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Yeah I saw that, expensive or what? 5555555.  $372 for a $199 item.  I know some people wouldn't be able to do this but even with the UK's ludicrous $1 = £1 exchange rate on Amazon it'd STILL be cheaper me importing from there, even with the P&P on top (at £15), but I'd have to do that via a relative. It'd still only cost me $257 all in.

 

 I also notice that when you look at Thai Nexus Man, the Shield TV has been removed from the product line up.  It was there at 9,900.  When I queried last time he said stock was due around mid-April.  I did suggest folks might be a bit peeved if they'd gone through the order process and paid only to find they need wait two months (as I would have had to) rather than use another channel.  Maybe he's taken the listing down until he's got stock, or stopped selling them?

 

I just checked Amazon USA again (worried the 'Ships to Thailand' result a couple of days ago might have been a glitch) and the costs are for the 16GB version (converted by Amazon when using a Thai payment card):

 

Shield:                                    7,624

P&P:                                            898

Import fees pre-payment:   3,487

Total                            11,650

 

REALLY good price IF you don't end up paying the import deposit (or at least get part, or hopefully even most, of it back).  I know folks who have ordered other items and got the whole lot back.  Around a 50% mark up if you get hit for the lot though but still around 1,000 less than Lazada.  I'd seen reference (and complaints) before that the Amazon pre-paid customs deposit had gone up to 50% now.  That's a bit steep IMO!  With that kind of money I think I'd rather be dealing with Amazon too in the event of a DOA or non delivery.  Probably being overly cautious.

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The NVidia Shield is available in Thailand though Lazada.
 
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Streaming Media Player for 12,800 baht.
 
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro - 500GB for 14,900 baht.


These are the 2017 models?
Is it worth to take the Pro for 2,100b extra? What is the main difference between them?

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Here and here are reviews of the 2017 NVidia Shield.

 

It would appear that the only difference between the two models is the memory: 15GB vs 500GB.

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Thanks. Also just checked on internet too. Look good.I guess it is only available on Lazada and not anywhere else in Thailand (Fortune tower...).
I have a minix neo U1 already but my wife like to use it at home. I bought it especially for my travels but i have to leave it at home now for my wife. I also bought a minix Z83-4 (windows) but i find it little bit useless at it seems to be only a mini pc.
If i find a Nvidia available in Thailand, i will buy it now. On Lazada, delivery won't happen before the end of the month and i will be probably away already

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41 minutes ago, Jai Dee said:

Here and here are reviews of the 2017 NVidia Shield.

 

It would appear that the only difference between the two models is the memory: 15GB vs 500GB.

Little bit more than that.  The Pro has a Micro SD slot (but the Shield can use a USB drive via it's USB 3.0 ports too) and Micro USB, but nothing that would sway me to buy the Pro.  More useful if you're a heavy gamer I guess.

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Im edging closer to purchasing the Shield.

 

Apparently the Minix A2-Lite air mouse works well with it. (don't need voice commands and all that bollux)

 

All I need is the standard film and tv apps, kodi and a couple of other media players…that's it.

 

Just wish they had 3 usb ports instead of two.

 

And I will have to side load nearly all my favourite apks.

 

But otherwise looks good to go.

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I'm edging closer to purchasing the Shield.   Apparently the Minix A2-Lite air mouse works well with it. (Don't need voice commands and all that bullocks)  

All I need is the standard film and tv apps, code and a couple of other media players… that's it.

 

Just wish they had 3 USB ports instead of two.

 

And I will have to side load nearly all my favourite alpacas.

 

But otherwise looks good to go.

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I picked up a Shield on Amazon (free delivery to Sydney, collected it when visiting family and made sure to get the international charge pack, additional cost). Have not used the keyboard or mouse as it runs smoothly with the supplied controls (game & hand held). I have installed the Titanium build on Kodi and some IPTV on SPMC, sideloaded all the APKS I ever wanted, its the best box, I have come across. Nothing comes close to it on the market at the moment for speed and reliability. I have expanded the memory through using a USB port, so I know where you're coming from about having another USB port.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Daryle said:

I picked up a Shield on Amazon (free delivery to Sydney, collected it when visiting family and made sure to get the international charge pack, additional cost). Have not used the keyboard or mouse as it runs smoothly with the supplied controls (game & hand held). I have installed the Titanium build on Kodi and some IPTV on SPMC, sideloaded all the APKS I ever wanted, its the best box, I have come across. Nothing comes close to it on the market at the moment for speed and reliability. I have expanded the memory through using a USB port, so I know where you're coming from about having another USB port.

Sold!!!  I was close on pulling the trigger anyway.  Ordered .  :partytime2:  I'll be using the A2 Lite too, there's problems with the A2 taking over the audio AFAIK.  Even without that problem I find the Enter and Mute buttons on the Lite much more use than Microphone and Settings.

