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Toshiba Encore 2 Write and Z20t Ultrabook: A Quick Look

by Jacob Kleinman | January 7, 2015January 7, 2015 11:00 am PST

Earlier this year, Toshiba launched the Encore 2, part of a family of sleek tablets running Windows 8.1. Now, the company is back with a new Windows slate that’s designed to offer the best writing and drawing experience possible. Say hello to the Encore 2 Write.

Toshiba’s latest tablet comes in two size variants at either 10.1-inches or 8-inches across. Both models offer the same 1280 x 800-pixel resolution, Intel Atom processor, 64GB of storage with microSD support, 2GB of RAM, 11-hour battery life, 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing webcam. The Encore 2 Write also comes with a special Toshiba TruPen stylus along with Toshiba’s own apps and Windows 8.1 pre-installed.

The company’s putting a big emphasis on three new productivity apps, which will debut on the Encore before hitting the Windows Store later this year. TruNote is a pretty spiffy note-taking app that makes it easy to jot down a few thoughts, add pictures or doodles, and even search through all your notes. There’s also TruCapture, which lets you skip the whole note-taking process entirely and just snap a picture of any blackboard, poster or book; the software then automatically straightens and brightens the text for you and saves it for later. Finally, there’s TruRecorder, an audio recording app that can identify when different people are talking so it’s easy to pinpoint different parts of a conversation when you play it back later.

The design on both models is simple and sleek, and the 8-inch Encore 2 Write is particularly light. It should make for a great note-taking tablet that can fit into any bag or even bigger pockets without adding much weight. The new stylus also works really well, and snaps onto the side of the device with a nice click. Both models will be available starting Jan. 11, with the larger tablet starting at $399.99 and the smaller version priced at $349.99.

Toshiba also took the opportunity to show us the latest from its enterprise unit with the Portégé Z20t Ultrabook, a new business laptop-tablet hybrid. It offers a bold black design with a 12.5-inch touchscreen that pops right out from the detachable keyboard. The tablet offers 9.1-hours of battery life, while the keyboard brings that up to an impressive 17.5 hours. It packs a stylus as well, along with ports for HDMI, microUSB, microSD in tablet mode and additional RGB, HDMI, Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports in the keyboard. The Portégé Z20t launches this month for $1,399, though it’s only being sold directly to companies looking to outfit their employees with new devices.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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