Toshiba Encore WT8 vs Acer Iconia W4

Posted on 08 April 2014 by

If you’re looking for an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet with a large battery and HDMI-out then the Toshiba Encore WT8 and Acer Iconia W4 are two great choices. Very little differentiated these two devices on the specification list but through our reviews we’ve found subtle differences that might tip the balance one way or another for you. Let’s take a closer look at the differences.


Toshiba Encore WT8

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Acer Iconia W4

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Toshiba Encore WT8 Advantages

Acer Iconia W4 Advantages

  • Better rear camera
  • Proven power+data support on MicroUSB port
  • Array mic is better for voice recording and conferences.
  • Stereo speakers better
  • Smaller vertical dimension
  • Faster ‘small block’ write speeds.
  • Better screen (brightness, contrast)
  • 3G option available
  • hardware windows button useful for screenshots and wake-from-sleep. (A possible disadvantage if being carried in a bag.)

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In general the CPU, GPU, battery and WiFi performance is much the same on these two 8-inch Windows tablets. The weight too although the Toshiba is slightly smaller and could be better for portrait use. Neither have a digitizer layer.  In the ‘chooser’ below there’s really nothing to separate the two devices.

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