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Toshiba Encore Series

Toshiba Encore 2 WT8-B264

The Toshiba Encore is Toshiba's first 8 inch Windows tablet and it's priced to fit within tight budgets. This device reportedly benefits from Toshiba working with Microsoft to ensure that the tablet is optimized to work with Windows 8.1. It was also designed to be optimal for Skype use with dual-array microphones and noise reduction. One attractive prospect is the free Office Home & Student 2013 that comes pre-installed. All these factors considered, along with the 8 MP camera and a good selection of ports mean that this device is versatile and can be used for a variety of business, productivity and entertainment uses. For those who find the 8 inch screen a bit too small for word processing, the micro HDMI port will allow users to hook this device up to an external monitor.

Powered by Intel's latest quad core Bay Trail Atom processor - on paper- this looks like a potentially great device. With a standard 1280 x 800 IPS multitouch display and 32GB of storage (which can be expanded with a microSD) there's nothing spectacularly different about this device when compared to other similar machines, other than the updated processor, but it is cheaper than most others. Weighing in at 0.48 kg, the 8 incher should work well for one handed use. The design is a low key affair in matte silver. For those in the market for a pocket sized Windows 8.1 device, the Toshiba Encore could be the one to beat.

Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F, Intel Atom Z3735G, Intel Atom Z3740, Intel Atom Z3770
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 7.0 inch, 8.0 inch, 10.1 inch
Weight: 0.36kg, 0.372kg, 0.45kg, 0.5kg, 0.63kg
Price: 200, 300, 400 euro
Average Score: 70.12% - average
Average of 17 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: 61%, performance: 61%, features: 68%, display: 78%
mobility: 84%, workmanship: 69%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 94%

 

Toshiba Encore

Specifications

Toshiba EncoreNotebook: Toshiba Encore
Processor: Intel Atom Z3770
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 8.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.5kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 67% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)

 

Toshiba Encore, hands-on: Windows 8.1 to go
Source: Zdnet.com English
Toshiba's 8-inch Encore can run legacy desktop Windows apps, although you may find them difficult to work with on such a small screen. Performance could be better, but the price is attractive and battery life impressive. Toshiba has not been able to make the Encore particularly thin or light, and the screen bezel is fairly large, so that overall this is a relatively big device for an 8-inch tablet. It measures 213mm by 135.9mm by 10.68mm and weighs 445g. Compare it to the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, which comes in at 209.8mm by 123.8mm by 7.4mm and 314g, and it's clear how relatively chunky the Encore is. Even so, it's obviously a lot smaller and lighter than a notebook, and the build feels solid.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/05/2014
Toshiba Encore: The Windows 8.1 tablet that might catch on
Source: Reg Hardware English
As a pure tablet, the Encore leaves a few things to be desired. Physically it’s heavy, thick and a bit ugly when compared to the likes of the Nexus 7 and iPad mini. Furthermore, the paucity of touch-optimised apps in the Windows store, compared to to iOS and Android, is still an issue. Certainly, if Toshiba forgot to ask for this one back, I could see it quickly replacing the HP Pavilion dm1 as my backup and travel PC and my Nexus 7 as my go-to tablet. With my Android Moto G and a Windows 8.1 Encore, I’d be covered for all eventualities.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/21/2014
60% Toshiba Encore review
Source: Expert Reviews English
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. As it has no full-size USB ports you’ll struggle to connect your existing peripherals, and if you just want a tablet for web browsing you may be better off with an Android tablet such as the LG G Pad 8.3 instead.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Toshiba Encore
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Toshiba Encore is a speedy Windows 8.1 tablet with handy apps, good performance and long battery life. This is also the only tablet in its class with a microHDMI port. However, the Encore has a bulkier design and a dimmer screen than the Lenovo Miix 8, our favorite 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet thus far.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/23/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Toshiba Encore review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Overall, the Encore is an interesting device that somehow crams a fully working Windows PC into an 8in tablet capable of being held comfortably in one hand. On the other hand, the Encore's battery life is comparable with iOS and Android tablets, which means that for those who prefer Windows, it could be a compelling companion device for a laptop or desktop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
50% Toshiba Encore review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
In theory, the Encore at £250 has much to offer. It’s an affordable 8-inch tablet with all-day battery life and has access to a full version of Windows 8 including Microsoft Office. In reality, certain aspects of Microsoft’s operating system just don’t work on such a small device. Trying to use it in a traditional Windows way is far too frustrating and buying a Bluetooth keyboard is the only way you will get great use of having Office access. The buggy, unresponsive performance we endured did not disappear even with our second review model, so it makes it difficult to recommend.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2013
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 50% features: 80% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 50%
Kompaktes Windows 8.1-Tablet für 299 Euro
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: 8'' tablet; microsoft; comfortable handling
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/09/2013
75% Recenzja tabletu Toshiba Encore
Source: Tablety Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
Toshiba Encore – test 8-calowca z systemem Windows oraz procesorem Atom Z3740
Source: PC Lab.pl Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Windows operating system; long battery life; fine screen; pretty good quality. Negative: Thick; price; no tablet dock.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/09/2014

