In Short

NVIDIA launched the Shield Tablet K1 in November 2015, about 16 months after it released the original Shield Tablet. This isn’t actually an altogether new device, however — the Shield Tablet K1 is nearly identical to the original version.

The Shield Tablet K1 is physically almost the same, with a few minor cosmetic changes to remove some of the glossy hard plastic and replace it with soft touch material. On the inside, things are exactly the same as its predecessor — a Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (with an SD card slot) and an 8-inch 1920x1200 display.

So what exactly has changed? Well, NVIDIA has streamlined things a bit to drop the price from an original $299 to a brand new (and highly enticing) $199.

Some of the cost savings came from continuing to use the same components, but two other corners have also been cut. The Shield Tablet K1 no longer comes with a USB cable or power adapter in the box — you’ll have to use your own — and it also no longer has a stylus included. You can buy both accessories from NVIDIA, but now you have the choice.

The $100 savings on the base price opens you up to potentially pick up the $39 Shield Tablet Cover and $59 Shield Wireless Controller, which together turn the Shield Tablet K1 into quite a solid gaming device.