Nvidia Shield Review – A Three-Part Gaming System

If the Nvidia Shield sounds awfully familiar, then it probably is. The company has used the “Shield” title a couple of times in the past, them being the Shield Portable and the Shield Tablet. But this time, the Shield gaming console is different from all of those other Shield items. It is different in form, and more importantly, its intentions.

Nvidia Shield Review - A Three-Part Gaming System

Enjoy Quality Videogame Time With the Nvidia Shield

Do note that the Nvidia Shield is the world’s first 4K Android TV set-top box. It is first widely offered as a streaming device that is capable of handling Ultra-HD footage. This means, that unlike the Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, or Chromecast, users are able to connect this to a 4K TV. You can then use it to watch stunning 3,840 by 2,160 resolution content without any hassle.

The Shield Portable failed to capture the Nintendo 3DS’s spot in terms of price, and the Shield Tablet does not actually have a form-fitting factor, the Nvidia Shield console is aiming to earn a claim beneath our television sets. What’s surprising is it actually does.

Streaming set-top boxes, by their design, are similarly large when compared with each other. They also look quite alike. They are usually made with an inconspicuous design that with either look like a rounded puck or a deck of cards. However, Nvidia’s offering is none of that.

As for the Shield’s design, it is an interesting mix of criss-crossing lines with unique slants and sharp angles. It is also longer that it is for its width. It has 1 by 8.3 by 5.1-inches for its dimensions.

On the top of the obelisk-looking device is the Nvidia Logo. There is also a touch-capacitive power button in the top-left corner, and a green, v-shaped LED. This LED will light up whenever the system is turned on. At the back, there are plenty of ports for such a thin device. There are the Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 (two of them), micro USB 2.0, microSD, and HDMI 2.0 ports.

For its hardware, you get some serious power on a thin device. There is a Tegra X1 processor that manages the system with 256-core Maxwell GPU and 3GB of RAM. It also has 16GB of internal storage which can be upgraded further with the use of the microSD slot.

With the Tegra X1 processor, it makes the Nvidia Shield the fastest, most powerful top-box to-date. This is only bested by the likes of the PS4 and the Xbox One. Therefore, with great power comes a great price tag. Hence, this gaming system is priced higher than most of its competitors.


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