Prefer swiping through Windows tiles rather than Android’s app icons? If you’re on a budget, you rarely have any other option other than Android when it comes to tablets — but Toshiba’s new Encore Mini is the first of what could be a long line to buck that trend.
Running full Windows 8.1 and offering a year’s subscription to Office 365, Toshiba’s selling the Encore Mini for $US120 in the US, right now. That makes it one the most affordable ways to get Windows on a tablet.
You do of course, get what you pay for. A 7-inch slate, its display is running at a lowly 1024 x 600 resolution, powered by an Intel AtomTM Z3745 processor, backed by 1GB of RAM. That may make multitasking a bit of a chore, though 16GB of storage space, supplemented by 1TB of free OneDrive cloud storage and microSD support up to 128GB, at least gives you plenty of space to keep your files.
Useful then for some light web browsing and video viewing, but those expecting a full Windows laptop replacement at this price will need to keep looking — but other, better, offerings are sure to follow. [Toshiba]
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