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Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102


Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102 (Encore Series)
Intel Atom Z3740 4 x 1.3 - 1.9 GHz, Bay Trail-T
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 667 MHz, Shared memory,
2048 MB 
, 2 GB LPDDR3, 1066 MHz, not upgradeable
8.00 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel, Capacitive touchscreen, MS-9003 Malta-0925, IPS LED, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 11.1 GB free
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Combined headphone/microphone jack, Card Reader: SDHC/ SDXC (with UHS-I support), Sensors: GPS, Brightness sensor, Position sensor
Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.0 + LE
height x width x depth (in mm): 11 x 213 x 136 ( = 0.43 x 8.39 x 5.35 in)
20 Wh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 14.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 32 Bit
Webcam: Rear: 8 MP, Front: 2 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Microsoft Office Home & Students (full version), 12 Months Warranty
450 g ( = 15.87 oz / 0.99 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
300 Euro



Average Score: 71.89% - average
Average of 9 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 64%, performance: 63%, features: 66%, display: 84% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102

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 version
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 version
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 version
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 version
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 version
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: Tech Advisor English version
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%

Foreign Reviews

74% Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Source: Connect - Heft 4/2014 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 74%
85% Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN version
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 version
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 version
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: HU→EN version
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.

» 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).

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 format is in the mid-range for smartphones. It offers a compromise between good visibility, details and resolution on the screen, and you can still fit it into trouser pockets.

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

Toshiba: Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese conglomerate or technology group. The company was established in 1939 and in 1978 Toshiba became the official company name. The company's products and services include power, industrial and social infrastructure systems, elevators and escalators, electronic components, semiconductors, hard drives, printers, batteries, lighting, logistics and information technology. Toshiba was one of the largest manufacturers of personal computers, consumer electronics, home appliances and medical equipment.

71.89%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2014-01-21 (Update: 2014-01-21)