When NVIDIA launched the Shield last year, I didn't think that I'd need one in my life... and wow, was I wrong. Up until the Shield entered my house I was using the first-generation Google Chromecast and thought it was awesome. Being able to use my smartphone as a remote and quickly get content from YouTube or Netflix connected to the TV was just great.
That was until the NVIDIA Shield arrived and blew it out of the water. The Shield has become my new BFF, sitting with my LG 65-inch 4K OLED TV, and used for all of my streaming and media enjoyment. I'm a huge 4K fan, so the 4K-capable goodness from Shield is perfect to rule my living room.
The design of the Shield is something I love, with a unique aesthetic and super-slim size that allows it to be portable. Being able to slide it into my backpack and take it away with me wins it some points, as it becomes just as versatile as my Chromecast.
The optional remote is something I highly recommend, as it really makes the Shield an even better experience. The voice commands that you can shout into the remote are easy to use, with my 4-year-old daughter being able to use it without a problem - a tick in the 'simplicity' box for NVIDIA.
NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor helps the Shield carve through absolutely everything you throw at it - from Netflix and YouTube @ 4K to awesome PC gaming in the living room, and everything in between. The performance side of the Shield is exactly what I expected from NVIDIA, and nothing less.
All in all, the NVIDIA Shield features awesome specifications and horsepower, unique abilities (4K playback and the awesome remote), and more. Android TV isn't perfect, but it's great to use. The included Shield apps aren't the best, but again - you don't need to and aren't forced to use them.
NVIDIA's Shield is an amazing piece of technology for $199, and worthy of a chance of ruling your living room.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (general use, power)||95%|
|Quality (build, design, cooling)||95%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||95%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||100%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: NVIDIA hits a total homerun with Shield. We have 4K capabilities, a sleek design, and a great Remote. NVIDIA really does #rulethelivingroom with the Shield at $199.
PRICING: You can find the NVIDIA Shield for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The NVIDIA Shield retails for $196 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The NVIDIA Shield retails for £150 at Amazon UK.
Canada: The NVIDIA Shield retails for $289 CAD at Amazon Canada.
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