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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Farewell to Microsoft’s Fedora Guy, Hello to Android apps for Chromebooks 34:28

In this week's Close To The Metal we discuss Microsoft's layoffs, Android apps coming to all Chromebooks, and an intriguing product patent from Razer.
Computing

CES proves 2017 is the year the PC platform will solve its oldest problems

This year's show felt like a big one for PC enthusiasts, but not just because of new tech. Most the obvious trends focus on ways to solve old problems, and including some of that've plagued the PC since its creation.
Computing

Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 is a new spin on a classic laptop

Dell's XPS 13 was our favorite laptop of 2015. Now, the 2-in-1 version has swept us off our feet. Though it looks much like its traditional laptop cousin, the 2-in-1 makes subtle tweaks that we think make a winning formula.
Computing

Bring on the neon! Gaming laptops are gaudy for a reason

Modern gaming laptops aren't beautiful, it's true, but to demand they become a pillar of design and elegance is missing the point. Gaming is about performance, and if that means a sacrifice in looks, so be it.
Computing

HP's Elitebook x360 will protect you from prying eyes 1:56

HP's Elitebook x360 is targeted at business users, but its attractive design and excellent features, including biometric security, will snag many seeking a compact, capable 2-in-1.
Computing

Samsung’s new Chromebooks should make Microsoft and Intel nervous

Samsung's new Chromebook Plus and Pro may signal a new battle with very deep roots. On one side is ARM and Chrome OS -- on the other, Intel and Windows.
Computing

AMD reveals details of new Vega GPU architecture, goes all-in on HBM2

AMD has revealed new details about Vega, the architecture that will power its high-end, next-generation video cards. Availability and pricing remains unknown, but HBM2 memory is confirmed.
Computing

Samsung's Odyssey 15 is a budget gaming laptop that can keep its cool

Samsung hopes to win the hearts and minds of gamers with its affordable Odyssey 15 laptop, but its hardware may not be as balanced as it ought to, and the price not as low.
Computing

Lenovo put its ThinkPad X1 Carbon under a shrink ray, and the result is wonderful

Lenovo's new ThinkPad X1 Carbon looks a lot like the old one. While the changes appear subtle, they are significant. Cut-down bezels and light design earns the new Carbon a spot among the best portable workhorses.
Product Review

Intel Core i7-7700K Review

Whoa. Intel's range-topping Core i7-7700K is even faster than we expected.
Product Review

Digital Storm Velox (Kaby Lake) Review

Digital Storm’s Velox takes Intel’s fastest quad-core and overclocks the snot out of it.
Computing

7th-gen Intel Core boosts clock speeds, includes overclock-ready Core i3

Intel has launched its full lineup of 7th-generation hardware, including mobile quad-core and desktop hardware. Most of the line is what enthusiasts expected, but a few surprises spice up the announcement.