For fans of video games and movies in high definition, you can now combine your two passions. To do so, just use a TV box to give yourself a moment of pure pleasure in front of the TV.
Although many fans already know the benefits of using Android TV Boxes, we would like to point out that this is a very practical way to play in full screen.
In full expansion, the Nvidia Shield TV TV box is considered a good benchmark on the market. Moreover, it has several assets which attract the amateurs of TV box.
Despite this, Nvidia Shield TV costs a lot more compared to its competitors. This prompted us to assess its real performance. Here is the result of our test.
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The Nvidia shield tv Box – Hardware review
The Nvidia Shield TV TV box is the renovated version of the one that was released in 2015. With the same design, it is however smaller in size, which makes it prettier and easier to handle.
On the other hand, it imposes itself much more in length and is characterized by more spread out geometric shapes. The Nvidia Shield TV can be installed vertically or horizontally. In addition, it is equipped with ballast inside which makes it quite heavy and prevents it from falling as easily.
On the technical side, it is equipped with 2 USB 3.0 ports which allows it to be connected to a computer, a hard disk or USB keys. It also has an HDMI 2.0 output compatible with 4K HDR as well as an ARC port which replaces an optical port.
Hence, unfortunately, you must have an adequate home theater to connect it from this port. Otherwise, all the ports are located at the rear, which is on the one hand favorable for the aesthetics, but a little less practical for the installation.
As for the memory of this TV box, it has an internal storage space of 16 GB. This is more than enough to keep all your applications.
Otherwise, those who do not want to store on a computer, but who nevertheless need a fairly large memory can use an Nvidia Shield pro version. This offers a memory of 500 GB.
Note that with the Nvidia Shield TV, there is no possibility of boosting the memory using a Micro-SD card. This is explained by the fact that this location was rarely used by users of the 2015 version. This is quite understandable.
High performance, the Nvidia Shield TV allows you to connect in two different ways. It is possible to connect by wire thanks to the RJ45 cable which is already supplied. In this way, you will be entitled to a speed of 1Gbits.
So if you have an internet box that is right next to it, you can obviously use it. Second option, connection from a Wi-Fi AC. It runs at 867 Mbits, a very efficient speed to compare to other competing TV boxes.
The downloads are done very quickly and no slowdown is seen. For your games, you can use a Bluetooth 4.1 module which allows you to connect a controller or a joystick. Always as effective, the connection is very efficient even when moving away up to around 15 m.
Nvidia Shield TV – Software Test
This box is an Android TV 7.0 version. So there is nothing better in terms of usage. Everything is just as easy and the different applications can be stored according to your own convenience. Otherwise, the fluidity is impeccable and no blockage or latency is felt during use.
The Nvidia Shield TV Box is delivered in a pretty white box containing all the necessary accessories, including the remote control and the joystick. As far as the remote control is concerned, it reflects the superior range of this TV Box. It works with two CR2032 batteries which allow it to stay active for 6 months or more.
It is also equipped with a microphone which makes it possible to use Skype, Google assistant and essentially voice navigation. All the more, this remote control has a tactile zone which makes it possible to control the volume.
It is a very modern remote control which is pleasant to use. As for the controller, it is very complete and has an attractive design. It is fitted with a microphone and a headphone output. And of course, it is rechargeable.
Nvidia Shield TV & Performance
Nvidia Shield TV is a very responsive box that offers high level performance compared to all Android TV boxes. The games of video game have a great fluidity and are very fast. All the more, no bug is noticed during use. And despite the power of the device, this Android TV box consumes little energy.
Nvidia Shield has the latest version of Kodi, which is suitable for Android TV 7.0. It has a functional video player that you can use without any constraints. In addition, it has exotic formats. And if you want, you can download VLC or another player compatible with the device.
Unlike other devices of the same kind, this product cannot be used without the existence of an internet connection. Thus, the box must always be linked to the internet even to watch a movie. Which, in our opinion, is its weak point. But this is of course offset by its great responsiveness.
As it is a product manufactured by a company specializing in image quality, the Nvidia Shield TV box has a very high definition image resolution. Its graphics performance even allows to broadcast 4K video streams. If you are one of those people who prioritize the quality of images above all, this TV box will in no case disappoint you.
Audio & Video
On the sound and video side, we have no problem to report. On the contrary, the volume of the device is very impressive. Combined with good video quality, the Nvidia Shield box is compatible with audio formats DTS-X, DTS, DTS HD MA, Dolby TrueHD as well as Dolby Atmos.
And thanks to its 24-bit track support for 192 kHz, music is pleasantly audible. As we have already specified, Nvidia Shield is the ideal TV Box for playing 4K.
This applies to streaming or from the content that is present on your computer or on your hard drive. No jerking or slowing will bother you.
Nvidia Shield is best known for its video games. And indeed, we were not disappointed. There are 3 possible ways to be able to play either via Android, with GameStream or with GeForce Now. These are grouped in the Nvidia Games application. This allows you to navigate from one game to another as well as from one service to another.
Thanks to Android, you are free to access free games or make paid games. In any case, all the types of games we have tried work without any problems and are of better quality. Some games like Doom 3 or Half Lide are even paid games only available on Nvidia Shield.
In addition, Gamestream is a service that allows you to display all the games that are installed on your PC. Thus, they will be broadcast directly on the television screen. Which is quite pleasant. If you use a computer, however, it must have an Nvidia graphics card and install the appropriate software. To know that other functions like the stream or the recording of a game are well achievable.
And lately, GeForce Now is another fairly original solution. It is also the most interesting system for those who do not have a powerful computer. You will be entitled to a catalog of games that will keep you occupied during your free time. And then, it is possible to make a monthly subscription to be able to play almost all the titles.
IMPORTANT NOTE : If you want to install a VPN on your Nvidia TV Shield box, we have written an article on how to install a VPN on Nividia TV Shield .
Technical characteristics of the Nvidia Shield TV
- Fast. Very fast. The latest version of the ultra-advanced Nvidia tegra x1 + processor accelerates the performance of your Shield by up to 25% compared to the previous generation. Dolby Vision Amos Bring your home theater to life with the new Dolby Vision HDR standard and Dolby Amos audio rendering scaled with AI scale your HD content to 4K resolution with power phenomenal AI. Play your videos in real time and in 4K resolution with unprecedented clarity and clarity. 4K HDR find the best of 4K HDR entertainment. Watch your favorite series in the highest level of quality. Quite simply.
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Although Nvidia Shield is expensive and always requires an internet connection, we can say that this is the best TV Box we have ever tried. Equipped with a powerful remote control and a very practical controller, it is enough to connect the device well to benefit from its performance. During our test, we did not feel any disappointment. The connection works wonderfully and very quickly.
As for the videos, they’re just awesome. The quality of the images is already at the top, but 4K is also no problem. All the formats we used are clearly legible and the display is perfect.
Last but not least, the game of the Nvidia Shield is very satisfactory. All Android games are displayed at a maximum definition. And in case you have a PC, you can play in full screen. In addition, the game catalogs are very varied, which allows you to try different kinds of games!