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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  • Echo Show 8 Review: It’ll Grow on You

    The Echo Show 8 ($130, currently $100) is Amazon’s newest smart display device, sitting between the 10.1-inch Echo Show ($230) and the 5.5-inch Echo Show 5 ($80). It looks a lot like the Echo Show 5… just...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide: The 14 Hottest Wireless Headphones

    There are as many models of headphones as there are heads to wear them, or so it seems. On Ben’s, we’ve posted thousands of headphone deals over the years, and there’s probably a fervent supporter for each...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide: Our Top 10 Favorite TVs

    Ahhh… it’s that time of year. Awkward family gatherings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, shopping for TVs… TVs have long been the centerpiece of Black Friday and holiday sales. Their big flickering displays have the wow...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide: The 10 Best Smartphones of the Season

    Smartphones are the most rapidly evolving space in the consumer tech world these days. It’s always, but…what’s around the corner? 2020 will be the year of the foldable phone (for reals this time), so you’ll need to...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide: The 10 Best Premium Laptops

    At the top of the laptop food chain (where price is not the number one factor), manufacturers must constantly innovate to remain competitive. So, while it shouldn’t be surprising to find the Dell XPS 13 on our...

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  • The Mandalorian Episode 1 Review: Spaghetti Space Western

    Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian is by far the most hyped series in the Disney+ rollout (see our review of the service). The two trailers hinted at a gritty Western-style approach to the Star Wars universe from series creator...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide: Our 10 Favorite Laptops Under $500

    The humble budget laptop is one of our favorite and most popular product categories on Ben’s. While it’s still the rule that laptops under $500 are meant for light work and casual web use and not heavy gaming,...

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  • 2019 Gift Guide: Top 30 4K & Blu-ray Gifts for Movie and TV Fans

    Are we in the twilight of physical media? It seems so: the MPAA reported earlier this year that sales of discs have dropped 50% over the past 5 years, while DVD (gasp) still accounts for nearly 60%...

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  • Amazon Echo Buds Review: Alexa In Your Ear & Everywhere

    The Amazon Echo Buds ($130) are Amazon’s first foray into “true wireless” headphones, a burgeoning product category that evokes the in-ear devices that the Cybermen use to control people in Doctor Who. Considering the Echo Buds’ big...

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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 6 months ago
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  • Amazon Fire TV Cube Review: Well, It Can Turn On Your TV

    The Amazon Fire TV Cube, you might have heard, has had issues. Introduced in the summer, the Fire TV Cube—a hybrid of Amazon’s phenomenally successful Echo and its Fire TV streaming player—was marketed as the device that...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) Review

    Amazon’s new Echo Dot 3rd Generation Smart Speaker will be one of the hottest tech goodies of the 2018 holiday shopping season, especially during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales. Regularly $50, it will be $24 or...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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