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.

AMD’s A8-7670K could be the perfect processor for your next budget PC

AMD has announced a new, affordable entry in its APU line. Boasting four cores and a base clock of 3.6GHz, the A8-7670K won't set records, but it should prove more than adequate for most users.


What the NUC? Here’s how to outfit Intel’s miniature PC

The Next Unit of Computing, or NUC, is a kit PC from Intel that's smaller and more efficient than your average desktop, but you have to install a few components yourself. Here's what you need to buy.


Windows 10 Build 10240 goes live, but RTM release remains elusive

Microsoft has released Build 10240, the first Windows 10 Insider build released under the company's new TH1 development track. It's not yet the "final" release build, but it's pretty close.


Origin Omega home theater desktop review

Gaming PCs that target the living room have attempted a resurgence in recent years, but UI issues and limited performance have eliminated many contenders. Can Origin’s…

  • Pros: Class-leading processor performance , Easily handles games…
  • Cons: Large for a living room PC , Difficult to upgrade , Using…

EVGA shows off Z170-series motherboards ahead of Intel Skylake release

Intel's Skylake processors haven't yet debuted, but motherboard builders are already showing of hardware built for them. EVGA's three boards all include high-end features, such as M.2 SSD support.


Windows 10 Build 10166 puts bugs in its sights, offers app for purchasing Wi-Fi access

Microsoft has released yet another Windows 10 Build. Like the three that went live last week, Build 10166 focuses on bug fixes and general stability. It also includes an app that sells access to paid Wi-Fi hotspots, though it currently works on in Seattle.


In defense of laptop batteries: Why they deserve some respect

Laptop batteries rarely grab headlines, but that doesn't mean they haven't changed. Today's slim, attractive and long-lasting notebooks wouldn't be possible without the advancements made in the past half-decade.


As Windows convertibles sputter, Dell's Inspiron 13 7000 SE takes one more swing

Dell’s new Inspiron 7000 13 SE is a strong laptop on paper, but faces fundamental challenges that plague all 2-in-1 laptops. Can it overcome them, or does it remain a poor…

  • Pros: Sturdy design , Excellent 1080p touchscreen , Strong…
  • Cons: Outdated appearance , Too heavy when used as a tablet…

Hate touchpads? Let us introduce you to the best mobile mouse ever made

Do you hate your laptop’s touchpad? If you answered yes, then the MX Anywhere 2 might be the solution. It offers a long list of features in a tiny, compact form-factor

  • Pros: Tiny and light , Elegant design , Precise sensor…
  • Cons: Too small for some users , Expensive ,

You'll appreciate the Spectre x360's acrobatics, but not all its carny quirks

The x360 is HP’s current flagship laptop, yet it comes in behind some competitors in performance and display resolution. Can this lightweight 2-in-1 make up for those flaws with…

  • Pros: Luxurious feel , Huge touchpad
  • Cons: 2-in-1 design requires compromise , Mediocre performance and…

Retro-style ThinkPad might resurrect the seven-row keyboard, blue enter key, and more

Lenovo is considering a retro-inspired ThinkPad that combines favorite features from the past two decades with modern hardware and a razor-thin profile.


Rumors claim Cannon Lake, Intel’s 10nm processor, is delayed indefinitely

A leaked table suggests that Intel's 10nm chip, expected in 2017, is no longer on schedule. If true, it'd mark a major change in the company's strategy, but Intel has declined to confirm the report.


AMD's R9 Fury X graphics card swings hard, can't land a knockout punch

AMD’s new video card, the Fury X, is more than a refresh. It uses a new form of video RAM, High Bandwidth Memory, that promises a massive leap in performance-per-watt. But is it…

  • Pros: Compact, attractive , Stock liquid cooling , Competitive…
  • Cons: Liquid cooler’s radiator is unwieldy , Doesn’t beat the…

3 reasons the first VR headsets will suck … but I’m buying one anyway

Virtual reality companies put on a strong showing at this year's E3, and the appearance of Oculus' finalized consumer model gave us a taste of what's to come. But should you buy one? Probably not,


AMD officially reveals new Radeon 300-series, R9 Fury at E3 2015

AMD has taken the wraps off its Radeon R7 and R9 300-series cards, which appear to be re-brands of previous hardware. They start as low as $149 and go up from there to $429.