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

Alienware 13 R3 Review

Alienware’s 13-incher is a big laptop trying too hard to squeeze in a small suit.
Computing

Looking to buy a new laptop? The answer is Dell's XPS 13 3:46

The latest generation of mobile hardware provides excellent battery life, brilliant display quality, and outstanding performance, often at the same time. But you only need one laptop -- and we know which you should buy.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 25: The best and worst of computing in 2016 38:40

2016 was one heck of year. Thankfully, for PC enthusiasts, the good largely outweighed the bad. We discuss what impressed us, what disappointed us, and what surprised us the most.
Computing

What’s the best MacBook for your money? Hint — you can forget the Touch Bar

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

AMD just released an awesome new benchmark for DirectX 12 games – here’s how to use it

DirectX 12 has challenged gamers who want to benchmark, because it breaks compatibility with many tools used to capture performance in any game. OCAT, new from AMD, is the first good all-purpose DX12 benchmark.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 24: What can you do about a bad console-to-PC port?

The PC is by far the most powerful platform for modern gaming, but its technical greatness is often held back by poor console-to-PC ports. Can you upgrade your system to reduce the problem, and if not, how can you avoid bad ports?…
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 23: You should buy a monitor this holiday season 39:08

The holiday shopping season means hot sales, and this year there's a particular category of hardware the stands out. Monitors. A buffet of hot deals are available, ranging from small, simple displays to huge 34-inch ultrawides…
Computing

How to restore your Windows computer to its factory settings

Computers rarely work as well after they've accumulated files and misconfigured settings. Thankfully, with this guide, you'll be able to restore your Windows PC to its original state and, hopefully, boost its performance.
Computing

Intel vs. AMD: Which brand of CPU should you choose when building a PC?

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. Here, we explain the basic differences between what AMD and Intel generally offer with their processors.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 22: Apple MacBook Pro live review 44:26

Apple's MacBook Pro has finally received an update, but it's expensive. Is it worth the upgrade? We go in-depth on this week's Close to the Metal podcast.
Product Review

Microsoft Surface Studio Review

Designer or scribbler, you'll fall in love with Microsoft's Surface Studio.
Podcasts

Close to the Metal Ep. 21: Whoa, 2-in-1s are suddenly good 36:13

The 2-in-1 PC is a category that's received a lot of attention from manufacturers, but consumers seem wary. These devices tend to be expensive, and the benefits aren't obvious - but a new wave of excellent 2-in-1s may win you…