Price cuts for devices that are already so affordable are always interesting. Take the Toshiba Encore Mini Windows 8.1 tablet that launched back at IFA 2014.

Back then, it was one of the most affordable Windows 8.1 slates around, with a price tag of just $119.

Soon enough, HP spoiled the party with the Stream 7, which offered slightly better hardware specifications, and was marketed for just $99. That was more than enough to take the fight to the Toshiba device, which actually did not provide nearly as good an experience.

It was a tad sluggish, due to the delays when doing even the most basic of tasks.

Anyway, round about one month after the slate made its debut, Microsoft Store has already applied a discount to it. The Windows 8.1 with Bing Toshiba Encore Mini can be yours for just $99 now.

You do get a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution and a quad-core Intel Atom CPU that is paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that is expandable via the included microSD card slot. It also has two cameras.

The HP Stream 7, on the other hand, offers a better resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels in the same 7-inch display size, though most of the other circuitry remains more or less the same.

Even at its new price the Toshiba Encore Mini loses out due to its rather limited display, and most buyer will probably choose the HP model.

Maybe Toshiba should have cut the price even more?

Price cuts for devices that are already so affordable are always interesting.

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  1. The Winbook 8inch from Microcenter is also a great bargain…

  2. The biggest problem (or one of them) with the Encore Mini is the storage. After installing Windows updates on mine, on a 16 GB storage, I only have about 2 GB left. Yeah, I can pop in a MicroSD card, but I can’t install apps there – or even use OneDrive for that storage – that’s strictly for local stuff. So I have this tablet with crappy battery life that can barely hold a few apps.

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