Nvidia Shield - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

Nvidia Shield

Software Platform(s)
  • NVIDIA SHIELD
Device Type Media streamers come in two types: TV sticks or TV boxes. Generally speaking, there are a few main differences between the two. The most obvious one is size. TV sticks are much more unobtrusive becaus ... Show more
TV Box
Video Quality
Video Quality & Speed The quality of picture you’ll receive from a media streamer can be assessed by two measurements: highest video resolution and the frame rate (in frames per second, or fps). You’ve likely seen video re ... Show more
60 fps
4K Capable 4K or Ultra-HD is the latest (and highest) screen resolution for TV sets. If you have a 4K TV, you must have a 4K capable TV box or stick in order to stream at the maximum resolution. For reference, 4 ... Show more
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Yes
Total RAM Random Access Memory, or RAM, determines how much information a device can process simultaneously. You may have heard it in reference to computers or phones. But media streamers have RAM, too, and usu ... Show more
3 GB
Storage Space Measured in GB or TB, storage capacity on a media streamer limits the number of apps, movies, shows and games you can download on your device. More storage comes at a premium price, but may be worth i ... Show more
16 GB
Web Content
Major Apps Available Does the device have some of the most popular apps/channels?
  • Netflix
  • Google Play
  • YouTube
  • Amazon Prime or Instant Video
NVIDIA Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, VUDU, PLEX, Photos and Videos
Downloadable Content Some media devices offer the opportunity to download content (rather than stream it) for a quicker experience uninterrupted by buffering. An example of this is Apple TV, which allows users to download ... Show more
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No
Web Browser Some media streamers will come with a web browser that allows you to search the internet on your TV, in addition to the myriad of apps available for download. While an interesting feature, the experie ... Show more
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Yes
Live TV
Live Broadcasts A TV box or stick that connect to broadcast is key for those who want to watch live TV. Oftentimes, you can pay for a subscription to a TV network’s app (HBO, Starz, CBS, etc.), but this can add up fi ... Show more
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No
Record/Catch-Up TV If the TV box can connect to broadcast TV, you may be able to record live programs and replay past programs within a certain time period. This means no more missing your favorite shows! Set the box to ... Show more
Show Streaming Players with 'Record/Catch-Up TV=Yes'
No
Pause/Rewind Live TV While watching live TV, you may want to pause the program or rewind a part you missed. Some media streamers are limited in how far you can rewind, such as 30 minutes. Also, if you pause the program fo ... Show more
Show Streaming Players with 'Pause/Rewind Live TV=Yes'
No
Controls
Remote Capabilities If the TV box or stick comes with a remote, it may also double as a microphone or contain a headphone jack for private listening. Microphones are useful in remotes because they allow you to use your v ... Show more
  • Microphone
  • App Specific Buttons (Netflix, YouTube, etc.)
  • Bluetooth Connection
Voice Control A microphone—whether in the remote or on the box/stick—allows the user to control the TV using their voice. You can search for programs, change channels and apps, turn volume up or down, turn power on ... Show more
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Yes
Smartphone/Tablet Control Some media streamers allow you to control your TV with your smartphone or tablet by downloading an app on your device. The Google Chromcast is one example of a media streamer that does not use a remot ... Show more
Show Streaming Players with 'Smartphone/Tablet Control=Yes'
Yes
Gaming Controller Options If you plan to use your media streamer for gaming, you’ll need a controller. Some TV boxes and sticks use the remote as a controller, which is sufficient for basic games and kids play. You may also re ... Show more
Gaming Pad Included
Connections
Network Connection Type The different network connections available for media streamers includes Ethernet, wireless/Wi-FI, Bluetooth, satellite, aerial/cable, and AirPlay. Most all media streamers will have Wi-Fi. If you hav ... Show more
  • Wired/Ethernet
  • Bluetooth
  • Wireless/Wi-Fi
Device Connection Type The different outputs or device connections include HDMI, digital optical audio output, USB, SD or microSD. TV sticks will connect to your TV through HDMI, but won’t contain any outputs (except for po ... Show more
  • HDMI
  • USB
Other Features
  • Package include Shield Controller and Remote
  • 40 W power adapter
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
91 / 100
Details
  • Bundle includes SHIELD TV with remote and two redesigned SHIELD controllers with voice search, rumble feedback, and private listening
  • A Killer View - Movies, TV shows and games in amazing 4K HDR, explore thousands of apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, HBO, Showtime, Pandora, Spotify, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Kodi, and more.
  • Amazing Games, Played Your Way - Stream AAA PC games with GeForce NOW. Cast your PC games in 4K HDR from your GeForce rig to the living room with GameStream. Exclusive Android games only on SHIELD.
  • The World at Your Command - Just say what you want and let Google's voice search find it in seconds. Get search results from over 100 apps, including Netflix, YouTube, HULU, HBO, and more.
  • Best for Amazon Prime - Watch Amazon Video in 4K HDR and get access to original shows like The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle, and much more.
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Other Info
Brand
NVIDIA
Model Numbers Mouse over a model for a picture
Warranty
1-Year Warranty
Physical Features
Weight

8.8 oz
 
Dimensions
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Key features
  • 4K Ultra HD
  • Next-gen Android games
  • Built-in Chromecast
  • Up to 128 GB

Nvidia Shield is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling streaming players and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as PlayStation TV DualShock 3 or TiVo Bolt Vox .

Nvidia Shield was released in 2017. There are a lot of newer streaming players on the market. Show newer Streaming Players

Nvidia Shield is $187 more expensive than an average streaming player ($59.99).

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