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...

    • Posted 7 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 8 months 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 8 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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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...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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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...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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