Chrome OS has been there for ages, but with the new Asus C302, it set a totally new goal for itself. Long ago Chromebooks (like Samsung Chromebook) were mostly used by high school students as educational devices. Indeed, the system is pretty fast, based on cloud and won’t let you change it much. Recently, though, the new Asus seems to fully defy those standards by turning its C302 into a fast, beast-like machine.
Let’s start with simple details. C302 runs on Intel Core M3-6Y30, which makes it a rather decent machine. 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage – all of those make it possible to do cloud operations and online search quickly. Tests also show that it’s possible to edit photos (not just cutting, but actually editing) without bugs and delays. All of that was tough, if not impossible with Samsung Chromebooks, where users experienced issues even with simple browsing.
If you talk about the design of this device, it totally nailed it. A thin body, made of aluminum, extremely sleek and weighing about 2,5 pounds, which makes it super light for any type of use. It’s a “flip” model, so you could use it as a tent, as a laptop or transform it any other way. The most important feature for those models is its screen, which this one can really boast with.
Though after some tests it becomes obvious that using this device outside under sun would be rather hard, it’s good for inside usage. The screen is bright and doesn’t mess with your colors, which is important for designers and other people who edit photos and rely on good coloring (don’t forget it’s full HD). 12`5 inches are just enough for this device, and you also don’t notice any keyboard issues when working. If you’re working with text, you would love the full-sized keyboard, which has backlighting. It’s fully controllable (a huge perk) and makes it easy to work at night or with poor illumination. If you compare it to famous Lenovo Chromebook product, you won’t have that cool feature.
It’s a perfect choice for remote work, which allows you use it for about 8-10 hours. This device can be used for 7-8 hours in you’re working, editing or doing any other type of office or school work. If you’re just browsing, its power could last you about 10 hours total. Traditionally, video watching doesn’t give you those results, but nevertheless, it’s decent. The touchscreen is really promising on this device, it doesn’t seem to be lagging or acting poorly. Some people don’t like this option on their laptops, but this one seems to be quite sensitive.
On the worse side, a big part of Asus’ campaign was a promise a stable work of Google Play elements, which seem to be lagging quite often. If you’re not getting this model for GP, you can simply ignore this part and not use it. But if you crave Google Play on your laptop, you should consider something else or wait for a more stable version. Also, its ports don’t support Thunderbolt3, which might be a big con for people transferring data. Though it deals well with the cloud, so maybe you won’t even need it that much.
Another drawback would be the price, which equals $500, which is unusual for Chrome OS devices. A Samsung Chromebook would normally cost you anywhere between $200-$300, depending on a model you’re getting. The whole thing with Chrome OS was making it cheaper, but Asus decided to change this. Though it’s a good high-end device. Maybe its price won’t seem as large if you keep in mind that it’s also more powerful.
Having a flip model could also be a big plus (and a big change for Chrome OS). If the next model or an update will be better with Google Play, it would seem to make a lot of sense to keep it a flip device. At last, it’s a good portable model that you could easily take to work, use in college and then play a few games on or watch a movie.