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.
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Computing

Windows 10 is better than Windows 7, and you should upgrade now 1:38

Microsoft's Windows 7 was well-loved, and many fans have stuck with it despite Microsoft's efforts to sway their opinion. Now that Windows 10 is available, though, the time has come to stop being stubborn and embrace progress.
Product Review

AMD A10-7870K processor Review

AMD's A10-7870K is the only chip a budget gaming PC needs.
Computing

Windows 10 restores the desktop to dominance, but Cortana and Edge need work

Windows 10 scores a major victory for desktop users with a hoard of handy new features, but Microsoft still has work to do on the touchscreen experience.
Computing

Despite improvements, Windows 10 tablets remain second-class 1:48

Microsoft made desktop users unhappy with Windows 8, and hopes that 10 will atone for the company’s sins. It also has to continue support for tablets, 2-in-1s and touchscreen monitors. Can the company walk that tight-rope?
Computing

To 4K, and beyond: Windows 10 nails UltraHD displays

Windows didn’t keep up with rapidly increasing monitor resolution, and the result is ugly, aliased text and images in many menus as recently as Windows 8.1. Does Windows 10 fix it, or does Microsoft’s operating system still prefer…
Computing

3D XPoint memory is up to 1,000 times quicker than current solid state drives

Intel and Micron have announced an all-new memory technology called 3D XPoint. It promises performance up to 1,000 greater than current solid state drives, yet it's also far denser, and more durable.
Computing

What matters (and what doesn’t) when buying a gaming desktop

Gaming desktops are still king of the PC hill, and there's a staggering variety of companies and components to choose from. This guide will help you cut through the confusion and buy an amazing gaming computer at a surprisingly low price.
Computing

Windows 10 will put Start Screen Sync and App Sync to the axe

Windows 8 synced the user's Start Screen layout and purchased Apps between devices automatically. Microsoft, citing user preferences, has removed the feature in Windows 10.
Computing

Microsoft’s Surface is the shining star of an otherwise dismal earnings report

Microsoft's Q4 2015 earnings report was extremely rough, but it did contain a surprise success. Revenue from the Microsoft Surface line has more than doubled compared to 2014.
Computing

AMD’s A8-7670K could be the perfect processor for your next budget PC

AMD has announced a new, affordable entry in its APU line. Boasting four cores and a base clock of 3.6GHz, the A8-7670K won't set records, but it should prove more than adequate for most users.
Computing

What the NUC? Here’s how to outfit Intel’s miniature PC 3:38

The Next Unit of Computing, or NUC, is a kit PC from Intel that's smaller and more efficient than your average desktop, but you have to install a few components yourself. Here's what you need to buy.
Computing

Windows 10 Build 10240 goes live, but RTM release remains elusive

Microsoft has released Build 10240, the first Windows 10 Insider build released under the company's new TH1 development track. It's not yet the "final" release build, but it's pretty close.