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Toshiba Encore 8-inch Tablet (Intel Atom Quad Core Processor 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2 x Cameras, Windows 8.1) - Silver
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- Portable power - the Intel Atom quad core processor gives you incredible power and fast performance
- Up-to-date, without the wait - 'standby' doesn't mean 'snooze'. It wakes in less than 300 ms and InstantGo technology continually syncs all your content automatically
- It's Xbox 'to go' - enjoy Xbox gaming on Encore or use Xbox SmartGlass to transform the tablet screen into a second screen for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One
- Comes with unlimited calling free for a month. Call landlines in more than 60 countries and call mobiles in eight countries too. Offer valid only for customers based in UK. Time limits, fair use policy and further terms and conditions apply
- Enjoy six month of free Xbox music with Windows 8. Search for any artist, song or full album and instantly play what you want
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Toshiba Encore 8-inch Tablet PC
Toshiba's Encore tablet is everything you need for work and play, whether it's browsing the web, enjoying the best of Xbox entertainment with music, games and video or staying productive with Office Home & Student 2013. It's packed with power and performance with a full Windows 8.1 experience, Intel Atom Quad Core processor and a range of connectivity options including expandable storage.
InstantGo technology means that Encore goes from standby mode to on in less than 300 milliseconds and stays connected to your network to sync your tiles, apps, mails and data even when the tablet is on standby. Encore is also truly optimised for Skype with dual microphones for greater clarity and noise reduction, and built in front and rear HD cameras.
At a Glance
- Pre-loaded with Xbox SmartGlass
- Windows 8.1
- Micro USB 2.0
- Battery life of up to 10 hours with USB charging
- Front-facing 2MP and rear 8MP cameras
- 32GB of storage
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Media to Hand
Toshiba's Encore Windows 8.1 tablet has a bright, clear 20.32cm (8-inch) AutoBrite HFFS display with a wide viewing angle, which makes it ideal for watching films on the go. With multi-touch support you can enjoy a fully immersive, interactive entertainment experience anywhere. Encore is optimised for portrait and landscape views too, so you can see content how it was meant to be seen.
Xbox To Go
Enjoy Xbox gaming on Encore, or use Xbox SmartGlass to transform the tablet screen into a second screen for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One -- so you can optimise your Xbox console gaming experience, and make the most of Encore's screen and processor. You can even use it as a remote control for your Xbox console to enhance your gaming experience, or for convenient web browsing and page navigation.
Power and Performance
The Intel Atom Quad Core processor offers powerful and fast performance so you have all the speed you need for more responsive applications, and graphics that really come to life. Internet Explorer 11 provides super-fast, touch-optimised web browsing with much quicker page refreshes. You also get expandable storage of up to 96GB* via microSD card, and if you need more, SkyDrive means files can be stored in the cloud for free, fast access and easy synchronisation with other Windows devices.
Productivity Goes Portable
Toshiba’s Encore Windows 8.1 tablet includes Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, which allows your to work with your favourite Office apps -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote -- so you can be more productive from the moment you switch it on. It’s practically a portable PC for a consistent Office experience and the freedom to read, edit, create and share documents and presentations on the go.
Optimised for Skype
Encore comes with a 2MP font camera and 8MP rear camera making it ideal for clear video chats or capturing photo and video. It also features Skype-optimised dual microphones with noise reduction for greater sound clarity. The ergonomic design and positioning of the speakers, microphones and cameras enable you to enjoy comfortable one-handed use while you talk, without affecting the performance or Skype experience.
Encore offers comprehensive connectivity option, including a micro-USB for sharing content, a micro-HDMI for displaying your media in lifelike detail on a TV screen, and a micro-SD slot to increase storage capacity or swap and transfer files.
Superior Sound in Stereo
With powerful Dolby Digital Plus sound through high-quality stereo speakers, you'll never miss a detail of your movies or music on the Encore tablet.
