Nowadays, when it comes to tablet, you pretty much have two big options: Samsung and Apple. Still, for those of you who are looking for a mid-range model, a bit different that the ones made by the two manfacuturers, we’re going to talk a bit about a very interesting model: Toshiba Encore 2 Write, an affordable tablet with an included stylus and a suite of apps dedicated to drawing and, of course, writing.
Under the hood it has an Intel Atom Z3735F CPU, running at 1.33 GHz and with a cache memory of 2 MB. Like all Intel chips, it also features the Turbo Boost technology, so if you want a little more clock speed, you can increase it up to 1.83 GHz. It’s aided by 2 GB of memory and mobile Intel HD graphics, with shared video memory.
It has a 64GB eMMC solid state flash memory, pretty big compared to other models. Also, since the Toshiba Encore 2 Write is running on Windows 8.1, it also comes with one year of OneDrive online file storage, so you really can’t complain about not having enough space for your files. Still, if you do, the tablet has a card slot, accepting formats like microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC.
Moving on, the connectivity department is represented by a Wi-Fi module and a Bluetooth 4.0 interface, so you can sync your tablet with your desktop or laptop. There’s also a micro HDMI port, alongside a microUSB 2.0 one, for easy charging or connecting other devices to the tablet.
The Toshiba Encore 2 Write has a 10.1″ LED-backlit touchscreen display, with a WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also has a 16:10 aspect ratio, which, combined with the stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus technology, could transform this tablet in a really nice device for watching some of your favorite movies.
On the back, there’s 5.0 MP camera, with autofocus, while the front-facing unit has a 1.2 MP sensor. It might not be the best out there, but it’s good enough for a quick video call, as it’s paired with an internal stereo microphone.
Of course, we should mention the 2-cell lithium-ion battery, which keeps the Toshiba Encore 2 Write ‘alive’ for 11.1 hours of intensive use, according to the manufacturer’s official specifications.
Last but not least, we’ve saved the most interesting part, the one which makes this tablet special for the end. We’re talking about the TruPen stylus. It’s equipped with Wacom Feel technology and it’s able to deliver 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and it works perfectly with the TruNote apps set.
To sum up, the Toshiba Encore 2 Write could be the perfect choice for professional or creative users, as except the stylus, it’s nothing but a regular mid-range tablet. Still, there are a lot of cases when a little detail can make the difference. If you’re interested in buying one, you get ready to spend $399.99. What do you say, is it worth the money?