Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102 8-inch Tablet (Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1) £159 from Cleverboxes/Amazon
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Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102 8-inch Tablet (Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Windows 8.1) £159 from Cleverboxes/Amazon

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Found 18th Jan 2015
8" tablet with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, 1280x800 screen, 8MP front/2MP rear cameras. Comes with Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 Home and Student. Generally well reviewed (for a budget tablet) - PC Pro gave it 5 stars in May 2014 when it was still £200.

Sold by Cleverboxes via Amazon Marketplace. £159 price includes free delivery.

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the version two with pen input is set to be released soon

Original Poster

I'll undercut myself... Cleverboxes are selling the same thing via Tesco.com for £149 if you choose to click-and-collect in store.
tesco.com/dir…021

Editor

These guys also trade on Tesco Direct where this is cheaper, £149.00

Free C&C or £1.95 delivery
Edited by: "BuzzDuraband" 18th Jan 2015

Original Poster

BuzzDuraband

These guys also trade on Tesco Direct where this is cheaper, £149.00Edit … These guys also trade on Tesco Direct where this is cheaper, £149.00Edit C&C or £1.95 delivery



Thanks. I already tried to post essentially the same thing but my comment ended up in the moderation queue.

are there any good dual boot (android+ windows) tablets? could anyone point me please

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significantly heavier than a Linx 7.

Banned

also 150 is hardly budget now for windows tablets.

Linx 10 would give you a bigger 10 inch screen - something that could help with the desktop, which can appear small on 7" & 8" tablets.
ebuyer.com/664…10b

That Linx 10 looks great value at £109 after cash back. Has anyone claimed under this scheme? Or, more importantly, had any issues claiming?

kalico

That Linx 10 looks great value at £109 after cash back. Has anyone … That Linx 10 looks great value at £109 after cash back. Has anyone claimed under this scheme? Or, more importantly, had any issues claiming?


Its a trade in for another tablet, so is fine if you have some old piece of rubbish lying around (working). The linx7 was running similar schemes before xmas (run a search on HUKD for Linx 7). If you don't have trade in, I'd suggest looking at ebay - you can get cheaper at sellers laptopsdirectoutlet etc..

Staples were selling Linx tablets insanely cheap before xmas so most future posts have been slated.
hotukdeals.com/dea…825

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baldude

are there any good dual boot (android+ windows) tablets? could anyone … are there any good dual boot (android+ windows) tablets? could anyone point me please



Teclast x98 3G is good, 9.7" retina display runs android and windows,
There also have a 10" version now

kalico

That Linx 10 looks great value at £109 after cash back. Has anyone … That Linx 10 looks great value at £109 after cash back. Has anyone claimed under this scheme? Or, more importantly, had any issues claiming?



I bought mine at Argos before Christmas, effectively for £159 with the origami keyboard/case. I filed a Tablet Trade Up rebate claim, which was approved in a couple of days and received a prepaid packing box a few days later. I posted it off and the claim was validated after about a fortnight and payment promised within 56 working days! So it's quite a lengthy process but within the terms and conditions.

these are on eBay from Argos refurbished for £109, bought one myself, perfect condition as new

How much storage space does Win 8.1 take up??
On a Surface pro it takes 30 odd gig...

I've got around 6gig free, got a good few apps installed though.. around 10-11 free as standard

Spec is not so good for price, but if you want a branded tablet that can do what it needs to do, fine.

Puzzled [still] as to why the "tablet" UI designers, still cannot design the actual tablet around the screen, not the hardware first then "plonk" a screen in the frame, all these look yuk to use with the think boarder of black around the screen.

The Teclast range are very good and some of their specs for the prices of the lower spec branded ones make them a worthy buy!

gavvybiggs

How much storage space does Win 8.1 take up??On a Surface pro it takes 30 … How much storage space does Win 8.1 take up??On a Surface pro it takes 30 odd gig...



I had one of these, installed a couple apps and done all updates had about 8gig free. I bought it second hand on ebay for about a ton and sold it for a bit more (but ended up with ebay fees to make the price a little less than I paid!

I think it's best in a 10" variant of windows 8 at least.

With the glut of cheap Windows tablets flooding the market at the moment, this doesn't offer much for double / treble the money.
The factory image is bug-ridden and limited.
I had to flatten it (actually, it stopped booting) and install vanilla Win8.1 on to get a stable, feature-rich tablet but even then, it's bulkier, heavier and uglier than most of the competition.
The 2GB of RAM is handy but Toshiba's software failings and the ergonomics let it down too much to pay anything near this.
I've just sold my WT8 on fleabay for £78 and I consider myself lucky to have got that much.

Get a Linx - you'll save loads and you won't be sorry.

don't do it. I got a refurbished one off ebay and have returned it.

32gb is more like 29gb...minus the 6gb-ish recovery partitin so thers just under 23gb free. Then install windows on there...I can't remember the exact free space out the box but after doing all windows updates I had 450mb free!

450mb!

Sent it back.

Also, the updates broken the camera so it would just blue screen and the wifi kept dropping out even when it was in the same room .

Shame as I really wanted a tablet with a full OS. Oh well.

Check out ebay for new Windows Surface Pro, after Win8.1 I have 84Gb left with another 128Gb on the micro sd card. 32Gb is small as I have that on my Nokia 2520 tablet but it's Windows 8.1 RT + 64Gb on the micro sd card.

DAVE3652

I've got around 6gig free, got a good few apps installed though.. around … I've got around 6gig free, got a good few apps installed though.. around 10-11 free as standard

The WT8 pre-dates WIMBoot so the OS and recovery takes up loads of room.
Recent Win8.1 tablets take advantage of WIMBoot compression to give you about 20GB free.

