Nvidia Shield TV 8GB (2019) 4K HDR Media Streamer model: 945-13430-2500-000

Nvidia Shield TV 8GB (2019) 4K HDR Media Streamer

Quick Description

Connect your TV to the Android ecosystem (including the ability to Chromecast) and your Nvidia-powered gaming PC with this media player.

It does come with a remote, featuring a microphone for voice commands, but you will need a gamepad if you plan to play games on it.

This is a good console for...

... actually, it's a little harder to recommend.

It doesn't quite match any archetype, but that doesn't mean it's a worthless console. This would make a great companion device to a stronger computer. So, if you just need to smarten a TV for streaming videos or games, this could be the perfect solution for you.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this console which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Headphone Jack. Without a headphone jack, you will need a (more expensive) bluetooth headset to listen music privately. It also won't be possible to connect to traditional speakers or sound systems without a bluetooth feature.$50+

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this console to a TV or get a new monitor.$120+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $200 on accessories, for a total cost of $400.

Available at 7 locations, from $199

Based on 336 days of observation, the Nvidia Shield TV 8GB (2019) 4K HDR Media Streamer usually costs ~$200 in Canada. If you were waiting for this console to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Nvidia Shield TV 8GB (2019) 4K HDR Media Streamer to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Visions Electronics, Best Buy, Amazon, Canada Computers, Memory Express, B&H, Newegg or NVIDIA at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Nvidia Shield TV 8GB (2019) 4K HDR Media Streamer ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Consoles

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power2.5/5
Graphical power2.5/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price0/5
Price0.5/5
Durability3/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power2/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage0/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Android TV
Processor: Nvidia Tegra X1
Graphics: Nvidia Maxwell 256
Memory: 2.00 GB
Storage: 8.00 GB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 16.50 × 1.57 × 1.57 cm
Weight: 0.137 kg

The features

  • Powered by Standard Replaceable Batteries (e.g. AA, AAA, etc.)
  • Micro SD Storage Expansion
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage4/10Can be extended but not replaced
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 0/5
    Design Websites 1/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 0/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 0/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 0/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (2 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 9)

Drawing and Illustrations (0 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 4)

3D and CAD (0 / 9)

Music Production (0 / 11)

Photo Editing (0 / 6)

Video Editing (0 / 13)

Enthusiast Games (0 / 61)

Video Games (1 / 11)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 71)

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