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Asus Chromebook Flip C302 review

by Dan Millward
Asus C302 Chromebook Review

The Asus Chromebook Flip C302 is the best Chromebook of 2018 and this will continue into 2019 until a new Chromebook rivals its performance and build quality. The only Chromebook that can match the Asus C302 is the Google Pixelbook. However, costing twice as much as the C302 it isn’t hard to see why the Asus C302 is the best Chromebook of 2018.

So let’s take a closer look at the Asus C302 to see what made it the best Chromebook to buy in 2018.




Asus Chromebook C302 Build Quality

The first thing you’ll notice when you take the Asus C302 out of its packaging is just how cool it looks. An allover aluminium chassis means you get one sexy looking Chromebook. When the Asus C302 is closed it looks very similar in appearance to the Apple MacBook. It’s without question one of the best looking laptops around. Not just competing against other Chromebooks. The Asus C302 looks as good, if not better, than any other ultrabook on the market.

The Asus C302 looks similar to the Apple MacBook

The Asus C302 looks similar to the Apple MacBook

It weighs just 1.2kg, which is pretty light when you consider the solid build of the C302. It’s also good for anyone looking to use the Asus C302 as a tablet. After all, who wants to carry around a tablet that weighs you down? The Asus C302 is not only light, but it’s also super thin, which just adds to the look and feel of the Asus C302 Flip.

The fantastic build quality does not stop on the outside either. When you open the Asus C302 Chromebook you immediately realise you’ve got a quality laptop in your hands. This is what makes the C302 so appealing. Not only does it provide the best Chromebook experience practically, but it also provides the best in the looks department as well.

The Asus C302 is super thin and looks the part

The Asus C302 is super thin and looks the part

Asus Chromebook Flip Performance

The Asus C302 Chromebook comes with an Intel Dual-Core M Series processor capable of 2.2GHz. This is a powerful processor for a Chromebook and you can immediately see this when using the C302. Not only does it boot up in seconds. It handles anything you throw at it with ease.

While using the Asus C302 I was installing a lot of Android Apps at the same time and the Asus C302 did not struggle with this at all. I was going from one Android App to another and it did not phase the C302 in the slightest. I did not notice any performance issues while it was downloading multiple Android Apps while installing Apps that had been downloaded.

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The Asus C302 can be laid out flat

While it was downloading and installing Android Apps. I opened an internet browser and went onto social media and again it handled this with ease. Even streaming videos on social media while installing and downloading Android Apps was no problem for the Asus C302.




Asus C302 Memory (RAM)

The 4GB of memory that comes with the Asus C302 is more than enough for any of the tasks you may think of. Even some Android App Games that need a lot of processing power did not slow down when playing them on the Asus C302. This is great to see because the Asus C302 is definitely a great Chromebook for anyone wanting to take advantage of the thousands of Android Apps available.

The 4GB of RAM the Asus Chromebook flip comes with is more than enough for this Chromebook to deliver great results. Added to that is the Intel HD Graphics, which means streaming HD video with the Asus Chromebook Flip is done effortlessly.

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The Asus C302 can also be used as a tablet

Storage on the Asus C302

A Chromebook that is perfect to use for Android Apps needs a lot of storage space. The Asus C302 comes with 64GB of storage, which in Chromebook terms is huge. This means you’ll be able to install a lot of Android Apps and never need to worry about running out of storage.

I was really pleased to see the Asus C302 come with 64GB of storage. Installing Android Apps on the Asus C302 is done almost instantly. It’s so quick in fact you can move from one Android App to another and before you know it you’re downloading several Android Apps all at the same time. This is why the 64GB of storage available was really nice to see.




The Display on the Asus Chromebook Flip

The Asus Chromebook C302 Flip comes with a 12.5-inch screen and 1,920 x 1,080 display. This is really good to see in a Chromebook with a display of this size.¬†The colours are vivid and the display offers crisp looking text. It’s also good to see that the display does not deteriorate if viewing from an angle.

This is really important when you consider you can use the Asus C302 as a laptop or a tablet. The Asus C302 display is fantastic and will definitely please anyone who uses it. Whether you’re using the C302 to write an essay or stream the latest movie you’ll not be disappointed with the results.

The Asus Chromebook C302 being used in tent mode

The Asus C302 in tent mode

The Asus C302 being a Hybrid Chromebook, which means it can be used a laptop or tablet also means it comes¬†with a touchscreen. Whether you’re using the Asus C302 as a laptop or tablet the touchscreen is great to use. Personally, I’ve played Android App games in both modes and the touchscreen works perfectly.

