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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Product Review

Intel Compute Stick Review

Intel put an entire PC on a stick, but do you really want a computer this limited?
Computing

Drives using the new NVMe standard are taking the solid state market by storm

Non-Volatile Storage Express, the new standard for solid state drives, is taking the PC world by storm. Four manufacturers have announced drives based on the standard, and motherboard makers are releasing adapters to support them.
Product Review

Dell Precision M3800 Review

Portable powerhouse: Dell's Precision M3800 works hard anywhere you do.
Computing

HP announces 32-inch UltraHD monitor and thin-bezel professional displays

HP has announced an impressive new 31.5-inch, 4K monitor that promises excellent color gamut and accuracy. It also revealed a line of professional monitors with thin bezels that target multi-monitor users.
Computing

HP’s Z Turbo Drive G2 might be the new SSD performance champion

HP has announced a new NVMe solid state drive, the Z Turbo Drive G2. Its official specifications suggest it may even outperform Intel's 750 Series, but the drive doesn't hit retail until June.
Computing

HP transforms the Omen into its thinnest workstation laptop yet

HP has transformed its razor-thin gaming laptop, the Omen, into a workstation notebook. The appropriately named Omen Pro offers quad-core processors and Nvidia Quadro graphics, but laptops an UltraHD display option.
Computing

Sorry Apple, Microsoft is right: Windows is for people who get things done

When it comes to productivity, Microsoft is right; Windows is the best operating system for those who do. Apple's OS X and Linux have made strides, but nothing compares to Windows in the workplace.
Computing

Three years of laptop battery life explored

You might think your three year old laptop is still modern, fast, and portable. But can it really compare to the endurance of modern, portable PC? We analyzed three years of battery life tests to find out.
Computing

Has clock speed outlived its usefulness as a processor specification?

A recent article from Anandtech found that CPU performance does not necessarily correlate with maximum clock speed, throwing doubt on its usefulness as a specification for notebook buyers.
Computing

MacBook review round-up: Apple’s latest laptop is a beautiful compromise

The first wave of MacBook reviews have come in. While the praise some traits, most notably the system's thin and light design, the verdicts are surprisingly lukewarm for a all-new Apple laptop.
Computing

MSI’s new, tiny motherboards offer passively cooled quad-cores and 4K support

Want to build a small, quiet home theater PC? MSI's new Mini-ITX motherboards might be perfect for you. Passively cooled, they still feature up to quad-core processing power and 4K support.
Computing

Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition now available for $949

Dell has announced the Developer Edition of its popular XPS 13. It ships with Ubuntu and offers upgraded hardware over the base $799 Windows model, including a Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM.