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73
Engadget
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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

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Engadget Review

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.

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
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Scores

Engadget

73
 

User Reviews

90
sambartle
A great tablet, at a fantastic price, with unexpected performance.The screen...read more
90
owlman
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
bubica1992
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Tablet
Form factor
Slate
Screen size
822
Screen resolution
1280 x 800
Bundled OS
Windows
CPU family
Atom
Processor speed
1.8619
System RAM
21
Video outputs
HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to 1420
Model

General

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Atom) (Z3740)
Processor speed
1.86 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
No
Video outputs
HDMI

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1333)

Environmental

System cooling
Passive

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
No
Case lighting
No
WiDi
No
NFC
No
Screen size
8 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 800
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
2 KB L2 cache
2 GB (system)
32 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 14 hours
Battery type
Li-ion

Input

Keyboard
No

Connections

Thunderbolt
No
FireWire / 1394
No

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (MicroSD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No