 

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102

Specifications

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102Notebook: Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Processor: Intel Atom Z3740
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 8.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.45kg
Price: 300 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 70.88% - average
Average of 8 scores (from 11 reviews)

 

80% Review Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102 Tablet | Notebookcheck
Big promises. Toshiba’s Encore WT8-A-102 is an exciting new Windows tablet with enough mobility and high-quality hardware to potentially threaten the current market leaders. But is it a success? We put the tablet through an extensive series of tests to find out.
Toshiba Encore review: an 8-inch Windows tablet that struggles to stand out
Source: Engadget English
You might think we're down on the Encore based on the complaints littered throughout the review, but that's not true. We genuinely enjoyed our time with it, and it's safe to recommend if you can snag one at bargain-basement pricing. The battery life and performance are up to snuff, and there are no cavernous holes in the feature set -- so long as you weren't expecting an imaging powerhouse, anyway.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/31/2014
70% Toshiba Encore 8 review: Good cameras and HDMI-out in a chunky chassis
Source: PC World English
There’s a disappointing degree of uniformity in the Windows tablet market. Nearly all the devices use the same processor, feature the same-resolution display, and deliver the same amount of memory and storage. So I’m happy to see Toshiba's differentiating its Encore 8 by providing a mini-HDMI port and boosting the resolution of its rear camera to 8 megapixels. Unfortunately, this 8-inch tablet also stands out by being thicker and heavier than its competition.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
83% Toshiba Encore review
Source: PC Pro English
Stylus or no, however, the Toshiba Encore is still significantly cheaper than both its main rivals, it (mostly) matches both for performance, and packs in all the connectivity you need to turn it into a lightweight mobile workhorse. With a full copy of Office 2013 Home & Student onboard as well, it's a bona fide bargain.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 67% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
50% Toshiba Encore review A Windows desktop in the palm of your hand
Source: Techradar English
Overall the Toshiba Encore is a decent tablet, that will either be a good buy or a waste of money, depending on what you want to use it for. For browsing the internet, checking Windows 8 apps, watching media and even writing a few notes in Microsoft Word (the Toshiba Encore comes with a full copy of Microsoft Office), then it's not a bad little tablet. However, if you're looking for a tablet that matches the build quality of Apple's finest, whilst also being robust enough to run full Windows 8 programs, then you're going to be disappointed.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 60% performance: 40% features: 60%
65% Toshiba Encore Windows 8 Tablet Review
Source: Techspot English
Toshiba’s first foray into the world of 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets isn’t the fantastic product the company was hoping for. The drab, chubby design is particularly uninspired, failing to make an impression up against slimmer and more portable competition. The inclusion of an HFFS display is interesting, although its overall quality falls behind IPS-type panels, not to mention the disappointing resolution. If you value Windows 8.1 support more than anything, you may find these sub-$300 tablet to look like a bargain. Note however that using desktop apps and typical productivity software like Office is somewhat challenging in this form factor (unless you plan to add a keyboard). If that's your primary intention you may be better served by hybrid PC like the Asus Transformer Book we recently tested.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 65%
50% Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102 review: attractive Windows 8 tablet on the face of it, but closer inspection suggests otherwise
Source: PC Advisor English
Just £250 for a portable PC that can run Windows may seem like an attractive idea, but our experience did not back up that proposition. Toshiba has used a cheap and slow processor to hit both price point and thermal design constraints, making a tablet that lurches rather than zips under your control. Battery life is usable if unremarkable. The familiar Windows interface is clearly not designed to work on this size screen through touch control, leaving you with just a moribund Metro interface.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 50% performance: 40% features: 60% workmanship: 70%
74% Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Source: Connect - Heft 4/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 74%
85% Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% features: 83% display: 80%
90% Günstiges Intel Atom Bay-Trail Tablet
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 95% display: 90% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 90%
Review: Toshiba Encore WT8 con procesador Intel Bay Trail
Source: Hispazone Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful and efficient Intel processor; MicroSD slot; well made case; decent quality of the front webcam; good IPS display. Negative: Mediocre design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/09/2014
Toshiba Encore tablet Windows 8.1-gyel
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Micro HDMI; dual-band Wi-Fi; good battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2014

