High end companies like Dell, Lenovo and Acer have all already entered the segment of Windows based tablets by introducing their own gadgets running this new operating system from Microsoft. After these big names, it’s turn for Toshiba to enter the same category and increase the already existing tough competition in the market. With the new gadget under the name Encore, Toshiba now has an 8 inch powerful Windows tablet comprising of variety of features. The tab stands head to head with the leading Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo Miix in the market.
The plastic body has been painted with Aluminum color on the back side to add premium feel to it, but despite of being made up from plastic, this device feels a bit heavier as compared to its competitors at weight of 15.3 ounces. The screen is surrounded by a black bezel featuring a hard Windows home button on the lower side. He left side comprises of micro SD card slot, while power button along with volume rockers rest on the right side. The headphone jack, micro USB port, and micro HDMI have all been housed on the bottom line. The device seems pretty good to grip, and is 0.4 inches thick.
The 8 inch display packs a resolution of 1280 X 800p and produces vibrant colors. The brightness offered by the display is just about average. Toshiba claims that it has equipped this new tab with the latest Dolby Digital Plus Technology to enhance audio listening experience, but when it comes to practical tests, the dual speakers fail drastically. The sound seems to be muffled with mixed production of bass and treble leading to noises. The loudness is pretty fair, but overall audio quality is not at all up to the mark.
The device just like all other Windows tablets runs on the latest Windows 8.1 operating system. It comes preloaded with native Microsoft apps like SkyDrive, Xbox SmartGlass, Internet Explorer, etc. along with a few third party apps like Kindle, eBay, Amazon, etc. There’s a full version of Office Home and Student 2013 that ships with this device. The embedded Intel Atom processor has been clocked at 1.33 GHz which can handle day to day processing tasks. Multitasking is smooth but 32 GB of eMMC storage seems to be a bit slow and it takes about 16 seconds to boot the OS.
The front facing camera packs a sensor of 2 MP for self-portraits, while the rear side camera packs an 8 MP sensor without any flash. The rear camera is capable of recording full HD videos at 1080p resolution. The battery life is appreciable as with continuous usage, the device can provide a backup up of more than 8 hours and 30 minutes. The micro HDMI port is what makes this tablet unique. It does offer good processing abilities but the user would have to deal with a few drawbacks like muffled audio, low built quality as compared to Dell, more weight, and low screen brightness.