Welcome! I’m Matthew S. Smith, a prolific tech journalist, critic, product reviewer, and influencer from Portland, Oregon. Every year, I test and review hundreds of the latest smartphones, tablets, laptops, monitors, routers, smart hubs, security cameras, and computer peripherals from every company in consumer tech.
I’m available for new projects including reviews, columns, and in-depth features. Shoot me an email if you’re an editor in need of consumer tech expertise. Sorry, recruiters: I’m not currently looking for a staff position.
Where to find my work
My work has appeared thousands of times in dozens of web and print publications over the past fourteen years. The publications I’ve worked with include Business Insider, PCWorld, Lifewire, IGN, Reviewed, MakeUseOf, and Consumers Digest.
I was an editor at Digital Trends for nearly six years, starting in the role of Computing Editor and eventually rising to the role of Reviews Editor. I led a group of editors to cover products in literally every major category of consumer tech. Together, the team tested over 1,000 products every year.
Here’s a few of the articles I’m most proud of:
Where to watch (and hear) me:
I make documentaries on video game history at for Computer Gaming Yesterday, my YouTube channel. It focuses on computer games from the turn of the millennium including real-times strategy and massively multiplayer games. The channel is currently on hiatus.
I frequently appeared on Digital Trends’ YouTube channel during my time with that publication. This included video reviews and exclusive features, such as a deep-dive on Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC which, at the time, was the most powerful gaming PC of its size.
I also co-hosted a PC hardware podcast with Greg Nibler and Brad Bourque in 2016 and 2017. Close to the Metal issued over 50 thirty-minute episodes during its run.