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About Tom’s Hardware: Our Staff, Ratings and History

Our Mission

Tom's Hardware is the leading destination for tech enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you're building a PC, buying a laptop or learning how to create robots with your kids, we've got comprehensive editorial resources and a vibrant expert community to help you on your journey.

Our Team

Avram Piltch, Editor-in-Chief (@geekinchief)

Avram Piltch

Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+.  Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.

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Matt Safford, Managing Editor (@mattsafford)

Matt Safford

Matt began piling up computer experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius. He built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last decade covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper and Digital Trends. When not writing about tech, he’s often walking—through the streets of New York, over the sheep-dotted hills of Scotland, or just at his treadmill desk at home in front of the 50-inch 4K HDR TV that serves as his PC monitor.

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Anj Bryant, Assistant Managing Editor (@anjbryant)

Anj Bryant

Anj provides content layout and development support, and coordinates editorial initiatives for the talented group of authors and editors at Tom's Hardware. She enjoys putting her love for technology and her past IT experience to good use. With a background in Enterprise software that started with Cybermedia she eventually caught the hardware bug and hasn't looked back. Outside of Tom's, she's mom to two tech-savvy girls who keep her busy with questions about Minecraft modding.

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Scharon Harding, Senior Editor (@ScharHar)

Scharon Harding

Scharon helps out with any and all articles on Tom’s Hardware with a special affinity for laptops and desktops, virtual reality and monitors. She previously covered business technology, including hardware, software, cyber security and other IT happenings, at Channelnomics. When she’s not exploring all things PC, Scharon is usually outdoors searching for sunshine, trees and music, or watching movies she should’ve seen ages ago (sorry, Infinity War).

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Thomas Soderstrom, Senior Editor

Thomas Soderstrom

Thomas oversees the motherboard, cooling and case review teams while handling most of our DRAM reviews himself. After starting with hardware mod guides in our community forums, he freelanced for other sites before returning to Tom’s Hardware as motherboard editor. After he puts the mouse down for the day, he enjoys hiking, biking, and practical applications of skilled trades, often while spending time with his family.

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Paul Alcorn, Senior Editor (@PaulyAlcorn)

Paul Alcorn

As a teenager, Paul scraped up enough money to buy a 486-powered PC with a turbo button (yes, a turbo button). Back when floppies were still popular he was already chasing after the fastest spinners for his personal computer, which led him down the long and winding storage road, covering enterprise storage. His current focus is on consumer processors, though he still keeps a close eye on the latest storage news. In his spare time, you’ll find Paul hanging out with his kids or indulging his love of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

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Andrew E. Freedman, Editor (@FreedmanAE)

Andrew Freedman

Andrew oversees laptop and desktop coverage and keeps up with the latest news in tech and gaming. His work has been published in Kotaku, PCMag, Complex, Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, among others. He fondly remembers his first computer: a Gateway that still lives in a spare room in his parents' home, albeit without an internet connection. When he’s not writing about tech, you can find him playing video games, checking social media and waiting for the next Marvel movie.

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Kenneth Butler, Social Media Editor (@KRichButler)

Kenneth Butler

Kenneth digs into the world of enthusiast PC and tech culture to help tell stories that get readers looking, voting, sharing, thinking and laughing on social media platforms. He’s worked as a fact checker, staff writer, and production director for Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide. Off hours, his hobbies include early morning runs, writing comedy, obsessing over details in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and planning his ultimate Halloween costume, Major Payne.

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Joe Pishgar, Community Director (@Pishgar)

Joe Pishgar

Joe is our head of community, managing an international team of administrators, moderators, and content specialists who keep our communities civil, safe and helpful. Joe previously led community efforts in game development for Disney, Sony and Microsoft as a subject matter expert on user-generated content, engagement, and retention. When not managing the community, Joe is gaming, writing or hiking.

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Josh Simenhoff, Community Manager

Josh Simenhoff

Josh helps Joe manage the forums and serve the millions of Tom’s Hardware members across the globe. In this role, he helps our moderators maintain a supportive and engaging community. Josh also assists editorial on topics such as gaming and cryptocurrency. In his free time, Josh enjoys wargaming, boardgaming or writing.

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Our Contributors

  • Christian Eberle, Contributing Writer (Monitors)
  • Aris Mpitziopoulos, Contributing Writer (Power Supplies)
  • Nathaniel Mott, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Zhiye Liu, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Niels Broekhuijsen, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Lucian Armasu, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Kevin Carbotte, Contributing Writer (Graphics, News & VR)
  • Adam Darling, Contributing Page Setter (Layout)
  • Sean Webster, Contributing Writer (Storage)
  • Jacob Terkelsen, Contributing Writer (Motherboards)
  • Garrett Carver, Contributing Writer (Coolers)
  • Steven Lynch, Contributing Writer (Cases)
  • Matthew Connatser, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Arne Verheyde, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Ash Puckett, Contributing Writer (News)
  • Allen 'Splave' Golibersuch, Contributing Writer (Overclocking)
  • Joe Shields, Contributing Writer (Motherboards)
  • LowSpecGamer Alex, Contributing Writer (Gaming)

How We Test and Rate Products

Tom’s Hardware is renowned for its benchmark testing. We subject every product we review to a rigorous set of quantifiable tests based on a combination of homegrown, Tom’s Hardware-only benchmarks, and industry standard benchmarks where applicable.

As of May 2018, all new product reviews are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Each product may also receive an Editor's Choice badge, which designates it as the best within its niche. The ratings mean the following:

5 = Practically perfect
4.5 = Superior
4 = Totally worth it
3.5 = Very good
3 = Worth considering
2.5 = Meh
2 = Not worth the money
1.5 = Buy for an enemy
= Fails horribly
0.5  = Laughably bad

23 Years of Tom's Hardware History

Tom’s Hardware has its name and roots in Dr. Thomas Pabst, who was one of the first people to bring technology journalism to the internet, as early as 1996. Back in these early days, the site was still called “Tom’s Hardware and Performance Guide” and its domain was, being a Pittsburgh-based hosting company.

One of Tom’s Hardware’s journalistic milestones was Tom’s findings regarding the Intel Pentium III 1.13 GHz processor, which forced the chip company to postpone its launch by months. Since then, Tom’s Hardware has kept up the tradition with unrivaled scrutiny of technology.

The current domain,, was added on September 11, 1997, followed by additional language versions, including the French, German and Italian sites, all of which are run by independent teams. Pabst moved on to other pursuits in 2008, Tom's Hardware and sister site, Tom's Guide, became part of the Purch company in 2013 and Purch was purchased by Future Plc in 2018.

Today's Tom's Hardware is more than just a site for PC builders. While we've maintained our rich tradition of thorough component testing and reviews, we've expanded our coverage to meet a broader swath of enthusiasts with different needs and levels of experience. If you'd rather buy a laptop or desktop, you're on your first PC build or you want to share your love of tech with your family, we're there to empower you with accessible editorial and a helpful, supportive community.

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