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Nvidia Shield Android TV

alaTest has collected and analyzed 422 reviews of Nvidia Shield Android TV. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the connectivity and size are generally positive. The design and reliability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the price. There are some mixed comments about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Nvidia Shield Android TV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Nvidia Shield Android TV Review

 

Streaming box. Nvidia's Shield Android TV console is a comprehensive solution for movie streaming and gaming. We'll take a closer look at the powerful set-top box with the updated Android 6.0 OS and its mature content offering.

4K 60 Hz support via HDMI 2.0, fast SoC, silent fan, headphone jack on the ontroller, expandable via USB ad SD card, GeForce Now and game streaming, Solid video capabilities

comparatively expensive, no dedicated audio-out on the console (just via HDMI), Android TV restrictions (task manager only with keyboard, limited app selection, sideloading)

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Expert review by: Brendan Hesse (digitaltrends.com)

Nvidia Shield Android TV 16GB review

 

The nVidia Shield TV successfully straddles the line between streaming device and gaming console.

4K HDR streaming video ; Good gaming capabilities ; Has every app you may need ; Simple, intuitive user interface ; Attractive design

Disappointing controller ; High network requirements ; Only 16 GB storage

It’s obvious we have some serious misgivings about the controller, but in general, we enjoyed our time with the Shield TV quite a bit. As a set-top streamer, the Shield TV will provide you with 4K HDR content and all the popular apps you could want....

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

 

Over the past two years just one device has been in near-constant use at my home - that's the original NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This piece of hardware sits quietly to the side of my television and serves content to my family almost every day of the...

Runs all the major streaming media apps, with 4K with apps that allow it ; Powerful enough to run any Android game and stream AAA games ; Far smaller than the original ; Comes with both a remote control and a game controller ; Far more complete, solid...

I miss the microSD card slot ; It'd be great if it came in green

This NVIDIA SHIELD TV (Gen2) is largely similar to the original NVIDIA SHIELD (Gen1). In addition to having the same processor, RAM, and internal storage size options as the original, NVIDIA’s promised a software update for the original. The Gen1...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (cnet.com)

Nvidia Shield Android TV review

 

The Nvidia Shield Android TV box tries to straddle two galloping horses headed in different directions. It's a difficult and potentially painful balancing act.

The Nvidia Shield Android TV streaming box offers best-in-class hardware, connectivity and gaming capabilities. It works with 4K streaming services including Netflix and YouTube. The Android TV platform delivers good conversational voice search from...

It's more expensive than any other streamer and doesn't include a remote, aside from the game controller. Native app selection is still weaker than that of Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. The menu system seems designed to push users toward Google's...

The Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops will appeal to geeks, and software updates have made it more stable, but app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.

Apr, 2016

Expert review by: Ganesh T S (anandtech.com)

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review: A Premium 4K Set Top Box

 

The battle for the living room (i.e, controlling the television experience) is heating up with forays from multiple vendors. As the cord-cutting trend gains momentum, the time seems to be right for disruption. Roku has been around for a long time and...

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is based on the Tegra X1, which is, without doubt, a very powerful SoC. Ostensibly designed for mobile platforms - particularly tablets - Tegra X1 none the less finds itself in a very interesting (and perhaps unexpected)...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review

 

If Nexus Player was Android TV's trailer, NVIDIA SHIELD is the platform's first big blockbuster. This piece of hardware exemplifies all of the high points of NVIDIA's hardware history, taking the Android TV operating system to a place that not only...

You don’t have to worry about this platform being new, like you did when PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched. It’s already got a stable of games, pumped up and waiting for you to play. You don’t have to worry about this platform relegating which media...

May, 2015

Expert review by: Marshall Honorof (tomsguide.com)

Nvidia Shield Android TV Review — Powerful But Pricey

 

Starting at $199, the Nvidia Shield costs a lot more than the $100 Roku 3 and $69 Apple TV, but it also does a lot more. The powerful X1 processor makes smooth 4K video streaming possible and delivers a fairly strong gaming experience, albeit with a...

Gorgeous picture quality ; Great interface and voice search ; Easy to play your own video content

Game-streaming's selection needs work ; Small selection of video apps ; Expensive

The Nvidia Shield is a powerful set-top box with 4K streaming and fluid gameplay, but this expensive Android TV device needs more apps.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Jared Newman (macworld.com)

Nvidia Shield Android TV review: The future, at a price

 

In a year or two, 4K resolution will likely be a standard feature in streaming media boxes. Until then, we have the Nvidia Shield Android TV. The Shield is more than just an Android TV set-top box with 4K streaming. It's a lightweight gaming console,...

The Nvidia Shield Android TV is rough around the edges in both hardware and software. But between gaming, 4K video, and Google Cast, it’s capable of some tricks that other set-tops can’t touch. For those who crave raw power and future-proofing, the...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Kevin Purcell (gottabemobile.com)

NVIDIA Shield TV Review

 

Ever since Google announced that Android TV would replace Google TV, streaming TV fans got excited, but the first round of devices lacked power. Other companies like NVIDIA came to the rescue with the NVIDIA Shield TV and saved Android TV from...

I love the NVIDIA Shield TV and think that it’s definitely worth the $250 when the user buys both the Shield TV and the remote. It’s more expensive than other streaming set-top boxes from Roku, Apple and Amazon, but it packs more power and better...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Sean P. Aune (technobuffalo.com)

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review – So much unrealized potential

 

The set top box market is filled with devices that essentially all do the same thing with just minor tweaks here and there. But what happens if you throw a gaming console in there as well to give it an extra boost? You end up with the NVIDIA Shield.

Personally, at the current price point ($199.99 for 16GB, $299.99 for 500GB), I would wait and see what a few more updates add to the mix.

Jul, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black

Memory

Internal memory:3000

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:HDMI, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes

Performance

Frame rate:60
HD type:4K Ultra HD
Maximum video resolution:3840 x 2160
Supported aspect ratios:16:9
Supported video modes:2160p

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Frequency band:2.4 - 5
HDMI: Yes
HDMI version:2.0
USB ports quantity:2
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac

Processor

Processor:Tegra X1
Processor Manufacturer:NVIDIA
Processor model:Tegra X1

Software

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AMR, FLAC, MP3, OGG, PCM, WMA
Google applications:Google Play
Lifestyle apps:Google Apps
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:5.1
Video apps:NetFlix,YouTube
Video compression format:ASF, AVI, DIVX, H.263, H.264, H.265, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, VP9, WMV9, XVID
Video formats supported:ASF,AVI,DIVX,H.263,H.264,H.265,M2TS,MKV,MOV,MPEG2,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,VP9,WMV9,XVID

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.12
Height:0.984
Weight:23.1
Width:8.27