 

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-103

Specifications

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-103Notebook: Toshiba Encore WT8-A-103
Processor: Intel Atom Z3740
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 8.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.45kg
Price: 400 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Encore WT8-A-103 (Model)

 

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-103
Source: c't - Heft 9/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/16/2014

 

Toshiba Encore 2 10.1 inch

The Toshiba Encore 2 from the Encore series features an Intel Atom Z3735G, which is a 64-Bit microprocessor designed to run basic functions. It is often used in small budget notebooks and consumes very little power. This particular processor is quad-core and can clock up to 1.83 GHz.

The Encore 2 runs Windows 8.1 and Office 365, which should be more than enough for the average user. It should be noted that Office 365 has a one-year limit. The 10.1 inch device is sturdy and very light at only 0.63 kg (1.2 pounds). The display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and a 149 ppi pixel density. The Encore 2 has wide viewing angles and features vivid colors and crisp details.

The faux-aluminium case looks pleasing and gives it a more expensive look. In addition, the Encore features a 5 megapixels primary camera with autofocus and a 1.2 megapixel front camera. This may not be high quality enough for some avid picture takers.

It has 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal memory. The memory can be expanded to up to 128GB. The device can be used to run multiple tasks simultaneously without lagging. However, don't expect it to run too many at once with 1 GB of RAM. It can last up to 7 hours while connected to WiFi, which is decent for a notebook.

Specifications

Toshiba Encore 2 10.1 inchNotebook: Toshiba Encore 2 10.1 inch
Processor: Intel Atom Z3735G
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.63kg
Price: 300 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

70% Toshiba Encore 2 review
Source: Pocket Lint English
In terms of an affordable 10-inch full Windows 8.1 tablet there's plenty of good to be taken away from the Encore 2, making it a genuinely viable purchase. The screen provides good angles of view with limited reflective qualities, while the new slim build is a step forward for the series. Add microSD expansion for easy file transfer between devices, Microsoft Office and - should you want to buy one - an optional keyboard and the Encore 2 would be our preference ahead of a Chromebook. But it's not a leap forward in the way it could have been - and budget Chromebooks are short of the mark, so hardly shining praise.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Toshiba Encore 2 review: This Windows 8 tablet goes easy on your wallet
Source: PC World English
Full-featured Windows tablets, such as the aforementioned Dell and Lenovo models, can replace a notebook (provided you add peripherals such as a Bluetooth keyboard). I can’t envision Toshiba’s Encore 2 that way—it’s more of a companion device for very light productivity and entertainment.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Toshiba Encore 2
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Toshiba Encore 2 is an attractive choice if you're looking for an affordable 10-inch Windows tablet. For just $269, you get a slim and well-designed slate that runs Windows 8.1 with just enough horsepower to handle word processing, browsing the Web and streaming music simultaneously. A one-year subscription to Office 365 makes it an even better deal.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

Toshiba Encore Mini WT7-C16

Specifications

Toshiba Encore Mini WT7-C16Notebook: Toshiba Encore Mini WT7-C16
Processor: Intel Atom Z3735G
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 7.0 inch, 16:10, 1024x600 pixels
Weight: 0.36kg
Price: 200 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Encore Mini WT7-C16 (Model)

