Isihlangu Nvidia yasekuqaleni asiyisa ngandlela-thile singalindele – hybrid of oluphathwayo idivayisi iphinde tablet yokudlala, kwaba okuqinile kodwa hhayi okuthile ikhanga. Bese, ngo-August, inkampani yamemezela the Shield Tablet – umzamo wesibili at ngokuletha idivayisi yayo yokudlala-egxile emakethe mass.
Isihlangu, kungase kungamsizi nhlobo bheka ongavamile, kodwa nge Nvidia sika udlala Nous, futhi Tegra K1 CPU / GPU combo, it uhlose sivale igebe ezimakethe isibhebhe elingase futhi asingathe console-quality udlala.
Phezu kokuba idivaysi yakho ibilokhu out izinyanga ezimbalwa, ukwethulwa kwe-new service ezithakazelisayo ifu yokudlala wasibuyisa; singene spotlight. Okuningi, uma ufuna ukuthenga tablet lokhu ngoKhisimusi, kungase kube kuhle on lwezifiso wakho.
Isihlangu sethebhulethi, ukubeka ngembaba, okuthile isilo. I-CPU isikwele-core on the Tegra K1 chip lusekelwa 2GB RAM kanye GPU egijima ku Kepler bokwakha. Lokhu kusho ukuphequlula kwakho kwansuku zonke kanye nokusebenzisa lokusebenza kuyinto silky smooth. Khonamanjalo, visual effects like tesselation HDR ukukhanyisa zenziwa kalula, uyifake ziyingxenye ephansi-Spec ekhaya PC kunokuba esiseduzane tablet izimbangi zayo.
Futhi uma ukulayisha up ezinye imidlalo ngokuqondile tweaked ukusizakala bokwakha the Shield sika uqala ukubona lokho idivayisi angakwenza. I Trine fantasy phazili 2, okuyinto iza Tablet, Liyindawo olubabazeka, ohlabayo away pretty okuningi zonke umdlalo tablet-ethize, mayelana netibonwa.
Imidlalo Ezinye Isihlangu abantu ukuba baphenduke ezinjalo Portal edume kanye Half-Life 2 zinkulu kakhulu. Ukubona yobuciko Valve sika egijima phezu sethebhulethi Okumangazayo ukuphila-ukuze aqinisekise. Nokho, Imidlalo abamemezeli baye ngempela Kuye egijimela ukusekela uhlelo kusukela ukukhululwa walo, ngakho umtapo slim.
Ngokwalesi kwamandla, imbangi ukhiye bungaba-Nexus 9 tablet. izindlu eziningi yezingxenye efanayo zakamuva ye-Google, kubandakanya version olusha of the Tegra K1 (core ombaxambili 64-bit variant, egijima at a ngokushesha ngesivinini iwashi 2.5GHz). idivayisi Nvidia sika ushibhile by azungeze £ 80, lokususa izesekeli – futhi ukuheha inkumbulo anwebekayo nge-microSD memori khadi, kufika ku-128GB extra, ibhonasi esihle ubani ezimakethe isibhebhe wokudlala.
The iphupho stream
esinye isici Isihlangu sika marquee yikhono layo ozothutha ususa umdlalo kusuka PC yakho naku laptop (udzinga ihluzo ikhadi umndeni GTX) futhi udlale kuthebulethi yakho, nge software Experience GeForce Nvidia sika.
zokumatanisa Kudivayisi okuqondile – wena nje faka ikhodi ukuthi pops up on wakho esikrinini PC – futhi eneziqu eziningi basuke ngokuzenzakalelayo sitholwe lokusebenza. Imidlalo awasekelwe ngokuqondile kungenziwa ngesandla wanezela ohlwini, Nokho akukho isiqinisekiso bazophatheka ukusebenza futhi ngalibona anezinkinga.
Udinga esiqinile inethiwekhi ekhaya uxhumano. Ukusakaza mdlalo ulungisa ngokuzenzakalelayo ukuze uthole engcono play nakho uxhumano lwakho – futhi kuyoba njalo lokubekwa eqhulwini kodaba lokuvulwa olubushelelezi phezu ihluzo izinga. Lokhu kusho ngezinye izikhathi matasa ungase ukudlala izwi lesinqumo ongaphakeme, stream ukufiphala, kodwa ngeke namanje idlaleke. Kwadingeka kumnandi ezulazulayo nxazonke flat lami, uyihlole Skyrim futhi Dogs Sleeping.
ekufuna Nvidia ku-osekela GTX izilimi izokhiya out eziningi PC kanye laptop abanikazi anentshisekelo enkonzweni. Ngethemba lokhu kuyinto inkampani zizoshintsha esikhathini esizayo.
