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TechSpot is a leading technology publication established in 1998. We deliver tech news and analysis to an audience of computer power users, tech enthusiasts, IT decision makers and PC gamers who crave for technical depth and who keep up with the latest digital trends. We are home to over 8 million monthly readers.
Our team of editors write some the most comprehensive reviews, features and technical reads you'll find online.
TechSpot also hosts a massive product database where users can track prices and shop smarter. We have a highly regarded software recommendation section and our forums where hundreds of active discussions are taking place at all times by our community members.
For over two decades, TechSpot has operated with full editorial independence treating our readers with transparency about what we do and how we test. Learn more about our editorial guidelines and ethics.
Editorial Team and Staff
Julio Franco, Executive Editor
Julio Franco is the Executive Editor and founder of TechSpot. Julio started TechSpot in 1998 out of his interest in computer hardware and 3D graphics. An avid reader of all things tech, he's been part of the online tech enthusiast community for over 20 years, through his editor role on TechSpot where he drives editorial strategy and oversees the staff behind the scenes. Julio holds a Master's degree in Information Systems. Outside of tech, Julio enjoys playing tennis, football and crossfit. He's also been invested in various startups in the last decade.
Rob Thubron, Senior Editor
Rob Thubron is a Senior Editor for TechSpot. Rob has had a love of computers and technology since receiving a ZX Spectrum 48K as a birthday present in the mid-80s - a machine that also ignited his life-long passion for all things related to video games. After completing courses in IT and English, he went on to complete his Business Computing degree. Rob enjoys exploring all areas of technology with a primary focus on PC hardware and gaming. When not sitting at his computer, Rob enjoys working out and watching horror movies, graphic novels, heavy metal, and consuming a worrying amount of energy drinks.
Steven Walton, Features Editor
Steven Walton is a Features Editor and Reviewer for TechSpot. Steve is also a YouTube personality, well known in the PC hardware scene for his work on the Hardware Unboxed channel. Steve discovered gaming on computers during his late school years which made it clear his future would lay within the industry. Steve is a hands-on technical person, and his interest for the hardware that makes it all work has gained him a reputation as the most serious benchmarker in the business. When Steve is out and about, he enjoys fishing, driving, and playing sports.
Shawn Knight, Senior Editor
Shawn Knight is a Senior Editor for TechSpot. Shawn has been covering consumer technology online for nearly two decades. Before joining TechSpot, Shawn operated his own publication and managed a small staff of writers reviewing dozens of tech gadgets over the years. Shawn has been interested in computers and technology since an early age, he soon got into case modding and overclocking in the late 90s. Shawn has a keen interest in writing, photography, and enjoys drag racing, hockey, and MMA.
Erik Orejuela, Software & Downloads
Erik Orejuela oversees the TechSpot Downloads section, running point on the latest software updates and coordinating the team that runs security before we distribute software on the site. As a Business major, Erik doesn't go as deep into computer hardware as his fellow editors, but he does love the thrill of a good multiplayer match and the latest in consumer gadgets. Erik is a certified scuba diver, he also enjoys fishing, boarding and everything a beach activity has to offer.
Nick Evanson, Contributing Editor
Nick Evanson is a Contributing Editor for TechSpot. He began his journey in the world of computing in 1981, with a Sinclair ZX81 and a book on ZX Basic, and has never looked back. Nick began writing articles on PC technology, especially graphics cards, when Microsoft released Windows XP. He worked at Futuremark (now UL Benchmarks) writing help files for 3DMark and fronting their gaming and hardware section, called YouGamers. These days, Nick lectures in Mechanical Engineering during the day, and writing about 3D graphics, technology and science by night on TechSpot.
Ivan Franco, Software and Product Finder Editor
Ivan Franco is a Products Editor for TechSpot. Ivan oversees the Product Finder section and is part of the software distribution security team. Early adoption is a tradition in Ivan's family, so his interest in the latest tech trends and gadgets go back to his infancy, whether it's computers, audio systems, graphic design or car tech. Ivan is always being consulted on what to buy by friends and family, something he developed into a trade. Outside of tech, Ivan is a gearhead and black belt jiu jitsu practitioner.
David Matthews, Writer and Video Contributor
David Matthews is a Writer and Video Contributor for TechSpot. David has been interested in technology ever since his dad taught him basic DOS commands as a kid. After receiving a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science, he entered the IT world and specialized in networking. IT professional by day, by night David is an avid PC and console gamer -- particularly of Action/FPS games -- and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter (who is somehow better than him at mouse and keyboard).
Tim Schiesser, Features Editor
Tim Schiesser is a Features Editor and Reviewer for TechSpot. Always fascinated by technology, that led Tim to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree and start reviewing tech products, something he's been doing for almost a decade. He started building and tinkering with PCs, but by the time Android hit the scene he was found reviewing them by the dozen. Most recently you can find Tim testing everything about computer displays and other related technologies, both on TechSpot and Hardware Unboxed.
Cal Jeffrey, Contributing Writer
Cal Jeffrey is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Cal has a degree in Information Technology and 20 years of experience working in the field. He enjoys writing about current technology and ran a blog for several years covering everything from networking to video games. Cal also enjoys writing fiction. In 2013, he wrote a novel based on the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution titled, “Adam Jensen’s Journal.” Cal’s hobbies include electronics repair, martial arts, rally racing, and model building.
Adonis Figueroa, Developer
Adonis Figueroa is a computer engineer and web developer for TechSpot. Adonis specializes in IT project management, having studied computer science at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Espol) and later receiving his Master's degree at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. Adonis is the lead designer of TechSpot's backend infrastructure with the collaboration of specialized engineers over the past decade. Most recently Adonis has a newfound passion for craft brewery to which he dedicates part of his time.
