Gadget Review: Toshiba Encore

7-inch and 8-inch tablets are mostly associated with the mobile phone market rather than the laptop and desktop markets. It’s mostly because the small screens of these devices work well with mobile operating systems rather than those meant for notebooks and more powerful computing devices. But with the advent of Windows 8, the lines that separate mobile and desktop have been blurred, that is why we’re now…

 

7-inch and 8-inch tablets are mostly associated with the mobile phone market rather than the laptop and desktop markets. It’s mostly because the small screens of these devices work well with mobile operating systems rather than those meant for notebooks and more powerful computing devices.

But with the advent of Windows 8, the lines that separate mobile and desktop have been blurred, that is why we’re now seeing a slew of new devices that have a form factor meant for mobile phones and tablets but are backed by the performance designed for the traditional PC.

One such device that sports this feature is the Toshiba Encore tablet that runs on Windows 8.1. But given the fierce competition in the tablet space, does this gadget from Toshiba have what it takes to not only face other Windows tablets but also slates from other platforms? Here’s our short review of the 8-inch Toshiba Encore.

DESIGN

The Toshiba Encore’s design is pretty much plain-Jane with no special features or accents. The front of the device is occupied by almost the entire screen leaving only room for the capacitive Windows Home button and a small Toshiba branding to the left of the home button.

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