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Nvidia Shield

alaTest has collected and analyzed 636 reviews of Nvidia Shield. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the game selection and connectivity. The size and design are also appreciated, but opinions about the portability and reliability are mixed.

usability, design, size, connectivity, game selection

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nvidia Shield is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nvidia Shield

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 339 user reviews of Nvidia Shield from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Amazon.com. People really like the connectivity and size. The price and design also get good feedback, but many are critical about the reliability. There are some mixed comments about the portability.

usability, design, price, size, connectivity

reliability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: NVIDIA SHIELDNVIDIA SHIELD

Dec, 2018

Expert review by (t3.com)

Nvidia Shield review

 

Nvidia Shield runs Android and streams PC games - is it a winning combination?

Xbox 360-style controller ; Great 720p screen ; PC game streamin

Expensive for what it is ; Small number of games ; Awkward touchscreen controls

Expert review by : Nick Pino (techradar.com)

Nvidia Shield (2017) review

 

Nvidia Shield is the perfect addition to your audiovisual arsenal

4K HDR streaming ; Google Assistant/Home integration ; Amazon Instant Video on Android ; Three ways to play

Controller isn’t console-quality ; GeForce Now is still hit-or-miss ; A bit pricey for a 4K streamer

All things considered, the Nvidia Shield is an excellent streaming box. There are other options out there for less than the Shield’s price point worth considering but, should you desire a 4K video streaming player that can handle some of your favorite...

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Ian Paul (techadvisor.co.uk)

Nvidia Shield review

 

The Nvidia Shield sure has gone through a lot of changes in the past few weeks. After the portable Android-based gaming device was given a sturdier design, a $50 price cut, and a delayed release date, it finally started shipping in the US this week. So...

The Shield is an impressive bit of hardware but it's niche - and it doesn't really replace any of the devices you already likely own.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by (flatpanelshd.com)

Nvidia Shield

 

Nvidia Shield is one of the first game consoles built on Google's new "Android TV" operating system. Most of us normally associate a game console with a big bulky black box made by Sony or Microsoft so can Nvidia and Google really pull this off?...

Supports HD & 4K (HEVC & VP9) ; Nvidia GRID is promising ; 4K Netflix & YouTube ; Media player + gaming in one

Freezes/crashes ; Key apps missing ; Not powerful enough ; Game controller feels cheap

Nvidia Shield is one of the first game consoles based on Android TV; Google’s operating system for TV. With its powerful hardware and a 500GB hard drive it supports games, apps, streaming, 4K video, and much more, but Google still dictates the general...

Expert review by : Adam Rosenberg (mashable.com)

Nvidia's Shield box makes cutting the cord an attractive, if pricey, proposition

 

The Nvidia Shield console is a small and powerful media streaming/gaming device for your living room, but can it please would-be cord-cutters?

4K media streaming works great if you've a 4K TV ; Diversity of options for high-end gaming ; Android TV has lots of growth potential

Key media apps are missing ; No remote control packed in, only a gamepad ; Pricey

The Nvidia Shield packs in enough power and growth potential to get wannabe cord-cutters excited, but its steep price is a deal breaker.

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (digitalspy.com)

Nvidia Shield hands-on: First impressions of new tablet and controller

 

Nvidia's second attempt at a tablet comes in the form of the far more potent Shield, which is, rather predictably, designed to be gaming-centric from the ground up.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by (channel5.com)

Nvidia Shield

 

Forget the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS - the most powerful handheld on the market right now is the Nvidia Shield, an Android-powered behemoth packing the Tegra 4 chipset, Nvidia's most adept mobile tech yet. However, it's currently exclusive to the US and...

The Nvidia Shield isn't going to be for everyone - the price tag alone will be enough to put off many potential buyers, and the lack of truly killer games on the Google Play market rather limits its appeal with hardcore players. However, if you value...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : SKYMTL (hardwarecanucks.com)

NVIDIA SHIELD Review; Android & More

 

When it was announced NVIDIA's SHIELD became one of the most talked-about gaming devices around since it was as unexpected as it was mysterious. At

Going into this review, I’ll admit that my expectations for SHIELD were rather low. It looked bulky, a price of \9 seemed too high and,

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Ben Gilbert (engadget.com)

NVIDIA Shield review (update: video!)

 

More InfoHands-on with NVIDIA ShieldNVIDIA Shield now $300NVIDIA Shield ships July 31stNVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device. It combines

Fast and powerful ; Gorgeous screen ; Excellent media player ; Impressive battery life

Heavy, not very portable ; Gamepad needs work, thumbsticks too low

The Shield is a pleasant surprise and quite an impressive device. It's not the portable console you're looking for, but it's also so much more than that.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (cnet.com)

Nvidia Shield review: A gamer-friendly 4K streamer in search of mass appeal

 

The Nvidia Shield is one of the most powerful home video devices available, bringing 4K streaming, solid gaming and plenty of horsepower. It has improved with the update to Android Marshmallow, but it's still a niche product.

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

Product Specifications

Design

Colour of product:Black

Memory

Internal Memory:3000

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMV, eAAC+

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1 BLE
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:HDMI, USB / HDMI,USB
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Number of gamepads included:1
Video game included:N

Performance

Frame rate:60
HD type:4K Ultra HD
Internal Memory:3072
Maximum Video Resolution:3840 x 2160
Platform:Shield
Processor Model:NVIDIA Tegra X1
Supported aspect ratios:16:9
Supported video modes:2160p

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 LE
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Frequency band:2.4 - 5
HDMI:Y / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB ports quantity:2
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac

Power

Power consumption (typical):10
Power Supply:40

Processor

Processor Manufacturer:nVidia
Processor Model:TEGRA X1

Software

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AMR, FLAC, MP3, OGG, PCM, WMA / 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 / NetFlix,YouTube
Video formats supported:ASF, AVI, DIVX, H.263, H.264, H.265, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, VP9, WMV9, XVID / ASF,AVI,DIVX,H.263,H.264,H.265,M2TS,MKV,MOV,MPEG2,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,VP9,WMV9,XVID

Storage

Built-In Optical Drive:Y
Card reader integrated:N / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:16

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13 / 130
Height :2.5 / 25
Weight:250 / 654
Width:21 / 210