William Gayde, Feature Writer
William Gayde is a Feature Writer for TechSpot. He's a currently a Computer Engineering graduate student at the University of Illinois, with a focus on hardware design. William is passionate about building and testing the latest generation of technology both from an application and architectural perspective. He's always loved tinkering with things to figure out how they work and how they can be improved. Outside of technology, William enjoys playing percussion.
Per Hansson, IT Consultant
Per Hansson is an IT Consultant and server guru for TechSpot. Per works as a technician for the Swedish company Edströms, performing maintaince & installations of Adige tube laser systems
in Europe ("laser beams"). Per has been part of the TechSpot community for over a decade. His interest in computing and security meant the team always relies on him when making changes to TechSpot's server infrastructure and security layer.
Humza Aamir, Contributing Writer
Humza Aamir is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. After graduating in Computer Software Engineering, Humza has spent the past few years working on the UX design of learning management systems for the education sector. He's particularly fond of racing games and remembers Test Drive (DOS), Top Gear 2 (Sega 16-bit) and falling in love with Porsche after playing NFS: Porsche Unleashed. His hobbies include gaming, traveling, collecting & learning about gadgets, playing table tennis or going for a swim.
Isaiah Mayersen, Weekend Reporter
Isaiah Mayersen is a Weekend Reporter for TechSpot. After becoming fascinated with his friends' custom-built gaming PCs he eventually constructed one himself, only to discover an extraordinary inadequacy of gaming ability. He's never met anyone who managed to accidentally die as quickly as he did in his first run through of The Witcher 3. Despite this Isaiah has developed a fierce passion for gaming hardware that's shaped his career ever since. In his spare time, he loves to explore the Australian outback by bushwalking, rock climbing, bike riding, camping, fishing, and emu training.
Abdulrahman Mahmoud, Contributing Writer
Abdulrahman Mahmoud is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Abdulrahman recently completed his PhD in Computer Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently pursuing postdoctoral program at Harvard. An avid follower of TechSpot for over a decade, he joined the team to contribute with his academic and technological insight, making hard-to-understand concepts approachable to everyday tech enthusiasts. Abdulrahman loves to share new tools he discovers that make life easy, cool projects/github-repos, productivity tools and shortcuts he's mastered. Every second counts!
Cohen Coberly, Contributing Writer
Cohen Coberly is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. His main passions are PC gaming (mostly RPG and strategy titles), GPUs, and 3D graphics. He's been overclocking, optimizing, and fiddling with his hardware since his dad taught him to put together his first rig. When Cohen isn't obsessing over the latest RPG from CD Projekt Red or experimenting with ZBrush, he can be found here at TechSpot, covering the latest tech trends. Some of Cohen's other hobbies include reading, cooking, and taking care of his many pets.
Sami Haj-Assaad, Contributing Writer + Car Tech
Sami Haj-Assaad is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Sami is an award-winning automotive journalist, who is equally enthusiastic about the world of computers, technology, gaming and mobile tech. While Sami has a historied background writing features revolving the automotive industry, he finds the world of car enthusiasts and PC enthusiasts to be very similar. Overclocking a PC isn't far from tuning your own car, just far less expensive... most of the time!
Adrian Potoroaca, News Reporter
Adrian Potoroaca is a News Reporter for TechSpot. Adrian turns enthusiasm and coffee into code, and he's fascinated by the way things work, and how they can be hacked. Adrian also likes to reflect on how technology, culture, and art intersect and impact society. Games are what got him into technology, and grew up with Doom and Wolfenstein. When Adrian is not working or playing, he loves to hit the gym or going for a swim, as well as taking friends to a new escape room.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Contributing Writer
Arjun Krishna Lal is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Arjun is a seasoned tech journalist with years of experience at major publications including IGN, Notebookcheck, GamingBolt, and PCMag. Arjun has written hundreds of articles on consumer tech, console and PC hardware. Arjun is a Penguin-published author and he's currently working on his second novel.
Edwin Espinoza, Video Editor
Edwin Espinoza a.k.a. Noza is a graphic designer and video artist. Noza is the Video Editor for TechSpot's YouTube channel.
Amir Shoam, Contributing Writer
Amir Shoam is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. Amir started his media career working with sports organizations, and later moved on to Jewish news outlets where he operated websites, worked on web design and technical support. Amir enjoys almost all genres of video games, and so the PC has become his platform of choice. He reads everything he can about every PC component on the market, just in case he ever needs to buy a component on a short notice. His other interests include movies, sitcoms, history and nature.
Eric Hamilton, Contributing Writer
Eric Hamilton is a Contributing Writer for TechSpot. He's been an ardent PC gamer and PC enthusiast since commandeering his family's first home PC in the late 90s -- a now ancient Compaq Presario 5510. It was there that he cut his teeth with games such as Doom, Duke Nukem, Diablo and Tomb Raider, to name a few. Unsurprisingly, this would serve as a catalyst to obsess about all things PC hardware and technology related. Many years and PC builds later, Eric writes for various tech and gmaing publications including TechSpot.
Joe White, Weekend Reporter
Joe White is a Weekend Reporter for TechSpot. Joe has been writing about technology since 2010, when he started writing for an Apple-focused news and reviews website. Since then, he's been active in the community covering all things Apple and following the mobile industry in general, later reviewing iOS apps and writing how-to guides to help novice users better use their devices.
Mike Jennings, Reviewer
Mike Jennings is a Contributing Reviewer for TechSpot. Mike is a tech journalist with over a decade of experience. He started writing professionally about technology in 2007 when he joined PC Pro magazine where he regularly reviewed laptops, tablets, smartphones, components and peripherals. Later on he'd move to the freelance space to write regularly for TechRadar, Custom PC, IT Pro, TechAdvisor and many other outlets.