Analysis of the Chromebook Flip C302 – Intel Core m3-6Y30 from Asus.

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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

Chromebook Flip C302 enough for internet use?

What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this Chromebook Flip C302, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Asus; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 12.5 inches size. It Chromebook Flip C302 comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. The engineers fromAsus have designed an interesting model with solid internal and external components.
With a processor Intel Core m3-6Y30, Asus offers an already outdated technology. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. By offering only 64 Gb, this Chromebook Flip C302 is one of the smallest in its category. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Chromebook Flip C302 can work 10 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Chromebook Flip C302 for videos?

Asus presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Chromebook Flip C302 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 12.5, in 2400×1350, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.2 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish.  Chromebook Flip C302 will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Chromebook Flip C302. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core m3-6Y30, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Asus installed by default. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Chrome on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the IntelĀ® UHD 600 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Asus didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the Chromebook Flip C302 has only 1 ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Chromebook Flip C302 seems inappropriate. Indeed, with 10 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.

Chromebook Flip C302 the right choice for travelling connected ?

Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Asus. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 1.2 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 12.5 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The touch screen is present on the Chromebook Flip C302, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. A beautiful screen and quality images. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
The processor Intel Core m3-6Y30 is inferior to other competitive products.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 10 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 64 Gb SSD hard drive. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who will need more space, this Chromebook Flip C302 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 12.5 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 1 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Chromebook Flip C302 for travel use.

The Chromebook Flip C302 for audio or video editing ?

Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Asus has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core m3-6Y30 does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The Chromebook Flip C302 has only got one, with total 64 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 10 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.

The Chromebook Flip C302- the right model to play with?

It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this Chromebook Flip C302, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The Asus technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
Provided with a resolution of 2400×1350, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 64 Gb.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.2 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 10 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Chromebook Flip C302 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

Chromebook Flip C302 the right choice for office automation ?

In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, Asus may have put a rather low computer on the market. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
This computer meets a demand that deviates from Windows standards. The operating system is indeed Chrome.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. An almost featherweight of 1.2 Kg.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
With only 64 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
In short, the Chromebook Flip C302 is an average choice. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

In short, is the Chromebook Flip C302, the right choice ?

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Chromebook Flip C302 is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks