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The 8 best laptops in 2021 for work, entertainment, and gaming

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Lenovo; Apple; Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Dell's XPS 13 still balances performance, power, and portability better than any other laptop. But the MacBook Air is the best choice for Apple loyalists.  Check out our guide to the best cheap laptops of 2021 for more buying advice. A great laptop is essential for studying, working, and gaming. We've checked and double-checked our picks for the holiday shopping season to ensure they're up...
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The best gaming keyboards for every budget in 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Gaming keyboards can make or break your game, so we rounded up the best for you to choose from. The best gaming keyboard overall is the Corsair K100 RGB, combining sheer performance with a deep feature set. We've picked out the best mechanical, optical, and mini keyboards too, meeting every PC gamer's need. Choosing an excel...
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The best home security systems of 2021

Prices are accurate at the time of publication. Smart-home gadgets are affordable and easy to use, making DIY home security an option. Simplisafe is the best home security system you can set up on your own. You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras. Home security systems were once pricey, requiring professional installation and monitoring. In 2021, they are relatively accessible. You can install and monitor many of them yourself and boost their usefulness by incorporatin...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Honeywell, IOTA


The 5 best over-ear headphones in 2021 for detailed, spacious sound

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Mark Knapp/Insider The best over-ear headphones emphasize audio performance and match it with comfort. A quality pair should be well built and provide a detailed listening experience. The Monoprice Monolith M570 headphones do just that while delivering fantastic value for the money. Earbuds are a good fit when you need compact headphones for listening on the go,...
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The 4 best Bluetooth speakers of 2021 for listening to music outside and around the house

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. The Sonos Move is our top pick thanks to quality sound, reliable smart features, and good battery life. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. A great listening experience for all your favorite music services shouldn't be limited by p...
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The 4 best Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays of 2021

Amazon's Echo devices combine reliable Alexa capabilities and easy-to-use smart-home features. The fourth-generation Echo is Amazon's best smart speaker, with good audio quality and a modern design. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to recommend the best products. Echo devices vary in size and price, but all have built-in support for Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant. Alexa's capabilities have significantly improved since its debut. You can ask Alexa questions, set...
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The 4 best sunrise alarm clocks for waking up gently in 2021

Suzy Hernandez/Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Sunrise alarm clocks use light and natural sounds to help you fall asleep and wake up more gently. I tested seven models, consulted doctors, and used my sleep research background to find the best. Our top pick is the Hatch Restore because of its many light and sound options. Read more about how Inside Reviews tests home products. A blaring alarm early in the morning can be quite jarring. Sunrise alarm clocks (sometimes called wak...
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The best Apple Watches to buy in 2021 and which one to avoid

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Antonio Villas-Boas/Insider The best Apple Watch you can buy from Apple is the latest Series 7. The Apple Watch SE was released in 2020, but it's still a worthy cheaper alternative to the Series 7. The Apple Watch Series 3 released in 2017 and is getting too old to recommend - we suggest spending the extra $80 on the Apple Watch SE. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The Apple Watch is the most po...
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27 cool and helpful tech gifts the men on your list are sure to love in 2021

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Adorama; Amazon; Zagg; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider From cameras to audio gear, we rounded up 27 gift ideas for men who love tech. If you're after more ideas and inspiration, check out all of our gift guides. With the constant barrage of new gear and updated products, it can be difficult to find a great gift for the tech-loving men on your shopping list. To help save time during your search, w...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Gift Guide, Disney, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Features, Gifts, Valentine's Day, Logitech, Toyota, Panasonic


27 useful Android accessories and gadgets that make great gifts

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Alicia Betz/Insider These accessories will help any Android owner make the most out of their phone. Our picks cover a variety of budgets, with some gifts costing less than $15. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Short of buying someone a whole new phone, accessories that complement a mobile device make for ideal gifts. They're not too e...
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The 6 best true wireless earbuds in 2021

Jabra; Apple; Amazon; Sony; Rachel Mendelson/Insider Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The best wireless earbuds balance portability, sound quality, comfort, and features. Jabra's Elite 85T manage to do all that for a great price, making them our top pick overall. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to recommend the best products. True wireless earbuds are headphones that fit neatly in your ear and are completely without wires. Because they're so small and wire-free,...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Audio, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Walmart, Features, Headphones, Buying Guide, Sony, Bose, Belkin, Jabra, ANC


