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Toshiba Encore – Hands on and first impressions

A quick look at Toshiba's Windows 8.1 8-inch tablet

When it comes to 8-inch tablets with Windows 8.1, consumers have quite a few choices this holiday season. The good news here is that so far, almost all of them have been really good in terms of performance due to the similarity in specs. Still, from Dell Venue 8 Pro to Lenvo’s Mixx2 to the Toshiba Encore, each brings a little something to the table.

Which one is the best? I’ll answer that later, but for now, I’m taking a look at the Toshiba Encore.

Toshiba Encore specifications

  • Intel Atom Z3740 Quad-Core at 1.3 GHz (up to 1.8 GHz burst)
  • 8 inch IPS 1280 x 800 display
  • Windows 8.1 (x86, not RT)
  • 32 GB of storage, micro SD expandable
  • 2 GB of RAM (DDR3)
  • Micro HDMI
  • 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front facing
  • 1.1 pounds (16.9 ounces)
  • 8.40 x 0.43 x 5.40 inches
  • 802.11bgn
  • GPS via GNSS (Updated)

When it comes to raw specs, the Toshiba falls in line with the Dell and Lenovo offerings. The IPS display is solid, though not spectacular, performance is really good for this class of device and even the camera (when it works) is noteworthy.

The big selling point for many with the Toshiba is the physical micro HDMI port. While many people don’t need (or care) about such a feature, for some it’s a must have and is unique to this device. I’m not a huge user of HDMI, but when I tried plugging it into my Samsung TV, everything went to hell. In short, the display rotated on the Encore to a vertical orientation and my TV said it did not support that resolution. Locking the display into landscape on the Encore did not ameliorate this issue and at least for now, HDMI on my TV is a no go. Why? I have no idea, but plugging in my Surface 2 or laptops to my TV has never been an issue.

Update: I forgot to mention that like the Miix2, the Encore has built in GPS (GNSS), which for some is a useful feature (see above).

Let’s also get this out of the way: the Encore is a thick, heavy device. Relatively, at least. It’s not prohibitively large and due to its rounded corners and edges, it’s really nice to hold. But it is much thicker than the Dell and at 1.1 pounds, it’s not light (the iPad Air, a full tablet, is just 1 pound). I emphasize “relative” because on its own, I don’t think many will mind the size, but as soon as you put it up against the Dell, Lenvo or iPad Mini, it looks huge.

In terms of design, the Encore is really nice looking and probably my favorite so far. The chrome edge around the black bezel is really elegant. The device does creek very slightly but you have to really force it. Where the display meets the body of the device, there are slight hairline gaps. The back is textured and cool to the touch. With the rounded edges and corners, the Encore is easy to hold. Finally, Toshiba kept the stickers to a minimum and the back is very clean.


Rear camera sample - Not bad

The cameras are actually decent, in fact I’d say on first blush they’re the best I’ve used for this range. The 2MP front facing camera picks up ambient light very well. Granted, the image was super noisy but if it’s between an image that you can’t see anything (e.g. Dell) or, one where you can (but noisy) in a low-light situation, I’ll take the latter. However, my 8 MP rear camera crashes on occasion—launching completely black and even causing the system to restart once. Clearly, there are some driver issues that need to be worked out.

The IPS display is really good. Whites were white and the viewing angle was IPS-worthy. The auto-adjust for brightness was more aggressive—in a good way—compared to other tablets. Brightness is adequate but the Dell has more juice here.

Buttons are much better than on Lenovo but not as good as the Dell. They clicked, which is great, but the profile is a little low. Still, I can’t complain too much. The Encore also has a front-capacitive button for the Windows key. It works, though sometimes I felt I had to press more firmly to get it to register. That may be a good thing though, as many of you are worried about accidental firings of that button.

The Encore also features dual microphones and dual speakers. The speakers are ‘ok’. They’re loud enough but they lack bass. I haven’t tried the microphones just yet and will follow up on that in the shootout next week.

The Encore comes preloaded with only a few Toshiba apps, though it does have Norton Anti-Virus on board (shudder). Luckily, you can uninstall it. It also comes with a free Office 2013 key, like all other Windows 8.1 devices.

