Google Nest Thermostat has a lot of features. It has the same basic, easy UI as the flagship model, as well as remote control through the Google Home app.

• Read more about our smart thermostat testing here.

Ring Alarm Pro (beginning at $249.99; is the best home security system.

Ring Alarm Pro

The Ring Alarm Pro isn’t only the easiest security system to set up and modify out of all the ones we’ve tried; it also has capabilities that no other system can equal. Yes, the Alarm Pro will monitor your house via sensors and provide you with a simple method to extend the system as required, but it can also keep your internet working when the power goes out.

• Read more about our home security system testing here.

Wyze Bulb Color ($13.86, originally $15.98; is the best smart bulb.

Wyze Bulb Color

The Wyze Bulb Color, unlike any other bulb we’ve examined, combines price and functionality, with fast and simple settings. Even better, you can send them using the Wyze app or smart assistants. When casting white light, you may choose from hundreds of color variations and various light temps.

• Read more about our smart bulb testing here.

Chamberlain myQ ($19.98, formerly $29.98; is the best smart garage door controller overall.

Chamberlain myQ

The Chamberlain myQ makes managing your garage door from almost anywhere a simple and painless experience. It provides you with the primary advantage of being able to open and close your garage door from anywhere.

Genie Aladdin Connect ($59.99; is the best choice for houses with many garage doors.

Genie Aladdin Connect

Genie has always been a trusted name in the garage door market, and the Aladdin Connect is no exception. This clever controller comes with all of the tools you’ll need, and it can manage up to three garage doors from a single device.

iSmartGate Pro ($149, initially $179; is the best option for sophisticated smart homes.

 iSmartGate Pro

Although the iSmartGate Pro isn’t inexpensive, it’s simple to set up and works with a wide selection of smart home ecosystems.

• Read more about our smart garage door controller testing here.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Pro ($249.99; is the best overall video doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Pro

Video by Ring The Doorbell 2 Pro employs radar to provide very accurate motion alerts; it features fantastic-looking video with a broad, tall field of vision and excellent audio; and it can even show you on a map how someone got to your door.

Arlo Wired Video Doorbell ($129, originally $149.99; is the best Ring replacement.

Arlo Wired Video Doorbell

The Arlo Wired Video Doorbell features a sleek appearance and is simple to set up, plus it provides good video, a variety of video quality options, and an inexpensive pricing.

Google Nest Doorbell ($129.99; is the best wireless doorbell camera.

Google Nest Doorbell

The Google Nest Doorbell is a wireless doorbell with an integrated battery that can be set anywhere, provides intelligent notifications without requiring you to sign up for a subscription, and creates clear, sharp video so you can keep track of your guests and deliveries.

• Read more about our video doorbell testing here.

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