 

Toshiba Encore Mini hands-on review: 7in Windows 8.1 tablet is cheap but almost unusable
Source: PC Advisor English
Toshiba's Encore Mini is likely to be the cheapest Windows 8.1 tablet you can buy, but that doesn't mean you should buy it. 7in really is too small for the software we know and enjoy, and we're sure that anyone keen to get Windows 8.1 on a tablet will be disappointed with this one and find that it's almost unusable, so we'd recommend putting your £99 to better use and saving up a bit of extra cash for a Windows 8.1 tablet with a 10in screen or above.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/07/2014

 

Toshiba Encore 2 WT8-B264

Specifications

Toshiba Encore 2 WT8-B264Notebook: Toshiba Encore 2 WT8-B264
Processor: Intel Atom Z3735F
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
Display: 8.0 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels
Weight: 0.372kg
Price: 300 euro
Links: Toshiba homepage
 Toshiba notebook section
 Encore 2 WT8-B264 (Model)

 

Review: Toshiba Encore 2
Source: Gizmag English
If you're already invested in the Windows ecosystem, or just want to get a feel for the Modern UI, this is a device to consider. Overall it's an affordable Wi-Fi-only tablet for media consumption, web browsing, and playing games. Just keep in mind that you won't be productive with it ... but then again, how productive are we with tablets anyway?
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/04/2014

 

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Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a multinational conglomerate manufacturing company, headquartered in Japan. The company's main business is in Infrastructure, Consumer Products, and Electronic devices and components. Toshiba-made Semiconductors are among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders. Toshiba is one of the biggest international notebook-manufacturer. There exist many reviews for Toshiba models.

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Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail):

Integrated GPU for tablet and notebook Bay Trail SoCs. Based on the Ivy Bridge GPU with four Execution Units and support for DirectX 11.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).

Z3770: Soc with an integrated quad core Atom processor clocked at 1.46 - 2.4 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a dual channel LPDDR3-1067 memory controller.

Z3740: Soc with an integrated quad core Atom processor clocked at up to 1.86 GHz (Turbo), an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a dual channel LPDDR3-1067 memory controller.

Z3735G: SoC with an integrated quad-core Atom processor clocked up to 1.83 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a single channel (32 bit) DDR3L-RS-1333 memory controller.

Z3735F: SoC with an integrated quad-core Atom processor clocked up to 1.83 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and a single channel DDR3L-RS-1333 memory controller.


7.0: This is one of the smallest formats, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.

8.0: This is a very small format, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.

10.1: The netbook/subnotebook has a quite small display format. Nonetheless, it is a common format for netbooks. The advantage is, that the subnotebook/netbook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes. It is difficult to use high resolutions.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.36 kg:

This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

0.63 kg:


70.12%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» Acer Iconia One 8
Atom Z3735G
» Lenovo Tab S8
Atom Z3745
» Acer Iconia Tab 8 W
Atom Z3735G
» Asus VivoTab Note 8
Atom Z3740
» Lenovo Miix 2 8
Atom Z3740
» Dell Venue 8 Pro
Atom Z3740D
» Toshiba Encore
Atom Z3770

Devices with the same GPU

» Acer Chromebook CB3-111-C61U
Celeron N2830, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Prestigio Multipad Visconte 3 3G
Atom Z3735F, 10.1", 0.681 kg
» Acer Extensa 2509-P3ZG
Pentium N3530, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Pro NB10-A-10P
Pentium N3510, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Acer Aspire E3-111-C37U
Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1310
Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Lenovo G40-80FY005BUS
Celeron N2830, 14.0", 2.1 kg
» HP Stream 11-d001dx
Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.2 kg
» Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
Atom Z3735F, 11.6", 0.98 kg
» Acer CB3-111
Celeron N2840, 11.6", 1.25 kg
» Dell Inspiron 15-3531
Celeron N2830, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Asus Transformer Book T200TA-CP003H
Atom Z3775, 11.6", 1.6 kg
» Acer Aspire E5-511
Pentium N3530, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
Atom Z3745, 13.3", 0.95 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-12-31 (Update: 2013-12-31)