There is a $329 special at present for the
nVidia Shield TV 16GB
Do you think you would wait for the pro?
Is it that much better diffrent?
Are these really worth the 3 times the price of a good android tv box?
Is the $329 special the Shield at computerlounge?
If so, I would hold out for the new Shields or get them off amazon.
I had a MI Box and found it a bit little bit under powered for what I was doing.
It did the basics fine but at the time I switched to a Shield TV (2017 16GB model) it was a couple of OS versions behind (OS is now updated).
The In-Laws have it now and it works fine for them (netflix/youtube/Live TV via Kodi)
The shield is much better supported with Amazon Prime apps etc and gets frequent updates.
Biggest problem has always been the slim remote - there's lots of internet comments about how buggy it can be.
Rough price on amazon at the moment is NZ$242+shipping etc for the base model and NZ$323etc for the pro.
Both of these have a better CPU and a better feature set including AI picture upscaling. the remote looks better is reportedly works far better as well.
The base model has 2GB ram, 8GB storage, and microsd slot for additional storage. the pro has 3GB ram, 16GB storage, and USB slots (no microsd) for extra storage. I don't think there's much difference otherwise.
Fire TV from amazon could be another option.
NightStalker pretty much covered all the bases; one other thing of note is the 2019 Shield gets Dolby Vision support as well. Not a biggie unless you have the right setup for it, but unless the new one comes in at a horrendous premium over the old one, you might as well get the newer one. I saw one random article back in October that said they will launch in the AU/NZ market in "the coming months", but I guess we will see how reliable that is.
However, if you do end up looking at the 2017 Shield and don't need the gaming controller, then maybe look at the remote only pack; it goes for $308 normally, but has been down to $249 in the last couple of months.
If you haven't already and don't mind Apple products, you could look at the Apple TV 4K as well. The price is comparable to the non-gaming Shield and I have heard the streaming experience is as good, it just doesn't have the latter's local media streaming capabilities.