Even after all this time, the asus Chromebook Flip C302 is still worthy of its premium stature with a dazzling screen, tactile keyboard and a classy design that’s equally as comfortable khổng lồ use in tablet mode or as a traditional laptop.

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CPU: 0.99Ghz Intel vi xử lý core m3-6Y30 (dual core, 4MB cache, up to lớn 2.2GHz)Graphics: intel HD Graphics 515RAM: 4GB LPDDR3Screen: 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glareStorage: 64GB eMMC + TPMPorts: 2 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), microSD card reader, headset jackConnectivity: intel 2x2 802.11ac; công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.2Camera: 720p webcamWeight: 2.6 pounds (1.18kg)Size: 13 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches (33 x 23.1 x 2.29cm; W x D x H)


When the asus Chromebook Flip first hit the streets, it went for $649 (about £509, AU$926) with an Intel chip core m5 processor, 64GB storage và 4GB RAM. That was definitely a huge price tag for a Chromebook. However, because the asus Chromebook Flip has been available for a while now, you should be able khổng lồ find some great giao dịch out there.


If you’ve been contemplating getting an HP Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 14 may be marginally bigger and come with an hãng intel Celeron N2940 processor, intel HD Graphics 500, 4 GB memory & 32 GB eMMC storage. However, it’s considerably cheaper at $299 (about £234, AU$426).


At the same time, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 for work goes for around $766 (about £604, AU$1,112) with an Intel vi xử lý core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM và 64GB of flash storage.

The Samsung Chromebook Plus is unquestionably the biggest rival here, as it goes for about $499 (about £349, AU$725) and comes with an ARM CPU, a sharper 2,400 x 1,600 display & a built-in stylus, though it is fitted with half the storage and memory.

Samsung’s model also comes with a Pro SKU, which has the same Intel core m3 CPU as the hãng asus Chromebook Flip, for $599 (about £472, AU$870) – however, again, with only half the storage và memory.

Finally, there’s the Acer Chromebook R13, which also boasts a convertible build, with a full HD display for $369 (£399, about AU$536). Though, the 2.1GHz quad-core cpu comes from MediaTek, instead of Intel.



Design

Like the hãng asus Chromebook C100 before it, the asus Chromebook Flip is fitted in an all-aluminium chassis, though this time it comes with an anodized finish instead of a brushed texture. Overall, it has a clean, no nonsense look, and folds up to a nearly symmetrical slab of metal.

Luckily, the original Chromebook C100’s long, bar-shaped hinge has been succeeded by the ZenBook Flip UX360’s multi-gear, metal mechanism. These two smaller hinges help this máy tính xách tay feel less like a toy & also allows it khổng lồ look like a regular notebook.



Weighing in at 2.6 pounds (1.19kg), the asus Chromebook Flip is one of the most lightweight Chromebooks around, only 0.3 lbs heavier than the Samsung Chromebook Plus. It’s also one of the first convertible Chrome OS computers you’ll actually want to lớn use in tablet mode, unlike the 3.3-pound (1.5kg) Acer Chromebook R13.

In all, the asus Chromebook Flip C302 continues in the footsteps of every other unibody laptop inspired by the macbook phiên bản pro in recent years. However, the straight edges, rounded corners & 0.9 inch (2.29cm) slim frame all showroom up lớn a smart kiến thiết that contends with HP & Google’s more premium models, but at a significantly lower price tag.


Portability aside, the hãng asus Chromebook Flip seems lớn have been specifically designed for tablet use. Asus has added a clever magnetic clasp that pulls the screen lid tight to the underside of the notebook. It’s an inspired detail that helps the 2-in-1 Chromebook feel like one solid machine rather than a foldable electronic, and we’re surprised this solution hasn’t come sooner.

When you’re not using the hãng asus Chromebook Flip in tablet mode, it relies on an excellent keyboard that makes it as familiar & comfortable as any traditional laptop. The keys provide a satisfying 1.4mm of crisp key travel that’s been missing in a world of ultra-thin notebooks.

As for the trackpad, we can only say that it’s there & it exists. It offers accurate tracking, but lacks any multi-touch features or two-finger scrolling, which is nothing to write home about.


Android apps on tap

Having a functioning tablet mode is becoming more và more common in Chrome OS devices as Google is steadily improving the platform’s game android integration. The hãng asus Chromebook Flip did not originally launch with access khổng lồ the Play Store, so we had to lớn switch over onto Chrome OS beta channel in order to download apps during our time with the device.

This has since been fixed by Asus, và now the device completely supports Google Play Store game android apps.

Currently, the hybrid Chromebook is fully outfitted to plumb the depths of the android ecosystem. We booted up our favorite apps just as we would on any Google tablet. Khổng lồ our surprise, the hybrid Chromebook is also furnished with gyroscopes, allowing us to play motion-controlled games lượt thích Asphalt 8.


Regrettably, not everything about running android apps is perfect. Many useful apps that we regularly use on a điện thoại cảm ứng don’t scale quite right on Chromebooks, leaving us with very small text on certain apps. Additionally, the Kindle app isn’t available on full screen mode in portrait orientation.

Mobile apps are made with consideration for a touchscreen interface, và at times this doesn’t translate well to the touchpad & keyboard thiết đặt of the asus Chromebook Flip. Of course, it’s easy to lớn switch the hybrid to lớn tablet mode.

We chalk these flaws up to lớn the beta version of Chrome OS we were testing it with, which corrected some problems & introduced new ones during the course of our review.


Despite these issues, we’re thankful we don’t have to tìm kiếm through the beleaguered Chrome website Store full of knockoff apps & games. Having access to lớn the Play Store gives us that many more useful programs on the hãng asus Chromebook Flip.

We enjoy using android apps in tablet mode just as much as sitting down with the asus Chromebook Flip as a conventional Chromebook for long browsing và writing sessions. The hybridization of Google’s two platforms also finally allows us use smartphone apps along with the staple elements of Chrome OS.

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First reviewed November 2017

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Kevin Lee was a former computing reporter at aryannations88.com. Kevin is now the SEO Updates Editor at IGN based in New York. He handles all of the best of tech buying guides while also dipping his hand in the entertainment và games evergreen content. Kevin has over eight years of experience in the tech and games publications with previous bylines at Polygon, PC World, & more. Outside of work, Kevin is major movie buff of cult & bad films. He also regularly plays flight & space sim và racing games. IRL he"s a fan of archery, axe throwing, và board games.


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