Finally, I’m here to leave you my written review of the NVIDIA Shield that has been in my possession for a few days. Basically it’s the best android box that money can buy. And it was made to have no competition for the time being.
In this article you will find:
- Extra Applications
- Complementary Videos
- Negative points
The box has a very different appearance than usual in an android box, on the top of the box we will then have the Nvidia symbol that serves as a tactile button to turn on the box, the V right above works as a led to indicate the box in operation.
The entire interface of this box is on the back of it. we will then have microSD, microUSB, 2 USB 3.0, gigabit ethernet, HDMI and power input.
With the box we can find the 19V 2.1A transformer, several connectors, which in our case is enough for the EU, instruction manual, HDMI cable and the gamepad.
The remote is big, but it’s ergonomic and comfortable in the hand. So let’s have the type of buttons common to these gamepads and some extra features. At the top we will have a microUSB input and a jack for audio and microphone. We’ll also have access to the buttons to go back in applications, to go back to the home menu and button with an Nvidia symbol to activate the microphone.
On the back we will have the volume buttons.
As I indicated, with the command we will be able to do searches by voice.
The box comes with android tv 5.1, menu navigation is done via command and airmouses do not work, only if they enter applications that support them, as the launcher does not support it.
Navigation was always fluid and never had any problems.
Being Android TV the google store is more limited, as it directly only shows applications made for android TV, so you will need to install many apk sideloads, either through other stores, or installing the apk directly.
In this aspect the box did not present any problem in normal formats, either online or local. Testing was performed on version 15.2 of KODI.
All tests performed had more than expected results, that is, with no problem in any format.
I additionally experimented with 1080p and 4K 10-bit h265 files and also showed no limitations.
With regard to Wifi, about 5-6 meters from the router, with a port in the middle acting as an obstacle, we managed to get 28.67 Mbps, which is quite good, considering that the tests were done on an internet of 30 Mbps.
In none of the tested games showed problems. Just like Netflix HD, Iris Online and Meo GO.
Perfect behavior in all tested applications. You wouldn’t expect anything else from this device either.
In the tests you can see better the tested games, where the behavior was very good in all.
As you can see in the toughest test of SlingShot with ES 3.1 it gets 3986 points, as for Ice Storm Extreme, it goes out of scale!
As for the speed of the internal memory, 120MB/s of reading and 35MB/s of writing can be achieved.
In relation to RAM the copy speed is 9700MB/s.
In Antutu you only get 138128 points… Any other android box that I tested never passed 48 thousand points, you can see that the graphics part of Nvidia really has no competition.
Antutu Video Tester
On Video tester, despite getting 1021 points, which is very good, it had 4 unsupported items and 2 partially supported. In terms of KODI these are not noticed.
In single-core it gets 1578 points and in multi-core 4722 points. What can be seen that comparing with the mobile phones of the scale, none comes close to these results.
Compared with boxes, in single-core it gets better results than many boxes in multi-core.
As for licenses, we can see that we are going to have L1 licenses for widevine as well as license for Microsoft Playready.
CPU: NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell
RAM: 3GB RAM
Video: 4K up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
Audio: 7.1 and 5.1 surround passthrough HDMI
Wifi: 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, Micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD
– Firmware updates via OTA;
– Android 6.0 now available;
– Box with fluid behavior;
– Netflix HD;
– Behavior on the perfect KODI.
– Airmouses don’t work on launcher (because Android TV is thought to work by command);
– Google Store with few apps (many apps need to be sideloaded);
– Price (it’s the most expensive in android boxes);
– Service subscription (if they want to take advantage of 100% of the box).
If it’s just to use as a multimedia box, it’s very expensive, however if you want to take advantage of the KODI and use it as a game console, then it might make sense. The premium quality of this box is noticeable both in the fluidity of the system, as well as in the external quality you see. It’s not just a but a complete entertainment system.
If you have large pockets, it can be a good choice, to have a good support, a good machine and excellent behavior in any aspect. And this can be seen clearly from benchmarks that far surpass any other box.
If you can get another box that does exactly the same as this one in KODI, yes it is possible, in games it can be more complicated. However, don’t forget that it’s not a dedicated console either, and if you’re serious gamers, then you should go more to a PS4 or something similar.
If you want good games, but taking into account that they are not dedicated console games, it is still a good buy.
You should always bear in mind that for this box to be well worth it, you should explore all aspects of it, use it every day, and push hard for its capabilities 🙂 (Otherwise even a €60 box would make you )
You can see more information on the official website: https://shield.nvidia.com/android-tv
For Portugal, you can buy from the French or German amazon.
I hope the review has taken your doubts about this excellent device. Any questions leave in the comments 🙂