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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AVADirect Z170 Review

AVADirect does more with less in the fast and frugal Z170
Computing

Which laptop has the best battery life of them all?

Whether it's a gaming laptop, or an ultrabook, your notebook is useless if it don't has any juice. Here are the laptops that last the longest on a charge.
Computing

Machine learning algorithm puts the words of George W. Bush in Barack Obama's mouth

A team from the University of Washington has developed a machine learning algorithm that can create an animated digital persona from a collection of online photographs. The research has progressed to the proof-of-concept stage.
Computing

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 may be beautiful, but its firmware isn't

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the best 2-in-1 device available so far, but its quirky firmware drags down the day-to-day experience with a grab bag of annoyances.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review

2-in-1 PCs aren't dead, and Microsoft's class-redefining Surface Pro 4 is proof.
Product Review

Dell XPS 13 (Skylake) Review

Dell's XPS 13 still sets the bar other ultrabooks must clear.
Product Review

Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC Review

Asus gives Apple's iMac a run for its (considerable) money with the 4K Zen Pro.
Computing

Windows 10 .ISO tool removed, forcing users to rely on Windows Update

Microsoft has removed the media creation tool that allows download of a Windows 10 .ISO, leaving users to lean on Windows Update. The decision further muddies the operating system's unclear upgrade policies.
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Asus Zenbook UX305CA Review

Asus achieves Ultrabook enlightenment with the near-perfect Zenbook UX305
Product Review

Asus Strix R9 380X OC Review

Even with twice the power of a PS4, AMD's Radeon R9 380X still can't conquer 1440p.
Computing

Want a MacBook, but can’t afford one? Try one of these offbeat alternatives

Apple's MacBook Air and Pro are great, but they're also expensive, leaving many searching for affordable alternatives. We've found them, and they'll save you hundreds without sacrificing performance or portability.
Computing

Windows 3.1 crash puts French airport out of commission

A crucial system reliant on Windows 3.1 went down last Saturday, forcing a French airport in Paris to ground all flights as it scrambled to rectify the problem.