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An 8-inch Windows tablet that struggles to stand out

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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.

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Critic reviews

6.9
12 reviews
  • Speed and features
    6.1
  • Design and form factor
    6.8
  • Battery life
    7.1
  • Display
    6.7
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    7.8
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  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.5

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8.3
3 reviews
7.0
Engadget Mar 31, 2014

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.

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8.0
PC Mag Feb 19, 2014

The Toshiba Encore isn't the first 8-inch Windows tablet we've seen, nor is it the best of the bunch, but this little tablet still manages to offer solid performance, nearly nine hours of battery life, and comes in at a very affordable price.

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7.0
CNET Feb 10, 2014

The Toshiba Encore 8 offers a lot for its price, but the more appealing Dell Venue 8 Pro is a cheaper and sleeker alternative.

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7.0
PC World Mar 13, 2014

Toshiba's Encore 8 packs some nice extras compared to rival 8-inch Windows tablets, but it's thicker and heavier than the competition.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint May 15, 2014

Go on Toshiba, get adventurous with the next generation device rather than playing it safe and budget. We'd like more, but not more of the same like the Encore's product name might suggest. It's more elevator jazz than A-list band. Nothing wrong with that, but it is what it is.

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9.0
PC Pro Mar 14, 2014

The first compact Windows 8 tablet we'd seriously consider buying, packing in usable performance and a generous software bundle for a very tempting price.

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6.0
Computer Shopper Feb 19, 2014

If battery life matters most to you, the Encore is a decent choice among 8-inch Windows tablets, but its weight and physical design make it feel like an older model.

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5.0
TrustedReviews Jan 23, 2014

The Toshiba Encore is a Windows 8.1 tablet with more bad points than good so the search for a great small, standalone Windows tablet goes on.

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5.0
TechRadar Mar 10, 2014

It's with somewhat of a heavy heart that we have to report that our search for a Windows 8 tablet saviour continues, with the Toshiba Encore falling short of a number of expectations.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Jan 15, 2014

Its manufacturing quality is good, it offers a respectable range of connectivity options, and the included Microsoft Office Home & Students package gives it a great price-performance ratio.

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6.0
Expert Reviews Jan 19, 2014

The Encore is a compact means of enjoying Windows 8.1, and it’s also relatively cheap, but unlike some Windows tablets that are 10in or larger, we can’t see the Encore replacing your laptop.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 5, 2013

Toshiba just entered the fray with the Encore, an 8-inch tablet that manages to be even cheaper than Acer's W3. Like the W3, it runs on an Atom processor, but because Toshiba waited longer it got to use one of Intel's new quad-core Bay Trail chips.

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ZDNet Mar 5, 2014

Clearly the Toshiba Encore doesn't have potential to be a notebook replacement for many people. But the Encore may well appeal as a companion device if you can live with the small, tight screen and if your work is largely cloud-based.

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SlashGear Sep 5, 2013

Clicking into the Windows 8.1 desktop still looks a little strange on an 8-inch screen, but the Toshiba is surprisingly usable: the on-screen keyboard is actually well scaled for your fingers, though it does dominate the real-estate on offer.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 9, 2013

We found the tablet was quick to react when we were playing with it, so hopefully that will mean good things for all its accompanying features.

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TechRadar Sep 5, 2013

We're still not sure that 8 inches is really deserving of Windows 8.1. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should and it'll be interesting to see whether or not this can convince the market, as Acer doesn't seem to be doing the trick right now.

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TrustedReviews Sep 9, 2013

The Toshiba Encore underwhelms in the design department, and has sluggish performance to match. Simply swiping through the tiled interface and launching applications was very slow.

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The Verge Sep 5, 2013

While Bay Trail promises better performance for Atom processors, on the model I got to use the device was less than usable. Toshiba assures me that the unit isn't final and that driver optimizations and even slight hardware tweaks will be made before it ships

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PocketNow Sep 5, 2013

Early this morning we caught wind of the Toshiba Encore, the latest eight-inch Windows 8 tablet to go official. While not the first tablet running such software in that form factor, running an Intel Bay Trail Atom sure could give it a leg up on the competition.

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9.0
sambartle sambartle

A great tablet, at a fantastic price, with unexpected performance. The screen is excellent (as long as you can ignore the touch matrix which is visible on some light backgrounds), sound is loud and stereo, the cameras are both good enough. The hardware also included GPS (GNSS), and Bluetooth....

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