Toshiba Excite Pro Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and Impressions

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Published on September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Toshiba Excite Pro Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back to this website!

As you’ve already seen lately, in the past couple of weeks or so, i’ve been showing you guys here some of the Toshiba Excite and non-Excite series tablets.

And as you can see, from all of my previous reviews, i’ve been really impressed a lot with almost all of these tablets, especially the ones with NVIDIA Tegra processors – either Tegra 3 or even Tegra 2 processor -, like Toshiba Excite 10 SE, Toshiba Excite 10 AT305, Toshiba Excite Pure, Toshiba Excite 7.7 or Toshiba Thrive.

Toshiba Excite Pro benchmarks and gaming performance

Interestingly, Toshiba actually also has another more powerful tablet under its sleeve.

And this one is powered by Tegra 4 quad-core processor - which proved to be really powerful and on par with today’s flagship mobile chipsets like Snapdragon 800/600 or Apple 64-bit A7 processor.

The tablet i’m referring right now is called Toshiba Excite Pro, a 10.1-inch device sporting the 2.5k resolution.

This tablet actually reminds me with other Tegra 4 tablets from Asus and Kobo, which both also sport the same 2.5K display – Asus Transformer Pad TF701T and Kobo Arc 10HD respectively.

On paper, this Toshiba tablet is definitely more than greater for playing games. And that’s for sure.

Thanks to its Tegra 4 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, Toshiba Excite Pro is more than capable to handle many games, even all games that you see on Google Play Store or Tegra Zone today.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, my personal review of Toshiba Excite Pro.

Introduction

Compared to other Toshiba Excite tablets that i’ve been showing you guys here in the past few weeks, it’s really obvious that Toshiba Excite Pro will be way more powerful and superior than all of its siblings, especially in terms of specs and performance.

And as i mentioned above, this tablet is actually on the same page with other Tegra 4 tablets – Asus Transformer Pad TF701T and Kobo Arc 10HD, on the sectors of screen and hardware.

However, despite being a beast in performance, there are something that you should know about this tablet, especially its processor.

From many reviews and videos i’ve seen on YouTube, i heard several times that Tegra 4 processor usually has some issues on any tablet that utilizes it.

And one of them is overheating issue. So that’s probably the same thing that could happen on Toshiba Excite Pro, especially given that this tablet is also sporting a super high resolution screen (2560x1600 pixels) – which will squeeze a lot of power from its processor.

Toshiba Excite Pro Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughs and ImpressionsSo if you’re planning to buy this device in the near future, you must be prepared to buy gloves for your hands especially if you intend to use this tablet for playing games intensively.

But apart from that, Toshiba Excite Pro is still a decent quality tablet. As a matter of fact, if you’re okay with that overheating problem, this tablet can possibly be one of the best 10-inch tablets on the market right now.

It has a really powerful processor, a really high resolution screen, a huge 2GB of RAM, a complete set of cameras, a huge battery and a couple of other basic features.

However, there is no 3G cellular support nor FM radio on this tablet, which is acceptable given that most of tablets out there on the market usually don't come with these 2 elements.

However, with all of these high-grade specs and great gaming performance, the questions are, does Toshiba Excite Pro have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet?

Is this tablet relevant to be positioned alongside other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market?

Is it worth it to purchase this tablet?

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  • No SIM
  • Released July 2013
  •  630.5 g (Weight)
  • 10.1 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 2560 x 1600 pixels (~299 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra 4 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, upgradable to 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • microSD memory Card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 32 GB Internal storage
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera (autofocus and LED flash) 3264 x 2448 pixels
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass sensors
  • No Radio
  • HTML5 Browser
  • GPS
  • Silver Colors
  • HDMI port
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Po battery (33 Wh)
  • Up to 11 hours for Talk time (multimedia)
As mentioned above, when it comes to spec sheet, Toshiba Excite Pro actually kind of reminds me with other Tegra 4 tablets i’ve already showed and reviewed on this website a couple of months ago – Kobo Arc 10HD or Asus Transformer Pad TF701T -, which all of these counterparts are also equipped with the same exact 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels) on their 10.1-inch display.

Not to mention, all of these tablets also come with the same 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box (although with slightly different software version).

So if you’re looking for an alternative for Toshiba Excite Pro, but you still want to get the same exact goodies that come with this tablet, then you might want to check out either Asus Transformer Pad TF701T or Kobo Arc 10HD – given their similar spec sheet.