Initial Conclusion

Despite the HDMI not working out for me and the rear camera occasionally not launching, both driver issues that presumably could be fixed, the Encore is an interesting device. In theory, I shouldn’t like it—it’s much thicker than the Dell and even heavier. But the rounded edges and chrome accents make it a looker. Performance is on par with the other tablets, though I’ll need to do some benchmarks for the nitty gritty.

For $329 is it a deal over the Dell? I can’t see a single reason why it would be. My gut is telling me that the Dell Venue 8 Pro will beat the Toshiba in almost every area: price, size, performance and even display. The Dell also support a (mediocre) pen and has an optional folio cover. Having said that, I can’t say I dislike the Toshiba either. It’s a good device, but there’s nothing amazing about it either.

Stay tuned for our 8-inch tablet showdown next week. Have questions? Ask away in comments. Finally, check out our other 8-inch tablet reviews:

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Blkacesvf41 says:

What's wrong with Norton antivirus?

Jack Neill says:

It sucks. Always has.

Deamion says:

I wouldn't say it has always sucked.

Although I agree it has been the worst AV you can get since 2004, but up until 2002 - 2003 it was one of the best. The only people I see using it now, are the ones that used it back then, and were never told that is has been crap ever since.

They just assume, if a trial version came with the computer, it must be endorsed by the manufacture, and they wouldn't endorse crap... right?

They just don't realize Norton pays to have this crap installed, and THAT is why it comes with your computer, not because it is a good AV to have.

b23h says:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424097,00.asp

PC Mag seems to think that its excellent, so please give us some sort of reference to how Norton sucks

Here's another where it is in the top three for 2013...

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp
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S Vaibhav says:

Using Norton since 2003,no crashes,viruses,etc etc till now......

schlubadub says:

I've used nothing since 2003.... no crashes, viruses etc. I use Microsoft Security Essentials, only because it doesn't bother me, doesn't interfere with my system, and because Microsoft aren't paying the guys to write viruses like Norton, AVG, McAfee and the other guys who benefit from viruses being spread.

Jay Bennett says:

The primary problem is how badly it impacts your machine's performance. Compared to other options out there I don't know many who would recommend Norton

ItsMcDiddles says:

I definitely would not recommend it. Go with AVG.

Relief says:

Haha, another crappy antivirus.

Norton has become better while AVG has become more crappy over the years.

My advice: don't install anything. You already have built in anti-virus.

kalo88 says:

Funny because I used AVG for a few years, installed Norton and it found a dodgy file that my dad opened from his emails that AVG did not.

Norton hasn't slowed my machine down at all, just because it wasn't the best in the past doesn't mean that's the case now.

schlubadub says:

AVG was reasonable 6 years ago, now it's just awful as they pile on more crapware every day. Go with Microsoft Security Essentials - does everything you need without the crap

b23h says:

I've used Norton Internet Security for years, the same as on this tablet.   Any x86 version of Windows must have an antivirus of some sort and Windows Defender or whatever it's called at this point does not get the best ratings...

I dunno. On 8 inch tablets I'm sticking with Windows Store Apps and Outlook email. Where am I going to get a virus from? I haven't even had a false positive in years...

b23h says:

The likelihood is that neither of us open up e-mail attachments from people we don't know, usually run 64bit OS's and are careful.   However e-mail attachments are one way of getting infected as is poisoned websites or hanging out at fringe (porn or warez) sites.

Personally there's just no way I am gong to run a full version of Windows without an anti-virus.

OMG55 says:

Daniel, where did you get that wallpaper? its cool

wpguy says:

If you watch the ratings over the years, you will find that every AV ends up falling from the top spots for speed, accuracy, etc. It's cyclical. Like IRL, no matter what protection you choose, if you like the seedy underbelly of life or the web, you will eventually get infected with something.

Blkacesvf41 says:

I used McAfee for years till it locked up my PC, that's when I went to Norton and never had a problem with it.

4look4rd says:

Whats the point of using an anti virus on a personal computer? It often takes longer to scan your files than it does to just format it.

