Nvidia Shield Android TV Review: Best Set-Top Box With The Right Hardware

Nvidia Shield Android TV Review: Best Set-Top Box With The Right Hardware
NVIDIA Shield Tablet with Wireless Controller Maurizio Pesce / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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Nvidia Shield, streaming set-top box, is much different from the old Shield, a portable one.


The Android TV integration can provide access to a range of mobile apps and games meant for the big screen. The set-top box comes with a stand which makes it possible to place vertically. The black box is rectangular in shape and comes with aggressive angles to enhance its look.

Nvidia Shield for Android TV is quite smaller than the PS4 and Xbox one, but it is twice the size of Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, the two of its toughest contenders.

The new Shield comes with Tegra X1 processor, 256-core GPU and 3GB RAM. It’s perfect as its unparallelled gaming feature makes it an option for the living room. The set-top box is 4K Ultra HD output-ready and Bluetooth 4.1 enabled. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is an added feature. The 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound feature is unbeatable and with a whole bunch of USB and HDMI ports, compatibility is vivid.

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The media device can provide up to 60 fps of resolution and can be a great addition to the home theater system. Shield, with its Shield Hub, is a one-stop shop for games. It’s possible to download games from the Google Play Store.

If you already have the right set of hardware in your home, the new Nvidia Shield is the best set-top box to buy.