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Toshiba Encore 8 / WT8 Windows 8 Tablet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the touch screen and screen are overall positive. The battery and responsiveness are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative comments about the camera and value for money.

storage, responsiveness, battery, screen, touch screen

design, portability, features, value for money, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Toshiba Encore 8 / WT8 Windows 8 Tablet is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 49 reviews)

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Toshiba Encore review: an 8-inch Windows tablet that struggles to stand out


Toshiba is no stranger to Windows tablets, but what we've seen to date has typically been targeted at businesses or has otherwise been... limited. In

Comfortable to hold ; Bright display ; Includes a micro-HDMI port -- a rarity on 8-inch Windows tablets

No clear edge over the competition ; Finicky hardware buttons ; Terrible rear camera

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Toshiba Encore


The Toshiba Encore, the company's first 8-inch Windows tablet, looks pretty good with solid performance, decent battery life, and an affordable price.

Solid performance from fourth-generation Atom processor. Has 32GB of internal storage. Clear, responsive touch display. Decent battery life

Limited port selection

Laptops have always been portable and Windows-based hybrids and tablets have begun to offer more mobility than laptops past, but even the lightest 13- or 14-inch system is a bit too big to really use when you're walking down the street or hopping into...

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Toshiba Encore 8 (32GB)


If not for its annoyingly bulky design and slightly expensive price, the Toshiba Encore 8 would be your best option for a small Windows 8.1 tablet. As it stands, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is lower priced, thinner, and lighter.

The Toshiba Encore 8 runs Windows 8.1, boasts zippy performance, and has a microSD storage expansion slot.

The design is bulkier and heavier than most other small tablets. With no keyboard accessory, desktop mode is a headache to navigate.

The Toshiba Encore 8 offers a lot for its price, but the more appealing Dell Venue 8 Pro is a cheaper and sleeker alternative.


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Toshiba Encore


The Toshiba Encore delivers speedy performance, handy apps and more ports than other compact Windows 8.1 tablets, but it's bulkier.

Speedy performance; Useful Toshiba apps; Long battery life; MicroHDMI port

Heavier than competitors; Screen not as bright as other tablets

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...

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Toshiba Encore review


A Windows desktop in the palm of your hand

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Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 tablet


Toshiba's 8in Windows 8.1 tablet offers a very good overall user experience

Swift performance ; Feels good in the hand ; HDMI output and microSD card storage slot ; Good battery life

Buttons are a little too shallow ; Brightness didn't always work well ; Tight microSD card slot ; Awkward to charge

Toshiba's Encore offers a much better experience than previous low-power, Windows 8 tablets we've tested, and we recommend it if you're in the market for a Windows-based tablet device. At 8 inches, it can be a little awkward to use, especially when...

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Toshiba Encore Windows 8 tablet (preview)


The Toshiba Encore is an 8in tablet that runs the full version of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system

Runs full version of Windows 8.1 ; Competitive price ; Fast boot times

Screen isn't very high res ; No full-sized USB port

The Toshiba Encore is a competitively priced 8in tablet that runs the full version of Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system.

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Toshiba Encore


Toshiba's first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet based on an Intel Bay Trail is a real let down.

Full access to Microsoft Office ; Great battery life ; Decent 8-megapixel main camera

Extremely buggy performance ; Slow loading times ; Desktop Windows mode difficult to use

But the real problem with the Toshiba Encore's screen if its responsiveness, or lack thereof. At times just selecting apps or trying to skip back a web page proves problematic. Even the lock screen struggles to register screen presses at times. It's a...

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Toshiba Encore review


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

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...

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Toshiba Encore review


The Toshiba Encore is probably the most portable way to use full Windows 8.1, but while its small screen size makes it easy to carry, it also makes using traditional desktop apps very difficult. It's handy for social networking, but don't expect it to...

Portable size ; Full-fat Windows 8.1 ; Reasonable price ; Expandable storage

Disappointing screen resolution ; Small size makes using desktop applications difficult ; Fat, uninspiring design ; Some apps sluggish

With its 8-inch display, the Toshiba Encore provides full Windows 8 in one of the most portable sizes you'll find and doesn't charge much for it. Its small size does make using desktop software a challenge though and its Intel processor doesn't provide...


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 8


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD GPU


Chipset Brand:Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:Z3740