Toshiba Encore 8" Full Windows 8.1 (not RT) and Office Home/Student 8-inch tablet £189.00 @ Asda Direct
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Toshiba Encore 8" Full Windows 8.1 (not RT) and Office Home/Student 8-inch tablet £189.00 @ Asda Direct

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Found 30th Mar 2014
Undercutting Amazon (now £199), Currys and PC World (£199.99). A good price for full fat Windows 8.1 and with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote).

Click and collect when you go for your shop, or spend a little for delivery.

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I would say it's better to wait for the lower price it was at previously. Tech depreciates quickly as we all know so it doesn't make sense to buy at a price higher than it was only a week or two ago.

Great price - unlikely to find it cheaper unless it is a mistake?

rd3d2

Great price - unlikely to find it cheaper unless it is a mistake?



It has been this price at a few places on and off for weeks now and was £170 not long ago. Not a particularly special price.

I bought it when it was newly released at 250 - I really regret that now

Also although it does make a good little tablet / computer, the hardware specs aren't great, given the screen got badly scratched from being in my bag just once I'm not sure if the glass is even hardened and I'm currently talking to toshiba regarding RMAing it because it locks up and won't come out of standby half the time...

Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying glasses ready.

If only they did a desktop without a monitor and battery with windows and office included! Heat fie the price, feel 8' is too small personally

meherenow

Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying … Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying glasses ready.


Check out Windows 8.x as it's the latest version and has 'tablet mode' so it's rarely an issue as no need to use the desktop much.

meherenow

Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your … Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying glasses ready.



Been running full fat windows on a 7" screen for the last 6 years in my car at an arms length away.... it's fine, if you can't read that, better get down to specsavers!

meherenow

Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your … Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying glasses ready.



Of course windows desktop mode isn't ideal on an 8" screen, the ideal use is to use metro mostly on-the-go, where it is like any other tablet (worse app ecosystem, superior web browser and mutli-tasking), and you can use desktop mode when you are connected to a full size monitor with the HDMI. Having said that it is nice to have the option of using the desktop on-the-go if you need to. It's literally a PC that you can carry around in your coat pocket-- it is as powerful as 2010 era laptops.

Been an encore user for a month and using it in desktop mode is not a problem. Sometimes you miss a "click" but nothing frustrating...

HAd to return it, though. UK version comes with an EC bugged firmware (v1.20) that makes wifi unusable when using the HDMI out.

khodos

Been an encore user for a month and using it in desktop mode is not a … Been an encore user for a month and using it in desktop mode is not a problem. Sometimes you miss a "click" but nothing frustrating...HAd to return it, though. UK version comes with an EC bugged firmware (v1.20) that makes wifi unusable when using the HDMI out.



Really? Do you know if there is any planned solution to this, as I've been tempted with this for a while, and I'd primarily be using it with HDMI out and wifi!

I jumped on this tablet when it was £180 at Amazon and could not be happier.

The screen is great at 800p, cant notice any pixles and the colour is very vibrant. Its very quick to operate and the touch screen very responsive.

I can work on it too as office is included and im able to play games on my N64 and PS2 emulators as well as older games from Steam.

I was originally looking at getting a surface pro but at this price the Encore was a no brainer. Just make sure you get the IVSO case for it too as it really does make the tablet look and feel a lot better.

A virtual mouse for desktop mode is also very useful. No regrets from me after owning for 3-4 weeks.

Does anyone know if this would run xbmc and stream video? Bar 1080p obviously
Edited by: "spinksy" 31st Mar 2014

Mine ran pretty much anything... when it worked...
I returned my second unit yesterday. Ordered the HP Omni 10 instead... was a lovely tablet when it worked, Win8 really does work in tablet form, and the metro browser is great. Unfortunately, the tablet, as the guy above said, had a habit of locking up, requireimng a hard reboot. Toshiba seem to pretend it isn't an issue, and I've no doubt told the guy above the same as me, 'oh, we've not heard of that before...'...

meherenow

Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your … Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying glasses ready.



Second that, I love my 10" (tablet) one and that's sometimes hard to get the exact spot when using it.
desktop mode (because of the resolution) I would say minimum 10".
I'm waiting for larger before my next purchase.

meherenow

Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your … Jeez, Windows desktop mode on an 8" tablet, hope you've got your magnifying glasses ready.



