The Asus C302 Chromebook was for a long time the laptop of choice for anyone looking for a Chrome OS computer. Apart from the much pricier Pixel Chromebooks the C302 was arguably the first Chromebook to maximise the full potential of Chrome OS. This is because most other Chromebooks at the time offered a more budget experience. This goes back to when Chrome OS was originally released in 2011. At that time the only Chromebook you could get was a budget laptop.
Things changed significantly for Chrome OS when Android Apps were announced as being compatible with the operating system. The Asus C302 was one of the first laptops to take advantage of this. Since then newer models have been released, and the C302 is no longer considered a must buy. That being said, it’s still a great laptop that still offers everything you’ll need when using a Chrome OS computer.
The Asus uses an Intel M3 sixth-generation processor. Capable of speeds of up to 2.2 GHz and the 4MB cache helps this Chromebook perform well. The 4GB of RAM was considered a lot when this laptop was originally launched. Even today, in 2021, a Chromebook with 4GB of RAM will perform most tasks without any issues. Whether that is internet surfing or using the latest Android App. The C302 can perform these tasks with ease.
It’s the same story with the storage. The 64 GB is enough storage for what you’ll need in 2021, and it was a huge amount of storage when launched. When you consider you should be storing all your files in the cloud and leaving your local storage for Android Apps. Providing this is how you use your Chromebook you’ll find there is plenty of space to install Apps and still have storage leftover.
|Config 1 (UK + USA)||Intel M3-6Y30||4 GB||64 GB|
|Config 2 (USA)||Intel M5||4 GB||64 GB|
|Config 3 (USA)||Intel M7||8 GB||64 GB|
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The Asus C302 display is great. When you consider you’re getting a 12.5-inch display, which is pretty compact. Asus still managed to ensure the resolution provided was Full HD at 1920 x 1080. This is the resolution you’d expect from a 14-inch display, but the smaller the display is and it costs a lot more to offer Full HD. For the price of the Asus C302, this is great to see.
It also boasts an IPS panel, which makes viewing at an angle is a pleasure. An IPS panel also offers a much richer and vibrant colour reproduction, so the colours on the screen pop out at you. The touchscreen also means it’s perfect for using Android Apps.
|Display Size||Resolution||Panel Type||Touchscreen|
|12.5-inch||1920 x 1080||IPS||Yes|
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The Asus C302 is a Hybrid laptop. What this means is that it can be used as both a laptop and a tablet. One of the first Chromebooks to offer this functionality. Using a Chromebook in tablet mode can feel a little awkward with a lot of Hybrid devices. However, due to how the Asus C302 was manufactured it’s a much better experience. First of all the block type design of the overall casing means it looks perfectly fine in tablet mode. A magnet is also in place, so when you flip it into tablet mode it comfortably clicks into place and stays there.
Being a Hybrid 2-in-1 device means you’ll be able to take full advantage of Chrome OS. Chrome OS has improved considerably in the last few years in tablet mode. A hybrid is a good choice if you want two products for the price of one. However, the tablet experience can never beat the experience you get from a standalone tablet.
|Asus C302||Hybrid 2-in-1|
All Chromebooks receive automatic updates of the operating system. Very similar to how an Android phone receives automatic updates of Android. These updates offer improvements and new functionality, but also offer crucial security updates. These updates are necessary to keep you safe when using your computer for internet surfing.
To ensure Chrome OS can continue to offer the best possible experience. It isn’t possible for old laptops to still receive updates. This means all Chromebooks will eventually stop receiving these updates. It’s known as the Auto Update Expiry Date (AUE Date). After this date, there is no guarantee your Chromebook will continue to receive updates to the operating system.
|Asus C302||June 2023|
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CONNECTIVITY & OTHER SPECS
The C302 was one of the first Chromebooks to use the newer USB Type – C ports. These USB ports are considered the standard in 2021. Not only are they smaller than USB – A, you can also attach an external display using a USB Type – C port. Because they are smaller ports it means manufacturers can provide slimmer more compact laptops. However, this is only possible if they do not offer USB Type-A as well.
At present, many people still use older peripherals, which use USB Type-A. The Asus C302 does not offer any of these older type USB ports. This means to use older peripherals you’d have to buy a separate adaptor. In the future, all laptops will only offer USB Type – C. At the moment though, a laptop that offers both types of USB ports could be considered as offering more flexibility.
|CONNECTIVITY & PORTS||Available|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes|
|Finger Print Scanner||No|
To check whether a Chromebook is right for you. It’s always best to check out some reviews on the web. Sure, the specs alone can give you a good indication. That being said, a review will offer you more information about the laptop, which can help you decide whether it’s the one for you. It’s important to remember reviews are the opinion of one individual. Therefore, it would be wise to read a few different reviews, so you can get a more balanced opinion for yourself.