Here at Slickdeals, we're big proponents of cutting the cord, but the experience is still fragmented with programming and channels spread across a variety of apps and services.
When it comes to streaming devices, the landscape is also split based on where your media library lives — with Apple, Google, or Amazon. But the redesigned, new-for-2017 NVIDIA SHIELD TV aims to remedy the separation by delivering an all-encompassing Android TV experience along with a real solution for cost-effective, high-end gaming.
NVIDIA sent myself (SD's gaming expert) and Johan (SD's seasoned cord-cutter) each a 2017 model SHIELD TV, and after living with the device for a few weeks as our one-and-only entertainment hub, we'd like to share our experiences with you in this joint review.
SHIELD TV Highlights
Stream your own PC games to the TV.
Android 7.0 TV operating system.
One of the fastest streaming devices on the market.
4K HDR ready.
Comes with Google Assistant for advanced search and smart home control capabilities.
Both remote and game controller have microphones for voice commands.
16GB built-in storage, expandable with external USB drive.
What's in the Box
The sleek look of the redesigned SHIELD TV easily complements any entertainment setup, and adds a ton of convenience and performance thanks to its Android 7.0 TV operating system and 4K HDR streaming capability.
We were pleasantly surprised by how compact the unit is, measuring about the size of a DVD case.
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