Hands on: NVIDIA Shield Android TV

Hands on: NVIDIA Shield Android TV

NVIDIA Shield transforms your experience from just watching TV to playing TV. It’s about amazing, interactive experiences, powered by the latest technologies and apps—as well as those yet to come. The hottest TV shows and movies in brilliant 4K, Your favorite songs at the touch of a button and a new generation of great games. While there isn’t a ton of competition in the Android TV device space, NVIDIA has a clear leader in its Shield Android TV box.

The Shield Android TV meets nearly every requirement when it comes to an all-in-one set top box for your entertainment center. You get 4K video support, surround sound pass-through, HDMI-CEC control, an infrared port, and support for all of the local and streaming games NVIDIA has to offer. The box has far more power than you’ll need now, keeping you poised for future software and games, and with a variety of ports there are tons of possibilities when it comes to extending your experience. You’ll have to spend a little more than most set top box for the Shield Android TV, but you’re getting something worth the money and more if you choose to.

There’s a very clear design language carry-over from the Shield Tablet to the Shield Android TV, with a mixture of plastics and metals, various textures, and of course a very strong color scheme of black with a pop of luminous green coming from LEDs on the side of the box. Funnily enough the Shield Android TV takes up nearly the exact same footprint on a table (when laying horizontally) as the Shield Tablet, and about twice as thick at the back. The much more powerful internals require a dedicated fan that pulls in from the front and exhausts out the rear, next to the nice array of ports that also require additional thickness.

NVIDIA knows how to pick out all of the specs and features its customers want, and the Shield Android TV really reads as a checklist of pain points that people have with other set top boxes as it sports a NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAMS, Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264), Audio Features 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI ,High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB High-resolution audio up sample to 24-bit/192hHz, USB Storage of 16GB,Wireless connection at 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi ,Bluetooth 4.1/BLE ,Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet HDMI 2.0, Two USB 3.0 (Type A) ,Micro-USB 2.0 ,Micro SD slot (supports 128GB cards),IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony), for Gaming a NVIDIA Grid streaming service with NVIDIA Game Stream , its Weight and Size 23oz / 654g,in Height: 5.1in / 130mm with a width: 8.3in / 210mm and a depth: 1.0in / 25mm, although the NVidia Shield TV is a fully functioning product there are always pros and cons:

Pros: Great gaming potential, 4K video support, Future proof hardware and Lots of ports
Cons: Android TV apps are still lacking, Accessories are expensive, and it’s the most expensive box in this class and is larger than other boxes.

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