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

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 (2016) Review

The all-new HP Spectre x360 is a jack-of-all-trades, and also the king.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 19: The new MacBook Pro is revealed, but is it fast? 47:12

Apple has revealed all the details of the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch, including what's inside. How does the hardware stack up against the best Windows PCs?
Computing

What’s the best MacBook for your money?

Apple's lineup of MacBooks has started to swell, leaving fans a bit confused about which laptop they should buy. All are decent systems, but there's one that currently stands out from the rest.
Computing

Can Apple’s new MacBook Pro 13 keep pace with Dell’s XPS 13?

Apple has finally updated the fan-favorite MacBook Pro 13-inch after much anticipation, but how does it compare to the always-improving Dell XPS 13? Here, we examine the hardware and design of each machine.
Computing

Apple’s new MacBook Pro doesn’t outrun competitors, but the Touch Bar is special

Apple’s new MacBook Pros bring an innovative Touch Bar that the world has never seen before, but high prices, so-so specs and a persistent reluctance to embrace touchscreens may hold the Mac back.
Computing

Microsoft October 26 Surface Event

Microsoft made bold moves over the last few years, introducing several new devices including the successful Surface Pro and Surface Book. Now the company will build its own all-in-one desktop too, and plans a slew of software updates to…
Computing

You OK, Apple? As Windows 10 hits its stride, MacOS is wheezing

It wasn’t so long ago that Windows looked dead in the water, treading water while Apple’s Mac confidently swam laps around it. But now, with Windows 10 released and Surface seeing success, Microsoft is leading the charge.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 18: GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti live review

Nvidia's GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are the company's new budget video cards, with prices that start as low as $110. Can you really use these cards as an upgrade to your existing desktop, and do they beat the competition form AMD?
Computing

How we test desktops

Desktops have certainly been around the block, but that hasn’t made them easier to understand for the average consumer. We detail the ins and outs of how we test desktop computers during our product reviews.
Product Review

Acer Swift 7 Review

Like a seasoned marathoner, Acer's rail-thin Swift 7 can still go the distance.
Gaming

Nintendo’s Switch is small, but it can slug it out with PS4 and Xbox One

Nintendo has unveiled its next console, Switch, in a new trailer. While the exact hardware specifications haven’t been released, we know enough to say how it’ll stack up against the Xbox One and PS4.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 17: Can you really live with just one USB port? 34:10

Axing ports has become a trend in modern device design, including laptops. Some of the best new laptops have just one or two USB Type-C ports. Can you really get by with one port, and if so, how? We take a closer look.