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

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.
Product Review

Origin Chronos (2015) Review

Origin's unassuming Chronos doesn't scream performance, but it still screams.
Computing

Star Trek enthusiast docks Wi-Fi router into model of the original Enterprise

A clever Star Trek enthusiast has figured out how to stuff Wi-Fi hardware into a model of the original Enterprise, leading to a unique and surprisingly functional router.
Computing

Are Chrome OS desktops useful, or toys

Chrome OS is coming to desktops ranging from the $100 Asus Chromebit to HP's powerful Core i7 Chromebox. Are these systems a viable alternative to a Windows PC, or does Google have its head in the clouds?
Computing

Early MacBook benchmarks show performance well behind Pro, Air

A pair of GeekBench results for the base model MacBook have appeared online, and the figures don't speak favorably for the performance of Apple's upcoming notebook.
Computing

Check out the new MacBook and its USB Type-C charger in un-boxing video

A video from Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn un-boxes the new MacBook in detail, and also provides a first close-up look at the USB Type-C charger that'll be used to power the system.
Computing

Chunky, crude and not that fast, Project Spartan won't scratch Chrome

Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer is now available, but it Spartan isn’t as lean, mean and ready to fight as its name suggests.