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Toshiba Encore: Battery Life and Verdict

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Toshiba Encore: Battery Life

Where the Encore doesn’t disappoint is battery life. Packing a 2-cell Lithium-ion you can expect up to seven hours on a full charge and we actually got closer to eight hours running a TV series continuously on Netflix. In more intensive daily use, you will need to charge it up, but it will definitely make it through the day. If you've forgotten to charge it overnight and it's on critical battery life it doesn't have tremendous recovery ability. In our numerous tests from a 5% battery level it jumped up by around 4% over half an hour connected to the USB charger supplied with the Encore.

Should I buy the Toshiba Encore?

In theory, the Encore at £250 has much to offer. It’s an affordable 8-inch tablet with all-day battery life and has access to a full version of Windows 8 including Microsoft Office. In reality, certain aspects of Microsoft’s operating system just don’t work on such a small device. Trying to use it in a traditional Windows way is far too frustrating and buying a Bluetooth keyboard is the only way you will get great use of having Office access. The buggy, unresponsive performance we endured did not disappear even with our second review model, so it makes it difficult to recommend.

For less than £250 you can buy a Nexus 7 2, albeit without Microsoft Office, yet it’s still the best 7-inch Android tablet out there. You can download the Office Mobile for Office 365 app, but you will need to have an Office 365 subscription to use it on the tablet. The iPad mini 2 Retina costs £319 so there’s a £70 difference. For the extra spend you will get an easy to use tablet with access to Office in the same way you can with the Nexus 7.

The real and obvious alternative, however, is the Asus Transformer Book T100. It's larger and more like a laptop-tablet hybrid, but that also makes it great deal more practical and useful. The Toshiba Encore feels like a product looking for a problem to solve, and whatever that is it doesn't achieve its goal.


The Toshiba Encore is a Windows 8.1 tablet with more bad points than good so the search for a great small, standalone Windows tablet goes on.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 8
  • Build Quality 6
  • Design 5
  • Features 8
  • Performance 5
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Software & Apps 7
  • Sound Quality 6
  • Value 5


December 9, 2013, 9:40 pm

Can you run steam on the encore


December 23, 2013, 7:03 am



January 23, 2014, 6:26 pm

I've had the dell venue pro 8 since Christmas and it's been a good experience so far.

- Desktop mode is hard to use. A stylus makes it a lot better should you need to go there.
+ The full copy of office and skydrive means I use it at work instead of taking a laptop into meetings
+ the screen size is much more useable than the nexus 7 letter box. (I found the nexus screen too narrow)
- hardly any apps are available and they cost more than Apple! E.g. Cut the rope is over £2 on the windows store whilst only 69p on the Apple store

Like I said overall I'm impressed with it for the cost. Performance is better than I expected and the battery life is good.

At home it's pretty much replaced the laptop we had.


January 24, 2014, 8:47 am

It's running a full, standard edition of Windows. You can install and run any application you would do on any other Windows machine.
It's effectively a netbook without the keyboard,


February 25, 2014, 2:14 pm

Always The power button has a problem.

Russell hawker

August 10, 2015, 10:02 am

Just for information my Encore 8 updated to Windows 10 on the 8th August. Absolutely no problems at all. Painless experience. It locks to tablet mode and fixed orientation by default but that is very simply turned off.
No performance issues. If anything the Encore seems snappier with Windows 10. And the new interface, in my opinion, is a big success.
Minecraft and Age of Empires via Steam running well. Adobe Creative cloud with Lightroom and Photoshop CC 2015 also running smoothly. What more can you ask for £70. And to think i almost bypassed this tablet due to the lacklustre reviews. Its outlived the Nexus 7 and iPad 2 in my household. Far more useful to us.


August 23, 2015, 7:00 am

I'm used to taking tech reviews with a grain of salt. They have some good info but I usually skip the parts when an Android tablet, iPad and Windows tablet pc are compared to one another. Because you can't. So I just look for the parts relevant to what I need and proceed from there.

Frosty T Snowman

March 15, 2016, 9:11 pm

If I had read reviews first I would never have shelled-out the huge sum of £46.00 for my Asda refurb', It does everything I need it to and more.
Perfect for taking to bed to watch Youporn, ha! kidding of course, I use Pornhub.

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