The amazing keyboard of the Asus C302

Simply put, the Asus C302 has one of the best keyboards I’ve ever used. I’m not just talking about comparing it to other Chromebooks. The keyboard is the second best keyboard you can get in the ultrabook market. The only laptop that provides a better keyboard is the Google Pixelbook.

First of all, the keyboard is backlit, which is great to see because it means you can use your Chromebook day or night without any issues. It’s also perfectly laid out and you have enough space between the keys to type. As a touch-typist of 60 words per minute, having a great keyboard is really important to me, so I am thrilled with the keyboard available on the Asus C302 Chromebook.

Asus C302 keyboard is great to use

The Asus C302 keyboard is a joy to use

If you’re looking for a Chromebook that is good to use for essay writing then this is the Chromebook for you. The reason the keyboard on the Asus C302 is so nice to type with is that the keys travel 1.4mm on every push. You really feel this when using the Asus C302 keyboard and it makes typing on the Asus C302 an absolute pleasure.

The Asus C302 Connectivity

The Connectivity available on the Asus C302 is without question forward thinking. Gone are the older USB ports, which are replaced by two USB Type-C ports. Type-C is the way forward and in a few years from now, all laptops will come with Type-C connectivity.

What makes Type-C 3.1 so good is the transfer speeds available, which is twice as fast as the older USB 3.0 connection. Also, there is no more fiddling around with USB connections trying to make sure you put the USB in the right way. This is because Type-C connections can be put in either way. This makes plugging in your connection to charge your Chromebook or plugging in an external Hard Disk much easier than if you were using an older version of USB connectivity.

It also comes with a Micro SD slot, so you can easily add further storage at a later stage. It’s unlikely you’ll ever need to do this because the 64GB of storage available is ample for most users. However, it’s good to see a Micro SD is available.

Sound

The sound you get from the Asus Chromebook Flip is ok, but you should not expect to get music reproduced in fantastic quality. That isn’t saying the Asus lacks in the sound department, as the volume provided is more than enough. It can sound a little tinny at high volumes though.

You can never really expect amazing sound from a laptop of this size when listening to music, so it would be harsh to mark the Asus down for this. For general use, the sound is just fine. If you do like your music then it’s best to use a decent pair of headphones in headphone jack provided.



Specification

  • Processor: Intel dual-core, 4MB cache up to 2.2GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Screen: 12.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 backlit
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3, Micro SD card reader, Headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2
  • Camera: 720p HD webcam
  • Weight: 1.20kg (2.6 pounds)
  • Dimensions: 13 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches

Conclusion

The Asus C302 is the best Chromebook available in 2018. It beats the Pixelbook purely because of the price difference. You’re paying more than twice the amount for the Pixelbook. Don’t get me wrong the Pixelbook is a great Chromebook, but the C302 delivers everything you need at a much more affordable price.

It looks the part and is great to use as either a laptop or tablet. Using it as a tablet has got even better recently with the updates Google have made to Chrome OS. It’s also great to use in tent mode, which works perfectly if you’re sitting down on your sofa.

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The different display positions make using the Asus C302 perfect for any occasion

Android Apps have released a new buzz in the air for Chromebooks, but only a few Chromebooks at the moment work well with Android Apps. The Asus C302 works perfectly with Android Apps and this is thanks to the touchscreen that the Asus C302 provides.

Whether you’re buying your first ever Chromebook or looking to update the one you already have. The Asus C302 is a must. Yes, if money is no object you may want to take a look at the Pixelbook. But seriously, the Asus C302 will not disappoint, as it performs and looks great.

The Asus C302 Chromebook is the one to beat in 2019. Until a better Chromebook comes along, this is without question the must-have Chromebook of 2018 and will continue to be in 2019.

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4 comments

John van Gurp November 7, 2018 - 11:50 am

Unfortunately in Chrome OS V70 there’s a bug where the display doesn’t rotate to portrait orientation in tablet mode, and the virtual onscreen keyboard doesn’t appear either.

Dan Millward December 29, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Thanks for your comment. The bug you’re referring to has been fixed and I can confirm the Asus C302 now works in landscape and portrait mode without any problems.

Pawdog December 29, 2018 - 10:22 pm

You guys have the Dell Inspiron 14 over there yet?

Chrome Computing December 30, 2018 - 1:07 pm

The Dell Inspiron 14 has not been launched in the UK yet.

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