Can You Really Use the Nvidia Shield as a Desktop Replacement?
Peter Donnell / 10 months ago
Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing around with the Nvidia Shield quite a lot, I’ve reviewed it, I’ve used it to stream games around my house and I’ve pushed its limits as a games console emulator, so what else can it do? USB OTG is not exactly a new innovation, there are many mobile devices out that that use USB OTG, or USB On The Go. The feature allows you to plug-and-play a multitude of devices into a USB port on your device, in the case the Nvidia Shield, and use them much in the same way you can when plugging those devices into your PC. Having forgone the use of a tablet over the last few months, I now use the Shield and my Smartphone for many tasks, but I wanted to push the limits and see if I could not only game on it, but also work from it, much as I would from my Ultra Book or desktop PC.
With so many productivity applications now available for mobile devices, there are virtually no reasons you cannot complete most of the tasks you normally would from your desktop PC. Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Dropbox, a multitude of web browsers, multimedia applications and many more. This is helped further by the powerful internal components of the Sheild, most importantly being the Tegra 4 quad-core processors and 2GB of ram.
The Nvidia Shield comes fitted with a well equipped analogue controller, as well as a gorgeous 5″ touch screen that work great for most tasks. However, I’m going to need a few extra gadgets to help me get through my little thought project. First up is a microUSB (male) to full size USB (female) adaptor, allowing me to plug full size USB devices into the Shield. Then I’ll also have a 4-port USB hub, a USB memory stick, a USB keyboard and a USB mouse.
- Nvidia Shield
- TechGear microUSB to USB adaptor
- Rosewill 4-port USB hub
- Enermax DreamBass USB soundcard
- 8 GB Flash Drive
- Corsair K40 Keyboard
- Corsair M45 Mouse
Of course you can use any keyboard and mouse, or even Bluetooth connections, larger flash drives, or different USB adaptors. The idea of USB OTG is that most any plug and play USB device should work.