Chromebook Flip C302
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 review
A premium Chromebook for a less-than-premium price.
ASUS’s latest Chromebook to grace Australian shores is the more-premium C302, a 2-in-1 style device that can act as both a laptop and tablet with a pair of 360-degree hinges that allow the keyboard base to fold all the way around until it’s touching the back of the screen. The ‘premium’ part of its design comes largely from its anodised aluminium chassis, which gives it a much tougher and slicker look and feel compared to its plastic competitors.
You will pay extra for that – although that thankfully not to the level of the most-expensive Chromebooks, with the RRP $899 putting it decidedly in the midrange for laptops.
It works well in both tablet and laptop modes – in fact, it’s the first Chromebook we’ve tested that really passes muster when it comes to tablet use, and the higher-quality keyboard and trackpad also mean it’s comfortable to type or mouse on for extended periods in laptop mode.
Under the hood there’s a fairly sedate set of hardware: an Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor runs the show, coupled with an adequate 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a passable 32GB eMMC flash drive for storage. Those are a little above average for Chromebooks, as is the C302’s 12.5-inch display – a 1080p unit that’s a nice a cut about the 1,366 x 768 models you see on cheaper models. You also get 802.11ac Wi-Fi onboard (and it’s a decent 2x2 setup with maximum wireless speeds of 867Mbps) and HD webcam and a built-in microSD Card slot for expanding that smallish amount of eMMC storage.
Lastly, you get basic input and output capabilities thanks to two USB 3.1 ports (one on either side of the keyboard) and a 3.5mm headset socket. The C302’s fairly lightweight too, at just 1.2kg, meaning it’s easy to take with you if you want to work from the road.
Verdict: Worthy of its premium stature, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 has a classy design that makes it as easy to use in both tablet mode or as a traditional laptop.