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NVIDIA Shield Tablet

NVIDIA Shield Tablet

from  $599+
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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Fast, powerful and built for gamers
  • NVIDIA GameStream still impresses
  • A solid tablet in its own right
Cons
  • Controller not included
  • Mediocre camera
  • Mushy power button
  • Limited (but expandable) storage space
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

90
jordibo
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
dobs87
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
ScottMcElroy
This tablet has proven to be pretty great. There have been a few hiccups on...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
80
AnandTech
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.
 
80
GameSpot
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.
 
80
Android Central
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.
 
80
Gizmodo
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.
 
80
Android Police
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.
 
90
SlashGear
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.
 
90
DroidLife
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.
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
80
TechHive
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