I take it you don't know how to change resolution or DPI then?

thekanester

Really? Do you know if there is any planned solution to this, as I've … Really? Do you know if there is any planned solution to this, as I've been tempted with this for a while, and I'd primarily be using it with HDMI out and wifi!



At a guess it may not be firmware, quite often the metal and or connection can have such electrical interference (due to cheap design) that the wireless signal is screwed with.

Seem to remember this happened with a recent iphone revision.

spinksy

Does anyone know if this would run xbmc and stream video? Bar 1080p … Does anyone know if this would run xbmc and stream video? Bar 1080p obviously



I'm sure it would.

dankuvermach

I'm sure it would.



I agree, it should. I have one of these tablets, but I run XBMC on a HTPC instead, so I don't need it to run XBMC. But I hope it will too, for travelling.

I bought one of these tablets from Ebuyer last month for the same price as asked for here (It's back to £199.98 on Ebuyer I see). That deal was very hot. My family of 4 all share under separate user accounts, kids safety can be monitored, battery life is really good, more than a day between charges. It's a little heavy for it's size, but it's the best compromise of size over carry-ability. Kids can hold it and we can all see what's going on. It'll run any windows software/webpage. Having Office suite included for the price is brilliant. Only issue I have which I haven't tackled is connecting a wired printer to it - it would connect to a wifi printer no problem. Might have to save up! Everything syncs to the cloud - contacts, calendar, email, photos. There are more pros. Micro HDMI connection is a pain, would prefer regular HDMI port. I bought a micro usb to USB cable for 99p on ebay. Cons- all apps install to the internal storage only, not an (additional) SD card. Desktop mode is indeed hard to see, but most things run from the start menu.

I got one of these for £199.99 from Amazon and then got the IVSO case (highly recommended) a 64GB micro SDXC card, Micro-HDMI cable and USB OTG cable.

This is a very useful tablet / PC but depends on your specific use case.
Edited by: "jabranali" 31st Mar 2014

This is the review that I wrote on Amazon, hope it is useful
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I ordered this as I was intrigued with the idea of a tablet with a full version of Windows and because I read a number of favourable reviews. I do web development work and wanted a device that I could do basic administrative tasks such as manage a SQL server database, commit / check out source code and edit files in an emergency whilst out without having to lug around a laptop.

The Toshiba Encore is slightly larger than an iPad Mini, but because it has a textured back it is comfortable to hold in one hand, it is also slightly heavier than the iPad but not too heavy that you cannot use it for long periods.

The screen is clear and sharp, it has an IPS panel which means that colours look good on it. The resolution is only 1280x800 but anything higher than that would be extremely difficult to use, especially since many Windows applications would not automatically resize to accommodate this.

I have heard that people have had issues with responsiveness but I have no such issues. They may well have been fixed with newer drivers. It comes pre-installed with McAfee Antivirus and Spotify. Spotify was useful for me as I already have an account, McAfee I uninstalled as the standard Windows Antivirus is perfectly adequate. A full copy of Office is also provided, and you use the provided key to activate it. Outlook is quite usable if you hide any panes that you don't currently need.

Battery life is also pretty decent, 8 hours of light use (e.g. web surfing) or around 4-5 hours of watching videos.

Overall I would recommend this tablet, but it isn't for everyone. It is only worth getting if you have a need for installing Windows software.

Pros

Bright and sharp screen

Nippy, no issues with performance

Runs full Windows 8.1

Comes with full MS Office

HDMI and USB ports

Cons

Speaker is OK but not particularly loud, if you want to watch a film you would be better off with headphones. Also depending on how you hold the tablet you may end up covering the speaker.

Sometimes it is fiddly to tap checkboxes or small buttons, this depends on the particular application you are using and you can buy a stylus if necessary. It's annoying that you can't change the DPI settings in Windows to make buttons bigger, but this is a criticism of using Windows on a tablet as opposed to this particular tablet itself.

