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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Can't Put the Shield Down 08/12/2013

This review is from: NVIDIA SHIELD Portable

Pros: *Tegra 4
*Extremely well-built
*Excellent speakers
*Screen is pretty good even though it's 720p
*Emulators run like a CHAMP
*Expandable storage via microSD
*Stock Android (i.e. no UI/UX skin)

Cons: *A little bulky
*Game selection (but over time this will not be a con)
*Seems to take a while to charge even though the AC adapter is 2.1a

Other Thoughts: Bottom line: $300 sounds like a lot for a dedicated portable gaming platform, especially since products like the Sony Vita and Nintendo DS are cheaper. But they are not as powerful as this unit is hardware wise - let alone the software capabilities of Android and its app store allow this unit to be more versatile. But $300 is cheap for a top of the line mobile processor (Tegra 4), not to mention with a mini HDMI you can output movies/videos you have stored onto a larger screen/TV so you have a portable media device.

As a father of an 11 month old I don't have a whole lot of free time like I used to. The last week since I have received my unit I have constantly chosen to play with the Shield instead of hopping onto Xbox Live. It must be the nostalgia I experience when playing 8 and 16-bit titles via emulation.

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ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: *Really fast, can easily broadcast and be detected by any device in my 4BR 2BA 2000 sq ft house.
*Two USB ports for adding printers or HDD/USB storage drives.
*The design is very nice - carbon fiber-like.
*Packaging was excellent, very cozy and sturdy with everything neatly packaged and placed in the box.
*I would say the price is a con, with $199 being a little steep for a router, but you really get what you pay for here.

Cons: *May cause interference with baby monitors.

Other Thoughts: I noticed that the baby monitor will sometimes cut out and show a No Signal message. I might be able to re-sync the camera and monitor but not sure if it will not receive interference from the router.

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Energy Power Bar Soundbar System
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Easy set up, good volume 11/08/2012

This review is from: Energy Power Bar Soundbar System

Pros: -Great sale price ($299).
-Includes digital audio cable.
-Quick and easy set up; Just plug it to the TV and electrical outlet and you're done.
-By default volume on remote for popular TVs (such as Samsung) will control the SoundBar volume.
-Minimal amount of buttons; nice aesthetics.

Cons: -Would be 3 stars if purchased at $399 price; not enough features to justify the $399 price (at least to me).

Other Thoughts: My Samsung UN55ES6100FXZA had to connect via the RCA audio in instead of the digital audio cable. I had my PS3 and Xbox 360 plugged into the TV in the HDMI 1 and 2 ports. When I had the SoundBar in digital input mode, it would play the audio from the Xbox and PS3 without any problems. When watching TV or using the SmartHub apps that are built-in to the TV it would not play any audio through the SoundBar. Once I added a pair of RCA audio cables (my TV audio out is either HDMI, digital optical, or stereo jack) the sound would come through regardless of input source.

I can't remember if it came with RCA audio cables or not, but I do remember it did not come with the Stereo Y to RCA audio cable (which is understandable).

Ship weight was just under 28 lbs.

Energy really has made a nice little SoundBar + Sub set up.

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Date Joined: 03/03/07

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  • Last Review: 08/12/13
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