Asus has a surprisingly large selection of both laptops and Chromebooks. That way, users can refer to different options which are suitable for smaller or heftier budgets. Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook is one of such devices.
This Asus Chromebook not only sports Android apps on the Chrome system but can fold into a pretty-much tablet, which you can take anywhere you want. Stay in our review to find out more.
In this review, we focused on main characteristics of Asus C302CA-DHM4 to make it stand out among the crowd. That includes design and features including keyboard and touchpad, display, audio and more, as well as the performance like specifications, battery life, Android-related apps and much more.
Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook: Design and Features
What makes Asus C302CA-DHM4 more impressive than other laptops and Chromebooks is that like its predecessor, Chromebook C100 it features an all-around Aluminum chassis build. However, with this model, we are introduced with the anodised finish, rather than brushed Aluminum usually seen on machines of this kind.
Nevertheless, the finish doesn’t make it any less adorable and attractive to hold. The aesthetics are great, and it symmetrically folds, as for those who care about the perfect aesthetics of this laptop.
Another feature of this Chromebook is that instead of its predecessor’s long, bar-shaped hinge that may limit its folding, we are introduced with multi-gear, metal mechanism that is also seen on Asus ZenBook Flip UX360. The new folding mechanism should allow this Chromebook to be more flexible, when it comes to folding into a tablet and back.
The Chromebook stretches across 11.9 x 8.3 x 0.59-inches, while being surprisingly compact and portable. It weighs only 2.65 pounds (1.19kg) and it feels featherlike to pick it up and down, while taking it with you to different destinations will make it feel like a breeze.
Due to its compact design, it can fit into smaller backpacks, or other laptop-intended bags, while walking with it on your back shouldn’t put any strain on your body, while feeling as if it’s not there for you.
Being lighter, C302 screams as if it’s intended for an ultimate Tablet use. Asus has implemented a new technology, a magnetic clasp that is supposed to pull the screen lid and press it tightly against the underside of the Chromebook. It is a great addition that is perfectly intended for 2-in-1 Chromebooks, creating an image for solely one device, instead a foldable machine.
While we can point fingers at Asus not introducing this, more than necessary, feature earlier, we can’t help but be happy about deceiving people how we own two different devices, while it’s just one device folded so perfectly, that nobody should notice it’s a two-in-one electronic.
When you will get tired of using this Chromebook and decide to fold it, the screen will effortlessly fall back on a beautiful keyboard, which makes it feel familiar to original laptops used for working.
When it comes to ports, Asus C02 Chromebook sports plenty of them, but still not enough. From front to back, greeting us from the left side is a speaker grille, accompanied by a
- 3.5mm headphone port,
- power button,
- volume controls and a
- USB 3.1 Type-C port.
The right side of the notebook offers
- another speaker grille,
- micro SD card reader,
- as well as another USB 3.1 Type-C port.
There are some good and some bad news. The good news is that the C-type USB ports can be used for charging. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase a couple of extensions if you want to connect your smartphone, monitor, TV, or anything else to it.
Let’s dive into other features of this Chromebook.
Display of ASUS C302CA-DHM4
Given that ASUS C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook is far beyond the average Chromebook price-tag, it is well expected that Asus wasn’t saving on its component, one of which is the display this machine sports.
Asus C302Ca-DHM4 Chromebook boasts a 12.5-inch screen, which suffices for a 1920 x 1080-pixel FHD display. Sadly, it was expected that this model would sport more pixels, which doesn’t make it as sharp as the one of HP Chromebook 13 that sharps a QHD panel.
Nevertheless, vivid and bright screen is all you’ll need on this Chromebook. Additionally, it has a matte-finish IPS panel that allows you to use the 360-degree laptop hinge at any angle without blackout of the picture, allowing you to watch videos and use your Chromebook from any reasonable angle you prefer.
The lower pixel count may also disappoint users that are looking for higher resolution and more pixel-wise density, but it saves additional battery life, which is basically all you need.
That, nonetheless, means that text, videos and photos aren’t less sharp and crisp as they should be. Colors and shapes are strong, bright and vibrant, which is extremely essential feature to be seen on a laptop, especially because the vast majority of Chromebooks is shipped with dreadful, dim displays, which don’t suffice use of laptops where laptops are used outside.
Keyboard and touchpad
Of course, you don’t need the keyboard while you use the Chromebook in the tablet mode. It folds back to a way to fall onto the keyboard and equipped with the corning Gorilla glass and accurate touch-screen gestures, you can use the keyboard built into the screen. In the laptop mode, Asus C302CA-DHM4 is a different story.
The solid keyboard has crisp keys with nice space-lining, while not offering too much of key-travelling. This is ideal for writers who want to get the best of using this laptop, while pressing keys agilely and without making errors.
This is quite hard to achieve, since Chromebooks are supposed to be compacter compared to the traditional laptops, but this one offers just as much convenience. This key-travel and comfort while typing is just what we’ve been waiting for, something that we’ve in fact, started missing on ultra-slim laptops.
