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.
Articles
Computing

Don’t dismiss the desktop! Why the humble tower PC still makes sense

A new mainstream desktop tower may not be the first option that comes to mind when you consider what your next computing device might be, it’s an option that's should certainly warrant your attention.
Computing

Forget convertibles: Where are the attractive, low-cost, all-day laptops?

Though $1,000 convertibles probably make for larger profit margins, we think the PC industry would be better served by making low-cost notebooks running existing, battery-efficient gear. Oh, and customers would win too.
Computing

Shady downloads pushed by Google, Microsoft are turning people away from PCs

Google, though, has no real reason to stop purchased links from shoveling nefarious software—as long as the software isn’t overtly loaded with viruses. Google makes money from any operating system connected to the Web, so long as it…
CES 2016

Samsung announces pricing and availability for new NX30, Galaxy Camera 2

Just ahead of CES, Samsung announced the new NX30 mirrorless camera and Galaxy Camera 2 Android-powered point-and-shoot. Both offer feature upgrades, but imaging specs remain relatively the same. We went hands-on with some pre-production…
Product Review

Dell Venue 11 Pro Review

Dell Venue 11 Pro review.
Product Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review.
Product Review

Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

Dell Venue 8 Pro Review.
Product Review

Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Sony Xperia Z1S review.
Mobile

Hands On: Asus ZenFone 5

We check out the Asus ZenFone 5, the middle brother of Asus’s new lineup. Though it cost only $150 without a contract, this Android phone feels much more expensive.
Product Review

BlackBerry Z30 Review

BlackBerry Z30 review.
Product Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Review.
Mobile

The 4 hottest Android phablets square off in our side-by-side spec comparison

We compare the four biggest phablets - large-screened phones - available in the US right now. The Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra duke it out in this in-depth comparison and spec chart.