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This review is from: NVIDIA 940817612500500 NVIDIA Tegra K1 2 GB Memory 16 GB Flash Storage 8.0" Touchscreen SHIELD Tablet K1 Android Lollipop OS (Android 6.0 Marshmallow Over-The-Air Upgrade Available)
Pros: Great controller support, Beautiful Display, Superb Performance, Expandable Memory
Cons: High Performance Processors require a lot of power to run, and regular chargers aren't enough to keep it charged.
Other Thoughts: I bought this game to play my favorite mobile game: World of Tanks Blitz. Very few devices can run this game at high detail settings with high frames per second. The Shield runs this game gorgeously and at a constant 59-60 frames per second. All the other games run great too.
The superb controller support and software lets you run games on a controller that don't even support controllers. The Shield controller they sell for 60 dollars is kind of expensive, so I bought an iPega 9025 bluetooth controller for only 25 bucks, and it runs great. The built in mapping software lets you customize all the buttons and most games already have them pre-programmed. It lets you use a controller with games that don't even support them. It really makes a difference. I'll never go back to using touch controls again.
Most displays don't let you adjust the color and contrast settings, but this one does, and the results are awesome. I ran it with the default settings for months before I started playing with the settings, and the results are astounding. I am amazed at how much of a difference the adjustments make. The colors are so vibrant and rich, it's almost like having a super AMOLED display. It's the best looking screen I have ever seen.
The new Android 6 update lets you use the SD card to expand not just the storage, but the system memory. Now, instead of only having 16GB of system memory and 64GB of storage, I have 80GB of system memory that can be used to install and run programs. You never have to run out of space to install programs.
The only drawback is the high performance processor requires a lot of power. The 2.1 amp charger that I had been using wasn't enough to keep the batter charged while playing games. It would eventually drain the battery even when it was plugged in. I solved the problem by getting a 2.4 amp charger, so if you don't have a 2.4 amp charger already, you are going to need to buy one to keep this tablet charged.
This tablet is better than other tablets that cost hundreds of dollars more, so to pay any more for a tablet is ridiculous. The ability to use SD card memory as system memory makes it even more of a great value, since the manufacturers charge so much to expand the built in memory. If you buy any other tablet, you are wasting your money.
Pros: Good picture, brightness levels.
Cons: When it breaks down from wear and tear, Acer refuses to repair their items because "products that contain evidence of rodent, insects, or their remains could pose a health hazard to our repair technicians and therefore cannot be repaired by the manufacturer."
Other Thoughts: If you have so much as a dead fly or insect in the case of your monitor, Acer will refuse to honor their warranty commitment. Apparently some sort of Creepshow roach swarm came out of the monitor, and the techs never wear gloves. Heaven help them if someone forgot to wipe the dust off of the monitor, they would refuse that as well, I'm sure.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Low power draw, capable integrated graphics, strong single thread performance for gaming and other tasks. Beats AMD for gaming when used with a separate graphics card. More expensive than the budget AMD offerings, but well worth it.
Cons: Stock cooler is not so good. I didn't get the stock cooler properly attached (my fault, not the cooler's), but when I moved to an aftermarket cooler properly installed, the temps stay low and stable. It's hard to tell when the cooler is attached fully. It requires a great deal of force to get those brackets pushed down into the mobo, and if they aren't fully locked in, the cooler won't function properly. It feels like it will break, so be careful when pushing.
Other Thoughts: I ran many games with the integrated graphics for almost a year before I got my dedicated graphics card. It is able to run most current games at decent settings and is very playable as long as you don't have the detail settings too high. Most new games still look great even on the low settings, so unless you have to have the eye candy, this processor will do fine without a separate graphics card.READ FULL REVIEW