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Toshiba Encore WT8-A64
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Toshiba Encore WT8-A64 8-Inch 64 GB Tablet - Nov 2013 Model
This review is from: Toshiba Encore WT8-A64 8-Inch 64 GB Tablet (Personal Computers)I have had the device for almost a week now, and I have to say I am impressed with the device. I have looked at the specs and reviews that are available for the competition (dell, Lenovo), and decided to go with this device due to the device having the micro-hdmi port and it was available on sale when I bought it.
Display - This display is quite nice. Like some of the dell venue 8 pro reviews, this screen also looks better if you take off the auto-brightness adjust, however, I believe it still looks good even if you leave it on, which I do to save on battery. The screen does get fingerprints easily (noticed when it is off), however I don't notice it as much when it is on. If I had to say which display looks better between this and the dell, I would say this one slightly wins, although they both display well. Touch responds well, haven't had any issues with it not registering my touch.
Battery Life - About what I was guessing, if you are intensely using it with lots of video/gaming, probably guessing you will get about 5-6 hours, although I haven't tested it from beginning to end. I have been using it mixed with maybe 10-20% using video and the rest internet surfing, and estimate that I get about 7-8 hours or so. If you probably used it all for surfing, I could see you possibly getting 9-10 hours. If you keep the brightness on high the entire time, your battery life will be worse.
Start-up/Idling - If you idle by just turning the screen off (i.e. hitting the power button once, like on a phone), then it discharges quicker than I would like, and I imagine after 2-3 days it would be fully discharged. However, the device start up from turned off is pretty fast, so I just shutdown the device when I am done for the day. Haven't checked about sleep mode yet, just idle and off.
Wi-Fi - Internet is fast and zippy, no issues here, when running a speedtest, the download/upload is about the same as my laptop, and the ping is about 50% slower than my laptop. However, I have watched amazon prime HD videos streaming without any issues or needing to pause for buffering. Looking at the driver, if I looked it up correctly, I believe this is MIMO 2x2, which I did not think it was when I first bought it, but it is a nice surprise if I looked it up correctly (don't get mad if I am wrong, just searched the driver number on Broadcom website). Its not advertised, which I don't know why if that is true. Interestingly enough, the speedtest program that came with it underestimates from a web based speedtest site.
Sound - Its loud enough, but I would have liked it slightly more, but its only ok. What I didnt like as much is all the speakers are located at the bottom on portrait view, which was a little disappointing because I wanted to have speakers on top and bottom so that when viewing videos in landscape, speakers are on each side. You can tell that the sound is local to one side on landscape, but you get used to it after a couple of minutes. Quality of sound I would rate as decent, bass isn't that great, but I figure you will use headphones if you want good bass and sound for music.
Camera - I liked on the specs it was 8mb back and 2mb front. When skyping, the person on the other end did say that it looked better with the 2mb camera (comparing to previous skyping with kindle fire hd), but the camera isn't as wide angles as the kindle fire hd, so I have to hold the camera at arms length if they want more than just my face. The 8mb camera I was not impressed with when compared to my phones 8mb camera, however I will just use my phone camera anyways so not a big deal for me. What I did like is that the 8mb for video while skyping was nice, because I could tap the screen and show people my apartment using the 8mb camera, then just tap the screen again and back to the front camera.
Processor - Speedy, like the reviews for the dell venue 8 pro and other 8 inches using the baytrail series. There is an area on the back that can get warm, but the only time I notice it is if I am using the tablet while charging. When I am using battery power, it stays cool on the back, but I imagine if gaming it could get a little warm. However, with my using, it stays cool unless it is charging while using the device.
Micro-HDMI - Sound is good when hooking up to TV, but cannot duplicate screen (wont let me as of right now, hopefully gets fixed with updates). Thus, unless it is updated, you really need the mouse because you have to extend the screen or play the guessing game with having it on the tv only and guessing where to tap.
Overall a great device, would recommend.
Update: I have had the device for about 2 weeks now, and I still love it. I did get a chance to play with a dell venue 8 pro, and have noticed a couple of things. On the encore, the capacitive grid is mildly noticeable on a white background. It doesn't bother me and I never noticed it before someone mentioned it, but now I do see it when I think about it. On the dell, I tried to see if it could be seen, and it is not as noticeable unless the screen is really close to your face. Thus, some may prefer the dell display.
The dell is also lighter, but I can hold both comfortably in one hand. The encore seems sturdier, but not as stylish or smooth as the dell. Both have issues with the win 8 camera app, not sure why. Also, the dell back camera seems sharper than the encore, which is strange since the encore is 3 megapixel higher. However I think the front facing camera is better than the dell. The dell also gets warm when plugged in and running. Sound loudness appears equal, but I was in a noisy room so it was hard to tell.
Finally, the encore responds better to touch than the dell in my opinion, I noticed this when scrolling through programs on the dell, sometimes had to do it twice. Hope this helps people looking to compare.
This review is from: Toshiba Encore WT8-A64 8-Inch 64 GB Tablet (Personal Computers)great little device, not as compact as some other 8" Windows tablets, but the features make up for it. only this and the acer iconia w4 have micro-hdmi ports in addition to the micro-usb, but the w4 has a shoddy feeling mechanical windows button instead of a capacitive touch one, which is on every other windows tablet, so that sealed the deal for me. since it's only 8" i don't think i'll ever use desktop mode without connecting it to a bigger screen, and since it's full windows 8.1, i probably will do that a fair amount. iirc it is also the only 8" windows tablet with GPS. i've had a surface rt for nearly a year and the tegra 3 processor always seemed a little bit sluggish, even after the 8.1 update, so i feel this is a step up for a minimal cost, though the build quality of the surface is definitely superior, and i will probably not install many legacy programs.
-i don't understand the point of having stereo speakers if they're all on one side of the device. i would have preferred to have them on either side like the surface.
-i really wish toshiba made a case for it, the only ones currently available are the universal types. i'm confident that some manufacturer will make a case specifically for this tablet in the future, so i'm waiting.
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