Not much of a discount at £20 (Was £189.99, now £169.99) but it's the first time I've seen the new model reduced.
I'm on the lookout for a 3rd one but think I'll hang on and see what happens on Amazon Prime Day this week.
Absolutely fantastic piece of equipment these are.
What can these do differently then your standard Apple TV / cheaper android box? I get they are high spec but even cheap 4k android boxes perform well.
Well, you get the full 4K capable versions of Netflix and Youtube not available on 95% of other android boxes. If gaming is important to you, you get a decent controller. Tomb Raider, Half Life 2, Portal etc. are exclusive to nvidia shield and it is very good at emulation. There is also the GeForce now subscription service which works great but is a bit expensive in my opinion and not really necessary if you already have a gaming PC. One thing to bear in mind is is the nvidia shield is running Android TV which differs from regular android. You can sideload most apps but they may not work too well if they are not optimised for a TV screen as well as a touchscreen.
So if you don't game is the Mi Box a better option at around 1/3 of the price? It is also running Android TV, does 4K etc and the reviews on youtube look really positive.
Mi is a good alternative for non-gamers as long as you don't plan on using Plex. It's broken on the Mi.
Bought the new shield back in January and it's worth every penny. Small and compact but very powerful. None of those Chinese ones with tablet android can compare.
Fantastic price for a great piece of kit. Even if you were to solely use it as a gaming emulation box, it'd be worth the money. There, but with the media output, game streaming and 4K support, it's essential.
Add to that chromecast is built in, and also the voice searches etc.
None of the previous boxes I've owned come within an asses roar of the shield.
Mi Box also has both of those features.
Have the 2016 model which is basically same spec and its a great piece of kit.
I love the fact that I can plug in my headphones into the controller etc and listen to movies as long as I want without waking everyone else.
Plex runs fantastic on it and there's also a server version for the shield also.
i have 3 of the previous model and I think they are an even better bit of gear than the 2017 version.
The older version has the same processor/ram with the added bonus of an IR receiver making a 1 remote set up a breeze.
The newer model dropped the IR receiver and has an updated controller design.
Still a fantastic piece of kit however and i use mine constantly(all 3)
I have two and getting a third - basically I'll have one on each TV in the house.
In our case we rarely game although the young lad (5) enjoys a few racing games and they've saved me buying an xbox for him. In our case it's purely for TV viewing/streaming. Benefits to me:
- Love the UI. I can set up a really simple user interface with minimal clutter. Mine all boot into the restricted profile with only the allowed apps visible. Kids have limited access to content and that does myself and the wife.
- 4K with HDR.
- Plex is fantastic. I'm a complete convert from Kodi. Plex (client in my case) gets special attention on the Nvidia Shield and they work put a lot of effort into new features
- High resolution games on their highest settings
- Support. Nvidia are still supporting the 2015 model with new updates. I doubt most other Android boxes are still getting specific updates
I have an Amazon Fire 4K and much much prefer the Shield. Does everything I need. I even replaced a Dune Solo 4K media player and using a Shield into the projector (130" screen) and it's brilliant.
I'm even thinking now of getting a digital tuner (sat or saorview) and using the Shield/Plex to view live TV. No idea would I actually use it permanently for TV but I'm interested to see what it's like.
I have both the 2015 and 2017 models. I actually prefer the new model. It's more compact and the controller is streets ahead of the older one.
Bought one last week, needed a second so pulled the trigger.
These boxes are superb, no lag with movies and no messing about. Might be overkill for Kodi etc., but with Chromecast built in, and 4K support; you won't need to upgrade the box for a few years.
It's a quality box, the remote is actually metal. Pricey even with the discount, but worth it.
As cjlawlor said remember this is Android TV, not android for your phone or tablet.
It's play store is very bare so you have to sideload most stuff with things like 3 player and I THINK RTE player apps not working as they are incompatible
Just bare it in mind. I sent mine back as Im just not bothered with having to do small work around anymore and got a grand little €50 yoke that's fulfilled by Amazon and can't fault it
Does plex play all the same types of movies as kodi? New releases etc? I use kodi but find it cumbersome at times. It's an older version also I think.