Matt Safford

Matt Safford

Matt Safford began accumulating electronics experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius and Tandy TRS-80 (Model 4) computers. He built his first PC in 1996, and has spent the last several years covering consumer technology and geek culture for Computer Shopper, PC Magazine, Wired, and Popular Science. His other interests include politics, human evolution, comedy podcasts, and abrasive electronic music. Matt's Android device reports that he has trekked more than 5,000 miles through the streets in and around New York City. He hasn't yet grown sick of the urban scenery, but he would like to log a few hundred more miles in the Scottish Highlands. You can follow him on Twitter @mattsafford.
Articles
Computing

Don’t dismiss the desktop! Why the humble tower PC still makes sense

A new mainstream desktop tower may not be the first option that comes to mind when you consider what your next computing device might be, it’s an option that's should certainly warrant your attention.
Computing

Forget convertibles: Where are the attractive, low-cost, all-day laptops?

Though $1,000 convertibles probably make for larger profit margins, we think the PC industry would be better served by making low-cost notebooks running existing, battery-efficient gear. Oh, and customers would win too.
Computing

Shady downloads pushed by Google, Microsoft are turning people away from PCs

Google, though, has no real reason to stop purchased links from shoveling nefarious software—as long as the software isn’t overtly loaded with viruses. Google makes money from any operating system connected to the Web, so long as it…
Photography

Samsung announces pricing and availability for new NX30, Galaxy Camera 2

Just ahead of CES, Samsung announced the new NX30 mirrorless camera and Galaxy Camera 2 Android-powered point-and-shoot. Both offer feature upgrades, but imaging specs remain relatively the same. We went hands-on with some pre-production…
Product Review

Dell Venue 11 Pro review

If you’re keen on the idea of picking up a Windows 8 tablet that can be used as a laptop (if you grab the optional keyboard dock) for basic tasks, Dell’s Venue 11 Pro is a solid option with a nice 1080p IPS screen and good battery life.
Product Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon review

Do the changes found in the new Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon result in a better overall notebook, or has Lenovo made some missteps?
Product Review

Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

We review Dell’s 8-inch Intel-powered Windows 8.1 tablet. It has a nice screen and feels solid. But you’ll have to pay extra for pen input, and Windows still has a few problems on the tablet front.
Product Review

Sony Xperia Z1S review

We review Sony’s Z1S for T-Mobile. It has groundbreaking low-light camera abilities and a solid feature set all the way around, including improved battery life.
Product Review

BlackBerry Z30 review

The Blackberry Z30 is a solid improvement on the Z10. Hardware, software, and battery life are markedly better. But specs are still mostly mid-range, while the price is in line with more powerful flagship phones.
Product Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Review

Lenovo’s X240 doesn’t stray too far from the formula of its excellent predecessor, but tweaks to the touchpad and wrist rest make what was already one of the most comfortable laptop typing experiences even better.
Mobile

The 4 hottest Android phablets square off in our side-by-side spec comparison

We compare the four biggest phablets - large-screened phones - available in the US right now. The Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, and Sony Xperia Z Ultra duke it out in this in-depth comparison and spec chart.
Product Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

We review Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy S4 Mini. Its AMOLED screen is nice, but if you aren’t married to a carrier subsidy, there are cheaper, better options available.