Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a writer, computing guru, gamer and geek hailing from Portland, Oregon. He is editor of Digital Trends' computing section.

Prefer pens? Swap your moleskin notebook for Toshiba's Encore 2 Write 8

Digital hand-writing is a neat concept, but its often bundled into devices that are extremely expensive. Not so with the Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8, a Windows tablet that packs an awesome stylus for $349.

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For an affordable gaming rig, Nvidia's GTX 960 is the budget bombshell to buy

Nvidia's new GTX 960 tempts budget gamers, but can it match the legacy of its predecessor the GTX 760, or does it stumble in the face of today's demanding titles?

  • Pros: Silent at idle , Low power draw , Can easily handle most…
  • Cons: Modest memory bandwidth , 1440p and 4K can prove too much

Windows 10 isn’t just a step back to the desktop, it’s a step up

Innovation. Microsoft. Those two words aren't often seen together, but the company's latest Windows 10 conference proves creative thinking isn't dead at the company's Redmond campus, and we're not just talking about holograms.

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Windows 10 will pack full-screen start menu, tablet mode

The latest Windows 10 event had plenty of big reveals, but Microsoft also let slip some subtle details about how its latest operating system has been refined in response to user feedback.

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'There's a terabyte in that?!' Pretty much sums up Samsung's outlandish T1 SSD

Looking for a portable drive that can transfer tens of gigabytes in just a few minutes? Samsung's super-quick T1 is what you want, and it's small enough to fit in your pocket.

  • Pros: Tiny, pocketable size , Excellent performance , Easy drive…
  • Cons: Pricey compared to mechanical disks , Short bundled cord

Fresh from CES, Dell's XPS 13 just lit up our labs and set the bar for 2015

Dell's latest XPS 13 won our Best of Computing award at CES 2015. Now we have it in our office, and have put it through our rigorous tests. Is it as incredible as it seems at a…

  • Pros: Light, but solid , Attractive design , Great touchpad…
  • Cons: Limited ports , Quiet speakers , Fan can be loud at full…

Intel expands 2-in-1 reference design to include plus-sized 12.5-inch displays as sales slump

Rumors indicate Intel has expanded its 2-in-1 reference design to include 12.5-inch models. This move may help support 10-inch models, which have slumped after an initial sales spike.

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Intel shows a bit of everything at CES 2015, and it actually works

Intel casts a wide net in its CES 2015 keynote presentation, focusing less on computers and more on up-and-coming technologies that ought to keep the company relevant well into the future.

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CES shows 2015 will be the year of the monitor

The explosion of awesome new PC displays at CES 2015 may take the humble monitor out of the shadows and give it some well-deserved attention.

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