I occasionally run Spybot Search and Destroy, keep a firewall, and don't act stupid. I've never had a problem with viruses. I format my PC about once or twice per year to keep everything running smoothy and getting rid of programs and files that I don't use.

Antiviruses are only useful for enterprises.

poddie says:

4look, you're either crazy or not being serious. Yikes.

b23h says:

concur with poddie

I oftentime reformat when I buy a new motherboard which is often every couple of years.  However to reinstall and configure all my software which takes a significant amount of time is not a task I'd want to do just so that I can avoid running an anti-virus.   I certainly want to avoid having my documents and such pawned by someone just cause I don't feel like installing an antivirus.   That just strikes me as foolish.   I am not saying that a good anti-virus is a 100% solution, but whatever protection it gives is far better than no running one.

Relief says:

I think you sound a bit paranoid.

b23h says:

It's foolish to mistake wisdom for paranoia.

wpguy says:

Paranoid to reformat when he gets a new motherboard? With all the low-level drivers required for optimum performance and to prevent system crashes, it's practically mandatory.

b23h says:

Thanks for the support, but I don't think he is talking about me reformating but rather that I am arguing for using anti-virus.   Earlier in a different thread he states "My advice: don't install anything. You already have built in anti-virus."   That's better than some people who seem to be arguing for no anti-virus at all, but a few of us have pointed out some of the issues with Microsoft Security Essentials.

I'm just surprised at how many enthusiasts argue for not using an anti-virus, that just seems weird.   But hey, somebody has to be the people in those botnets, getting their computers ransomed, having their bank accounts drained; just as long as it isn't me....

 

Ordeith says:

Windows 8 has its own AV built in, based on security essentials.  Additional virus scanners are just...redundant.

 

zacman says:

Just that Windows Defender/Security Essentials is pretty much useless when it comes to Day-0 exploits/attacks.

I just don't see how this is an issue with Store apps and IE11, unless you open every bad link in an email or do visit really janky sites.

Totally agree with what others have said. Unless you habitually visit dodgy web sites you don't really need any anti virus software installed. You definitely do not need Norton whatsoever

OMG55 says:

I agree with you, I havent used AV on any of my personal computers for years, however on the PC's at work, I use Endpoint Protection and  it's great.

Jay Bennett says:

I disagree, you can pick up a virus from a bad advert these days. You should pick up Avast's free antivirus, it's been on every computer I've owned a decade

kinpin2131 says:

Then use ad block for sites you don't trust. I have been running my devices without antivirus for years without any problem with viruses . Once in a while I install antivirus , do a full scan and uninstall it right afterwards .

Deamion says:

I agree Jay, many legit web sites get hacked and infected. They also go unnoticed for a while trying to infect every visitor to the site. Avast has been my go to AV for years as well. I even run it on my media centre PC, and all it does is play movies that I ripped myself. Avast id free, and has no noticeable performance impact, so why not run it?

b23h says:

totally agree Deamion

Yes, legit web sites get infected, you don't need to hanging out a Porn Emporium.  I'm not necessarily surprised that people have differing ideas about Norton, but I am absolutely shocked at the idea that a number of people are saying they run without antivirus programs and are suggesting the same to others.

It's not uncommon to read about botnets (there's news just today or yesterday that MS smashed a botnet) or about virii that encrypt and ransom your PC for cash, so I am just amazed that people put themselves at potential risk given it's easy to see there's stuff out there.

b23h says:

concur with zacman

Windows Defender/Security Essentials is a last ditch anti-virus solution.  It's great for grandpa and if you are super poor, but it's detection rate is not great and I have every expectation that zacman is right about day 0 (or after) attacks.

In situations where money is an issue or I rarely use the device (netbooks that I don't use much), I tend to run Avast.

Games Goblin says:

I used to believe that - I ran Windows Security Essentials (Windows Defender now) since around 3 years back on my windows 7 and now windows 8 PCs and it was good - no viruses / malware - and I am always careful about e-mail attachments/suspicious websites and that sort of stuff

BUT earlier this year, when a friend plugged in his external hard drive into my PC, it infected my PC which went undetected by Windows defender. Luckily I was able to catch it before it did any serious damage - from then on I have been using AVG free and have to say it's very good - cleaned up my system, my freind's infected external drive and has detected threats the moment it tries to enter the PC. The negatives are the annoying ads asking you to upgrade to full version when you open the program - but I can live with that, as it's an install it and forget it program. And I am uanable to find any performance penalties for running it.