The 4 best OLED TVs in 2021 for vibrant, high-end picture quality

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky OLED TVs offer key benefits over LCDs, making them ideal for buyers who want high-end image quality. The LG CX presents the best balance between picture and price of any OLED we've tested. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. OLED TVs have become popular among home theater enthusiasts, and it's easy to see why. Thanks to some key perks, OLED displays offer several benefits over traditional LCD TVs...
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The 4 best Bluetooth speakers of 2021 for listening to music outside and around the house

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. The Sonos Move is our top pick thanks to great sound, reliable voice control, and solid battery life. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. A great listening experience for all your favorite music services shouldn't be limited by pesky wires. While the days of carrying around a boom box on your shoulder are by and large over, you can stil...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Bluetooth, Speakers, Trends, Siri, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Bluetooth Speaker, Sonos, Bose, Alexa, D, Steven Cohen


The best alternatives to Microsoft Office for school and work

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Rachel Mendelson/Insider The best alternatives to Microsoft Office offer similar features, and most are free. We tried ten different Office alternatives to separate the best from the worst. Google Workspace is a simple, free, and familiar alternative. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. Microsoft Office is a capable, feature-rich office suite, bu...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Education, Microsoft, Office, Trends, Tech, Features, Back To School, Buying Guide, Microsoft Office, E-learning, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, WordPerfect


The 5 best soundbars of 2021 for clear and crisp TV audio

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky A good soundbar enhances your audio experience, offering an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers. With an affordable price and great audio, the Yamaha YAS-209 is the best soundbar for most needs. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. A soundbar is the perfect solution for anyone who wants a space-saving and budget-friendly way to upgrade their TV audio experience. Even the best TVs on the market te...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, TV, Audio, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Features, Buying Guide, Home Theater, Roku, Vizio, Hulu, Voice


The 7 best cheap headphones in 2021 - all under $50

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Flagship headphones are pricey, but you can still find some excellent models on a budget. The are the best cheap headphones overall thanks to their solid sound and wireless support. Read more about why you can trust our tech team to provide the best product recommendations. Audiophiles will happily spend a ton of money on high-end headphones, but most people don't want to drop several hundred dollars on a pair. Even audio enthusiasts will admit that ine...
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The best soundbars of 2021 for clear and crisp TV audio

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky A good soundbar enhances your audio experience, offering an upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers. Soundbars are available at many performance levels, from basic stereo to surround sound. With an affordable price and great audio, the Yamaha YAS-209 is the best soundbar for most needs. A soundbar is the perfect solution for anyone who wants a space-saving and budget-friendly way to upgrade their TV audio experience. Even the best TVs on the market tend t...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, TV, Audio, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Features, Buying Guide, Home Theater, Roku, Vizio, Hulu, Voice, Alexa


The 5 best home theater systems of 2021 for immersive surround sound

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky A home theater system can create an immersive movie-watching experience with surround sound. Compact systems offer convenience, while larger speakers with AV receivers perform the best. Polk's T Series is our top pick thanks to its impressive performance and affordable price. Speakers built into your TV are fine for casual viewing, but if you're looking for an immersive audio experience, you're going to want to upgrade to an actual home theater sys...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Audio, Speakers, Trends, Tech, Buying Guide, Home Theater, Vizio, Dolby Atmos, Atmos, Yamaha, Polk, ONKYO, Klipsch


The 6 best Chromebooks in 2021

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The Pixelbook Go performs like a premium laptop for just $650, making it our pick for best Chromebook. But there are also several worthwhile Chromebooks available for half the price. The low cost and ease-of-use make Chromebooks particularly great for students. Chromebooks are easy to use and generally cost less than most Windows laptops, making them a great choice for anyone in need of a simple laptop for getting online. And they're only growing more popu...
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The best iPad cases in 2021 for every situation

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The Logitech combo touch keyboard case is one of the best iPad cases you can buy. Logitech The best cases offer both style and protection. There are plenty of cases to fit every budget. Some of our favorite cases are made by ESR, Apple, and OtterBox. Purchasing an is an investment, and one of the best ways to protect that investment is by pairing your iPad with a case. There are plenty of worthwhile...
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All the streaming services and apps that let you host virtual watch parties

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Many streaming services now offer "watch party" features that let you sync playback with friends and family online. Alyssa Powell/Insider Several streaming services and apps allow you to watch shows and movies with friends online. Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney Plus let you watch together directly through their websites. Options like Teleparty and Scener support multiple services through web browser exte...
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Where to watch movies and shows together online when you're apart

