Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Toshiba Encore
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
Source: Reg Hardware
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
Source: Expert Reviews
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%
Source: Laptop Mag
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%
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%
Source: Trusted Reviews
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%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Positive: 8'' tablet; microsoft; comfortable handling
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/09/2013
Source: Tablety PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: PC Lab.pl 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
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).
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.» 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.
67%: 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.