Is the NVIDIA Shield TV Box the Best Android Streaming Box You Can Get?
We’ll come right out and say it, we like the design behind the Nvidia Shield. It’s sleek, lightweight and angular. There’s a few nifty status lights, lots of ports to plug all of your devices into (including a Gigabit Ethernet Port, an HDMI 2.0 slot that supports even 4K resolutions (up to 60 fps) and USB and micro USB/SD slots.
There’s two different types of Nvidia Shield boxes. One’s cheaper (check the price here) but it only comes with 16 GB of free space (which is fine if you don’t hold on to your media, or store large game files). The other model is more expensive (check the price here) but it comes complete with 500 GB of storage space.
In this Nvidia Shield Review, we’ll highlight several of our favorite features of this device, as well as some of the things that we think that they could do better. Hopefully by the end of this review, you’ll know whether this nifty piece of technology is for you.
The Shield’s Chipset is Pretty Powerful
First off, the Nvidia Shield is initially impressive because it’s got an amazing chipset (the Tegra X1) that works with a processor powered by a 256-core Maxwell GPU. It’s about twice as fast as the last Nvidia gaming chip, which means that it’s got plenty of power when it comes to playing games, videos, and all of your favorite applications.
Controlling the Nvidia Shield
The controller leaves a little to be desired. It’s kind of flimsy and lightweight and doesn’t have many buttons. It does have a microphone however, and the buttons click when you press them. Another great feature is the touch-sensitive strip that goes down the middle of the remote to control the volume of your device with a single movement, rather than fumbling with buttons. Unfortunately, it costs an extra $50.
What does come with the system is a controller, and this controller can be used to change channels, enter apps and browse your system (like a more intuitive x-box controller). All things considered, it’s a pretty traditional controller with a volume control on the bottom- not great, but pretty good.
The Meat and Potatoes: Nvidia’s Software
While the Nvidia looks great on the outside, the software that it’s working with isn’t exactly revolutionary. Like any internal software, it has flaws, but it does provide your media, apps, settings and games in an easy to use format. Unfortunately, the predictive features of the Android TV app are underwhelming because it hasn’t been completely developed.
How the Nvidia Shield Performs: Graphics and Gaming Resolutions
Everyone that’s hyped about the Nvidia understands that it’s more than just a streaming device (even though the streaming services are pretty good). While the amount of content out there is kind of limited, the Nvidia shield is great with 4K resolution, giving users a fulfilling experience when they’re watching TV with their families, or YouTube videos with their friends.
Gaming with the Nvidia Shield Box
The Nvidia is a pretty powerful gaming machine. You get lots of fun apps on the Play Store that are great with you controller as well as huge recycled titles (like Metal Gear Rising or Crysis 3). The high ended model even comes with Borderlands, showing just how much capacity the device really has.
In this Nvidia Shield review, we learned exactly why the Nvidia is a powerful multifaceted “streaming box”. You’ll quickly learn that it can do all the things you want it to do (like play Netflix, Hulu or Android TV), play games, and organize your data. There are lots of features to choose from too, allowing you to completely customize your experience.