Nice to haves

Would be nice if the on screen keyboard was a little smaller, this would let you see more of the screen as you were typing, this could probably be resolved with software

Would be nice if a HDMI adapter or OTG cable came in the box, these are inexpensive on Amazon so can be purchased separately

As a Windows 8.1 tablet this is great, I also found that the Win 8 style apps like News, Weather etc were a lot more useful on a tablet device than on the desktop. I was previously lukewarm to Windows 8 but I think it makes sense on a tablet, and the bonus that you can run your normal software is great.

thekanester

Really? Do you know if there is any planned solution to this, as I've … Really? Do you know if there is any planned solution to this, as I've been tempted with this for a while, and I'd primarily be using it with HDMI out and wifi!



sure the problem wasnt due to interference? try changing the channel of your wifi. had a similar issues with another device

you may be pleasantly surprised by its usability.

I have had this tablet now for about 3 weeks and although I mainly bought it for using when away in my campervan, I have found it very useful and it is used more than my main PC now. I may be able to help with my experience of it. On the whole, I am impressed by what it is capable of but there have been a few frustrations, which I think is mainly due to clashes between what at times seem to be 2 systems on the device - ie. the metro tiles/apps v the desktop. I get the feeling that Windows 8 in this respect is a bit of a work in progress. Anyhow, I have mainly solved the problems I had to begin with and got used to using it.

To jabranali ( above ) - thanks for your review which I found helpful before I purchased it but did you know that the metro onboard keyboard can be resized by grabbing the edges and it can be used on the desktop ( I found this out quite by accident ).

Regarding the ' wifi bug ' when using it with HDMI out, I have experienced this but as some have suggested, I'm not convinced this is a bug as such. I have now tried it with 4 screens : 3 TVs and a monitor which does not have an HDMI input. I had problems with wifi when I used it with the monitor through an HDMI /DVI adapter but it works OK with a micro HDMI to full size HDMI cable plugged into the cable/adapter supplied by Dell with the monitor. I have just checked again and it was streaming a full HD youtube video with no problems. I also experience a problem with a 40" TV when playing youtube videos but after experimenting with a broadband speed indicator which showed that download speeds were much reduced, I changed the position of the tablet and again, it now works fine with speeds up to where they should be.

As for using it with a wired printer, I have not tried it, but it should not be a problem. I probably use mine a bit differently to most people but if I say how I'm using it, it may give an idea of what it's capable of. I've got it on a cheap fold up adjustable stand on my desk ( next to main PC monitor ) plugged via a OTG adapter into a powered 4 port hub ( 7 port hub on order ! ). I have a 1TB portable HDD, wireless mouse transmitter/receiver, USB webcam ( used as a security camera ) and a dac/soundcard plugged into the hub. It will play music ( internet radio or from my HDD ), record video on the webcam, and run a browser with several tabs open with no trouble and when I streamed a HD youtube video at the same time just now, it coped OK although I noticed the CPU was hitting 100% occasionally - that's with all of the above going on at once.

I reckon that's pretty good for a device that will fit in a large pocket !
I have been surprised at how easily I can use it in desktop mode too - I often just use the touchscreen but if I hit a problem then I reach for the wireless mouse ( which of course could be a bluetooth mouse or keyboard ). My sight close up is not so good now and I increased the size of text in control panel, but this does not work properly in some programmes. However there is a magnifier which can be useful on occasions.

Battery life is good but even better, there is a way to use it with a hub and charge it at the same time - see :

hotukdeals.com/dea…095

Thanks to splender for this great tip !

My biggest moan atm, regarding this tablet is that I cannot come up with a way of using it ( say for just listening to music ) with the screen turned off. When I set it in control panel, to turn off the display after 5 mins, it also stops playing music or recording video on the webcam so I have to have the screen on all the time. Unlike Android tabs where one quick press of the on/off button just turns the screen off, doing that on this tab, puts it asleep. Apart from that, I am pleased with my purchase, and consider it excellent value.

Oh, and I have a query - how the hell do you use the GPS which it supposedly has ? I couldn't get it to work with the provided map app so if anyone knows the answer to this, I would like to know !

Hope this info helps someone.

For anyone looking at this deal check the newer deal hotukdeals.com/dea…572 for a lower price.

CaptainJim

My biggest moan atm, regarding this tablet is that I cannot come up with … My biggest moan atm, regarding this tablet is that I cannot come up with a way of using it ( say for just listening to music ) with the screen turned off. When I set it in control panel, to turn off the display after 5 mins, it also stops playing music or recording video on the webcam so I have to have the screen on all the time.



