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Toshiba Encore review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £250
inc VAT

Gives you Windows 8.1 in an 8in tablet, but Windows is fiddly to use with a touchscreen and the Encore lacks a full-sized USB port


8 in 1,280×800 display, 450g, 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2.00GB RAM, 64GB disk, Windows 8.1

Toshiba Encore Windows

Our main issue with the Encore is usability. Windows 8.1 is admittedly an improvement over previous versions of Microsoft’s operating system, but it still it isn’t best suited to touchscreens. The Start screen and full-screen apps are easy enough to use, but as soon as you switch to the traditional Windows desktop you’re met with small icons and tiny text. Connecting a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard is the best way to get any serious work done because the onscreen keyboard isn’t particularly suited to typing anything longer than an email.

Toshiba Encore

As the Encore runs the full version of Windows 8.1, you can install whatever apps you’d like to use. Unlike Windows RT tablets, you aren’t restricted to apps downloaded from the Windows Store. However, the majority of Windows programs will have been designed for a mouse and keyboard, and their use could prove tricky to use with a touchscreen.

Toshiba Encore conclusion

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.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom Z3740
Processor clock speed 1.8GHz
Memory 2.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 213x136x10.7mm
Weight 450g
Sound Intel HD Audio
Pointing device touchscreen


Viewable size 8 in
Native resolution 1,280×800
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
Graphics/video ports micro HDMI
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 64GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards micro SD
Other ports 3.5mm audio output


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £250