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Toshiba Encore 2 (10-Inch): Top 3 Business Features

Toshiba Encore 2 (10-Inch): Top 3 Business Features
The Toshiba Encore 2 offers just enough power for everyday tasks such as browsing the Web and managing your email inbox. / Credit: Toshiba

Toshiba's new tablet is the most affordable keyboard-equipped Windows 8.1 slate yet. For just $299, you get a 10-inch tablet with decent performance, good battery life and a full keyboard dock. Its performance won't blow you away — the tablet's 1.33-GHz quad-core Intel Atom with 1GB of RAM offers just enough power for everyday tasks such as browsing the Web and managing your email inbox. But it's a bargain for users with only basic computing needs. Check out a full review of the 10-inch Toshiba Encore 2 on our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for three features that make it good for work.

Keyboard dock

For the price, you won't find another 10-inch laptop-tablet hybrid running Windows 8.1. The $299 version of the Toshiba Encore 2 includes a snap-on keyboard dock for extended typing sessions, making it worth a look for budget-minded business users. In comparison, the ASUS Transformer Book T100, another affordable keyboard-equipped Windows 8.1 tablet, will cost you $349, though it offers better battery life than Toshiba's tablet. You can also buy the Toshiba Encore 2 without a keyboard for $269.

Free Office

The Encore 2 ships with a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013, which includes the full desktop versions of Word, OneNote, Excel and PowerPoint. Plus, it includes a free one-year subscription to Office 365, which adds extra features like cloud backup, so you can access your documents from anywhere. That's a big perk for anyone who needs to create, edit and view documents, spreadsheets and slideshows for work.

Connectivity options

Toshiba's tablet has a bevy of ports and connectivity options, including an SD card slot to expand the tablet's 32GB of onboard storage by up to 128GB; a micro HDMI port for business presentations; and a microUSB 2.0 port for connecting accessories such as a mouse, keyboard or external hard drive.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.