Author: Joe Warner

    I'm the senior editor of The CheckOut. I am an aficionado of shiny gadgets and classic Hollywood movies and can also tell you the names of the late '80s Swedish Davis Cup team members.


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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Best, Most Lustworthy Laptops

    f you’re shopping for a new premium laptop this holiday season, you’ll discover that the “one size fits all” laptop is less common while niches have become the trend. There are 2-in-1 laptops (like the Lenovo Yoga),...

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  • 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray Gifts for Movie and TV Fans

    With physical disc sales dwindling and studios spending less and less on them, it might be easy for a movie collector to feel a little glum. And cash grabs like The Godfather Blu-ray Collection: Omerta Edition and...

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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Your New Favorite HDTVs

    In 2017, 4K rules (with HDR, please). In contrast to recent years, this year hasn’t seen a major feature introduction like HDR, 4K, OLED, curved panels, Smart TVs, and so on. Because current technologies have matured, this...

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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Our Favorite Laptops Under $500

    If you’re willing to settle for slow processors, cheap builds and low resolution on small screens, then it’s pretty easy to find laptops for under $500. But if you care about quality, that’s a bit trickier. The...

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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Smartphones That Will Rule the Holiday Season

    For the last several years, if you’ve been in the market for a smartphone, there were really two choices: an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. In 2017… that hasn’t changed. Still, the competition between the two standard...

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    Waste Not, Want Not: Best Deals to Buy in August

    The dog days of summer are here, and while the best summer memories are spent outside, now’s a good time to get in some great online shopping deals. At Ben’s Bargains, there are a lot of great deals...

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    Waste Not, Want Not: Best Deals to Buy in July

    July is the time of year that no one wants to be inside a mall shopping. However, who says you can’t take advantage of some online shopping deals while lounging at the beach? At Ben’s Bargains, there...

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  • Rogue One Review: Prestige Fan Fiction

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first of the many Star Wars “sidequels” promised by Disney when it bought the Star Wars property from George Lucas in 2012. Suggested by ILMer John Knoll (story and visual FX...

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    2016 Gift Guide: Best Accessories for iPhone and iPad

    iPhones and iPads were truly made for accessories since they’re really accessories themselves. And as accessories, they define our status like no other gadget in recent memory. Here’s the list of some of our favorite — and...

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  • Plex Pass Review: iTunes on Steroids

    Plex is a popular multi-platform media player that works with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, set-top boxes like Roku, Apple TV 4 and Amazon Fire TV, smart TVs from Vizio and Samsung and NAS devices from...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Review: Total Recall

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the movie that Star Wars fans have been waiting 16 32 years for. Fans waited 16 years for The Phantom Menace, only to be bitterly disappointed, and now 16 years after...

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  • Everything is Awesome II: 10 More Fantastic Unofficial Lego Sets

    Building Lego toys is fun, whether you’re building from the manual or creating something entirely new, a.k.a. a Lego MOC (My Own Creation). A select few expert builders from around the world are even hired by Lego and become what...

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