Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a writer, computing guru, gamer and geek hailing from Portland, Oregon. He is editor of the @DigitalTrends computing section.
Articles
Computing

While VR submerges you in other worlds, HoloLens just lets you peek

Microsoft’s latest HoloLens demo, made available at BUILD 2016, is ambitious in scale and disarming in its honesty. But it also highlights the headset’s limitations in ways that weren’t obvious before.
Computing

Microsoft’s vision of the future is Skynet for ordering pizza

Microsoft isn’t a big name in AI, but Redmond’s top management wants to change that. The company envisions a world full of bots, and the consequences of that vision could change the world.
Computing

Is Microsoft shifting its focus again, or losing it?

Microsoft’s Build 2016 wasn’t the most exciting two and a half hours, and light on Windows features or products, but it gave the company a chance to outline its new AI platforms that developers can easily harness for their own software.
Product Review

HP Dreamcolor Z32x Review

Staring into HP’s 32-inch DreamColor is like looking through a window.
Product Review

Dell XPS 13 (Skylake) Review

Dell's XPS 13 still sets the bar other ultrabooks must clear.
Computing

Neglected again, Apple’s dusty MacBooks are outdated, underpowered and overpriced

Apple's latest event was a snoozer, but Mac fans should pay close attention. The company's continued silence on updates for the MacBook Air and Pro says plenty about its attitude towards old-school computing.
Virtual Reality

Put this on. VR is the future, and it’s easier to enter than you think

Virtual reality has as many skeptics as fans, and the high cost of each headset hasn't won over newcomers. But once you use one, you'll understand why VR is the future, price be damned.
Computing

Four generations of Intel HD Graphics tested

Intel's HD Graphics has come a long way over the years, but is it enough to play modern games at 1080p? We tested four generations of the hardware to find out first-hand.
Product Review

Dell XPS 8900 Special Edition Review

The fastest desktop Dell makes is a total sleeper, and a total steal.
Computing

Dell’s gold XPS 13 proves Windows laptops can be fashion accessories, too

Dell's recently announced gold XPS 13 just arrived in our office, and it's easily the most attractive Windows PC we've used. Unfortunately, there's a good chance you can't afford it.
Product Review

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (2016) Review

Why doesn't Samsung sell more laptops? Allow the Notebook 9 Pro to demonstrate.
Computing

Eight months after release, Windows 10 is still the best desktop operating system 1:53

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s chance to redeem itself after the failure of Windows 8 and its touch-centric interface. Has the company managed to reverse course, or has it dug itself into an even deeper hole?