Nvidia Shield is a Better Buy Than Nvidia Shield Pro
My son's Christmas gift this year is the Skylander Trap Team. We don't have a game console at home, because we have enough computers and tablets. So we got the Skylander Trap Team Tablet Edition only to find out that it doesn't work with all Android tablets. It actually needs the latest and greatest OS and hardware. We feel that buying a new tablet still provides more value than buying a game console. We can always put a tablet to various uses. And a tablet is practically a computer nowadays. Then I noticed the Nvidia Shield being listed as compatible to the Skylander Trap Team.
Interesting enough, the Nvidia Shield is an Android tablet in a game console form factor. There is also a Nvidia Shield Tablet, but it is more costly ($350) than the game console version. The game console versions are available in two configurations a 16 GB version for $199 and a 500 GB version (Nvidia Shield Pro) for $299. As much as I draw the analogy of the Nvidia Shield to a game console, it is really a mini Android computer. You can do almost everything other game consoles could do and more. For one, you can stream games from your PC that runs Nvidia graphics cards. My family is a PC gaming family, so that's a big draw to us.
I would certainly like the Nvidia Shield Pro, but I'm not sure it's justifiable to spend an extra hundred dollars just for a 500 GB hard drive. After all, 500 GB hard drives are inexpensive now. I actually have several just sitting around with plenty of external hard drive cases. A light bulb clicks on in my head. Can Nvidia Shield use an external hard drive? The answer is yes. Nvidia Shield comes with two USB 3.0 ports. From it's user guide, it's USB ports "are compatible with all external hard drives and USB flash drives. [...] SHIELD's USB 3.0 interface is compatible with the FAT32, exFAT, NTFS and HFS+ file systems.
So if you already have external hard drive(s), you can basically have a Nvidia Shield Pro for the same price as a Nvidia Shield. Even if you have to buy an external 500 hard drive, it will likely be cheaper than buying the Nvidia Shield Pro.
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