Nvidia is mostly know for making graphic cards for PCs. But what if I told you the same people made a tablet just for gaming? I raise you the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1.
The K1 is the successor of the Nvidia Tablet and an improvement in several ways. Most notably by being cheaper and a whole lot more powerful. The K1 is coated with an anti-slip surface which works well, but in the process makes it a fingerprint magnet. It boasts a 5MP front-facing camera and 2 speakers on the same side. They perform just fine, if not way better for a tablet. All the ports are located on it’s top which does makes it rather troublesome if you need to find the way to charge it or adjust the volume. The top side also houses the 3.5mm earphone jack. The ports include micro USB, mini HDMI out, and a microSD card slot capable of taking up to 128GB cards.
The Nvidia Shield should be able to, at the least, run Android 7.0 Nougat. Considering the Android 8.0 Oreo is out, there should be no surprise if buying one right now will come with that. A factory new Nvidia Shield basically comes with the stock Android preloaded, but Nvidia added some of their own applications. The Nvidia SHIELD Hub and Nvidia Dabbler. An app to enhance your gaming experience and a photo editor respectively.
But what makes the Nvidia Shield miles ahead of other competitors is its Tegra K1 mobile superchip ,that basically out-performs more or less every other smartphone and tablet in the market. Since Nvidia mostly makes graphic cards, it is to no surprise that the Shield comes with a GeForce card. One can expect features like HDR lighting, tessellation and more. With so much power and performance, the battery life must be short right? Well, not really but kinda. If you were to use the Shield for browsing, 10 hours should be about how long it will last. While gaming, the batter life is 5 hours.
The Shield Controller is a must-have add-on for those who plan to procure the Nvidia Shield. Costing 80 SGD, the controller is sold separately from the Shield. It is also lighter than its predecessor and utilises Wifi Direct to interact with the Tablet, giving it two times the response speed. Using Wifi Direct means more bandwidth, which not only allows the aforementioned, but you can plug in a 3.5 mm headphone and connect up to 4 other controllers. Other unique features of the controller include capacitive touch buttons for Android’s home, back, and play buttons. Nvidia cut the price of the Shield, but at the same time, removed some add-ons some may require. The casualties of the price cut includes the micro-usb and the power brick. This may be a hindrance to those who travel frequently, but 40SGD should cover up the lack of material.
In the end, if you need a high end gaming machine for mobile games, most of which are not good, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a good choice. Even if gaming in not your calling, the artistic side of the Tablet is still robust. For about 270SGD (without add-ons), this investment would be a wise choice for those who game or draw.
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