And on being other AV scanners redundant, once you install another AV, windows detects it and shuts off Windows Defender.

b23h says:

Let's pretend that none of us goes to prOn sites, and that we are careful about opening up attachments from strangers.   I've still had incidents to where friends of mine have been attacked and their entire e-mail list is sent a e-mail message with a payload.   There's times where I'm the person they call on to fix the issue.  I don't like slogging through someone's computer trying to erradicate a virus, so for those people that I did PC support for, I invariably had them install some form of anti-virus.

kinpin2131 says:

Windows 8.1 has a built in antivirus , but if you're even more cautious you wouldn't need an anti-virus to begin with .

OMG55 says:

its actually funny how people are discussing pc security and the many people hear complained about vista or longhorn which was built for with security a primary objective. i simply made some tweeks to my vista machine and had no issues with it.

ChrisPS3 says:

It's a virus.

MrA2Z says:

Don't use any antivirus. It will slow down your machine.

Jay Bennett says:

Try Avast, it doesn't slow it down!

Jay Bennett says:

The design of this tablet does look very nice, but it sounds like Dell still might have the best product for now

gtbuzz says:

Any idea why everyone opted to put 32 bit Windows on these 8" tablets instead of 64 bit? Isn't this Atom CPU 64 bit? I know it's only got 2 gb of ram, but some of the software I use is going 64-bit only. Normally you wouldn't want to run that on something like this anyway for real work, but it makes for a neat demo at a trade show or something.

AR2186 says:

They haven't released 64-bit atom processors yet, they come out early next year

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57613424-94/heads-up-apple-here-comes-64-bit-android-on-intel/

majortom1981 says:

These do support 64bit but connected standby is not supported yet in 64bit windows. So OEMs are going with 32bit versions.

niovhe says:

So if I want to run the WP8 Dev Tools which are 64-bit-only, I will lose the network connectivity during standby? Is that what you described?

procen says:

One thing I like about this tablet is the micro HDMI, and it's alway nice to have that extra hardware.

b23h says:

I absolutely agree.   A video out is a must have for me.   I've used a video out on an old phone to output to a hotel TV to play games and watch netflix.   I've done the same with a laptop to play netfix on a hotel TV.

If I am going to get a tablet for media consumption then having a video out is critical.

Relief says:

You should look on youtube for a vid with a Dell Venue 8 Pro running 4 screens ;). It was lagfree. You dont need micro hdmi to have video out.

pass11 says:

You are correct but there are some issues with connecting to a TV/monitor through the micro USB. First being the need for either a miracast or display port adaptor. Second is that through the display port you can't mirror(clone) yet, only extend which means you would need a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to even make use of that functionality (Miracast recently got an update which allows for mirroring.) And third, no easy way to charge while doing so.

Now i have two venue pros and love how light and slim they are but i often wish that i had hdmi cause that makes like that much simpler.

b23h says:

Thank you pass11 for that information.

coip says:

But in the article it says that connecting the tablet to a TV via HDMI didn't work. That needs to work for me to get this tablet--it's a huge selling point over the ot her 8" tablets. I want a tablet with Windows 8 to run Windows Media Center on it so I can connect it to my Xbox One and use the OneGuide to watch OTA television that way.

procen says:

The Surface RT works when you connect to your TV. This is a full Windows 8 Pro it should have no problem, unless there's something wrong with the HDMI port.

coip says:

I love my Surface RT but it cannot run Windows Media Center

procen says:

Agree Surface RT cannot run Windows Media Center, but this 8 inch tablets with full Windows 8 Pro can.

