Nvidia Shield Tablet Review – A Slate Specifically Designed for Gaming

There are many tablets that are made for the casual consumer out in today’s market, but that is what immediately separates the Nvidia Shield Tablet from that crowd. It is a slate specifically made for mobile gaming. It is the spiritual successor to the company’s Shield handheld. This time around, it makes for a more familiar yet practical form. Differences aside, it has the ability to stream games from the tablet straight to the PC. This is a boon for mobile gamers who want to share their games in social media such as Facebook and YouTube.

Nvidia Shield Tablet Review - A Slate Specifically Designed for Gaming

The Nvidia Shield Tablet Makes Mobile Gaming More Social

For what it’s worth, the Nvidia Shield Tablet does offer a pretty modest price. It is an 8-inch slate which has some pretty impressive hardware specs. At its core, it has the Nvidia’s custom-made Tegra K1 processor, which (on paper) provides a performance boost unlike your ordinary mobile tablet. But to get the most out of your mobile gaming experience, you may need to purchase the Shield Controller.

When you take it out of the box, what’s immediately striking here is its build quality. While it does not have the premium finish that you would expect from high-end slates, such as the iPad, it is built with a metal body that is complemented by a soft-touch rear. This makes it quite comfortable to touch and to hold, especially for long hours of gaming.

Adding in to that comfort is the tapered edge with a slight curve. This makes the Shield Tablet easier to hold and grip with one hand. This also means that the back panel will seem to blend with the rest of the tablet seamlessly.

It has a pair of front-facing speakers topping and tailing the 8-inch 1080p display. There’s even a quaintly placed 5-megapixel front-facing snapper (which is HDR capable, by the way).

Most of the software capabilities and add-ons you will find here are to highlight its gaming capabilities. It is kitted with a collection of Google Apps, such as Drive, Play Store, and Chrome. But there’s also the Shield Hub, which is already filled with games specifically optimized for its processor. There is also the Nvidia Dabble software, which is a special app made for drawing and sketching with the DirectStylus 2.

Overall, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a brilliant gaming tablet which offers features that are mainly built for the mobile gamer. Include its functionality of being able to stream games directly to the PC, and you get a more social experience for a slate.

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