Earlier this month at CES, Toshiba announced the new Toshiba Encore 2 Write Windows 8.1 tablet. The new tablet is designed on the popular Encore 2 tablet but now has touch pen for easier navigation, inking and other activities. The Microsoft store now has both the 8″ and 10″ models in stock and available for $349 and $399 respectively and both include the TruePen Stylus. You can read my review of the Encore 2 here on the site.
Both the 8″ and 10″ models are powered by Atom Z3735 processor, have 2GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. You can expand that storage up to an additional 128GB with the MicroSD slot
built into the chassis. The cameras in the Toshiba Encore 2 Write have significantly improved over the Encore 2, now with a 8MP rear facing camera and a 1.2MP front facing camera. You still have the 802.11n Wireless connectivity which support Miricast, Bluetooth 4.0 and up to 11 hours of battery life.
The TruePen stylus of the Encore 2 Write is designed to allow you to ink up images, sign PDFs and other things that a touch pen is a bit easier than doing it with your finger. This will be particularly true of the 8″ display unit where pen touches can be a bit more precise.
The Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8″ model is $349 at the Microsoft Store while the 10″ model is $399. Both come in a white and gold finish, just like the Encore 2. They also come with a year of Office 365 Professional which gives you unlimited cloud storage on OneDrive.
Both are really a good value for what they bring and certainly should be a consideration for those looking for a budget friendly Windows tablet.