The Toshiba Encore Mini is the full Windows 8.1 experience on a 7-inch screen, and it costs just $120.

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By Christina Warren2014-09-03 15:55:37 UTC

Toshiba on Wednesday announced the Encore Mini, a 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet. Designed in conjunction with Microsoft, the Encore Mini is unique in that it comes in at just $119.99.

You read that correctly. The Encore Mini is the full Windows 8.1 experience in a tablet with a 7-inch screen, and it costs just $120. Once it’s on store shelves, you might even be able to find it for lower.

Powered by an Intel Atom processor, the Encore Mini isn’t the most advanced machine. It has a 1,024 x 600 display — so this isn’t even full HD — but it does have 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Encore Mini comes with 16GB of internal storage, a microUSB port and a microSD card slot, which can augment the storage by up to 128GB with a SDXC card.

Toshiba Encore Mini

Powered by an Intel Atom chip, the Toshiba Encore Mini packs full Windows 8.1 in your pocket.

Still, what we can’t get past is the price. $120 for a full Windows 8.1 machine is a steal, especially for users who want an inexpensive way to do Office 365 on the go. The Encore Mini even comes with a full year of access to Office 365 Personal ($6.99 a month). Which basically means that you’re spending as much on a full computer and tablet as you would on an Office 365 subscription. Welcome to the future.

So what say you, does a sub-$150 Windows 8.1 tablet make your impulse-buy list? Let us know.

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