Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Average of 9 scores (from 11 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
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.
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
Source: PC World
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%
Source: PC Pro
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%
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%
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%
Source: PC Advisor
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%
Source: Connect - Heft 4/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 74%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 90% features: 83% display: 80%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2014
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 95% display: 90% mobility: 85% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Hispazone 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
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Micro HDMI; dual-band Wi-Fi; good battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/23/2014
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.
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.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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).
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.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This is pretty heavy for a smartphone. Usually, small tablets weigh as much.
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.
Toshiba is not present in the smartphone sector. As laptop manufacturer, Toshiba still had 6.6% of world market share in 2014. However it fell to only 1.6% in 2016, making only for the 8th place.
71.89%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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