OMG55 says:

I'm loving my Nokia 2520 running RT 8.1. I have a remote apps server for corporate legacy apps and have my corporate email cinfigured via the native outlook 2013 that comes preinstalled. so outside of docking it to a larger monitor/mouse/keyboard, i don't miss full windows; RT works fine for me and the others I have demoing the tablet with RT. I think RT will bcome windows once software vendors update their software.

buffalosolja says:

Exact same boat as you, we have mostly webapps at work so I am good.  Only thing I  dislike about the 2520 is they didn't provide the usb cable, I guess not bad since we get a free keyboard.  The RDP works great if not just as good as my teamviewer.  I believe a lot of vendors are sleeping on RT personally or they are waiting to see what MS does when they merge WP and RT.

b23h says:

It will likely be fixed via firmware update or there was some sort of configuration issue.  I can't imagine Toshiba would go through the effort of including a non-functioning port, especially when it is in fact such a differentiating feature for some of us.

david5455 says:

If you're using a separate mouse and keyboard you can plug in a separate PC or TV screen - go Display > Screen resolution then set multiple displays to "Show desktop only on 2" and rotate if necessary - it "remembers" the settings for when you next plug in the screen (but doesn't duplicate - Encore screen is off).

demonp82 says:

It is virus itself!

nelsonecm says:

Now I have to decide between this, the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Surface RT (I'm considering this because of the screen size, the hdmi and the price) I have a 350$ budget for a new tablet and I'm having a hard time deciding.

If I had to choose, I'd pick the Dell.

If it were between the Dell and Surface 2 (and price didn't matter), I'd go with Surface 2.

kullkid92x says:

So... what you're saying is I should skip my 9AM class Monday and speed through traffic to get to dadeland mall and grab myself the dell venue for 99$ !?

Ok Daniel ok.

Lol, for $99 it's the deal of the year, no doubt. 

b23h says:

At $100 dollars the Dell is compelling.   However HDMI out is important to me so the Toshiba would be my purchase if everything was at typical retail costs.    Given I am unemployed right now, if the Dell had an HDMI out, I would be going and getting one no matter what.   Given it doesn't there's an excellent chance I'm going to pass on Monday.

nasellok says:

with the money you save, go out and get yourself the Netgear Miracast adapter, Dell / MS fixed the drivers, and it works great now for mirrored display, or extended display.  There is no lag in mouse movement, etc, but video lags a fraction of a second - but if your watching video, you probably would want 2nd screen only.  The thing is only 59$ on amazon, its literally the size of a old flip phone, and plugs into your hdmi port of your tv.

allos autos says:

Are you planning on using the tablet in portait very often? I love my Surface RT, but it's really awkward to use it in portrait.

OMG55 says:

thats why MS is working on a Surface mini, however i can thpe pretty good using the thumbing keyboard. So personally, I can use it either way

b23h says:

It does look good.   Thanks for the head's up.  I like Asus gear, I invariably buy their motherboards.

Relief says:

Until you touch it and witness how bad the screen is.

Hoekie says:

It's the most popular tablet on the biggest Dutch techsite for a few weeks allready. Of ALL tablets.

32GB+Keyboard for 349 euro's. Availability also seems to be an issue, so it's actually selling very well.

Surface 2 is doing great too.

http://tweakers.net/categorie/822/tablets/producten/

Acryion says:

While I love Windows Phone and how W8/8.1 made Windows more fluent and fancy, cleaner looking, I still could not see myself using a Windows tablet as my primary tablet.

theefman says:

Problem with HDMI is probably because these devices are hard coded for portrait mode and don't work well in clone mode or as described, when in extended mode the tablet locks to portrait mode. However there was a chipset driver update for the Dell which seems to have fixed the issue with mirroring with Miracast so its possible a future update will fix the Toshiba issue.

pookiewood says:

Why can't the Dell have HDMI out? :____O

 

EDIT:  Dan where did you get your scarf from?

It's called a keffiyeh and got it like 10 years ago. Traditional Middle Eastern wear, although I'm not Middle Eastern ;) People in the military wear 'em too. They're very versatile. 

pookiewood says:

Thanks I'll look that up.  I've been looking to get one since I started watching Homeland a couple years back. :p  HAHA!  They look good.

lol, indeed. You can find them on ebay, amazon, etc. Easy to find. Look up on YouTube on how to tie 'em, as there are a few ways.

pookiewood says:

Will do thanks.

