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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  • 2020 Gift Guide: Top 30 4K & Blu-ray Gifts for Movie and TV Fans

    While moviegoing has fallen on hard times during the pandemic, home video viewing has soared. These days, most viewers like to stream their entertainment, but in a dystopian future where the internet is banned, you’ll be happy...

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  • 2020 Gift Guide: The Hottest Laptops of the Season

    With more and more working from home, chances are people want to pick up a new laptop for heavy-duty use or maybe a second laptop (apart from work) to stream movies, work on personal projects or play...

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  • 2020 Gift Guide: Our Favorite Affordable Gaming Laptops

    10 years ago, PC gaming was mostly about DIY custom rigs in souped-up tower cases. Gaming laptops were overpriced, overstuffed monstrosities—never mind, that’s actually still a thing. But today, gaming laptops can be sleek, they can be...

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  • 2020 Gift Guide: The Best Smartphones of the Season

    Last year in this space, I said, “2020 will be the year of the foldable phone (for reals this time).” Yeah, well, that didn’t happen. Maybe something called a pandemic had a hand in that… While there...

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  • 2020 Gift Guide: 9 Delightful True Wireless Earbuds

    As the true wireless stereo (TWS) headphones market grows, manufacturers are meeting the consumer demand for improved fit (smaller size), longer battery life and technically demanding features like active noise cancellation (ANC). For years, over-ear headphones have...

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  • 2020 Gift Guide: These Are Some Of Our Favorite TVs

    2020: A year of seismic changes. But in the world of TVs, it was a year of incremental change. 8K TVs haven’t made much inroads in the consumer market—content is very sparse and prices haven’t dropped appreciably...

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  • Waste Not, Want Not: Best Deals to Buy in January

    Happy New Year! Or is it? In the world of deals, January might seem like a bit of a let-down, but it’s actually a pretty good time to find solid discounts for several reasons: 1) retailers will...

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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...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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