Bought same hardware just without the name for £65 from dx

Max-Power

I had one of these, installed a couple apps and done all updates had … I had one of these, installed a couple apps and done all updates had about 8gig free. I bought it second hand on ebay for about a ton and sold it for a bit more (but ended up with ebay fees to make the price a little less than I paid!I think it's best in a 10" variant of windows 8 at least.


I tend to agree the 10" is better. I have both the Encore and Transformer T100TA. The smaller is OK for ease of portability and its long battery life makes it good for watching films and listening to audio plus surfing. Reading Office files is fine so portability on the road is excellent. But the 10" with keyboard is much better for Windows Office work for editing though still small. For that the 12" is better still which I have with 1080p screen. I think the 10" to 12" is optimal size for Office work.
Edited by: "splender" 19th Jan 2015

I would avoid Toshiba. My experience with them is that there are no upgrades, bugs don't get fixed, and service is generally poor. And with them pulling out of consumer devices the situation is not likely to improve. The experiences people are having with it seem to confirm the lack of support...

So get a Linx instead, which is more modern, and it has a decent enthusiast community.

My linx 10" worked out 55 quid after tradein and cashback


doesnt have 8mp front cam though

My Lynx 10 cost £29.99 after cashback!

Not bad, but is it worth the extra £90 over the Linx 8? That's debatable.

You can get the Linx 8 for £69 outright or for £39 if you trade in any old 7" tablet. So you're paying £90 more for this and it has a marginally better CPU, 1GB of extra RAM and an extra 6MP for the front facing camera.

The Linx 8 runs great even with 1GB of RAM and for a basic video call the 2MP camera is fine. So I guess it comes down to how much you're willing to spend and what you're going to do with the tablet.
Edited by: "soza" 19th Jan 2015

Had a Argos refurb one, had to send it back as the top of the screen was very dim. Now have Linx 8 (staples offer).

Certainly prefer the Toshiba extras (RAM, CPU, camera quality, big battery, screen viewing angles/colours), Linx 8 is surprisingly good enough to not think about swapping back though for the light tasks I use so far. If only the camera would to pano like the Tosh....

Interesting is the Linx has a faster eMMC disk - don't have the number here but from memory CrystalDiskMark is about 50% higher.

Linx is way better than the 2014 Encore 2 tablet, the screen of that looked terrible in the shops, 1GB ram, and no HDMI

FWIW, I own one of those, albeit 64GB.

I have all the latest updates installed, 128GB micro SD card setup as a drive for Dropbox etc. and it's running rock solid. Very good battery life, runs office just fine and I've been whiling away long train journeys to London playing Oblivion on it.

Very good screen as well.

this is an awful tablet

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iamaplebian

this is an awful tablet



No, it isn't. Not when updated fully.

How on earth has this got so much heat?! Significantly underpowered compared to the Dell Venue 8, and only marginally better than the Linx 8 (which costs almost £100 less if you go down the Very route!).

Come on HUKD....who's voting this hot?!

*It's only £30 more to buy the Asus T100 from Scan...(which is a much better device, has a 10" screen and a very usable keyboard)
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 19th Jan 2015

wenttoabetterplace

How on earth has this got so much heat?! Significantly underpowered … How on earth has this got so much heat?! Significantly underpowered compared to the Dell Venue 8, and only marginally better than the Linx 8 (which costs almost £100 less if you go down the Very route!).Come on HUKD....who's voting this hot?!*It's only £30 more to buy the Asus T100 from Scan...(which is a much better device, has a 10" screen and a very usable keyboard)

like I said, I got both, the 8" is a handy portable thing and I transferred its Office licence to a bigger fully fledged laptop and saved MS Offce licence fee, as I am still using Office 2003 too, so good value over Linx with Office. The transformer T100TA is a whopper of a bargain with Office too.

I want to sell my 64gb SSD one if anyone interested it's looks new and comes with case and Bluetooth keyboard

had one of these for about 6 months, recently sold it. Windows 8 doesn't seem to know what it wants to be... not really optimised for tablet use and not very good as a desktop os. iOS and Android seem to be much better in this form factor.

Just done this today and it has absolutely it transformed this little thing into a real beast:

avisek.pl/tra…ot/

Quite easy to do but drop a question if you want to do it and get stuck anywhere.

Banned

Windows 8 isn't for everyone.

Aiadi

Just done this today and it has absolutely it transformed this little … Just done this today and it has absolutely it transformed this little thing into a real beast:http://avisek.pl/translations/installing-windows-8-1-on-toshiba-encore-wimboot/Quite easy to do but drop a question if you want to do it and get stuck anywhere.




No

shouldn't have to do that. I was going to do that on mine but decided why should i....?

mikeyrobbo

Noshouldn't have to do that. I was going to do that on mine but decided … Noshouldn't have to do that. I was going to do that on mine but decided why should i....?



Haha...what a crazy mentality. You're cutting off your nose to spite your face right there!
A Wimboot installation will give you around 12GB's of extra space -- with no performance hit on these Baytrail processor devices.
I did it with my Asus using that same Avisek guys installation procedure. Quick, relatively effortless, & has given me more than 10GB's of free space on my 32GB machine after having installed dozens of apps, and Office, Chrome, Cyberghost, yadi yada.

There is literally no reason NOT to do the Wimboot process. One added benefit was that the Windows 8.1 update broke the system recovery path on my Asus tablet. The Wimboot installation process means I now have an easy (via USB thumb drive) way of fully restoring my device for whatever reason.

If you do it, just remember to make a copy of your Windows OEM key. You'll be stuck without it
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