Kufanele kuqashelwe ukuthi ungakwazi kakade usakaze kumadivaysi Android ngaphandle kokuba athenge Shield, usebenzisa izinhlelo zokusebenza like kudume.
As of early December, owners of Shield devices will be able to take advantage of Nvidia’s new Grid Gaming service, which the company is pushing as the Netflix of games.
Mayelana 20 titles are currently offered. Running via servers in Ireland, Ultra Street Fighter IV – a game reliant on lag-free connection – was responsive, accurate to my inputs and surprisingly pretty for a streamed game. This was with a 7.5MBps connection via wireless router, with Nvidia’s minimum recommended speed being 6.5MBps.
The service will be offered for free, at least until June 30, 2015, meaning a no-risk chance for Shield owners to try it out on launch.
Mini HDMI and the console experience
Both the Shield’s on-board gaming performance and its streaming ability can take full advantage of one excellent touch on the tablet: the mini HDMI out port.
By hooking up a mini HDMI-to-HDMI lead, you can play your games – streamed or otherwise – through any HDTV in full 1080p, if it’s supported by the game. Empeleni, the Shield is capable of outputting a 4K signal, though I was unable to test this.
The feature is presented through the Shield’s “console” mode, and also allows up to four controllers to be connected to the device for an experience akin to that on Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s boxes. It’s also great for watching films on the big screen, showing photos off in great detail or even for browsing the web. Apple and Google devices can both offer HDMI out, but they require an adaptor.
Nvidia claims about nine hours of battery life when you’re using it for web browsing and low-intensity apps. Play any games that actually take advantage of the device’s hardware and you’re looking at around two-and-a-half hours – and a Shield that’s hot to the touch.
If you’re thinking about playing games with the Shield set to maximum performance, outputting through an HDTV at 1080p, you’ll need to be plugged in to the wall. That’s not a huge issue, because if you’re connected to a TV you’re likely to have a spare plug socket nearby.
But when you’re out and about, using Shield as a portable gaming device becomes less viable an option – at least for anything more than the odd half hour here and there, unless you’re willing to dive in and alter the graphics settings in favour of longevity over performance. Apple’s iPad Air 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S come out better in benchmarking tests – even with larger screens.
The Shield Tablet clocks in at £239.99 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only version, or £299.99 for the 32GB Wi-Fi/4G model. It comes with a bundle of software installed and runs a customised version of Android 4.4 Kitkat (soon to be upgraded to 5.0 Lollipop).
That’s surprisingly good value, and a lot cheaper than the tablet’s closest running mate, Google’s Nexus 9 (£319.99/£399.99/£459). Nokho, the Shield controller, necessary for a number of games like Half Life 2, is an extra £50. It’s fine if bulky, but it’s not as good as the Ps4 or Xbox One controllers.
- Screen: 8in 1920×1200 multi-touch full HD display
- Amagama: Nvidia Tegra K1 Kepler GPU; 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU
- RAM: 2GB
- Isitoreji: 16/32GB (expandable to 128GB with microSD)
- Isistimu esebenzayo: Android 4.4 Kitkat (Lollipop ready)
- Ikhamera: 5MP HDR (front); 5MP auto focus HDR (emuva)
- Ukuxhumana: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Mini-HDMI out port, 4G (32GB model only)
- Ubukhulu: 12.6cm x 0.92cm x 22.1cm
- Isisindo: 390g
Isihlangu Tablet elinamandla mini udlala Rig, ukuthi imisebenzi futhi njengoba tablet kuhle kakhulu ilungelo layo siqu, usingatha konke ungathanda kusuka kudivayisi yakho eziphathwayo.
The added extras you don’t tend to see elsewhere – like the mini HDMI-out and expandable microSD storage – are great touches, especially as installing games gobbles up space very quickly.
Compared to the “pure” tablets out there, the Shield does lose out in certain ways – it’s heavier, its resolution isn’t as high as the Nexus 9 or iPad Air’s (3264×2448 and 2048×1536, ngokulandelana) and its battery life isn’t as good. But if you’re into gaming and want something that can operate well beyond Candy Crush Saga, you could do a lot worse than this.
Buhle: Great for gaming, good array of connectivity options, almost on a par with Google’s Nexus 9 power-wise, fantastic streaming capabilities
Bawo: The controller is expensive and doesn’t come as standard, burns through battery life when playing games, streaming requires an Nvidia GTX graphics card
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