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Many streaming services now offer "watch party" features that let you sync playback with friends and family online. Alyssa Powell/Insider Several streaming services and apps allow you to watch shows and movies with friends online. Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney Plus let you watch together directly through their websites. Options like Teleparty and Scener support multiple services through web browser exte...
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The 5 best kids' headphones in 2021 that protect their hearing

Headphones you consider for your child should have a noise-limiting feature that caps the volume at safe levels.The BuddyPhones Wave Headphones are the best kids' headphones in our opinion, thanks to their three different maximum volume settings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that around 85 to 90 decibels or dB - or about as loud as a leaf blower - should be the limit when it comes to adult noise exposure. So it's safe to say that kids shouldn't be expo...
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The 8 best laptops in 2021 for work, entertainment, and gaming

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Dell's XPS 13 still balances performance, power, and portability better than any other laptop. But the MacBook Air is the best choice for Apple loyalists. Check out our guide to the best cheap laptops of 2021 for more buying advice. Having a great laptop is essential for studying, working, and even playing. Although the very best laptops will cost you $1,000 or more, there are laptops to fit every budget in this guide. Whether you're a Windows, Mac, ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Google Drive, Microsoft, Mac, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Intel, Os, Features, Netflix, Back To School


The 3 best Android tablets of 2021

With Apple's dominating the tablet market, there aren't many Android variants to choose from, but you can still find a few great options.We tested a bunch of Android tablets to find the best, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 is the cream of the crop with its stunning screen, fast processor, and ability to serve as a laptop in a pinch.Read more: The best tabletsAndroid tablets never really caught on in the same way that did, but that doesn't mean there aren't some good ones out...
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The best smart home security systems of 2021

Smart-home gadgets are affordable and easy to use, making DIY home security an option.Simplisafe is the best home security system you can set up on your own.You can also check out our guide to the best home security cameras.Home security systems were once pricey, requiring professional installation and monitoring. Now they are relatively accessible. You can install and monitor many of them yourself and boost their usefulness by incorporating them into a smart-home ecosystem.When choosing a syste...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Home, Trends, Tech, Features, Buying Guide, Smart Home, Home Security, Zigbee, Alexa, Honeywell, Google Google


The 5 best true wireless earbuds in 2021 for listening on the go and at home

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The best wireless earbuds balance portability, sound quality, comfort, and features. Jabra's Elite 85T manage to do all that for a great price, making them our top pick overall. True wireless earbuds are headphones that fit neatly in your ear and are completely without wires. Because they're so small and wire-free, these earbuds can be easily transported and stored in small charging cases when you're not wearing them, not to mention they're mor...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Audio, Trends, Siri, Features, Headphones, Buying Guide, Sony, Bose, Belkin, Jabra, ANC, Realtek, Amazon Read


The 4 best Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays of 2021

Amazon's Echo devices combine reliable Alexa capabilities and easy-to-use smart-home features. The fourth-generation Echo is Amazon's best smart speaker, with good audio quality and a new design. Echo devices vary in size and price, but all have built-in support for Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant platform. Alexa generally works the same across these speakers, but some devices have screens and some boast better audio quality than others. Alexa's capabilities have significantly...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Echo, Trends, Best, Features, Buying Guide, Hulu, Amazon Echo, Zigbee, Alexa, Alexa Amazon, Amazon Read, Tech Insider, Smart Speaker


The 7 best wireless phone chargers of 2021

The best wireless chargers provide a convenient way to charge your phone without the hassle of plugging in. I've tested more than 40 wireless chargers over the past few years to find the best ones. Our guide highlights chargers in different categories and suits various budgets. To put it simply: no one likes charging their phone. Whether you're chatting on a video call, reading the news, or listening to music during a run, there's nothing like the panic that comes with seeing your b...
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The 6 best tablets in 2021 for every size and budget, from the powerful iPad Pro to Amazon's kid-friendly Fire tablet

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The 10.2-inch Apple iPad is still the best tablet, thanks to its balance of performance and price. Remember to check out those featured in the 'what we considered' section for the full picture. Also expect the new 2021 iPad Pro and Amazon Fire HD 10 to join this list once they've been tested. Tablets have become a necessity for a lot of people, despite there being less of them out there than smartphones or laptops. Thanks to the advances in functio...
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