Tablets are good for many things, but gaming isn’t typically one of them. Most are designed for media consumption, like browsing through photos on Facebook and watching movies on Netflix. That isn’t the case with the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 ($199.99; 16GB), an Android slate that’s optimized for gaming on both the hardware and software fronts. Sure, it can handle photos and video just fine, but thanks to a combination of powerful on-board gaming performance and the ability to play PC titles via GeForce Now, the K1 is the ultimate gaming tablet. When you factor in its relatively affordable price, it becomes our new Editors’ Choice for midrange Android tablets. Design and Features The Shield Tablet K1 is the successor to the original Nvidia Shield Tablet, which was recalled for overheating issues. The K1 is presumably safer, but from an aesthetic standpoint, not much has changed. Compared with the showy Acer Predator 8, the K1 is positively modest in design. Whereas the Predator has sharp, jutting edges and flashy red and silver colors, the K1 is simply a plain black slate. It measures 8.7 by 5.0 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 12.5 ounces, which is about the same as the Predator 8. The back has a matte black finish with a large Shield logo in the middle and a 5-megapixel camera at the top right. 7 Photos in Gallery The top and bottom of the front of the tablet are coated with rubber grips, making it easier to hold while gaming. Another 5-megapixel camera sits in the middle of the top… [Read full story]
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