Toshiba Excite Write

The Good Writing on the Toshiba Excite Write's screen feels fluid and smooth, and I love the useful eraser button. It also boasts an incredibly sharp screen and includes storage expansion via microSD.

The Bad There are few useful stylus features and no built-in pocket for the pen. The screen at times becomes completely unresponsive.

The Bottom Line Though it doesn't have any glaring problems, $600 is way too much for a tablet that fails to stand out in any significant way.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Review

An overpriced tablet lacking in stylus features

I could easily forgive the Toshiba Excite Write for failing to breach much new ground in the stylus tablet department, but its $600 price is the ultimate deal breaker. There just isn't enough offered here -- whether in performance or features -- to justify that price.

The Write's biggest issue is integration. Or lack thereof. Toshiba's TruNote Stylus app is severely limited in function, and while the pen can be used to navigate the OS, its functionality pales in comparison to Samsung's Note line of tablets whose write-to-text features makes the S Pen feel like a truly integrated and essential component of the interface. The Excite Write simply feels like the Excite Pro with stylus support.

The Write isn't a bad tablet, but its offerings don't match up to the $600 asking price. Stylus tablet shoppers would do well to go with either current Samsung Note tablet, or wait for the new Note 10.1 2014 Edition, which looks extremely promising

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $600
  • Brand Toshiba
  • Diagonal Size 10 in
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Type Android 4.2.2
  • Monitor Features 10-point multi-touch, Wide Viewing Angle
  • Weight 23.67 oz
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