The Nvidia Shield TV is one of the best Android TV devices on the market (with a nice price to go with it) and it has found itself a permanent spot with my home theater setup. I use the Nvidia Shield TV daily for streaming content from Netflix and Hulu as well as watching all my local media via Kodi. The main issue with the Nvidia Shield TV however is that the included controller doesn’t really work so well for every day, sit back on the couch and relax, viewing due to the bulky and weighty aspect of it. This is where I found solace in the Nvidia Shield Remote Control. Finally comfort has returned thanks to a remote control that fits in the palm of your hand, but was it worth it the hefty $50 price tag? Let find out.
What’s in the Box?
Included in the box is the Nvidia Shield Remote and USB charging cable and quick start guide. The box is very sturdy with foam padding on the inside to ensure your $50 purchase remains safe during transport.
Upon removing the Nvidia Shield Remote from the box the first thing that hits you is how sleek it looks. Nvidia has gone for a more premium approach to the remote unlike other cheaper alternatives on the market with its brushed aluminium finish.
Thanks to the low profile design the Nvidia Shield Remote fits comfortable in your hand and I was able to access all of the functions without needing to move the remote around in my hands.
Microphone for voice search
Headset jack for private listening
Slider volume control
Rechargeable battery with USB charging cable
Weight and Size
The remote control does not require any AA or AAA batteries as it includes an internal rechargeable lithium battery which is easily kept charged by connecting the included USB cable to the Nvidia Shield TV. I found that I got a couple of weeks of use from the Nvidia Shield Remote without needing to recharge it.
At the bottom of the remote control you will find the included USB port as well as an included 3.5mm jack input for a set of headphones. The headphone input is another welcome addition as this allows you to connect your headphones for private listening when you don’t want to disturb anyone during the early hours or the morning. I found the audio quality to be great for both TV shows and Movies.
In terms of connectivity, the remote connects to your device via Bluetooth which means that you do not require direct line of site as you do with IR remotes, this is a fantastic addition. Being a Bluetooth remote it also means that you can use the Nvidia Shield Remote with other devices you may own. Connection was painless, simply turn on the device and turn on the remote control and off you go.
The remote has a simple 5 button configuration with a circular navigation, select button, back button, home button and Google Voice button. The remove also has a touch sensitive volume slider located in the center of the control. The buttons are configurable for Kodi etc. which meant that I found no problem using the remote control for watching my media.
The Nvidia Shield Remote is a fantastic remote control that I am happy to use every day. Is the remote control worth the $50 extra? I’m not really sure. Personally I feel that this remote should have been the one included in the box and the Shield controller should have been the extra accessory. Having said that the remote, as i said, is amazing and would happily part with the money in order to get the most out of my media player.