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.

Google gets into the giving spirit, offers 1TB of Drive with every Chromebook

Google has made Chromebooks even more this attractive this holiday season by offering one terabyte of free Drive cloud storage. The plan last for two years, making it a $240 value.


The Z97 Quiet Gaming is the obvious choice if you want to play PC games in peace

Gaming computers have become outlandishly powerful, but they're also loud. AVADirect has built a computer for those looking to play in peace, but has eliminating noise also hurt…

  • Pros: Attractive but subdued enclosure , Easy to upgrade…
  • Cons: Not the quickest processor , Average SSD performance…

Can a polished Chrome OS really replace Windows? We tested.

Chromebook are a popular, affordable alternative to conventional notebooks, but can they really perform similar tasks? We've taken a closer look by comparing two common models against a Windows 2-in-1.


$800 HP EliteBook leads Newegg Black Friday deals, available now

Newegg's Black Friday deals include cut-rate AMD octo-core processors, a HP Elitebook with a solid state hard drive for $799 and a powerful Lenovo gaming laptop for a dollar under a grand.


The 12-inch Retina MacBook Air rumors are flying: Here’s the latest

Apple is due for a new MacBook Air, and the rumor mill is in full churn. This time, however, some of the speculation makes sense. Here's what we've heard about the new Air - and what we think will actually happen.


Surprise! Folding a notebook into a giant 15-inch tablet is fraught with problems

Compromise? The Toshiba Satellite Radius P55W will have none of that. However, the approach here results in mediocrity, instead of excellence.

  • Pros: Solid display , Powerful dual-core processor , Excellent…
  • Cons: Bulky and heavy for a 2-in-1 , Display has narrow viewing…

A Chromebook built for business? Don't laugh, the ThinkPad Yoga 11e pulls it off

The Yoga 11e has an excellent keyboard, and a fine display. These traits make it a surprisingly solid notebook.

  • Pros: Best-in-class keyboard , Large touch-pad , Quality display…
  • Cons: Mediocre processor performance , Battery life could be…

Thin, light, and easy on battery, Lenovo's Chromebook N20p just needs more pep

Are you looking for a slim, portable Chromebook with long battery life, and a touchscreen? Lenovo’s N20p has you covered.

  • Pros: Great connectivity , Good keyboard and touch-pad , Thin and…
  • Cons: Boring exterior , Mediocre display , Lackluster performance…

Triple video cards rocket Origin's Millennium from 'fast' to 'fastest ever tested'

What do you get when you combine an overclocked Intel Core i7-5960X, with three GTX 980 video cards? Record breaking performance, that's what.

  • Pros: Highly customizable , Easy to upgrade or repair , Plenty of…
  • Cons: Large and very heavy , Extremely loud at full load

The best monitor we've ever tested is worth rearranging your desk to make room for

Paying thousands for a display sounds crazy, but it'll make sense when you see what Samsung's new U32D970Q 4K monitor can do.

  • Pros: Sturdy and attractive , Lots of input options , Precise…
  • Cons: 4K on a 32-inch monitor isn't that sharp , Mediocre contrast…

5K isn’t just a big number for Apple’s record-setting iMac, it’s true innovation

Set your cynicism aside. Apple's new 5K Retina iMac offers innovative benefits to enthusiasts, and casual users alike.


CTL's display rocks 4K, and won't rattle your wallet

U.S.A! U.S.A! Local tech firm CTL puts out a cheap 4K monitor that delivers surprisingly solid image quality, and more.

  • Pros: Well built , Plenty of video inputs , Excellent image…
  • Cons: Stand only tilts , Poor on-screen controls , Limited…

Your iPhone is peanut butter, your Mac is jelly, and OS X Yosemite is the sandwich

Apple OS X Yosemite tries to marry mobile functionality with desktop design. The result is a great pairing.


Asus ROG G751JY-DH71 review

The Asus G751JY offers top-tier hardware for $2,500. Is it a suitable host for Nvidia’s new GTX 980M GPU?

  • Pros: Attractive, but subdued exterior , Excellent keyboard and…
  • Cons: Keyboard is hard to read with backlight off , Average…

What does HP’s divorce mean for PC buyers? Not much … for now

Hewlett-Packard's decision to spin off its PC and printer divisions is a big change for the computer industry, but will it alter how you buy a PC?