Matt Safford

Matt Safford

Matt Safford began accumulating electronics experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius and Tandy TRS-80 (Model 4) computers. He built his first PC in 1996, and has spent the last several years covering consumer technology and geek culture for Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, Wired, and Popular Science. His other interests include politics, human evolution, comedy podcasts, and abrasive electronic music. Matt's Android device reports that he has trekked more than 5,000 miles through the streets in and around New York City. He hasn't yet grown sick of the urban scenery, but he would like to log a few hundred more miles in the Scottish Highlands. You can follow him on Twitter @mattsafford.

With Glass gone, can Epson's Moverio BT-200 pick up the gauntlet? Not yet

With Google Glass on the backburner, Epson’s Moverio BT-200 is one of the few augmented reality platforms you can currently buy. It’s a novel way to watch Netflix, but does it…

  • Pros: Familiar Android interface , Decent battery life…
  • Cons: Clunky hardware needs a lot of polish , Low-end components…

HP's ElitePad 1000 morphs into anything with the right case, for the wrong price

We review HP’s versatile, aluminum-clad business tablet. Can a slew of accessories help this Atom-powered device stand out in a world of more powerful do-it-all devices?

  • Pros: Attractive design , Excellent build quality , Improved…
  • Cons: Expensive , No real ports without optional jacket…

HTC's Desire Eye isn't just the best selfie cam ever, it's a damn fine phone

We review HTC’s Desire Eye. Its 13-megapixel front-facing camera makes it great for selfie enthusiasts, but those who just want an attractive, powerful mid-range phone should…

  • Pros: Dual 13-megapixel cameras , Attractive, water-resistant…
  • Cons: Battery life isn’t great , Cameras are good, but not the…

Heavy metal: Metawatch's M1 feels like the real deal, even if it doesn't do much

We review Meta’s M1 Core, a smartwatch built by watchmakers, rather than consumer-electronics heavyweights.

  • Pros: Android and iOS compatible , Best-in-class battery life…
  • Cons: Limited functionality , No app store , Pixelated low-res…

For $250, you can't find a classier laptop than Samsung's Chromebook 2

Samsung’s $249 Intel Bay Trail-powered Chromebook 2 sports excellent input devices and audio, but can Chrome run smoothly on just 2GB of RAM?

  • Pros: Solid, attractive design , Comfortable input devices , Loud…
  • Cons: Screen has viewing angle issues , No full-size SD card slot…

Hands on: A ‘watchband’ hinge lets Lenovo’s Yoga 3 Pro flex with flash

If you’re in the hunt for a high-end laptop that also doubles as a tablet, the Yoga 3 Pro could be one of the best options out there.

Computing

Dell's Venue 7 is a scorching deal (in that it's cheap and gets very, very hot)

We review Dell’s Venue 7 tablet. Can stock Android 4.4, plus a decent camera and audio compensate for the device’s single gig of RAM?

  • Pros: Light and comfortable to hold , Stock Android 4.4 , Good…
  • Cons: Only 1GB of RAM makes for sluggish multitasking , Severe…

Introduce your eyes to 4K with this shockingly sharp Acer

Acer’s $599 B286HK boasts one of the lowest prices around for a 4K monitor. It's not without issues, though.

  • Pros: Good performance overall , Viewing angles are mostly good…
  • Cons: Wobbly stand , 4K at 60Hz requires use of DisplayPort , Poor…

Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro review

Toshiba’s much-improved Satellite Click 2 Pro sports Ultrabook-class internals, and a revamped hinge, but can this detachable outclass the competition?

  • Pros: Screen attaches/detaches easily , Fast SSD and CPU , Roomy…
  • Cons: Short battery life , Wobbly hinge , Top-heavy design…

Toshiba Encore 2 review

We review Toshiba’s Encore 2, a budget priced Windows 8 tablet with a nice LCD screen. Can its low price and reasonably good looks make up for its 1GB of RAM and a…

  • Pros: Nice IPS screen , Ships with one year of Office 365…
  • Cons: Only 1GB of RAM , No HDMI-out , Battery life could be better…

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport review

We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport—Sprint’s rugged version of the S5. Can a colorful exterior and tactile buttons set it apart from a pack of excellent Android alternatives?

  • Pros: Very powerful, like the Galaxy S5 , Nice camera , Colorful…
  • Cons: No fingerprint or heart rate readers , Less ruggedly…

What’s the best PC you can build for about $1,000?

Whether you're a gamer or not, we have two PC builds for you that will net you a pretty good computer for roughly $1,000.

Computing

Maingear Vybe Z97 (2014) review

The Maingear Vybe offers good performance, but if you’re sticking to 1080p gaming, you can safely opt for a lesser configuration.

  • Pros: Powerful CPU and graphics performance , Lots of expansion…
  • Cons: Expensive, considering its components , More RAM than needed…

Lenovo A10 review

We review Lenovo’s budget-friendly 10-inch tablet. It performs well and has good speakers, but the low-res IPS screen looks fuzzy.

  • Pros: Low price , IPS screen , Pretty good speakers , Decent…
  • Cons: Fuzzy, low-res screen , No app tray , Camera and battery…