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A solid slate with a gaming addiction

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When Engadget reviewed NVIDIA's original Shield handheld, we called it a "truly strange device," albeit a fun, powerful and completely worthwhile one. The Shield tablet is everything that device was, but less odd. As a tablet, it's far more versatile than the handheld was, making its lack of Tegra-optimized (and exclusive) games easier to forgive. It's still a powerful gaming device, but it's no longer an outlier. At the end of the day, the NVIDIA Shield is a solid, worthwhile 8-inch Android tablet in its own right, and it just happens to have a host of novel features, to boot. Sadly, making the most of the device requires an extra $60 controller and an NVIDIA GTX GPU -- making the full Shield experience an expensive proposition.

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9.0
Engadget Aug 14, 2014

NVIDIA’s second-generation Shield is more powerful, more versatile and more accessible than its predecessor. It’s not only the best Android gaming device on the market, but also a fine tablet, too.

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8.0
AnandTech Jul 29, 2014

After getting through all of these observations over the past five days, I’ve come to realize that even though it’s not the perfect tablet, all of the features that this device brings to the table right now would be enough for me to seriously consider buying one.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jul 29, 2014

It's not bar-none the best choice for normals and gamers alike—that wonderful ideal of gaming hardware that's also just "the best"—but it's delightfully close for a first stab.

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9.0
SlashGear Jul 29, 2014

The ability to seamlessly connect with your PC wirelessly coupled with a robust, high quality build and a dedicated software support system from NVIDIA means the SHIELD Tablet is an undeniable winner.

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8.0
GameSpot Jul 29, 2014

Indeed, if you're buying it solely for the gaming features, then you might be a little disappointed. But, if you're interested in what the future of gaming might look like, Shield Tablet is perhaps the best glimpse we've had of it so far.

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8.0
TechHive Aug 11, 2014

Nvidia's gamer-centric tablet is the fastest thing on the market, and offers really neat features for hardcore gamers. If gaming isn't your thing, the poor battery life, hefty weight, and middling display

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8.0
Android Central Jul 29, 2014

As long as you're willing to go all-in with the accessories and spend a little money on games as they come out, this is a better value proposition than picking up a gaming device and tablet separately.

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9.0
DroidLife Jul 29, 2014

While I would normally always recommend a Nexus tablet over any other, the SHIELD Tablet will now replace Google’s offering in the recommendation category, given that you really get so much more value for your money.

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8.0
Android Police Jul 29, 2014

In my opinion, NVIDIA didn't skimp here. It took a hard look at its current market status and what SHIELD Portable/Tegra Note 7 owners were saying, and used that as ammunition to build a better device.

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9.0
AlfyTheGayDino AlfyTheGayDino

This tablet is amazing. Easily the best tablet on the market right now. However the battery life is down right terrible. This is the one thing I wish nvidia would change.

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10
suigintou suigintou

With what it is, I can see why people can mistake its identity in the tech world but with a $500 tablet like list of features and a great display for $300 you can't beat this awesome tablet

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