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Trusted Reviews Computing and Gaming Awards 2021: The winners are revealed

There have been lots of fantastic computing devices and games this year, but which have been the cream of the crop? Our team of experts have revealed the winners for the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021.

Every shortlisted gadget and game has been reviewed in the past year by our team of experts, with the highest rated products being considered for an awards in its respective category. The winners have have been decided by those who know the products the best, including Computing and Gaming Editor Ryan Jones.

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 Computing shortlist 

Here are all the winners for the computing awards at the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021. 

Best laptop

The best laptop award goes to the Dell XPS 13 OLED, which impressed with a great all-rounded performance, with a special shout out to the gorgeous OLED screen.

The other nominees were:

HP Spectre x360 13
LG Gram 16
MacBooK Air M1

Best gaming Laptop

The best gaming laptop award goes to the Razer Blade 14. Razer is already well known for its excellent laptop build quality and high-end performance, but we were still impressed that the company managed to shrink all of these excellent features into a more compact 14-inch design.

The other nominees were:

Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
Gigabyte AORUS 17G

Best laptop for students

The best student laptop award goes to the the Surface Laptop Go. Microsoft’s 12.4-inch laptop may have a Chromebook price, yet it still offers a fantastic performance and keyboard for your money. You’ll struggle to find better value in the laptop market.

The other nominees were:

Acer Chromebook Spin 513
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7
MacBook Air M1

Best monitor

The best monitor award goes to the Samsung Smart Monitor M7. Monitors have never been more important with the rise of home working, and the Samsung Smart Monitor M7 went the extra mile by adding in Samsung’s excellent smart TV functionality.

The other nominees were:

HP E27d G4
HP S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor
LG UltraGear 38GN950

Best gaming monitor

The best gaming monitor award goes to the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. Samsung improved upon it’s already excellent wide-screen gaming monitor by adding in the superb Mini LED technology, which really impressed us during testing.

The other nominees were:

Asus ROG Swift PG259QNR
Huawei MateView GT
MSI MPG Artymis 343CQR

Best Chromebook

The best Chromebook award goes to the Acer Chromebook Spin 513. Thanks to an Arm chip, Acer has been able to design this laptop with a respectable performance, outstanding and a lightweight build. Anyone looking for a budget laptop should consider this superb portable.

The other nominees were:

Acer Chromebook 314
Lenovo 500e Chromebook 2nd Gen

Best GPU

The best GPU award goes to the Nvidia RTX 3070. In what has been a very competitive category, the RTX 3070 came out on top thanks to its superb balance between price and performance. What’s more, Nvidia has also ensured it supports fantastic features such as DLSS and ray tracing.

The other nominees were:

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

Best CPU

The best CPU award goes to the Intel Core i5-11600K. It may not be the most powerful processor around, but we were impressed by how it was able to compete with the very best chips, while still seeing a very affordable price point.

The other nominees were:

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Intel Core i9-11900K

Best gaming mouse

The best gaming mouse award goes to the Razer Viper 8K. This excellent mouse may not have any fancy features, but it offers a top-notch performance that won’t let you down in the heat of battle with its 20,000 DPI sensor and 8000Hz polling rate.

The other nominees were:

Logitech G Pro X Superlight
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro
Roccat Kone Pro Air

Best gaming headset

The best gaming headset award goes to the Audeze Penrose, which showcased fantastic audio quality and luxurious design.

The other nominees were:

Corsair HS75 XB Wireless
Sony Pulse 3D Headset
Xbox Wireless Headset

Best gaming keyboard

The best gaming keyboard award goes to the Razer Huntsman V2 Analog thanks to its innovative Analog switches, excellent performance and premium build quality.

The other nominees were:

Asus ROG Claymore II
Corsair K100
SteelSeries Apex Pro

Best printer

The best printer award goes to the Canon PIXMA TS7450, which offers superb value for money thanks to excellent print quality and capability to scan and copy for added versatility.

The other nominees were:

Brother MFC-L3710CW
Epson EcoTank ET-2750
Epson XP-7100

Best router

The best router award goes to the Netgear Orbi RBK752 thanks to its extremely fast speeds, easy-to-use app and generous selection of ports.

The other nominees were:

Eero 6
Netgear Nighthawk XR1000
TP-Link RE365

Best VPN

The best VPN award goes to Surfshark.

The other nominees were:


Best anti-virus

The best anti-virus awards goes to Microsoft Defender Antivirus.

The other nominees were:

Avast Antivirus Free
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition
ESET Internet Security
Kaspersky Internet Security

Trusted Reviews Awards 2021 Gaming shortlist 

Here are the winners for the gaming awards at Trusted Reviews Awards 2021. 

Best games console

The best games console award goes to the Xbox Series X.

The other nominees were:

Oculus Quest 2
Xbox Series S

Best Switch game

The best Switch game award goes to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.

The other nominees were:

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
New Pokémon Snap
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Best PlayStation game

The best PlayStation game award goes to Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

The other nominees were:

Demon’s Souls
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Best Xbox game

The best Xbox game award goes to Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The other nominees were:

It Takes Two
Psychonauts 2
Resident Evil Village

Best PC game

The best PC game award goes to Crusader Kings 3.

The other nominees were:

Cyberpunk 2077
Football Manager 2021
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Best game

The best game award goes to Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

The other nominees were:

Crusader Kings 3
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Resident Evil Village

What are the Trusted Reviews Awards 2021?

The Trusted Reviews Awards are a yearly celebration of the best products, companies, and services in the world of technology. Our team of experts pick the best products from many categories, including Computing, Gaming, Mobile, TV/Audio and more. 

In previous years, we’ve held the Trusted Reviews Awards ceremony at an event in London. However, this year we’ve had to make some changes and instead take the event online.

Thoughts from the Computing and Gaming editor

I feel like I say this every year, but we really have seem some incredible products from both the computing and gaming categories this year. For computing, Apple has shaken up the laptop market by introducing its new M1 range of MacBooks, while AMD and Nvidia launched its new generation of graphics cards to take PC gaming up another level.

It’s also been one a major 12 months for gaming too, with Sony and Microsoft releasing their new games consoles. And of course, there has also been a slew of great games to make the most of the shiny new hardware.

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