Touchpad is not as good, as noticeably, we can’t have everything that comes with this Chromebook. It is, however, pretty accurate, tracks the target agilely and precisely. However, it is not equipped with multitouch features other than scrolling with two fingers. That said, you’ll need to find a mouse that’ll be able to fit into USB type-C ports.
Speakers and audio
If you really have high hopes towards the high-quality audio, we’ll have to disappoint you. While you’ll be able to listen to the music audio-wise, you may be just limited to listening to it, not enjoying it.
Nevertheless, if you try Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook in action, you will soon see that the speakers are quite loud capable of filling small to medium-sized room, regardless of the genre you may be interested in hearing.
There is too much tininess that can limit to how loud you’ll put the audio, before you may lose your mind from harmonic distortion, strange background noises and lack of good-quality detail. That said, you may want to use headphones rather than let the raw audio rock-on.
With good headphones, you may as well forget this minus, when it comes to audio. Nevertheless, it’s quite odd to expect a Chromebook to deliver stellar audio, or any notebook for that matter. Stick to the good headphones, and you’ll enjoy the sound.
Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook: Performance
Unlike most of regularly seen Chromebooks that run on Intel Celeron processing power, Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook runs on Intel Core M-series. The difference is quite minimal but depending on whether you want more or less power, whether you need Chromebook for work, studying or entertainment, you might want to choose between M3 and M5 CPU.
It’s no secret that both chipsets are perfect part of every stronger Chromebook, one of which is C302 Chromebook. They, not only, offer more performance as opposed against the aforementioned Intel chipset, but are also efficient, saving battery power for the Chromebook to run longer. You should test it yourself!
Our review unit of C302 Chromebook is equipped with Intel Core M3 processor, which appears to be almost two time faster and more powerful compared to any other Chromebook that runs on Celeron processor.
DO YOU WANT MORE POWERS?
Nevertheless, if you want more power, you should opt for Chromebook that runs on Core i5-processor, which is a brave move conducted by Acer on its Chromebook for Work.
How to Test if its powerful enough?
If this is too much technical info to keep up with, imagine opening two Chrome windows, with at least 12 tabs joined in respectively, at the same time.
If your laptop or Chromebook doesn’t hiccup by then, it’s really a good machine. If you browse internet a lot, prefer running multiple apps at the same time. That’s exactly the definition of C302 Chromebook.
Moreover, it’s joined by 4GB of RAM, which are ideal to power a powerful Chromebook, accompanied by a powerful CPU. Also, there are 64GB storage in an SD flash card that is more than enough to store all your files that you use regularly.
Chrome is a lightweight operating system and as such, it doesn’t require super-powerful SSDs and hefty mechanical hard-drives for storing all the things.
If you think that 64GB of flash storage won’t suffice your need, it won’t hurt to note that this model comes with 100GB of Google Drive storage that enables you to store all your files, including documents, photos, videos and more for two years.
Chrome OS and apps
The Chromebook, like its name suggests, uses Google Chrome operating system. However, Asus enabled C302 to run Google Play Store out of box, allowing users to install and try out Android apps at disposal. That enables people to play their favorite games, and use their favorite Android apps on this model.
While Google recently ended its Chrome apps edition, Chrome OS still supports them, as well as its extensions without a single issue. That said, enjoy both Chrome OS and Android apps at your disposal.
If you choose to switch to tablet from laptop mode, your screen will rotate itself automatically, while allowing you to choose whether you will use it in portrait or landscape mode. Chrome OS will automatically recognize if your device is not using the keyboard and will optimize the operating system accordingly, displaying a keyboard that will support touch gestures and let you input text.
It’s worth noting that not all Android apps are optimized for Chrome OS, so using it at times can be very annoying. Nevertheless, since it works as half-tablet and half-laptop it serves its purpose quite great.
Asus promised that C302 will run for 10 hours uninterruptedly, but when being exposed to some tough benchmarks, it’s clear that the Chromebook can’t squeeze out more than seven hours or so. Nevertheless, it’s a great time, especially when they are initially designed to support longer time on.
In real-time, somewhere between switching between regular and idle use, Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook really lives up to its promise, and can run to nine hours, if not able to squeeze all 10 of them.
Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook: Value for the money
Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook is indeed more expensive compared to its predecessor and rivals. However, it’s far from most expensive on the market. It’s equipped with various powerful features, beautiful and bright display, while sporting reliable and breezeful performance. We believe that C302 is worth every penny and delivers great value for its price, which is sub-$500.
Pros and Cons of Asus Chromebook Flip
- Beautiful design
- Bright and vivid display
- Plenty of Juice
- Strong performance
- Poor speakers
- Touchpad is lackluster
- Android apps are not as optimized for Chromebook
If you are looking for a Chromebook that will do extremely good job at replacing your Mac or Windows-running desktop or laptop, Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook is the right candidate. It is packed up with wonderful features, and while it may have some flaws, it’s great companion for work, studying, regular day-to-day use, for both younger and older alike.