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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Closer Look:

Taking a closer look at the SHIELD Tablet in all its naked glory isn't as exciting as looking at the SHIELD Portable, but we're going to go ahead and do so anyway. Whenever possible, I did not use flash in order to avoid screen reflections, so I apologize if some photos are a bit darker. First up we have the front of the tablet – the glorious 8" LCD. Holding it landscape, you see speakers on both sides of the screen, while the left side also contains a front-facing camera. There are no physical buttons on the front. Flipping it over, we see a glossy black SHIELD engraved into an otherwise matte black casing. In the top-left corner you can see the notch for the stylus, while the rear-facing camera can be found in the top-right corner. The stylus is SHIELD-branded.











The power button, volume controls, and microSD slot are located on left side of the top when holding it in landscape or the top side of the right when holding it in portrait. While I have the Wi-Fi model, an ever present reminder that I could have had the LTE version is present on this side panel as well, with a covered slot for the non-existent SIM card. The opposite panel simply has the notches for the Tablet Cover, which not only helps keep the cover in place, but also aligned properly.



The left side in landscape or top side in portrait contain your ports. From left to right, first you have a bass reflex port (duplicated on the opposite side), followed by the ports for micro-USB, mini-HDMI, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.


The Tablet Cover contains magnets throughout, with much stronger ones contained in the notches that fit into the side of the tablet. It's important to realize that it's called a "cover" for a reason, as it simply protects the screen from dust and scratches when not in use. This is not a case and will certainly not provide much protection during a fall; but no, I'm not testing that. The other major use of the cover is to provide a stand. If you recall from the box diagram, the cover offers three viewing positions. You'll also notice "SHIELD" etched in the hinge area.




  1. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Introduction & Unboxing (Tablet)
  2. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Unboxing (Wireless Controller & Tablet Cover)
  3. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Closer Look (Tablet)
  4. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Closer Look (Wireless Controller)
  5. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Initial Setup
  6. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Specifications & Features
  7. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Testing: Benchmarks
  8. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Testing: Actual Use
  9. NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: Conclusion
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