Have you tried setting a screensaver? I had the same problem as you. Also try running the tablet from the mains charger (if portability is an issue). Thanks for your other tips, especially charging and using USB at same time. Sorry I haven't tried to use the GPS on mine so can't help you with that - yet.

davemhaynes:

Have you tried setting a screensaver?



Thanks for the tip re screensaver - I'm giving it a go now !

Heat Added. Any one knows if there's any option from ASUS / Lenovo / Samsung for 8" around the same price with Windows 8?

would like to compare.
Thanks

farhanacram:

Any one knows if there's any option from ASUS / Lenovo / Samsung for 8" … Any one knows if there's any option from ASUS / Lenovo / Samsung for 8" around the same price with Windows 8?



Lenovo do the Miix 2 8" which is a similar recommended price but I don't think it has been discounted like the Toshiba yet. There is also the Dell Venue 8". Both of these are basically the same spec as regards processor etc but the Dell does not have micro HDMI out.
Asus do the T100 but that is a 10" and it also has a keyboard from which it can be detached - quite a bit more expensive too !

CaptainJim,
Perhaps the following will work in regard of GPS.
Go to control panel and click 'Hardware and Sound' on the bottom you will see 'location settings'
Open this and enable 'Turn on the Windows location platform' .

Next, go to ' Location privacy settings '. Turn this on and select the apps you like to give permission .
Hope this helps.

Btw, no spoken turn by turn navigation but for example HERE maps offers free offline maps and navigation.

Pretty happy with mine, there are some disappointing things but stilt a good pc/tablet.
xbmc works but I have problems with uncompressed audio output. The Netflix app turns the screen which is a problem when connected using the microHDMI. WiFi and Bluetooth do seem to have some interference.
Ow yes, turning of the screen without going into sleep mode would be nice.

Regards

Ahzriaz,
Thanks for the above - on my tablet, it wasn't quite the same, but I've just had a go at the settings and managed to get the GPS working on the Bing maps app. I don't think much of the app though and couldn't help notice that the local library which is about 4 mins walk from me had been placed in completely the wrong position on the map !
I'll have a look at Here maps as you suggest, I think.

I don't use Xbmc but do listen to lossless audio ( from a usb attached 1 tb drive or a memory stick ) and don't get any real problems. I use Foobar usually and the only problem I had was with audio stopping momentarily at the beginning of a track but adjusting the buffer in Foobar settings seems to have solved that. In fact, I think this has been the best PC I have used for audio ( out of about 6 )!

I may be able to help with some suggestions re the turning of the screen when using micro Hdmi:
I don't use Netflix but I did have a similar problem which drove me mad to begin with and I got quite a crick in my neck trying to look at my TV with the screen sideways and trying to alter the settings !
The answer is rather un-intuative - in fact I just got a bit of a surprise checking my display settings. When I got the problem, I found that the answer was to go to Control Panel : Display, then click on the left ' change display settings '. In the middle of the screen, change orientation to 'Landscape ' ( I'm not sure, but you may get a pop up window at this point asking for the change to be confirmed within 20 or 30 seconds otherwise it will revert ). Then ( this is the important bit ! ) untick the box ' allow the screen to auto rotate '. Don't forget to click apply at the foot and you should then be OK ( unless Netflix is overiding it ). The odd thing about this is that although this box is unticked, my tablet screen still auto rotates normally but when I now connect to my TV by Hdmi, it displays correctly.

I hope that helps you or anyone else with this problem !

Now off to look at 'Here' maps - thanks.

CaptainJim,

Thanks for your input. You are right, it plays lossless audio without a problem (PCM output in 44.1 kHz). However I haven't been able to configure xbmc to work with Master HD audio output but this is probably an issue with me configuring it or of xbmc.

In regard of the screen turning, Netflix overrides the settings. Well I think it uses the screen settings of the tablet instead of external tv. Sometimes I can trick the app to display it correctly but that isn't user friendly. But hey it's a windows pc so I just use Netflix in the browser and this works really good.

When I've got some time I'm going to search for a way to turn the display off while playing music using the HDMI output. If I get it to work I'll report back in this thread.

Kind regards
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