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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  • Amazon Fire TV Cube Review: 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...

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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...

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  • 2018 Gift Guide: Our Favorite Laptops Under $500

    Selecting our favorite budget laptops under $500 was a lot like walking a tightrope: on one side was mediocre quality and low prices, and on the other was terrible quality and even lower prices. Fortunately there are...

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  • 2018 Gift Guide: The 4K TVs You Really Want

    he TV market is all about 4K now, as 1080p quietly fades into the past. The fast adoption of 4K has been spurred on by how quickly prices have fallen. Expect to see a lot of 55-inch...

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  • 2018 Gift Guide: The Best Smartphones of the Season

    One of these years, the Apple-Samsung hegemony in the smartphone marketplace will end, but it’s certainly not this year. Meanwhile, phone displays don’t show any signs of getting smaller, although manufacturers are figuring out clever ways to...

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  • 2018 Gift Guide: The Best Premium Laptops

    hile 2-in-1 laptops have been gaining popularity in recent years, this year’s top 5 premium laptops all have the old-school clamshell form factor, albeit with very thin ultrabook profiles. Apple, Microsoft and Dell are, not surprisingly, on the...

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  • 2018 Gift Guide: 4K & Blu-ray Gifts for Movie and TV Fans

    t’s true 4K disc players have been left behind in the wake of widely proliferating 4K TVs and 4K streaming devices, and mainstream consumers may never totally warm up to them. However, the prices on 4K Blu-ray...

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  • Solo Review: Han Shoots First (But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up)

    Solo: A Star Wars Story, like 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is a movie that probably didn’t need to be made as it’s simply more backstory to which audiences basically already know the ending. It’s...

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  • Star Wars The Last Jedi Review: Still Some Magic in These Bones

    A day after the Disney Empire (First Order?) took over the movie universe—via the fantastically timed buyout of Fox, the old home of the first two Star Wars trilogies—the latest chapter of the saga hits the big...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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    Mmm… Donuts! 10 Donut-Themed Things that You’ll Crave

    Homer Simpson said it best: Mmm… donuts. The donut (or doughnut—don’t even start) is that never-ending circle of sweetness and fat, bread and sugar, icing and grease, light and dark, yin and yang… The donut works on so many...

    • Posted 12 months ago
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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),...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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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...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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