Get More, Right from the Start
Windows 8.1 gives you the power to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume and pull together a killer presentation -- all on a single PC. You can organise up to 3 apps on your screen at once with a single view. Quickly act on results from across your apps, files and the web with Bing Smart Search.
Customise Your Start Screen
Personalise your Start screen with your favourite news, friends, social networks, and apps. Customisable colours and backgrounds and 4 different sizes of tiles make your device as unique as you.
The Apps You Want
In addition to great built-in apps for email, people, photos and video editing -- you can also download thousands of popular apps from the Windows Store.
From the Start screen, you are just a click away from the familiar Windows desktop you know so you can do the stuff you’ve always done.
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Aside from that, considering the price point great tablet very affordable and once you try windows 8 on a touchscreen you realise how well the tiled side of the interface works its bit short on apps compared with android or iOS but thats bound to improve with time and it more then makes up for it when you consider that you can run any pc software on it, with the new bay trail based quad core atom chip been more then twice as powerful as the previous atom it can now perform pretty well as a pc, obviously the screen is a bit small for desktop apps and you really need mouse to work that side of the os well, it is possible to download an onscreen virtual mouse which helps a lot as you can't always pack a mouse, i picked this over the dell venue 8 and lenovo miix 2 mainly for the hdmi out. plug into a tv or montier add a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and it becomes very viable as a laptop replacement
great battery life, I recommend stretching to 64gb as the 32 only has 11gb free space which is not a lot to play with considering it can be used as a full pc, downloading office, iTunes, Picasso.....etc. quickly uses space and it not always easier to move the actual programs to an external sd if you do go for the 32gb its possible to move the recovery partition to an usb stick which will free up around an extra 7gbs
The tablet itself far exceeds my expectations. I spent weeks trawling through the plethora of tablets on the market before plumbing for this Toshiba model. Why? We have an iPad 4, very good, but unless everything else you have is Apple, you're a bit stuck. Quite difficult to upload videos, photos _ transfer them etc.
So I started looking at Windows machines and this one (which hadn't been released btw.) stuck out. Full Windows 8.1, sd card, decent ram, hdmi port, micro USB plus an affordable price.
Having tried it for a few days now it really impresses me. Took 10 minutes or so to set up, took the settings from my PC including apps, backgrounds, even the favorites from ie11. Very easy. Plays music well (although maybe having stereo at only one side seems a bit strange) videos look great, play very well indeed, resolution is just fine, battery is fine (as long as you use the supplied charger) and games run just great, I tried Bioshock Infinite (lowish settings, but native 1200 * 800 resolution) and it's completely playable, just plug in a keyboard and mouse, great when you're away from home - getting a Bluetooth keyboard soon. Reading eBooks is very easy, Office works fine, internet is Very fast as long as you're in WiFi range, I could go on...
In short, so far, it's a fantastic product, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Update - after 10 months, still going strong with my Encore. Added 64Gb micro sd card, bags of memory!. I use my tablet every day at work (as a teacher), have it connected to a pair of Bluetooth speakers to play mp3s for my students, never lets me down. Contains all my notes, books (on pdfs), I can instantly show examples, translate, show videos, pictures etc. It's just perfect to hold in one hand (in it's protective case).
I think I'm happier now than when I first got it, as I have a specific use for it, apart from playing the odd game, looking at the web, watching movies (which it's great for btw).
So overall it has everything you need in a very small computer.
But sadly I personally found it too small to use successfully.
I wear reading glasses (I'm a certain age you see) and constantly found myself concentrating too hard on trying to press tiny buttons on the screen, only to find I'd hit the wrong one - again. So it quickly became too frustrating for me and I'd stop using it.
After a couple of weeks I sent it back for a full refund and instead bought an HP Omni 10 with a 10" screen - much more usable for me.
(At the time of writing the Omni 10 is down to £249 on HP's site and in PC World - bargain!)
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