Tom_Sewell says:

I'm glad you did this review, I was trying to decide between this and the Dell. Now my mind is made up, Dell all the way.

ChrisPS3 says:

Thus is not 1.1 lbs. It's 15.7 oz. (445 g).

not what the specs say...citation?

mpr says:

Just get an RT tablet and don't worry about security and virusses....

RT is the way to go and the future - many might not see it, but it definitely is. Especially for the Enterprise.

It is a full Windows, even if you can't run old risky apps. Domain joined Devices were yesterday. AD is heading a different direction.

theefman says:

Especially for the enterprise? Joker!

wpguy says:

Uh, yeah...

All these 8-inch tablets are still missing from the Indian market. When are they being launched in India? Maybe Abhishek Baxi could look into it and update the community. I've searched a lot but to no avail.

SwimSwim says:

What I'm concerned is that less stellar tablets like this run the risk of turning people off of Windows 8(.1). People might potentially buy this, use it, and be disappointed. Then they grow to hate Windows as a whole, which just isn't fair.

Kind of like how often when people buy low-end Androids, they suck, and then those people hate Android as a whole for reasons that are unfair (there are bunch of other, more legitimate reasons, to dislike Google's OS).

Relief says:

You obviously have never used Android. You would think that all those crappy Android tablets would have made Android have such a bad name.

From every review we can see that the software itselfs runs perfect. Its all about the hardware that is far from perfect and thats how people will judge them.

NFLPLAYBOOK says:

Yes finally it's listed on the Canadian site as out of stock but at least it's there. I hope you follow up on the HDMI issue and let us know if it is a bug or a serious problem. The W3 isn't one of these newer version of 8" tablets. The W4 is the comparable device. It's also the last one being launched. I would have liked to have seen a show down between the W4 and the Encore because those are the 2 I'm choosing from. I won't touch the Dell because of the processor and I won't touch the Lenovo because of the screen. I'm finally excited about switching over completely to Windows. Now I just have to wait for the Nokia 1520.

tyaan says:

Does any of this nicely sized 8 inch tables come with 3G or 4G support in the near future? That is the feature I am missing most.

Medina Sa says:

You can have all that already via USB OTG!

barnf says:

Did anyone try to connect 3G modem via OTG cable in Toshiba Encore? Is It possible?

Medina Sa says:

One of best thing that this tablet have and no other has it, and i mean by that all including Dell, Lenovo, Acer W4... is COMPASS and you did not mention that...

You mean GNSS? Which is also found on the Lenovo Miix2? And the feature only you seem to care about? I mention GNSS and GPS in the article. That's enough for that topic. 

Medina Sa says:

No I mean COMPASS  sensor, that will work with apps that supports it... And it is only one among all the others that has this sensor...

SENSORS
Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, 3-axis Accelerometer, Haptics
LOCATION
Digital Compass, GPS
 
http://www.toshiba.com/us/tablets/encore/8/64gb
I am waiting it from Amazon...

 

Mark Byrnes says:

As a geocacher and Oziexplorer user., this s why I opted for this tablet over the others.

I get that some people might be interested in having a compass feature on their tablet, but I just can't understand that personally. My smartphone can do this and it's far more likely to be with me than a (relatively) clunky tablet if I'm ever stuck somewhere needing this option. I'm less likely to use a tablet for navigation or anything along those lines.

To each their own, I suppose.

graigsmith says:

a portable device review with no mention of battery life? 

CraftedCrows says:

In performance i don't think so. Check here for benchmarks: http://www.umpcportal.com/2013/11/dell-venue-8-pro-review/ and on my Encore i got:

http://i.imgur.com/eXp8wzv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/k2qE0fE.jpg

Really smooth 

JohnMcB says:

Brilliant thanks for posting, strange how it's running faster, must have less bloatware and better drivers?

hirsti99 says:

Just bought one of these from Currys in UK.

Was tempted by the W3 as it was £179 and the Toshiba Encore was £249.

But after having a go on both devices side by side I quickly decided the extra money for the Toshiba was worth it.

The W3 screen was awfull.

