NVIDIA Shield K1 is the response from Nvidia for gamers on the go. The experience is not comparable to the one that can return a normal console, because notable titles are missing, but other than that, there are many other differences.
Aesthetically, Nvidia K1si Shield has a stylish but not too much. This is not a ZenPad S 8.0 or even an iPad 2: its forms are indeed burdened by an accent of robustness, necessary detail if you use this tablet as a console.
There is a large glass panel on the front, which has a large 8-inch display, slightly higher than the Full HD (1920 × 1200). Edges and corners are separating the display from the rear shroud. The latter is not metal but made with a material that is much more durable, but also little oleophobic.
The shell cannot be removed and leaves room only for a camera of dubious quality and the logo “Shield” that occupies almost entirely. The front houses two speakers for audio output, a front-facing camera and sensors. Unfortunately is absent any LED flash, detail, however, negligible considering the type of product you have in your hands.
Along the right side protrude – unfortunately not that much – switching on/off button and the volume rocker. The left side remains bare except for two cavities which can possibly hook the cover for the display (sold separately at €29).
On the side of the device includes a micro-USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer, the 3.5 mm headphone jack, an HDMI port for video support up to 4 k to 30 frames per second. Fantastic, almost a necessity, whereas the product is aimed mostly at gaming.
Present, finally, other two speakers: one on the high side and one on the lower. Speaker which, according to Nvidia, compensate the audio coming out of those fronts. In fact, they offer an excellent audio experience for such a device.
Display and camera
NVIDIA Shield K1 boasts an excellent display, built with IPS technology. The image quality is excellent, although the returns pixels stand out, but it’s an irrelevant detail.
The size of the display, however, are great: with 8 inches you have what is the right balance between portability and enjoyment of gaming content. Ideal size for playing videos and movies: Nvidia Shields K1 supports playback natively in 4 k.
The items in the photo can be said to be sufficient for sporadic use of photos and videos. Dubious quality, absence of any kind of LED flash, poor picture and overall, full of noise, especially at night. However, it should be said that the purpose of this tablet is well else.
Software and performance
NVIDIA Shield K1 comes out of the box with Android Lollipop 5.1 installed on board, almost completely stock as it is, Yes, present a customization of Nvidia, but it’s really mild. There are, in fact, a few graphic details changed by the manufacturer.
Nvidia native applications, then, very few but nevertheless appreciated. There is, for example, an application that acts as the HUB for all those Video Games Play Store that support the joypad. Really useful application as K1 Nvidia Shield, of course, supports a gamepad, also sold separately at a price of € 59. At first glance, resembles that of Xbox.
During the trial, however, experience a gift was optimal. First the handle is notable. Apt the location of the keys, good grip. The connection to the Terminal is almost immediate: there is an Nvidia application that takes care of detecting the joypad and show screen instructions for connection.
Game pad which, moreover, can be used not only to play but also to move the whole system, for an overall experience would be great and satisfying: quick and easy link accompanied with almost no latency.
Experience further enriched at the speed that gives the base operating system: Android Lollipop runs discreetly in the complex, save rare the jamming, and the fluidity is good. The only sour note came in first-stage configuration: Nvidia Shield K1, in fact, at first did not allow in any way of downloading applications from the Play Store. Situation which fortunately resolved.
As for more technical details, the Shield K1 mounts, under the shell, the Nvidia Tegra chipset K1 which offers a CPU at 2.2 GHz Quad Core A15 and a GPU core 192 Kepler. Surround well 2 GB RAM.
The details are great. The Tegra K1, albeit slightly dated, can give the best experience in gaming and more. They are really rare freezing and slow-down situations. Each type of application is running optimally. Needless to say, that even with elaborate games from the graphic point of view, the experience that is returned is noteworthy.
The K1 is offered with a configuration with 16 GB of memory. Few, very few, as it is a gaming tablet and challenging titles require space. But you can expand the memory with a microSD up to 128 GB.
It also supports a fast charging: the power adapter that came with the device to output 2.1 full charge in less than 3 hours. The battery is approximately 5200 mAh and causes the tablet reaches the end of the day even if it is being used more to play.
Finally, the price: Nvidia Shield K1 is offered with a retail price of € 199.99. Very low price for such a product, but it is necessary to underline the importance of the purchase of accessories, as, by buying only the tablet, the experience returned is in no way comparable to that described.