Matthew S. Smith

Matthew S. Smith is a freelance technology journalist with 15 years of experience reviewing consumer electronics. In addition to PCWorld, his work can be found on Wired, Ars Technica, Digital Trends, Reviewed, IGN, and Lifewire. Matthew also covers AI and the metaverse for IEEE Spectrum and runs Computer Gaming Yesterday, a YouTube channel devoted to PC gaming history.

Articles by Matthew S. Smith

Acer Predator CG48 review: A great 48-inch OLED monitor

Acer Predator CG48 review: A great 48-inch OLED monitor

The Acer Predator CG48 delivers a stunning 48-inch OLED screen and a ton of PC-friendly features, making it a great option for enthusiasts who want only the best image quality from their desktop displays.
3 days ago
The best vertical monitors: Displays that go long

The best vertical monitors: Displays that go long

There are specific types of content or workflows that are better suited for a vertical monitor. We recommend three standout displays for portrait-orientation work.
1 week ago
How to check your laptop’s battery health

How to check your laptop’s battery health

The obscure Battery Report tool in Windows can help you get hard numbers on your laptop's endurance, but you'll never find it if you don't know where to look. We explain all.
2 weeks ago
How to buy a budget laptop without getting screwed

How to buy a budget laptop without getting screwed

Choosing the right budget laptop is difficult if you don’t know what to look for. This guide can help you buy a budget laptop without getting screwed by its specifications.
2 weeks ago
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review: Ready for work or play

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review: Ready for work or play

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE gaming laptop offers strong performance as well as a sophisticated aesthetic, but the keyboard is awkward to use and the build quality is lacking. Do the pros outweigh the cons?
1 month ago
The best monitors: 4K, gaming, HDR, and more

The best monitors: 4K, gaming, HDR, and more

Our picks are the result of hundreds of hours spent testing the latest monitors from Acer, Asus, BenQ, Dell, LG, Samsung, and other major brands.
1 month ago
Asus ProArt PA348CGV review: A do-it-all ultrawide wonder

Asus ProArt PA348CGV review: A do-it-all ultrawide wonder

Looking for an ultrawide monitor that can do it all? Look no further than the Asus ProArt PA348CGV. With an ultrawide 34-inch 1440p screen capable of 120Hz and excellent image quality, everyone from professionals to gamers alike will find something to like in this versatile display.
2 months ago