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NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs good controller for the shield tablet 08/25/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Controller

Pros: -Very little input lag (next to none), so its great for playing games.

-great battery life, and the tablet tells you the battery %

-good but a little different ergonomics.

-lots of buttons/features, and the physical buttons have a nice feel to them (D-pad is MUCH better then xbox 360 controller, especially for emulators)

volume on controller is nice.

Cons: -the nvidia button in the middle is used to turn it on and off and sync it (only need to sync it once unless you use it on multiple shield devices).
its a "touch button" meaning its not a physical button, so no feedback when pressing.
Can be easy to turn on accidentally, and sometimes turning it off maybe take a 2nd try since the press may not always register.

-The android buttons are also all touch buttons, and suffer front he same types of problems. they have no feedback, and can be hit accidentally.
also sometimes they may not register, since they are touch buttons.

-the touchpad is neat, but not very practical for use in gaming.

-little expensive considering it only works with the shield tablet/portable atm (see other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: ****read me****
This controller is NOT needed for the shield tablet. You can use an xbox 360 controller and connect it using a micro usb -> usb adapter and it works flawlessly. (i got this because i didnt want to deal with the cord of the 360 controller).


The ergonomics are a little different from a ps3/4 or xbox 360/one controller (its little bulky like original xbox controller), but isnt too bad.
You put your middle fingers in the groove on the back as to give you an idea on how was designed to be held. and when you hold it like that, its relatively conformable to hold/use. (hand size may differ, thus comfort is subjective)


you can connect it to your PC using the included USB cable.
Windows 8.1 was able to detect the controller as an actual controller, and it also detected the touchpad as a mouse too (2 separate devices on device list)

The controller (as a controller) doesnt seem to work on pc out of the box.
The touchpad does work to move your mouse, but it doesnt seem to work in a very functional way (seems to move in same direction regardless of how you move on the touchpad).

So i think PC support may come at some time, since it can read it as a controller through the usb cable.
I think it just needs the proper drivers/software to make it work over USB. (which nvidia will probably do, or if not someone will likely make some 3rd party driver/software to do it)

And im sure in time, when its reverse engineered, someone will make a usb wireless adapter to connect it to your pc wirelessly. (probably not until after it working as a controller on pc).

I only spent like 5 minutes with it connected to PC, it may work after some tweaking or something, but i didnt get it for this reason, and didnt really delve into it too much.

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NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Tablet (WiFi)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs compared to other tablets in price range, is no contest 08/25/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Tablet (WiFi)

Pros: -very powerful tablet (can run nds4droid and ppsspp at full speed), aswell as any android game ofcourse.

-can stream games from your pc on your local network, and over the internet. aswell as have access to grid.

-controller works well with games even with little or no gamepad support.

-pretty much completely stock android (no bloatware!), this alone makes it the best tablet on the market if nothing else lol

-can work with almost any usb device, and works with usb hubs. (i had keyboard + mouse + usb xbox360 controller + headset connected all at same time and all 4 worked simultaneously)
also works with usb flash drives, and usb hard drives.

-Pretty decent battery life, with lots of optimizations for battery options (can change the battery usage for each individual app). So you can set your web browser to only use 2 cores at 50% clock speed, where as maybe something like trine2 you set to max performance.

Ofcourse the more demanding tasks you do, the faster the battery will drain. (so when using hdmi out to tv while playing one of the native android pc games like trine2 or something, dont expect too much on battery lol)

-decent built in speakers

-good value tablet (but the controller does make it a little more expensive, but no other tablets come with controllers so... do you complain that to use hdmi out you need a tv/monitor which costs $200+?)

yes to get the "full use" out of it you need a controller... BUT you can use an xbox360 controller (the wireless one is better since its, wireless, as having a bunch of cords coming out of tablet makes it alittle awkward to use)

Cons: -side button dont have much feel/feedback when pressing, feels mushy.

-camera sucks (but phones make better cameras then tablets anyway since they are smaller)

-can get pretty warm/hot while playing games which really push the tegra (as to be expected).

-screen isnt the best compared to other tablets, but it has good brightness range.
But its still an IPS panel meaning it will still look leagues better then most peoples TN panel pc monitors >.>

-stylus can accidentally be put in backwards with no effort. (happened once when i went to put it back in without even realizing it until i was trying to take it back out)
and once its in backwards, its quite tough to get back out. it caused the outside casing to come apart, but doesnt look like any long term damage, as it snapped back together.
But still pretty bad design though.

-insanely difficult to put an sd card in, i had to use my pointed tweezers to get it in. (another bad design)

-gamestream still need work imo, but works relatively well, and im sure as time goes on will get better.

cons are annoying, but not that hard to work around and not really enough to take away from the tablet itself.

Other Thoughts: This is my first tablet, as no tablet until now has been worth even looking at.
If you already have a tablet, this one probably isnt worth spending $300 on. But if you dont have one, this is probably the best one to get, especially if you are a gamer and have a gaming pc.


Wifi issue was fixed within first week.
Im using asus N66U router (which is a pretty decent more higher end router), and im able to stream flawlessly with practically zero lag from anywhere in my house and even outside. (and my desktop is connected though wifi aswell... so ya... chew on that a minute lol)

looking at other 1 star reviews, most issues are not real issues other then wifi issue which was fixed with firmware update.

changing brightness = you set it to auto brightness...

app crashing is not native to this tablet, it happens on any devices. the os has NEVER crashed once.


**MAKE SURE** you do this:
-Go to settings -> shield power control.

set "keep wifi on during sleep" -> only when plugged in (if its downloading updates all night, will have dead battery in the morning lol)

also set it to minimize battery usage on wifi (if using gamestream, may want to test turning off for better results. personally i have it on and still works fine)

click over to the "apps" tab under the power control, and set it to optimize all.
You can manually set it yourself for better results im sure (set more demanding games to use more cpu, and lesser things to use less cpu to get best performance and battery)

so to get the best out of this tablet, you unfortunately do have to do some tweaking of settings yourself.

But doing this will DRASTICALLY increase battery life.

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Corsair Vengeance 1300 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Analog Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs not as bad as people make it 03/12/2014

This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 1300 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Analog Gaming Headset

Pros: They sound really good, and have a lot of deep base (due to closed ear design tho).
The mic works very well. it is pretty clear and is plenty loud.

for the price they are pretty good.

Cons: REQUIRES A SOUND CARD!
this headset is unusable unless it has a headphone/mic amp. most motherboard do not. ESPECIALLY laptop motherboards. (connected to a laptop mic port, the mic is completely in-audable even when boosting it to the max.

for a laptop you can use a usb sound card like the creative xfi go pro. This will get you good use out of it.
on a desktop i have an asus dgx sound card, and it sounds really good, and the mic is very clear and loud.


Now the -1 egg is for comfort. They are WAY too tight on your head. I have a average size head, maybe alittle on the smaller side.
These things put A LOT of pressure on the sides of your head.
i was hoping after using them for like 5 months that it would adjust better, and they really havent.

Other Thoughts: in the product description it says the word "sound card" like 8 times >.>

i upgraded to a sennheiser headset, and its truly amazing. very good sound and crystal clear mic.
but i payed $60 for this headset with a $10 mail in rebate making it $50.
i payed $180 for the sennheiser so.

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Date Joined: 08/16/09

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