Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a bundle that pairs a Google Home Mini smart speaker with Nvidia’s Shield media streamer at no extra cost.
The deal applies to the standard Shield variant, which costs $179, as well as the $199 version that comes with the streamer’s dedicated gaming controller, if you have any interest in using Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service. We’ve seen all manner of discounts on the Home Mini in recent months, but it normally goes for $49.
The Shield itself isn’t for everyone in a world where Roku and Amazon are selling 4K HDR streamers for $50. But if you’re not an Apple user, it’s still arguably the best streamer on the market for power users. The Shield has no Dolby Vision, but there is 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos support, and its performance is still admirable in 2018. It particularly shines with local file playback, and it can serve as its own Plex server, if you’re into that. The game streaming is a nice bonus, and while Android TV still has its cluttered spots, it’s simple enough to get around, and Nvidia has continuously supported the device with software updates. The Home Mini, meanwhile, is still capable if you’re on the Google Assistant train and can now turn on the Shield with voice commands.