Toshiba’s Encore 8 was an affordable Windows 8 tablet that carried a great concept, but didn’t quite meet expectations. The manufacturer is back this year with the Encore 2, and let us tell you it is looking pretty good.
The Toshiba Encore 2 is a Windows 8 tablet made with affordability in mind. As such, its build and specs are on the lower end of the spectrum. It actually feels quite good for an affordable tablet. There is no bending or loose parts, even if it is made of mostly plastic.
The unit carries an 8-inch 1280x800p IPS display, which does give it better viewing angles than its predecessor, even if the screen is not very bright. It carries 1.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor, which happens to be a full x86 processor. There’s also 1 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage.
The manufacturer did save some money with the software by using Windows 8.1 with Bing, making it free for the OEM and cheaper for the consumer. Regardless, this deal is not bad at all. The device is a full-fledged computer with enough power to make casual computing a breeze.
The device is to cost under $200, making it a very good tablet for casual computing. You can even plug it into a TV or monitor and turn it into a mini desktop PC. It does seem to outperform its predecessor, which is a huge improvement too.