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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  • 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 5 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 5 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 6 months 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 7 months ago
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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Your New Favorite HDTVs

    In 2017, 4K rules (with HDR, please). In contrast to recent years, this year hasn’t seen a major feature introduction like HDR, 4K, OLED, curved panels, Smart TVs, and so on. Because current technologies have matured, this...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Our Favorite Laptops Under $500

    If you’re willing to settle for slow processors, cheap builds and low resolution on small screens, then it’s pretty easy to find laptops for under $500. But if you care about quality, that’s a bit trickier. The...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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  • 2017 Gift Guide: Smartphones That Will Rule the Holiday Season

    For the last several years, if you’ve been in the market for a smartphone, there were really two choices: an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. In 2017… that hasn’t changed. Still, the competition between the two standard...

    • Posted 7 months ago
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    Waste Not, Want Not: Best Deals to Buy in August

    The dog days of summer are here, and while the best summer memories are spent outside, now’s a good time to get in some great online shopping deals. At Ben’s Bargains, there are a lot of great deals...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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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 11 months ago
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  • Rogue One Review: Prestige Fan Fiction

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first of the many Star Wars “sidequels” promised by Disney when it bought the Star Wars property from George Lucas in 2012. Suggested by ILMer John Knoll (story and visual FX...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    2016 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 2 years ago
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