The Toshiba Encore is a solid Windows 8 tablet with a few features that should please business users. The Encore's business-friendly features include more ports than other Windows 8 tablets, long battery life, and useful, productivity-boosting apps. The 8-inch slate is also extremely portable, making it a good pick for users who want a device that's easy to travel with or carry during a daily commute.
Choosing the Encore means making a few trade-offs. It's heavier than other 8-inch Windows slates, such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro, and it boasts a dimmer display than some competing tablets, such as the Lenovo Miix 2 8. Still, it will make a solid mobile companion for most business users. Check out a full review of the Toshiba Encore here, and then read on for three features that make the Encore good for business.
The Toshiba Encore is a bit heftier than competing slates, but it has something no other 8-inch Windows slate has: a microHDMI port. That's a big deal for business users who want to hook up the device to a larger external monitor for a productivity boost, or to a projector to share a presentation. In addition to the microHDMI port, the Encore boasts a microUSB port and a microSD card slot for expanded storage.
Long battery life
Windows slates in the 8-inch range tend to boast good battery life, and the Toshiba Encore is no exception. In tests, the tablet lasted about 8.5 hours with continuous use, so with average use, it should easily last through a workday, making the Encore a dependable business device.
The Encore ships with a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student edition preinstalled, including the full desktop versions of Word, OneNote, Excel and PowerPoint. That's a boon for business users who need to create, edit and view documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go. Buyers also get a free 30-day Skype Unlimited World trial membership.