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NVIDIA Shield 4K Android TV Review - The BFF for your 4K TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | HTPC PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 16, 2016 6:38 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

The Magic is in the Remote

 

Note: NVIDIA is including the Shield remote with the Shield, which is freaking awesome. This could be for a limited time, so watch out!

 

It's just a remote, right? As Kevin Spacey said playing Lex Luthor in Superman Returns said: "WRONG". NVIDIA doesn't do things half-arsed, with the Shield remote having a few things going for it.

 

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First, you can charge it through microUSB which is just awesome. During my time with the Shield, my Shield remote ran out of battery, and I just happened to be charging my smartphone with a portable battery bank. I unplugged my smartphone and plugged the microUSB cable into the Shield remote, and voila - it was charging.

 

 

Second, the volume up/down toggle is something new - where you slide your thumb up and down the remote, adjusting the volume to your liking.

 

Then we have the great navigation buttons on the Shield remote, which make navigating around Android TV super easy. The back button comes in handy more than you'll know, and so does the Home button.

 

Lastly, the Shield remote also features a microphone - so you can talk to it and ask it to "play the Batman v Superman trailer on YouTube" or "find TweakTown on YouTube". This ease of use gives me a very Google Now/Apple Siri vibe, and I love it.

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