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

Is the iPad Pro really faster than a MacBook? The latest tests say ‘no’

A review of the iPad Pro by Anandtech has revealed new details on how the iPad Pro compares to Intel's Core M processors, and makes it clear that Cupertino's engineers still have some work to do to defeat the champ.
Computing

AMD attacks Intel over SYSMark benchmark, but do its own claims hold up? 4:33

AMD has gone on the offensive in a new video that claims SYSmark, a benchmark frequently cited by Intel, is biased. But the substitutions AMD itself argues for aren't neutral, either.
Computing

People aren't upgrading PCs, but virtual reality will change that

Computer sales continued to slump in 2015, but enthusiast hardware did well, and the fervor of the PC faithful will only grow as virtual reality goes mainstream this year.
Computing

Windows 10 ecosystem review (Windows 10, Phone, Xbox)

Microsoft’s desktop operating system is a winner, but the company is trying to expand it into an eco-system with Windows Phone 10 and Xbox. This initiative make sense, but its execution is a mess.
Gaming

Alienware 13 with OLED hands-on: Your favorite game has never looked better 1:42

Alienware's smallest notebook will receive its best display this spring. While the notebook's design unfortunately won't receive a major update, the system will apologize for that slight with its surprisingly affordable price.
Computing

LG's latest PC is an impossibly thin ultrabook for everyone

LG's new Gram 15 isn't just the lightest laptop of its size. It absolutely shatters the previous record. But if there's a point where cutting weight becomes counter-productive, the LG is fast approaching it.
Virtual Reality

XImmerse wants to make your GearVR experience hands-on

While many VR headsets are on their way, most don't have native controllers. Ximmerse wants to fill that gap with a headset-agnostic peripheral that works with any VR platform, but there are a few quirks to work out.
Computing

Finally! OLED comes to laptops at CES 2016, and you won’t believe your eyes

OLED panels have graced televisions and smartphones for several years, but have been absent in laptops and computer monitors. At CES 2016 that finally changed, and it marks a huge leap forward in display quality.
Computing

Watch out, ThinkPad! Dell’s new Latitude is ready to put up a fight for business travelers 2:24

Dell's new Latitude 13 7000 looks like a business edition of the XPS 13, but the differences go deeper than that. Are they enough to make the Latitude a worthy competitor for Lenovo's ThinkPad?
Computing

Intel steals the show at CES 2016 with an inspired, futuristic keynote

Intel may not be a company that comes to mind when you think of innovation, but it should be, and its action-packed keynote proved it's not to be ignored.
Computing

Lenovo's Ideapad 710S is a budget hero with limited options

The $800 Lenovo Ideapad 710S looks set to take down competitors with a Core i5 processor and 1080p display, but buyers with fat stacks to spend might be disappointed by its high-end options.
Computing

Hands on with the first-ever OLED laptop, Lenovo's X1 Yoga

Lenovo has brought OLED to laptops with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, a new 2-in-1 system that combines the best of the X1 Carbon with a 360-degree hinge.