Toshiba did a really great job with this tablet. For starters, it is NOT loaded up with crap software. You might be surprised how unusual this is. I have reviewed three other Windows computers in the past two years. Two of them were infested with crapware, and I spent hours getting rid of it. I ran Windows Update (160 pieces) without trouble. I removed a few useless web browser shortcuts. Then the Toshiba was ready for use.
I am impressed that this tiny device is in fact a fully functional Windows computer. I have attached keyboards, mice, USB flash drives, and used them all without issue. I used this stub cable: StarTech.com 5in Micro USB to USB OTG Host Adapter - Micro USB Male to USB A Female On-The-GO Host Cable Adapter
The stylus works well. Battery life is adequate. Cameras (both of them) are meh. Screen looks nice and the touch function works well. The CPU and storage system are fast enough for simple tasks such as email, web browsing, and watching movies on Netflix or Youtube. The sizing of flash storage is ideal for a computer like this. There is lots of room available to hold your third party programs, music, and videos.
I was pleased to find a protective sleeve that is a great fit: Luxury Ultra Slim with Magnetic closure and Hard Shell PU LEATHER PROTECTIVE CASE, COVER, STAND For TOSHIBA Encore® 2 Write WT8PE-B264 Windows Tablet 8-inch! BLACK
. Be aware that it is neither luxury nor leather. But it works very well.
Now here is the bad news. Two words: Windows 8. i have Windows 10 on another computer, it is not an improvement.
When Windows 8 first appeared, I complained about how awful it is for desktop use. Then I figured out how to make it work. One installs Classic Shell and makes a few other adjustments, and Windows 8 sings! However most people are not going to use THIS product as a desktop computer, except as an amusement. Its screen is simply too small for that. You have to use it as a tablet. As a tablet operating system, Windows 8/10 is not bad. It is AWFUL. The best tablet app is Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser. Even that one is not so great. Sometimes it gets stuck and I have to kill it. There is not a working Skype tablet app, even though Microsoft owns Skype! Similarly, there is no wechat tablet app. Wechat is a system that is used by half a billion people world wide. Isn't that enough users?
You are going to look for tablet apps in the Microsoft Store, and that is a cesspool. Want an example? Search the store for "DVD player." You will be looking at a big collection of crap apps that do NOT play DVDs. Read the reviews. Most of them are angry complaints. Yet, these reviews are all 5 stars, the top score. How can that be? The crooks that sell these apps are able to hack the rating system.
If you wish to use a SMALL tablet with an external mouse and keyboard, then this machine would be ideal for you. The screen is small but sharp. I can imagine that some people could handle it. You could use Windows 8/10 as a desktop operating system. For this, Windows 8/10 can be made to sing. For this sort of user, the Toshiba can do so much more than an iPad or an Android tablet.
This Toshiba tablet is a remarkable piece of hardware. It carries a nice price. Too bad it has to use Windows.