Best Android TV Box Nvidia Shield TV Specs and BlackFriday Offer

Review of Nvidia Shield TV 2017: The best Android TV box is now cheaper thanks to Black Friday offers. With 4K HDR support and plenty of content, Nvidia's TV Shield box, powered by Android, more than dwarfs its predecessor.

Pros of Nvidia Shield TV 2017

Rich in content
Good controller
Thinnest and lightest chassis.

Cons of Nvidia Shield TV 2017

Low storage of 16GB only.

Nvidia has revealed some Black Friday offers for Nvidia Shield TV with remote control. Instead of returning a hefty £179.99, you can now get it for £30 less, which will cost you only £149.99 for a 4K TV transmitter and the Android gaming console. Not bad.

At full price, we felt that it was definitely a great offer of good value for money. Now it's less than £150, it's a brilliant value for anyone looking for a versatile 4K transmission device that can also function as a Steam Link and make use of all the features that Android TV uses.

You can buy the Nvidia Shield TV with remote control in a Black Friday deal at Currys PC World. Amazon also offers the same treatment.

Review of Nvidia Shield TV (2017)

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Nvidia shield tv specs 

The old TV Shield transmitter from Nvidia was a disappointment. A great concept on paper failed to convince me either by its lack of content or its ungainly driver. Now it's just another piece of dust under my TV, next to the Wii U and Now TV box. Can the new Shield TV work better than the first one?

I will admit that I did not do it when I first saw the specifications of the title. Controversially, this year's entrails of £ 190 Shield TV are no different than the box it replaces. I would have put good money on Nvidia updating its old Tegra X1 chip for something a little more eye-catching, however, this two-year-old architecture still breathes. It's not as old as you think: remember, the next Nintendo Switch console is based on the same core hardware.

It will also detect 3GB of internal RAM with 16GB of internal storage to back it up, plus two USB 3 ports, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 to pair those additional peripherals. There is no microSD expansion slot, so it is best to pay attention to the € 280 of Shield TV Pro with 500 GB of integrated storage if you want more room for manoeuvre.

Review of Nvidia Shield TV (2017): design and peripherals
While his guts have not seen the slightest change, Shield TV this year is 40% thinner and takes up much less space in his TV cabinet, with 159mm wide, 98mm deep and 26mm high in its ramshackle corner.

And he still looks as nervous as the original, with its matt black asymmetric chassis and hard-angled lines. It is something interesting to see, and the change to the plastic of the all-metal chassis of 2015 is barely noticeable.

This faceted design is transferred to the new and improved Shield TV controller. At first, it looks like it's going to be a bit hard on your palms, but those polygonal grips fit well and comfortably, even during long play sessions, and with completely physical buttons this time, this year's controller is a joy to use. The battery life has also experienced a blip: now it lasts up to 60 hours on a single charge.

And then there is the remote control. The previous owners of Shield would have had to pay £35 for the pleasure of a Shield Remote, but this year Shield TV receives one in the box at no additional cost. That rechargeable battery has also been abandoned in favour of two CR2032 removable batteries with a one-year battery life.

Review of Nvidia Shield TV (2017): games and applications

This year's Shield TV tablet is welcome at launch for a two-year delay in native Android games. A much denser offer than its predecessor, that list continues to grow. From the WW1 puzzle of Valiant Hearts from Ubisoft and the ridiculous Goat Simulator, there are all kinds of different titles to choose from.

Playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel was really fun and the game worked at 1080p at a flawless 60 fps speed. Surprisingly, it looks great too, comparable to the PC version, something that the unfortunate version of Xbox 360 could not do. The Shield TV is not PS4 Pro, but its Tegra X1 is surprisingly powerful.

Nor is it just native Android games, with the right compatibility with Nvidia GeForce Now also in the cards. This subscription service, which includes titles from Ubisoft and Square Enix, allows the transmission of games at resolutions of up to 4K for $8 a month. Of course, you will need a decent broadband connection to do that: approximately 100Mbits / sec for a total fidelity of 4K or 25Mbits / sec for the transmission of 1080p / 60fps games.

And do not forget the television side of things, with a handful of different television broadcasting services on offer. Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and BBC iPlayer are supported, with support for 4K HDR video playback for the old pair of services. Hell, there's even a proper Google Cast feature so you can use it instead of a Chromecast Ultra.

Nvidia Shield TV review (2017): The smart home

Nvidia's Shield TV also hopes to take a position as the centre of its high-tech smart home. With the full integration of Samsung SmartThings, you will control your lights, heating, security cameras and other smart devices with voice commands through the supplied remote control. Simply press the microphone button and cut the commands on it.

Of course, this depends on you having the remote control at all times, but it is a small extra-ordered feature at an economical price.

Nvidia Shield TV review (2017): verdict

The latest TV Shield transmitter from Nvidia is a box full of features that, despite the almost identical specifications, is a very different proposal from the first Shield TV. Now there is a significantly more robust content catalog, from native games and video streaming services to TV offerings, and a more mature and well thought-out set of integrated peripherals.

It is true that there is not much here to guarantee an update for existing Shield owners. If you can choose that new gamepad for yourself, great, but the same selection of applications and software can still be enjoyed with the latest generation box. If you can live without the assistant's functionality, it's not worth spending another £190.

However, for players on a tight budget, it's perfect: an Android game console that stands up to more expensive counterparts with a long list of games at your fingertips. That, along with a decent selection of streaming content enabled for 4K and HDR, and practical smart integration in the home should be one of the best buying decisions I make throughout the year.
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