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9.2 out of 10

NVIDIA Shield

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Overall 7
7.4
Performance 7
7.1
Battery performance 10
9.6
Display 8
8.2
Weight 9
8.8
Noise 10
10
Gaming performance 8
8.0
Connectivity 6
6.3
Keyboard 8
7.8
Temperature 9
9.2

Review NVIDIA Shield Handheld

Notebookcheck
26 April 2014
  • Summary: A Shield to marvel at. This isn't Captain America's shield and unfortunately not made of Vibranium either, but we'd be damned if it isn't the best Android-based gaming platform currently in the market.
  • Pros: Solid build quality, Fast 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 APU and system performance, Responsive controls and comfortable grip, Android KitKat and consistent software updates from Nvidia, Nvidia GameStream, Grid and Gamepad mapper, High capacity battery for longer battery life, Bright display for outdoor use and high contrast, Native support for Bluetooth and USB mice and keyboards for games, Low surface temperatures under heavy load, Dedicated HDMI-out and MicroSD for better multime...
  • Cons: Landscape mode is largely impractical, Web browsing, emailing and other related tasks are easier on a tablet or smartphone, Analog sticks and directional pad can feel small compared to console counterparts, Display bezel could be narrower without decreasing screen size, Glossy surfaces scratch easily, Lack of exclusive Android titles, Inaccurate color reproduction, Minor bugs in GameStream and GRID, No dedicated volume or brightness toggle buttons, Very poor bass repr...
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Overall 7
7.4
Performance 7
7.1
Battery performance 10
9.6
Display 8
8.2
Weight 9
8.8
Noise 10
10
Gaming performance 8
8.0
Connectivity 6
6.3
Keyboard 8
7.8
Temperature 9
9.2

Review NVIDIA Shield Handheld

Notebookcheck
26 April 2014
  • Summary: A Shield to marvel at. This isn't Captain America's shield and unfortunately not made of Vibranium either, but we'd be damned if it isn't the best Android-based gaming platform currently in the market.
  • Pros: Solid build quality, Fast 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 APU and system performance, Responsive controls and comfortable grip, Android KitKat and consistent software updates from Nvidia, Nvidia GameStream, Grid and Gamepad mapper, High capacity battery for longer battery life, Bright display for outdoor use and high contrast, Native support for Bluetooth and USB mice and keyboards for games, Low surface temperatures under heavy load, Dedicated HDMI-out and MicroSD for better multime...
  • Cons: Landscape mode is largely impractical, Web browsing, emailing and other related tasks are easier on a tablet or smartphone, Analog sticks and directional pad can feel small compared to console counterparts, Display bezel could be narrower without decreasing screen size, Glossy surfaces scratch easily, Lack of exclusive Android titles, Inaccurate color reproduction, Minor bugs in GameStream and GRID, No dedicated volume or brightness toggle buttons, Very poor bass repr...
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Overall 8
7.8
Design 6
6.0
Performance 10
10
Control 9
9.0
Battery performance 9
9.0
Display 9
9.0
Software 8
8.0
Speakers 8
8.0

Nvidia Shield review

theverge.com
7 January 2014
  • Summary: Last summer, I bought an iPad 3. I convinced myself I’d use it for everything: showing off wedding photos, reading all those neglected articles I save to Pocket, and as a second monitor for my laptop. The only time I actually pick up the iPad, sadly, is to play video games. Perhaps the saddest part is that my iPad isn’t a very good game system. It’s bulky, the touchscreen controls are pretty crappy for navigating 3D worlds, and the graphics are merely okay.
  • Pros: Excellent screen, Killer controls, Solid battery life, PC gaming anywhere in the house
  • Cons: Android isn't a great gaming platform, PC streaming requires expensive hardware, How do you hold it for anything else?
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Overall 7
7.0

The Nvidia Shield runs performance rings around all previous mobile devices

CNET
23 September 2013
  • Summary: The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.
  • Cons: There aren’t enough games that take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power. The system is heavy and interaction with the touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets. The PC streaming feature requires high-end hardware investment.
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Overall 7
7.0

The Nvidia Shield runs performance rings around all previous mobile devices

CNET
23 September 2013
  • Summary: The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.
  • Cons: There aren’t enough games that take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power. The system is heavy and interaction with the touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets. The PC streaming feature requires high-end hardware investment.
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Overall 7
7.0

The Nvidia Shield runs performance rings around all previous mobile devices

CNET
23 September 2013
  • Summary: The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.
  • Cons: There aren’t enough games that take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power. The system is heavy and interaction with the touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets. The PC streaming feature requires high-end hardware investment.
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Overall 7
7.0

The Nvidia Shield runs performance rings around all previous mobile devices

CNET
23 September 2013
  • Summary: The Nvidia Shield brings console-level quality to portable Android gaming, but it needs a higher quality list of compatible games before it can truly rival the Vita or 3DS.
  • Cons: There aren’t enough games that take advantage of the Tegra 4's processing power. The system is heavy and interaction with the touch screen is awkward compared with standard tablets. The PC streaming feature requires high-end hardware investment.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Channel5
20 August 2013
  • Summary: The Nvidia Shield isn't going to be for everyone - the price tag alone will be enough to put off many potential buyers, and the lack of truly killer games on the Google Play market rather limits its appeal with hardcore players. However, if you value raw power, brilliant controls and like the sound of being able to mirror cutting-edge PC games to a handheld system, then the Shield could be your dream portable.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nvidia Shield

PC Magazine
18 August 2013
  • Conclusion: The Nvidia Shield is one of the most impressive, powerful, and versatile handheld gaming systems we've ever tested. And it doubles as a full-blown Android device.
  • Pros: Comfortable gamepad with powerful Gamepad Mapper feature. Excellent build quality. Very fast for an Android device. Lots of connection and storage options. Local PC game streaming works well.
  • Cons: Expensive for a gaming handheld. PC game streaming is unreliable outside of home networks and requires specific GeForce hardware.
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Overall 8
8.3

NVIDIA Shield review (update: video!)

Engadget
31 July 2013
  • Summary: At $300, NVIDIA Shield is a hard sell as a portable game console, but an easy sell in place of a similarly priced tablet. Sure, it doesn't have a camera, but it does offer extremely impressive PC streaming, along with wide viewing angles. The Shield remains a "truly strange device," but it's one that we feel comfortable recommending to hardcore PC gamers and Netflix junkies alike.
  • Pros: Fast and powerful, Gorgeous screen, Excellent media player, Impressive battery life
  • Cons: Heavy, not very portable, Gamepad needs work, thumbsticks too low
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