Nvidia Shield TV: The best TV streamer money can buy
This latest version of the Shield TV has been around since the start of 2017, but it’s still the best streamer on the market. Its Tegra X1 processor breezes through 4K and HD video, and also has the power to play great-looking 3D games. There’s support for both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix in 4K, plus BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Google Play Movies, Plex, Spotify and Kodi – and a good selection of other apps available to download from the app store. You can stream games from your PC to the Shield too, or play 4K video from your tablet or smartphone.
The bundled remote meanwhile supports voice control through the Google Assistant, for video streaming apps and any connected Smart Home appliances. Clearly, the Shield costs a lot more than its rivals, but it’s very hard to fault; if you’ve got the cash, the only reason to hold back is the possibility that Nvidia might soon replace it with something even better.
Key specs – Type: Android TV box; Power: Mains adapter; Core spec: Quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB plus 500GB storage, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Core apps: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Kodi, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Plex; Voice-enabled remote: No