However, if you’re looking for a gaming tablet, i strongly suggest you to pick up either Asus or this Toshiba tablet because Kobo Arc 10HD is originally intended by its manufacturer as a tablet reader like Kindle Fire, not a gaming tablet - although it clearly has a great gaming performance.

Anyway, Toshiba Excite Pro features a 10.1-inch display sporting the 2.5K resolution (2560x1600 pixels), a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, 8MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front with LED flash and autofocus support, a huge 33Wh battery capacity, microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 32GB internal storage and a couple of standard features of a media-consumption tablet, with the exception of FM radio and 3G cellular connectivity.

Screen

Similar just like Kobo Arc 10HD and Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, this Toshiba tablet is packing a 10.1-inch display with the super high-resolution 2.5k display (2560x1600 pixels) and pixel density of -299 ppi.

So when it comes to sharpness, then this tablet will be superior on this sector.

Not only does the text or image look insanely sharp and crisp on this device, but everything that you throw on the screen will look gorgeous (according to video review on YouTube by the way).

The use of pinch-to-zoom gesture will probably be not needed that much given that this screen already delivers an eye pleasing experience to users even in normal overview mode.

User Interface

Similar just like any other Toshiba Excite tablets, Toshiba Excite Pro also comes pre-installed with the UI that comes close to pure stock Android UI.

So there will be no heavy aggressive customizations made by Toshiba on this tablet. Everything that you’re familiar to see on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean stock UI, can be found here on this tablet, of course with some customized icons, skins and wallpapers from Toshiba.

So if you like using stock Android UI and its pre-loaded features, then you’ll definitely feel at home when using this tablet.

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Given its “Pro” title, then it’s a must for Toshiba to equip this tablet with the best possible hardware specs on the market to date.

So there should be no compromise when it comes specs of this tablet.

And that’s true because Toshiba Excite Pro features one of the best type of specs that can only be found on flagship tablets – from a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 72-core GeForce ULP GPU, not to mention, the super highest-resolution 2560x1600 pixel display, which translates to 2.5K resolution.

So when it comes to performance, there’s no single doubt that this tablet will be blazing fast and it’s more than capable to execute any heavy graphics-related tasks in buttery smooth performance.

Even with that highest-resolution display, Toshiba Excite Pro still performs fast and smooth with no lag whatsoever.

This is possible to achieve given that Tegra 4 quad-core processor is more than adequate to handle this type of display with no meaningful problem.

Even when you deploy live wallpaper on the homescreen or open many apps at the same time, this tablet still delivers a pleasingly smooth experience to the users.

However, there is still one downside of having this powerful processor on this tablet. And that is related to overheating issue.

I actually heard several times that Tegra 4 tablets (from Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, Kobo Arc 10HD, etc) - especially the ones with higher-resolution screen (1080p or 2.5K display) -, tend to have overheating issue on its rear cover.

So the rear cover heats up so easily especially when doing some heavy tasks, like playing games intensively, watching HD/full HD movies or browsing the web.

So if you’re OKAY with that problem, then you have nothing to worry about.

But if you’re not OKAY with this problem, the solution is either you buy gloves for your hand, smart case for this tablet, or the last one is, pick up other tablet with different processor – of course, the one with powerful processor and GPU, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800/600/801 or Apple A7 on iPads.

Anyway, apart from that overheating issue, the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite Pro is definitely great – no single doubt about that.

And that’s because Tegra 4 processor is an insanely powerful chipset, shipping with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU.

And this processor is actually intended by NVIDIA mostly to handle graphics-related tasks on tablet – like for playing heavy 3D games or watching HD/full HD movies.

Not to mention, this tablet also comes with 2GB of RAM, meaning that its memory space will be large and can handle many many tasks on this tablet at once.

So if you love playing tablet games, then you’ll find your hobby accommodated very well on this device.

Any games that you see today on the Google Play Store – from simple games like Angry Birds, Temple Run, Minion Rush to even the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Dead Trigger 2, Modern Combat 4 and 5, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn or Real Racing 3 – YES, all of these games can be played perfectly and smoothly on this tablet, even in full highest graphics setting.

However, as i mentioned above, given its highest-resolution screen and powerful GPU, you must be willing to accept the overheating issue on this tablet.