The Encore seemed much more responsive

Sadly in the UK the Dell is online only and £249 with delivery in 7 days time which is no good to me. Unfortunately we didnt get the $99 and $199 offers :-(

Really happy with the Encore though, turned off the McAffee and let it use the Microsoft Defender as my past experience with McAfee was that it slows everything down.

Installed XBMC and linked it up to my NAS with shared library, works brilliantly.

My only gripe is that there is very little disk space free, about 6 Gb when I turned it on from new which is crazy

Toshiba do have a 64Gb version but you can only get that direct from them.  Will have to purchase an sd card for it.

The only other thing I have noticed is the Wireless network isnt the best I have seen, I have 2 networks at home, a 8.11 g and a 8.11 n.  Sat 3 metres away from the router and the g reception isnt 100% and the n reception is really low.  My nokia 1020 has full reception at that range on both networks.  Hopefully a driver update will rectify this.

david5455 says:

You can get another 6G or so free by a) moving the recovery image to a memory stick (this frees about 5G - either use the builtin facility or search for Internet page "Creating a USB recovery drive - Microsoft Windows Help"; and b) disabling the hibernate facility (about 1G I think - anyway, the size of C:\hyberfil.sys).

tropolite says:

I've had my Encore (64Gb) for about a week now and I love it!

Games run great on it (I'm a bit of a Bejeweled addict), and it runs smooth as. Also playing Dragon Hunter 4 which runs very well.

The reason I chose Encore over the Lenovo, Dell, or the Acer W4 (the much improved version over W3), is mainly; Lenovo battery 7hrs 1 cell, Dell 10hrs 1 cell, Encore (this probably the reason why its heavier and thicker), their website states battery life as 14.1hrs with 2 cells. Initially I wanted the Lenovo, but the battery was my preference. Toshiba have a unique rotating  port folio case, and although the screen is capacitive, you can still use a capacitive able stylus.

This weekend I will be testing the Miracast capabilities with a PRV3000 so i'll try to remember to post back how good it works with my Encore.

JohnMcB says:

Brilliant thanks for posting, strange how it's running faster, must have less bloatware and better drivers?

I never knew the battery was 14.1 hours, whats your experience been thus far? Surely better bench marks, better battery and hdmi out make this the best 8 inch atom w8.1 tablet out there at the moment? I keep getting put off as all the interest and hype seems to be with the Dell but I fail to see why? because it looks nicer? J

Ted Fay says:

I'd be very curious to how it does with Miracast.  I've got a 64GB Encore myself, and have had no luck cloning/duplicating the display via the HDMI port.  After about 45 minutes on the phone with L1 and L2 support at Toshiba, I finally got someone who told me that duplicating the display via HDMI is not supported. :(

Unless I can find a solution it will be going back, which is a shame because otherwise I really like the Encore.

Joe Dubya says:

where is the showdown? I am trying to finish up with Christmas shopping!

Ramon Mejias says:

Hi.... Battery performance?

this tablet sucks don't waste your money. im about to throw it away. charger is shit. microusb port is shit. you have to press so hard on links, usually 3 times before it responds. hdmi is shit you cant duplicate your desktop to another monitor. now none of my apps will load. ive had it a month.

VictoriaJP says:

Not sure I'd say mine "sucks", but it sure does get itself in a twist sometimes. The camera seems to be a pain point - blue-screen-tastic! I find its failure to respond as expected particularly trying at times of stress when I need to check something quickly, but also suspect the problem there is me doing something differently because I'm in a rush. I've had the same problem with having to press things repeatedly, but think its a software problem. It often happens with small screen components not designed for touch, for example.

 

In general it seems a really nice piece of kit to me, and is doing something quite impressive in terms of making the whole win 8 desktop and Metro available on the move, light yet usable.

 

The HDMI definitely needs work though. That's what brought me here. I plugged it in. It worked. Then it didn't. Then I moved it and it did again... I bought my tablet here in Japan and the whole OS is in Japanese... it's hard to tell wtf is going on, but its certainly not what I'd expected.

 

 

Is the Norton that comes installed on this tablet only a trial version? Because I just got mine a few weeks ago, and already it is telling me it's expired?