This week at IFA 2014, Toshiba announced a new, ridiculously affordable Windows 8.1 tablet. The Encore Mini is a 7-incher that runs the full blooded version of Windows 8.1, costs $120, has 16GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot and an Intel quad-core CPU pushing everything along. And a pretty horrible display.
We'll get that out of the way immediately. Remember the display on the Acer Iconia W3? It's about the same story here. It's not an IPS display so you lose out on viewing angles. A lot. When you're looking at it head on it looks a little reflective, but things really go south when you turn it even just a little. And with a resolution of just 1024x600 things look pretty grainy. There's no other way of saying it.
And that's a shame, because there's a lot to like about the Encore Mini. From our limited hands-on time there's no apparent issues with general performance, scrolling seems pretty smooth, and of course, it's full Windows 8.1 on something that would fit inside a jacket pocket. It's not the thinnest tablet you'll ever see, and the plastics wont wow you, but it's light enough to carry about which is important in a small tablet such as this.
But ultimately the display will make or break the experience for you. If you can look past it then you'll be getting an incredibly capable tablet for not a lot of money. But sadly it's a lot to look past.
Check out a selection of hands-on pictures in the photo gallery below.