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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    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 1 month 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 months 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 3 months ago
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    Apple TV 4 Review: We Expected More

    Three-and-a-half years after the previous generation’s release—an eternity in the tech world—the 4th generation Apple TV set-top box was announced with typical Apple fanfare back in early September and then appeared on store shelves in late October 2015. Apple TV 4 ($149 for...

    • Posted 3 months ago
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    Vizio M43-C1 4K HDTV Review: Performance on a Budget

    Vizio’s been successfully making budget TVs for years, but recently they’ve targeted more discriminating buyers by adding features like Ultra HD (4K), full array LEDs, local dimming, and even HDR (coming soon in their posh Reference Series). This...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    2015 Gift Guide: Five Stunning TVs That Will Make Great Gifts

    Buying an HDTV is often like a buying a car, where you find yourself overwhelmed with choices and confronted by salespeople and/or friends and family trying to steer you this way and that. But if you go...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    2015 Gift Guide: Best Ultrabooks for the Holidays

    What is an Ultrabook laptop? Technically, according to Intel—since they came up with the name—an Ultrabook is a laptop no thicker than 0.9 inches with a solid state drive, unibody chassis, touchscreen, long battery life and, of...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    Roku 4 Review: The Real Deal

    The Roku 4 ($130) is Roku’s entry into the 4K sweepstakes, and it’s a very well thought-out and compelling product for consumers interested in utilizing their shiny new 4K HDTVs. Roku has won legions of fans for...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    2015 Gift Guide: 5 Cheap Laptops Under $200

    Whether it’s the economy or the fact that most people don’t really need the most powerful computers to browse the internet, cheap laptops are the biggest growth area in PCs. Now into their 5th year, Chromebooks account...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    Amazon Fire TV (2015) Review: Don’t Buy it for the 4K

    This fall, Amazon introduced the 2nd generation Fire TV ($100) amidst a slew of hardware updates for other big-name streaming devices from Roku, Apple and Google (and to a lesser extent, Nvidia). Two new features headline the second...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    2015 Gift Guide: Smartphones That Will Rule the Holiday Season

    Smartphones are the most personal and long-suffering of all gadgets. They’re with us at all hours of the day, enduring our boring conversations and clumsy drops on the asphalt, tile, hardwood… For all of their perseverance, we...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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    2015 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 4 months ago
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