NVIDIA Shield Tablet Review – Cheap Tablet with Amazing Specs

 

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The first edition of NVIDIA Shield was released back in 2013, and they were the first ones to combine both console quality gaming with mobile hardware. NVIDIA is now launching a newer model of the Shield tablet. NVIDIA is implementing a new cloud-based gaming GRID platform and this allowing the Shield gaming tablet to become portable. The cloud service is going to be free for only a limited period of time.

Design and Display

The design it sports resembles the standard look most tablets have, leaning towards a 2013 Nexus 7 design style. The only difference is that the NVIDIA Shield is a little thicker and heavier because of the K1 chipset it sports. The device is going to ship with a 16:10, 1920x1200 resolution IPS display.

The tablet's backside looks similar to the one of a modern smartphone, having soft material coating placed over a plastic body chassis, and the “Shield” logo etched in the middle of the tablet. Functionality buttons such as the power button and volume control are placed on both the sides of the device alongside the microSD slot.Because the tablet comes equipped with the powerful 2.2 GHz Tegra K1 chipset, two air vents had to be installed on the device to prevent over heating. The two vents are installed on both the tablets ends.

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Performance

The NVIDIA Shield is intended for portable gaming, and for that reason NVIDIA has equipped the tablet with their latest Tegra K1 chipset. This powerful chipset allows the tablet to run games that perform similar to the way they would perform on gaming consoles such as Xbox 360, Wii U Platforms and PlayStation 3. The tablet ships with the fantasy game “Trine 2” pre-installed on it, giving its user a taste of what’s to come. The NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipsets has the same graphical power an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 has.

The problem is that there are not too many Google Play games that allow the tablet to show it’s true power. NVIDIA will surely provide more exclusive games along the way, but until then, there aren’t that many options.

Controller

The controller is needed to fully enjoy the gaming capabilities the tablet can offer to its user. Even though the Shield is intended for games, the controller is sold separately and it does not come in a bundle. The controller has the same functionalities a PS4 or Xbox One controller has. It even has some extra features like volume controls and a microphone.

Memory and Battery

There are two versions of the devices, the 16GB one and 32GB one that is LTE-enabled. The memory can also be expanded using a microSD card. The battery life is a problem though, since the tablet runs games like Trine 2, the Tegra K1 processor uses a lot of juice. The battery life will last only three hours while playing Trine 2, but NVIDIA has added some battery management option to lengthen the battery life.

Camera

Since the intended purpose for the Shield tablet is gaming, the device isn’t equipped with a powerful camera. The device ships with a 5MP camera that has no LED flash, and the picture quality is not very impressive. It does its job, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Verdict

The first mistake NVIDIA has made is that they did not bundle their controller with the tablet, but the tablet’s hardware power is unparalleled, overshadowing its competitions without any effort in the hardware department. The game it comes pre-installed with, Trine 2 presents perfectly the capabilities of the tablet.

Even if the game has such powerful components, it’s not worth nothing when there are not that many tablet games that can truly use the device’s power. NVIDIA is working hard on fixing this problem by securing game exclusives, and in the future developers might release games with graphics that might actually require a Tegra K1 chipset. NVIDIA is fully committed to their Shield tablet and that means exclusive software is surely going to come, and it’s surely going to receive game support as the time goes. The NVIDIA Shield tablet can be found priced less $249.00.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

51 Responses to “NVIDIA Shield Tablet Review – Cheap Tablet with Amazing Specs”

  1. vinodhini November 14, 2016

    cheap tablet with awesome features....

  2. all the products are very good to buy your site and very nice price and good quality.

  3. javier duar November 14, 2016

    muy buena pagina !

  4. Excelente pagina descripcion exacta del producto eso es buenisimo.

  5. Diego Cámara November 15, 2016

    Interesting article, I like to be aware of new technological gadgets.

  6. Keldimkpa November 15, 2016

    Amazing improvement for the new generation

  7. Despite not speaking English, I helped with translations, and this time I was served to see this wonderful product.

  8. This was very informative thanks.

  9. esto es muy buen producto y sus genialidades excelentes en sus caracteristicas y su pila lte con repecto a la memoria es muy buena de 16 gb y expandible incluso por sd me gusta ok

  10. It's not cheap here in Argentina

  11. Good Tablet Information And Very Good For The Tablet

  12. ferdinand ocampo November 16, 2016

    i want one of that.. need for my games.....

  13. nice information... 🙂

  14. the memory and the cameras are very helpful for this item.

  15. good review . Worth for buy this amount

  16. Excellent specs for a cheap tablet

  17. rajesh kumar gupta November 18, 2016

    The technology you have used is up to mark ..i mean latest innovation in world of tablets

  18. Ajay Kumar November 18, 2016

    Wow, this is amazing product for gaming.

  19. Can we use it for calling ? How much heat it generates while gaming ? Please answer with ambient temperature Anyway,this really does hold lots of horsepower under the hood. Hopefully in future there will be lots of games for this which will put all these powers to good use.

  20. its the best graphics card and the game controller i would like to play games with this

  21. The best tablet

  22. mahammed ameen November 19, 2016

    looking good and perdforming super, battery backup is good

  23. Well, I've been waiting for a good tablet for a long time.

  24. Excellent for devices, very good

  25. I prefer NVIDIA

  26. mandakini November 21, 2016

    good gaming experience

  27. Its amazing have good features 5 mp camera is attractive feature

  28. excellent choice for games

  29. Excellent product I like the screen resolution

  30. The best tablet, my girlfriend has an ipad (bad)

  31. Pedroca64 November 22, 2016

    increible la tecnologia de este equipo

  32. Very good post I am very interested on the subject of NVIDIA and its products

  33. i think this type of tablets very good for those children that's wants to play XBOX and like such other games outside home ,enjoying the pleasure to use this best tablet quality

  34. NVIDIA Shield Tablet Review – Cheap Tablet with Amazing Specs son muy buenos equipos

  35. ujjawal sharma November 26, 2016

    all the products are just awesome.

  36. nice product but want to know user experience

  37. cheap tablet and offering great features.

  38. it is so nice and got useful info.thanks for the info

  39. Can't wait to get this.

  40. What's the most important structure of this PC?

  41. very good tablet

  42. A good tablet with excellent performance. Thanks for the review

  43. starshine December 26, 2016

    excellent tablet

  44. can i play pc games with this tablet

  45. Brishketu January 24, 2017

    It's price is helping me out to think to purchase it

  46. Ansari Ahmed January 25, 2017

    all the products are just awesome.

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