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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    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...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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  • 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Blu-ray Gifts for Movie and TV Fans

    It’s true that the physical disc is on the wane and digital is on the rise, but physical discs—especially “Collector’s Editions” loaded with extras—will hang around like vinyl records and coffee table books. They are the perfect gift...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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  • 2016 Gift Guide: Our Favorite Laptops Under $500

    On Ben’s, we naturally tend to focus on budget laptops, so this guide to our favorite laptops under $500 will have some familiar “faces” to our regular visitors. We’ve listed our picks by price point based on...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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  • 2016 Gift Guide: Your New Favorite HDTVs

    HDTVs have been rapidly evolving over the past few years. Every year has seen some new must-have feature: LED, 3D, Smart TV, OLED, curved panel, 4K Ultra HD. This year, the must-have feature is HDR (High Dynamic Range). If you...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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  • 2016 Gift Guide: Smartphones That Will Rule the Holiday Season

    Lost in the hype of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7s (the curse of the phantom Note 6, I tell you!), the smartphone continues to grow—literally—and evolve into a powerful necessity of modern computing life. Smartphones are now...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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  • 2016 Gift Guide: Best, Most Lustworthy Laptops

    With the tablet on the wane, the trusty ol’ laptop continues to chug along. Expect the laptop form factor—so productive and so efficient—to be around for a while. As Apple’s Phil Schiller said recently, “As far as our...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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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...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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