There are plenty of streaming boxes on Android TV, and most of them cost around $50. Then there’s the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro, which retails for $200. Why does it cost four times as much as most products in its class?
This is what I couldn’t fathom when the Shield TV Pro launched back in 2019. I was using a Xiaomi Mi Box S at the time, and was annoyed with the lag in playing 4K content, so I decided to buy the Shield TV and see if it does a better job.
I’ve done that, and so much more. I have over a dozen devices in the house that rely on Android TV — including half a dozen TVs, several dongles and streaming boxes, and three projectors — and the Shield TV Pro stands upright and strong above everything else.
Shield TV Pro is the best Android TV Box to date
Much of what makes the Shield TV Pro great is due to NVIDIA’s behind-the-scenes work. The device is uniquely suited to a streaming device, and you’ll get a level of fluidity with the Shield TV Pro that no other Android TV device lacks.
But the main reason to keep buying the Shield TV Pro is for software updates. Shield TV Pro will get software updates farther from any phone — including the iPhone — and it’s a testament to NVIDIA’s long-term commitment.
That’s why Shield TV Pro continues to thrive while its competitors fall by the wayside due to a lack of updates. In fact, I can’t think of any other Android device that has gotten so many updates.
That’s why I’ve bought three of these over the years, and I’m glad I did. I wasn’t sure if it would justify its price, but it did – and then some.