But i might be wrong about this because Toshiba probably already knows about this problem and has addressed it by using much better materiel (like glossy plastic or anything) to prevent this tablet from heating up, especially on the back cover.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Toshiba Excite Pro, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Toshiba Excite Pro is powered by 33Wh non-removable Li Po battery, which is pretty huge for a 10-inch device.

According to GSMarena, with that huge battery, this tablet is believed could deliver more than 11 hours of battery life especially when used for talk time or multimedia usage.

And this is acceptable given that this tablet is packing an insanely high resolution display, plus a power-hungry Tegra 4 quad-core processor, especially with its 72-core GPU that will squeeze a lot of energy from the battery.

So it’s a great decision by Toshiba to cram this huge battery capacity inside this tablet, ensuring that this tablet could deliver an all-day-long battery life to users, even in heavy use.

However, given its super high-resolution screen and powerful processor, the battery life could drop drastically especially if you use it for doing some heavy intense tasks – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -.

Well, if you’re this type of power user, then you can only expect to see this tablet last probably around 5 to 7 hours or probably less than that given the same reason aforementioned above (you know, its super high-resolution screen and power-hungry processor and GPU).

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i think it’s really easy to recommend this tablet to you, especially if you’re looking for one of the best media-consumption tablet on the market to date, or even gaming tablet.
  • It has highest-resolution screen (which according to some reviews, is one of the best looking displays on the market to date),
  • a really powerful processor and GPU,
  • huge RAM,
  • great set of cameras (8MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front with LED flash and autofocus),
  • microSD card slot for up to 32GB to support the 32GB internal storage,
  • huge 33Wh battery capacity,
  • a couple of standard features (except FM radio and 3G cellular connectivity)
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just perfect.
This tablet is definitely great for watching HD or even full HD movies (1080p), playing games, reading contents like books or magazines, listening to music, browsing the web, editing documents, taking photos, recording videos and even just for checking emails.

And all of these tasks can be executed perfectly and smoothly, thanks to the Tegra 4 processor inside this tablet.

Even if you love multitasking many apps at the same time or using live wallpaper on the homescreen, this tablet is still able to deliver a pleasingly smooth experience to the users, with no lag whatsoever, thanks to the 2GB of RAM that Toshiba has provided on this device.

However, despite all of that, there are still some downsides that you must be willing to own when getting this tablet.

And one of them is its overheating issue.

This may not be such a huge concern for you if you’re just a moderate user.

But if you are a power user, you must take this issue seriously because having a device that gets hot easily can be quite annoying.

I actually heard this issue several times on many users of Tegra 4 tablets.

So their tablets become really hot (literally) on the rear cover, especially when doing some heavy intense tasks, like playing heavy 3D games or watching HD movies.

So if you intend to buy this device, you must be prepared to face this problem in the long run.

To end this review, i’ll try to answer some of my questions i’ve asked previously above:

Does Toshiba Excite Pro have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

Yes, absolutely – and the reason is so obvious. Toshiba Excite Pro comes with a powerful Tegra 4 quad-core processor, coupled with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU and 2GB of RAM, not to mention huge 33Wh battery – which all of these ensure great and comfortable gaming performance to the users.

With that being said, then this tablet is just more than capable to handle any game that you see today on Google Play Store – even the latest ones like GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne and many more – all in buttery smooth performance and in full highest graphics setting.

But then again, as i mentioned above, Tegra 4 tablet with super high-resolution screen like Toshiba Excite Pro usually can heat up easily on its rear-cover, especially for playing games or watching HD movies.

And this can be quite annoying because when it gets really hot, it becomes uncomfortable to hold this tablet with your bare hands.

So this tablet may be great for handling any kind of 3D games.

However, if it gets hot easily, then it’s not gonna be so great to use this tablet as gaming device.

Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market?

Yes, absolutely – thanks to its powerful high-grade specs, Toshiba Excite Pro no doubt deserves to be positioned alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S/Note 10.1, Xiaomi Mi Pad, Sony Xperia Z/Z2, Google Nexus 10 or even iPad Air.

Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

Yes – despite the overheating issue i mentioned above, getting this tablet is still a great decision because it has everything that any flagship tablet has today – from super high-resolution screen, powerful processor and GPU, huge RAM, huge battery, etc.

So, YES – it deserves to be pitted alongside other 10-inch rivals on today’s tablet market.

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