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

Gamers win, PCs pack more pixels, and 2-in-1s flounder at IFA 2015

PCs didn't break new ground at IFA 2015, but in fact reinforced the computer's traditional role. That's not a bad thing -- it means faster, slimmer, and more affordable systems for everyone.
Computing

Acer’s newest desktop takes the pain out of upgrading

The Revo Build’s modular design promises easy upgrades thanks to magnetic docking, but the limited selection of modules may make its intuitive design a moot point.
Computing

HTC’s Vive demo proves adventure games could see a VR-powered renaissance

IFA 2015 gave us a chance to take another look at the HTC Vive, developed in partnership with Valve. The hardware still needs some work, but this VR headset remains unique among its peers.
Computing

Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad bends over backwards for business travelers

Do you travel frequently, work on the road, and want a do-it-all system? Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga 260 may be what you need, but its price and standard features aren’t on par with competitors.
Computing

The Predator 17 laptop proves Acer is deadly serious about gaming

Acer isn’t a name that gamers have taken seriously in the past, but the company is looking to change that with its new Predator 17, a powerful and attractive beast that puts the strongest competitors in its sights.
Computing

Hands on: This fantastic Toshiba laptop may cost you dearly

The new Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 leads the resolution race with its 4K display, and backs it up with excellent build quality. But vague pricing suggests you’ll have to pay dearly for the privilege of owning it.
Computing

Want an external hard drive cased in wood, leather or carbon fiber? Brinell can do that

External hard drives and USB flash drives are everywhere, and most are built to serve their purpose as cheaply as possible. Brinell, however, is turning these common devices into a fashion accessory.
Computing

Asus’ new gaming laptop has an alien parasite attached

The latest concept computer from Asus packs liquid cooling into its slim and powerful G752 chassis, but it requires sacrifices most gamers won’t be willing to make.
Gaming

Asus’ all-new Republic of Gamers G752 laptop is a portable gaming powerhouse

Asus has taken its Republic of Gamers line in a new direction with the G752, which ditches the company’s traditional black-and-red colors for a more unique approach. Will it prove a worthy addition to this popular line of gaming hardware?
Computing

Intel’s massive 6th-gen Core line-up debuts at IFA 2015

Hot on the heels of the Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K, Intel has announced a massive lineup of 6th-gen "Skylake" processors at IFA 2015. They span mobile and desktop, from extremely powerful quad-cores to power-sipping Core M chips.
Computing

Alienware refreshes X51 and notebook lineup with overclocking, USB 3.1

Alienware has announced a refreshed line of notebooks, along with an X51 desktop, that feature 6th-generation Intel Core processor, overclocking, and USB 3.1.