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

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is warm and fuzzy, but the price will leave you cold

Microsoft finally has its own laptop. Redmond’s notebook packs impressive features into a unique, Alcantara-clad chassis, but can it beat veterans like Dell and HP at their own game?
Computing

AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is now available for pre-order

At long last, AMD announced a graphics card based on its highly anticipated Vega architecture. It is not a gaming card, however, but instead a card built for AI and heavy-duty supercomputer workloads.
Product Review

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

The original Surface Pro was far from perfect, but Microsoft has committed to making it great. Has the effort paid off, and can the Surface Pro 4 bring new ideas to the increasingly stale 2-in-1 category?
Game Review

'The Swords of Ditto' crams the entire 'Zelda' franchise into a single game

'The Swords of Ditto' is a charming rogue-lite that's devilishly difficult, yet aims to reel players in time and time again with its approachable mini-adventures.
Product Review

Alienware’s Area 51 looks out of this world, but it’s awesomely practical

Alienware will soon release an update to its veteran Area 51 desktop that adds support for AMD Threadripper and Intel Core X processors. Don’t let the looks fool you. Practical, clever design hides beneath the boisterous case.
Game Review

‘F1 2017’: Our First Take

This year’s entry into the F1 franchise will continue on with its predecessor’s much-loved career mode, and spice it up with new event types – but can it hold of competition from Forza, Gran Turismo, and other upcoming racers.
Gaming

Xbox teams up with the PC to score a much-needed win over PlayStation at E3 2017

The battle between Microsoft and Sony is the most epic clash of E3. This year's bout is over and, now that the smoke has cleared, a definitive winner has emerged.
Gaming

The Xbox One X still can’t make games look real, and that’s a good thing

Microsoft's Xbox One X is the world's most powerful console. Yet, surprisingly, its power isn't just being used in the futile pursuit of realism. It's instead enabling gorgeous game art that blows away anything on past hardware.
Product Review

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

Microsoft’s first all-in-one is extravagantly expensive, immensely capable, and beautiful to look at. Does that make it a stand-out all-in-one, or is its price too much to tolerate?
Features

Apple still doesn’t know what to do with Macs, and WWDC 2017 was proof

This April, Apple made a peculiar move – it invited a select batch of journalists to see the future of its high-end Macs. Behind closed doors, the company provided a glimpse into its upcoming iMac and Mac Pro hardware. This rare…
Computing

Close to the Metal Ep. 45: Computex 2017 reignites the fight between AMD and Intel

Computex 2017 is a big deal for PC hardware, and this year sees the renewal of an old conflict - AMD vs. Intel.
Computing

Intel talks 8th-gen Core at Computex, claims 30 percent performance gain

Intel made several big announcements at Computex 2017. Between them, it slipped in an early performance estimate for its 8th-generation Core hardware which, if it proves correct, will be the largest gain in years.