Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 Review – Building the Success

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 continues on the legacy of its predecessor, the Nvidia Shield Tablet. The company has put in a lot of processing and graphical power into the K1, and the best part is that the price is placed within a reasonable range. But can this cheaper Shield tablet live up to the expectations of its predecessor? Will it still be the ultimate tablet for mobile gamers?

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 Review - Building the Success

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 is Cheaper But a Great Performer

First off, let’s look at the design of the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1. It has sleek looks, albeit understated. It has the same design architecture as with its predecessor, but now has cleaner lines and a strong black color scheme.

The K1 tablet is basically one large glass panel at its front. There are two solid strips on either end that houses its speakers as well as the front-facing camera. On the original Shield Tablet, these ends were made with a matte-effect metal. Now, these are made of rubber. The rubber material makes it easier to hold while in landscape mode. It also serves another purpose and that is it brings down the overall cost.

For its rear, the tablet is finished with a soft-touch matte plastic. This extends to the edges of the rear side. There is the familiar Shield logo located at the center that is in a brushed metal.

Even though there are design changes, this successor to the Shield Tablet still feels like a premium product. Perhaps the only flaw with regards to the design would have to be that it is a fingerprint magnet. But looking at its fair price tag, that can be slightly forgivable.

For its display, the K1 has a stunning 8-inch screen that has a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD resolution. While it does not contain that “punch” of an AMOLED display, but the colors still maintain a certain degree of richness and cleanliness in them. It doesn’t look cheap at all. The level of whites make reading books and surfing around the Internet with the tablet a complete delight.

Looking underneath its exteriors and the K1 will truly shine. It still holds true to the title of being the tablet lineup meant for mobile gamers. In fact, it may even be said that it is the ultimate tablet for mobile gaming. It has a 2.2GHz quad-core Arm Cortex A15 CPU that is combined with a powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU. For memory, it has 2GB of RAM. This is the same hardware setup as featured in its predecessor.

Overall, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 provides a smooth and almost lag-free experience with whatever it is that you’re doing. May it be viewing, reading, or playing games, this tablet can definitely handle it.


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