May 18, 2021


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TikTokers’ Favorite Gadgets 2021 | The Strategist

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TikTok is famous for its viral pranks, endless wave of memes, and, for me at least, its ability to make an hour disappear by sucking you into a rabbit hole. There are unlimited niche topics to get lost in, but where I often find myself is #TechTok. These creators are constantly testing and recommending gadgets, everything from mechanical keyboards to GPUs to speakers to portable monitors to silly firework light bulbs. Not every product you come across is worth buying, but a few, like the self-sealing trash can Strategist senior editor Peter Martin kept seeing last year, just might deserve a spot in your home. To separate the good from the bad, we tracked down nine of TechTok’s most interesting creators and asked them one simple question: What is your favorite gadget?

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

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“The gadget I use most often has to be the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones,” says TikToker TonyTechBytes. “It’s a mouthful of a name, but it features the BEST active noise canceling I’ve ever tried, which is incredibly useful since I share a room with my older brother, who’s always gaming while I’m editing.” (When I tested noise-canceling headphones at the Strategist, I found the Sonys to be one of the best. My colleague, Louis Cheslaw, is also a fan.) “The sound quality is superb, and the over-the-ear cups fit my ears perfectly,” he says — so perfectly that they are even capable of blocking out some ambient sounds with noise canceling turned off.