Nvidia Shield Tablet

The Good The Nvidia Shield Tablet packs a lot of graphics punch with a new Tegra K1 processor. It has expandable microSD card storage; runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and offers full access to Google Play app store. Its add-on wireless game controller enables connected TV support for sofa gaming and streaming-video entertainment. It streams PC games with compatible gaming PCs.

The Bad Its plastic chassis feels a little cheap; there aren't many Android games that support the K1 graphics potential; the game controller required to play most games is sold separately.

The Bottom Line Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

An Android gaming tablet with benefits

The original 2013 Nvidia Shield was a weird, hybrid handheld game system: a game controller with a 5-inch screen bonded to it. It played Android games using its Tegra 4 processor, or it could stream PC games from Nvidia graphics-equipped PCs, either locally or long-distance. It was bulky but intriguing, and with it Nvidia made a statement on where Android and PC gaming could go once some imagination was thrown in.

The new incarnation of the Shield amps up its gaming capabilities but houses them in a more traditional tablet housing (last year's Shield is still around, too; it's not going anywhere). The $299 Nvidia Shield Tablet, which runs £240 in the UK (availability in Australia is yet to be revealed) is the first product to pack the company's powerful Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip, though it will hardly be the last.

In addition to keeping the PC game-streaming functionality, it can be connected to a TV for big-screen gaming or be propped up on a table while using an optional wireless controller. Or, you can just use the Shield Tablet like an 8-inch Android Lollipop 5.0 tablet: download apps from Google Play, watch Netflix, or pop out its side stylus and paint or use Evernote.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $299
  • Brand Nvidia
  • Diagonal Size 8 in
  • Type Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Weight 13.76 oz
  • Color Category gray
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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model 16GB, Wi-Fi

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