This is the follow up to the original nVidia Shield Tablet
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Pro Great value for money
For $200, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Build quality is good, it runs Android Lollipop (Version 6.0) already, and has a good quality screen with enough battery to back it up. The only thing missing is the charger (which isn't included).
Pro Great media experience
Other than small black bars when watching videos (the 16:10 ratio is close, but not quite the same as most 16:9 media), the media experience is great. Dual stereo speakers facing you help immerse you in what you're watching. At under a pound, you'll be able to hold it comfortably and watch movies for a while too.
Pro Excellent power optimization
The built-in power optimization is excellent. With a quick toggle in the settings, you can max out settings for media consumption, reduce performance to minimum (including clock speed and number of cores), strike a fair balance, or set an auto-switch based on battery %. If that's not enough, customization lets you find your perfect happy-medium, with stability issues ranging from few to none.
Pro Game streaming service available
3 months of nVidia GeForce Now are included with the Shield Tablet K1, and after that it costs $8/month. Games are streamed from from nVidia's servers, and include over 50 titles ranging from Sonic to Batman, Dead Island and Ultra Street Fighter.
You'll need a fast internet connection, and the server might boot you if you are inactive for more than 10 minutes. The games on GeForce are completely separate from any games you already on on PC - for example if you had Sonic already installed on your PC, you couldn't continue the save file on your tablet - you'd start at the start again. You also can't play GeForce games on the PC.
Con Poor availability
nVidia rarely ever restocks it and thus it's really hard to come by. It's almost always out of stock on reliable sellers/resellers, and only used ones or ones from unreliable sellers can be found.
Con Slow charging
If you're gaming, even a high powered charger often can't keep up with the discharge rate when settings are maxed.
Con Power button can be hard to find
The power button can be hard to press at times because it sits so close to the body of the device.