Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: All things considered, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 is a relatively high-performance device. We knew from our experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming device that the Tegra 4 SoC has the potential to be one of the better performing mobile processors on the market. The SHIELD, however, is actively cooled and has a much different form factor than a typical slate. The Tegra 4 is passively cooled in the Tegra Note 7, and is crammed into a thin and light 7" tablet form factor. As a result, the SoC can't hit peak frequencies quite as high as the SHIELD (1.8GHz vs. 1.9GHz), but that didn't hold the Tegra Note 7 back very much. In a few of the CPU-centric and system level tests, the Tegra Note 7 finished at or near the head of the pack, and in the graphics benchmarks, its 72-core GeForce GPU competed very well, and often allowed the Tegra Note 7 to outpace much more expensive devices.
We should be clear that he EVGA Tegra Note 7 is not an ultra-premium device, outfitted with exotic materials, and an equally exotic price tag. The Tegra Note 7 is a sub-$200 product ($199 to be exact) that doesn't have a high-DPI screen and lacks 5GHz WiFi, but it does so many things right that it is absolutely worthy of consideration if you're looking for a tablet in this form factor. First of all, the stylus is a definite value-add that works very well. We also dig the clean installation of Android, the speakers on the Tegra Note 7 are excellent, the device feels snappy overall, and the wealth of Tegra optimized games and Bluetooth controller support are pluses too. The Tegra Note 7's storage capacity is also expandable thanks to its micro-SD card slot and NVIDIA seems intent on aggressively adding new features through software updates. If the SHIELD is an indicator, lots of good stuff should be coming the Tegra Note's way in the future.
It is not without its imperfections, but for the money, the EVGA Tegra Note 7 is a great device. If you don't mind the lack of a high-DPI display and are content with sacrificing some battery life versus some more expensive products in this class, the Tegra Note 7 is a fine choice.