 

The U9 will go in the bedroom.  The Fire TV will go in it's box as a spare.  

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Cheers. I'll have a look at those. Joy eh. Doubtless I'll have a dozen or so other sites to look at to get up to speed with the Shield. Enjoyable but they sure do suck the time out of your days 5555.


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2 hours ago, JHolmesJr said:

you might want this if you side load apks

 

https://www.htpcbeginner.com/nvidia-shield-tv-launchers/

I'll keep those in mind.  For Android I tend to keep a standard back-up of a set up of both Nova Launcher and Square Home Tablet that I use in place of stock launchers.  AFAIK Nova and Square will run on the STV so I'll likely try and stick with those.  I'll put up a couple of screen shots of the home screens on my current U9 over the next day or so.

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Looks like the NVidia Shield is back up at Thai Nexus Man (either that or it was before and I was looking in the wrong place.  Could have sworn it had it's own sub-section before - now it's under Android TV and Chromecast).  Not sure if he's got stock yet.  Messaged him but waiting for a reply.  At 9,900 for the 16GB it would be the cheapest option around unless you order direct from Amazon US AND don't get hit for the full Customs deposit.  Lazada would be the last option I'd use I think, simply because of the price.

 

I've never ordered from TNM but I've see the site recommended by others who have ordered and been happy with the goods and service.  I'm less reluctant to take risks though with suppliers I don't know once the price is up above 2-3k and where the goods need to be paid for before delivery.  That's where the Lazada COD option might be useful (if it's available for the Shield) but it's sure not worth a 6,000 baht price hike on the Amazon standard price or even on the cost, even including delivery, from Amazon or TNM, not for me anyways. Too late for me now though.  Trigger pulled on Amazon already, loading the gun up now to play Russian roulette on that Customs deposit.

 

TNM link: https://www.thainexusman.com/en/product/381/nvidia-shield-android-tv

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One thing that DOES concern me a bit with the Shield is some reported (and as yet, seemingly unfixed) frame stuttering with Plex and Netflix:

 

https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/990328/shield-tv/netflix-random-frame-skips-2015-after-5-0-2-2017-with-5-1-/1/

 

Had a bit of a panic when I first saw it BUT luckily, as far as I could see, it was affecting the 2015 Shield (which some people are still buying in light of the  discounted prices available and with the remote thrown in too where dealers have stock) only, reading it through though it seems some 2017 Pros were affected too. Seems like it's not affecting everyone even then and, from what I can see from a speed read through last night, primarily relates to manual setting of refresh rates at 23.976hz.  

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Picked up my Shield yesterday. Opted to pick one up from Thai Nexus Man (easy enough in BKK if you're near to a BTS as goods can be picked from them near BTS Krungthonburi) at a cost of 9,900. Guess I paid about 1,300 over the odds IF Customs didn't take any import charges and IF I got the refund from Amazon. If I got hit with a 1,000 baht from Customs the price would be just a few hundred baht over, if I got taken for the full deposit at Amazon, around 2,000 baht less so I figured it was worth the roll of the dice in this case, plus I was able to get it NOW and inspect it (NISB), including making sure it wasn't a DOA unit.

There's been quite a lot of complaints about Amazon recently with racking their Customs deposits up to 50% of the value of the goods AND with a lot of customers on their forums complaining that they aren't getting their deposits back at all, even after no charges being levied. Not sure what the score is with that but in this case I figured I'd rather get the device for 9,900 rather than the 11,700 I could have ended up paying.

Thai Nexus Man seems to specialise in all things Google and the price for the Shield is surprisingly good for LOS IMO. They are also selling them on Lazada for 10,900 with COD. Pricier still but a good option if you don't live in BKK and don't fancy risking getting stung for the full Amazon deposit. At their old 15% rate ordering from them would need a no brainier but at 50%! Plus you do have the risk of a DOA. Sure they'd sort it out but it'd be a hassle. DOAs are rare I guess but they do happen.

Looking forward to setting up today, hence the early rise :)


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 Hmmmm. Trying to quote the USB post here but something seems to be screwed up with the formatting of it. Had it a lot with quotes just lately, especially with Tapatalk, and trying to sort it out on a touch device is such a bitch I just give up.

 

Out of interest, what USB storage option are you using? I've been having a read through about all the Nvidia recommended USB thumb drives folks are using but finding they are getting hot and/or getting ejected by the device. Consensus seems to be that, recommended or not, the thumb drives are just not up to getting the activity they get off of a Shield and can't cope. Much as I'd prefer there not to be yet ANOTHER box around I'm thinking of going with something like a small 500GB Seagate Back Up Plus at around 1,600. I've always found them reliable and they're not far off the price of the 128/256 thumb drives anyway. They'd sure be able to take the use they'd get too, being full blown HDDs. I was even looking at a 256 GB SSD in a USB 3 Enclosure but I'm thinking that'd be overkill.

 

 

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