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This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Controller
Pros: First thing to notice about this controller is the build quality. The finish, weight, and buttons/triggers have a professional feel that beats out any controller that I have ever used. With the exception of the X,Y,A,B buttons, I think the xbox controllers do a better job at them but not by much. The analog sticks are smooth as silk and all the buttons have excellent tactile response.
What sets this controller apart though is its functionality with Android, which turns your shield tablet into a legit console experience that rivals XBox one and PS4. Since I have started using Nvidia's GRID service I haven't thought about a next gen console once. If Nvidia can create a solid MP experience with their GRID service then they will be strong competitors in the console market.
Another thing that sets this apart is that is has the lowest latency out of any controller. The WiFi connection gives you the most responsive experience ever.
Another big bonus is that Nvidia allows support for usage on your Nvidia powered GPU PC through USB connection. Playing the original BioShock at 4k with this controller is an amazingly gratifying experience. Those big daddies make this controller shake like H**L, greatly adding to the experience.
Since this pairs with a full android tablet I have an SNES emulator and the controller works with all the roms I have tried. I was super excited about this as I can now relieve my childhood gaming experiences lol
Cons: Price? You pay a premium for this controller but it hasn't detracted from my experience.
The streaming services is useless without
Other Thoughts: The track pad is not particularly useful. The issue with it is the sensitivity is too low making you have to pick up your finger over and over to get across the screen. If they fixed it I would be putting the track pad in the pros. It isn't a con because it doesn't diminish my experience with the controller.
One review made me laugh because Nvidia "copied" xBox according to him, except the analogue stick placement, touch pad, volume controls, android interface, and overall superior build quality of this controller. (I really like this controller ). If anything they took the solid design of the xBox and made it even better but it stands out from the other controllers I have ever used.
I am super excited for Nvidia to expand their Shield lineup with their new console. I honestly think that game streaming is the future, bypassing pesky aging hardware. All of my console games play at 1080P and 60 FPS. You can't say that about Next Gen, let alone for the price. To get the console experience out of your tablet you need; Shield tablet $299, controller $60, HDMI mini $5, and a good router $70.
This review is from: NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Tablet (WiFi)
Pros: The Tegra K1 processor is amazing in this tablet! It runs a very basic Android 4.4 (soon to be 5.0) with a few nVidia programs to go with it. The streaming feature is awesome and works like a charm. I have been playing Hearthstone from my 780 ti gaming rig. If you go places in your house that may be Wifi dead zones then the streaming will suffer a lot, but that really goes without saying.
I don't have the controller but I plan on getting it soon. If your plan is to use this tablet specifically for streaming then make sure you get the controller otherwise streaming is very limited (Also see other thoughts on streaming).
The stylus is freaking awesome! I love using it and the dabbler program is pretty good. My brother has the Surface Pro 3 and his paint program is out of this world so that is what I am comparing it to.
I mostly use this tablet for reading, Netflix and Clash of Clans. But when I get the controller that will change.
The extra cover that is made for this tablet is sexy. Strong! magnetic clips snap the cover on making it look like it is part of the tablet.
Last thing that I like about this tablet is that when you hit the power button it gives you the option to restart not just power down, which is handy.
Cons: No real cons that I have experienced. Every so often netflix will glitch out requiring me to restart the tablet, but I haven't linked it directly to the tablets fault.
Other Thoughts: There were a couple of reviews on here from people who just don't know how to Google stuff. When you stream over WiFi you are limited to 720P on the 1080P screen. If you want to stream in 1080P then you need an Ethernet to USB mini adapter, which runs a hard line directly into the tablet. This makes turning the tablet into a living room PC super easy and effective with no lag in streaming. My idea is to grab a couple of controllers and buy Street fighter on my PC and play on my 50 inch TV in 1080P :)
This is good tablet at an affordable range. Now with the new Nexus 9 coming out, that might be a better option but you give up the nVidia software bonuses. The Nexus 9 will run a 64 bit Tegra K1 compared to the 32 bit on Shield. Performance wise it matters little in my opinion because the Tegra K1 is way ahead of what is needed right now in terms of Android gaming.
Pros: I have a Dell Studio 15 from 2009 and it has been through a lot of heavy use between school and some gaming here and there. After a while I started getting BSOD and the computer started hanging and running sluggish. So I had been keeping my eyes open for a 250gb SSD for around 100 dollars. So when I came across this SSD I jumped at it since it fit my needs perfectly. I imaged my old HDD (500gb Samsung 7200rpm) and recovered the image over to the SSD. Popped it in to the laptop and boom! It Works! Since then my laptop is quite, quick and cooler! It is actually quite amazing how much heat my HDD was adding to my laptop.
Cons: A lot of the reviews mentioned this drive failing within two years which is disappointing. But lets hope I have a good one. I'm still holding my breath a bit just in case.
Other Thoughts: I have been very satisfied with this product so far and for those older laptops this is an excellent choice.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Tyler W.
Date Joined: 07/25/13
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