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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

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the NVIDIA Shield.


What's Hot


Unrivaled Performance: The performance from the NVIDIA Shield is courtesy of the Tegra X1 processor which offers unrivaled performance. We have a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU that provides some insane gaming power from something so small.




Capable of 4K Playback: 4K playback is a big deal these days, and even if you've got a 1080p TV, buying the NVIDIA Shield allows you to be 'future-proof' in a way. If you're like me and rock a 4K TV already, buying the NVIDIA Shield is a no-brainer.



Super Easy to Use: Even my Mom can use it, and she doesn't own a smartphone - so she's not used to all of this technology. She uses Netflix and YouTube with the NVIDIA Shield, rocking the awesome remote without a problem. Shout out to you, Mom! Keep being awesome with the NVIDIA Shield!


Slick Design: I'm a huge fan of the design that NVIDIA has used on the Shield, which is the best-looking STB I've laid my eyes on.


Connectivity: It has super-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi which rocks at 5GHz on a fast connection, allowing fast buffering and 4K streaming. Not only is the Wi-Fi awesome, but there's wired GbE connectivity if you want the absolute best in networking connectivity.


Great Price @ $199: Sure, the Amazon Fire TV is only $99, but it doesn't hold a torch to what the NVIDIA Shield can do. For $199, you're getting an insanely powerful, 4K-capable STB that also doubles as a gaming beast.



What's Not


Power Off Issues: My NVIDIA Shield wouldn't shut down some of the times, which was weird. I would navigate to the "Sleep Now" part, click it, with my TV going black and the Shield turning off for a few seconds. It would then instantly wake up with the green light on the Shield indicating so, and push me back to the Shield home screen.


The only way around this was to pull the power plug from the back of the Shield, which is something I shouldn't have to do - and don't like to do. I guess this will be fixed in a future firmware release, which shouldn't be too far away.

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