Android TV has been on the seen for just over 1 year now. Just as the name suggests, its purpose is to bring the power of the Android operating system to your television. Some manufacturers are building Android TV directly into the software on the television, while others are building it into a “set top” box which you can connect to any TV which has HDMI input.
The original set top box with built in Android TV was the Nexus Player which was built by Asus but “envisioned” by Google themselves. It definitely has a place in the history of Android as its the first with Android TV and it’s a Nexus. A few other manufacturers have joined into the game recently. One of them being Nvidia. You may know about Nvidia because typically they make the processors for computers or other computing hardware. Their Shield TV is the 3rd iteration of their “Shield” product line where they have also built the full piece of hardware donning Android.
The Shield TV is roughly 5 inches long by 8 inches wide and weighs about a pound and a half. It packs in Android’s latest version which is 5.0 Lollipop, and upon first set, this blogger got an updated to Android 5.1. It has two memory options, 16GB and 500GB, but the difference is $100; $199.99 and $299.99 respectively. The processor is a Nvidia X1 chip which packs a whopping 256 core graphics processor and 3 GB of RAM. It connects to the internet via WiFi or direct Ethernet. IT will connect to accessories and controllers via bluetooth.
In the box the Shield TV will come with a gaming controller, power cables, micro USB charging cable (for accessories), and an HDMI cable. Available accessories include extra gaming controllers for $60, a smaller TV remote control for $50, and a vertical stand for $30.
I was not able to get a demo unit from Nvidia this time so I decided this product looked enticing enough to save and spend my own money. I opted for the Shield TV itself and the $50 remote control. I didn’t purchase the vertical stand because it fits best in my entertainment center sitting flat.
Take a look at the unboxing and let me know if you have any questions about the Nvidia Shield TV. I’ll reply to your comments and add all the answers in the full review.