Hardware giant Toshiba has just announced a bunch of new products powered by the Windows 8.1 operating system, including the 8-inch Encore 2 tablet that retails for $199.

If there ever was a perfect price point for a device of this sorts, this is it.

A bunch of other Windows 8.1 products are also in tow, including two new tablet-notebook hybrids and a laptop with a 360 degree display hinge. Say what you may, but this is the way to do business, launching new and improved devices, instead of talking about declining sales.

I am looking at you Acer and HP!

Anyway, the Encore 2 will come in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch varieties, with the former getting a price tag of $199 and the latter, $269.99. True, this only gets you acceptable displays — both slates offer resolutions of 1280 by 800, but it is not as much an issue on the smaller one.

Plus, both are powered by quad-core Intel Atom processors, and come with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which is a $69.99 value.

Both tablets go on sale in July, just in time for the Back to School shopping frenzy.

Toshiba also shared details of the Satellite Click 2 and Satellite Click 2 Pro notebook in this press release, and the Satellite Radius laptop with a 360 degree display hinge (similar to Lenovo Yoga) is detailed here. Some very neat hardware, indeed.

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  1. Good deal

  2. Bill Franklin / May 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm /Reply

    Relatively cheap and affordable, so it’s a nice offer to the consumers. Overall though, it looks like a cheap and below average tablet. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s just me.

    • The hardware does look really tacky. I don’t know. It seems like a fair price for a decent tablet to me though.

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