The SHIELD tablet K1: the Ultimate Tablet for Gamers

By William O'Neal - Tue, Nov 17, 2015
SHIELD tablet K1 Specifications & Features
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra K1
  • Display: 8” Full HD (1920x1200) / 4K Ultra-HD Ready
  • Audio: Front facing speakers, Dual bass reflex port
  • Storage: 16GB built-in + 128GB with MicroSD Expansion
  • Audio jack: 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with microphone support
  • Cameras: Front: 5MP HDR; Back: 5MP auto focus HDR
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 MIMO (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Motion: 9 axis (g-sensor, compass, gyro)
  • HDMI: Mini HDMI 1.4a
  • USB: Micro-USB 2.0
  • Battery: 10 hours HD video playback (19.75 Watt hour Lithium ion)
  • Weight: Weight: 12.6oz

A lot of tablets claim to be good at gaming. But how many tablets are specifically designed for gaming? That’s where the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet comes in – and now we’ve brought it back – for just $199.

Built around the NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor, the SHIELD gaming tablet is lightning fast. It boasts 16GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot that gives users up to an additional 128GB of expanded storage. In addition to that, the tablet also rocks an 8” Full HD (1920x1200) and Mini HDMI output which makes it a cinch to connect to a TV.

Of course, where it really shines is in its complete integration into NVIDIA’s gaming ecosystem, which is second to none. The tablet is perfect for gamers who want to play games on the go or on the couch. And when paired with the SHIELD controller ($59), it’s gaming chops become even more apparent.

Enjoy Great Entertainment

Thanks to the inclusion of a Mini HDMI port, using your tablet to play games on your TV is also easier than ever. Once you plug the HDMI cable into your TV you’re met with a dialog box that asks if you simply want to mirror your display from your SHIELD tablet K1 to your TV or if you want to use it in console mode. We used mirror mode to easily stream channels like Xfinity to Go or Watch ESPN Netflix, Kodi, and CBS Sports to our HDTV. Console mode prompts you to connect your SHIELD controller and once connected; your tablet offers an amazing gaming experience.

Stream and Play The Best Games

We use our gaming tablet to play and test Android games and whether using touch controls or the SHIELD controller, the gaming experience is always a blast. We also continue to grow the list of Android games available on SHIELD devices.

For AAA PC games, you can’t beat NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW. For $7.99 / month (first three months free) gamers can access an ever-growing library of AAA PC games on their SHIELD tablet K1 and stream games to be played on the device itself - or your TV via Mini HDMI cable.

The First to Get Updates

NVIDIA is committed to ensuring that our fans have the most up-to-date software around and to that end you’ll receive over-the-air updates from NVIDIA as soon as they’re made available. Of course everyone is excited about Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the SHIELD Tablet K1 will be one of the first tablets to rock Google’s latest operating system.

Accessories Galore!

Designed with gaming in mind, the SHIELD tablet K1 is compatible with NVIDIA’s amazing SHIELD controller. With an MSRP of $59, the SHIELD controller rivals other next-gen controllers when it comes to feel as well as performance. Using ultra-responsive Wi-Fi Direct which offers 2x lower latency than Bluetooth, gamers will welcome the lack of input lag. Additionally, the controller also boasts hi-fidelity headset audio for chatting with your friends in-game.

The controller isn’t the only accessory as the SHIELD tablet K1 also works with the SHIELD tablet K1 cover ($39), SHIELD DirectStylus 2 ($19), and when traveling abroad you’ll definitely want the SHIELD world charger ($29).

For gamers looking for a mobile gaming option that’s about more than just “mobile games ” you can’t beat the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1. With access to both an enormous library of Android games as well NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more complete "mobile" gaming solution.

Learn more and get your NVIDIA SHIELD tablet K1 today!

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