Toshiba Encore

73
Engadget
Score
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Toshiba Encore review: an 8-inch Windows tablet that struggles to stand out

Summary

The Encore is a jack-of-all-trades, and master of none; while there are few things it does badly, it's not so good in any one area that you'd choose it over other small Windows tablets.

from $236.99+
Pros
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Bright display
  • Includes a micro-HDMI port -- a rarity on 8-inch Windows tablets
Cons
  • No clear edge over the competition
  • Finicky hardware buttons
  • Terrible rear camera
Toshiba Encore review: an 8-inch Windows tablet that struggles to stand out

Toshiba is no stranger to Windows tablets, but what we've seen to date has typically been targeted at businesses or has otherwise been... limited. In that sense, the Encore is something special. It's not just the company's first 8-inch Windows tablet -- it's the first aimed at a truly broad audience. That said, it faces stiff odds. Acer, Dell, Lenovo and others have comparable slates on the market, in many cases with similar features. Toshiba would have to do something truly out of the ordinary to stand out. And frankly, it doesn't. While the Encore is a worthy device, you'll have to be particularly enamored with its design to ignore its rivals. Read on to see what we mean.

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Scores

Engadget

73
 

Breakdown

Expandability
7.5
Design and form factor
6.7
Portability (size / weight)
6.3
Speed and features
6.0
Display
6.5
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Specs

Encore

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.86 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to14 hour
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Specs

Encore

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.86 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to14 hour
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