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The Nvidia Shield shows off its high-end components (pictures)

At $300, the Nvidia Shield is expensive, but given the make and feel of its components, it's really no surprise. This is a high-end product.

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This is the Shield

The Nvidia Shield is an Android-based portable gaming console that runs processing rings around pretty much every mobile device that came before.
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Console quality

True, high-quality console controls. The dual analogs are as good as those on an Xbox 360 controller.
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Buttons

Xbox 360 button scheme, but the actual buttons are flatter than those on Microsoft's controller.
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Triggers

The triggers are calibrated to near perfection with just enough resistance.
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Connect

Connections include microSD, Mini-HDMI, Micro-USB, and a headphone jack.
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Porting

All folded up and ready for travel.
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Venting

One of two large vents on the Shield (that slit in between the green) keeps it from getting hot.
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Performance

The Tegra 4 is capable of really impressive performance. If only more games took advantage of it.
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You can still play with birds

Just because the Shield houses physical controls, it doesn't mean you can't use touch-screen games. It simply means it's more difficult to do so.

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