Is Toshiba’s Encore 2 Tablet Enterprise-Ready?

Can Toshiba make waves in an Android- and iOS-dominated tablet market with a cheap Windows alternative? The company is certainly giving it a good try with its new Encore 2 line of tablets.

The tablets, which are rolling out in both 8-inch and 10-inch display sizes, run on Windows 8.1. The mobile devices come preloaded with apps you would expect from a Microsoft-powered device, including Skype and Xbox Music and Video.

Toshiba is billing the Encore 2 line as right for both entertainment (the Kindle Reader also comes pre-installed) and productivity (the purchase price includes a one-year subscription to Office 365, MicrosoftEUs Web-based productivity suite). The prices start at $199.99.

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Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing at Toshiba America Information Systems, is hoping customers will buy into the idea that Encore 2 tablets are a EUcomplement to a customerEUs arsenal of devices.EU In the announcement, he played up the familiarity and functionality of Windows. ThatEUs a valid point, though it hasnEUt sparked massive sales of Windows devices in the past or taken significant market share in the tablet space.

One thing is certain: There is plenty of processing power for hard core tablet users. The Encore 2 line sports the quad-core Intel Atom processor. Toshiba promises up to a 10-hour battery life for general use and up to eight hours of video playback. That should get even the heaviest tablet users through the day without a charge.

Measuring 0.4 inches thin, the 10-inch Encore 2 weighs 1.2 pounds. The 8-inch version weighs less than a pound. Each tablet features an HD multi-touch display. Toshiba is positioning the 10-inch device as good for working on documents, Web browsing and movie watching and is hoping to attract entertainment consumers with the 8-inch model.

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