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Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA Review Roundup: Can The Pricey 2-in-1 Impress Critics?

25 February 2017, 2:30 pm EST By Athena Chan Tech Times
See what reviewers have to say about Asus's player in the Chromebook competition.  ( Asus )

Though some may still have reservations about using Chromebooks, the simple browsing laptop has slowly gained traction as a multifunctional device that goes beyond simple, everyday use. Now that Chromebooks are open to over a million Android apps, you may just want to put the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA at the top of your list.

Here are what some reviewers have to say:

Xiomara Blanco Of CNET: A Stylish Device That Offers Big Value

The all-aluminum 2-in-1 design, 360-degree hinge, and backlit keyboard of the Asus Chromebook captivated CNET's Blanco so much so that she compared the Flip to the now-discontinued 11-inch MacBook Air. But more than the sleek design, what grabbed the reviewer's attention is the Chromebook Flip's excellent speed, battery life, and performance compared to other Chromebooks.

Although the unadjustable keyboard backlight and USB-C ports that do not support Thunderbolt 3 took the Chromebook Flip two steps back, this is one reviewer who's satisfied with the high-end Chromebook.

"The Asus is pricier than other Chromebooks, but for good reason. Its quality construction, rich feature set and capable performance make it worth an extra investment over the lowest-end $200-$300 Chromebook models," says Blanco.

PCMag: Well Worth The Buy

PCMag des not say too much about the Flip C302CA, but the numbers say it all. With a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, they too were impressed with the Asus's player in the Chromebook competition. They were particularly impressed with its convertible design, more-than-ample storage, and metal body. Further, the generous warranty that includes damage protection got their attention as well.

Though they do point out the Chromebook Flip's requirement for extra adapters and considerably higher price compared to other Chromebooks, they believe that the Chromebook Flip is well worth the buy.

"[I]ts rich selection of features makes it well worth the extra money," says the PCMag.

Henry T. Casey of LaptopMag: Light And Fast But Expensive

Speedy and sleek with an excellent design: that's how Casey of LaptopMag sees the Chromebook Flip. Truly, the Chromebook Flip's versatile, lightweight design has impressed yet another reviewer. In addition, its sharp screen, strong performance, and reliable battery life were also commended. The price, of course, was again mentioned because it really doesn't come cheap at $500, but Casey says that Asus Chromebook Flip should be at the top of your list if you're looking for a powerful 2-in-1 Chromebook.

Visit LaptopMag for Casey's detailed review of the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA.

Mark Coppock Of Digital Trends: A Lot Of Function In A Small Size

The Chromebook Flip's size packs a whole lot of punch in Coppock's review. Coppock dissected the Chromebook Flip's specifications from the 2-in-1 design to the Pentium 4405Y processor with regard to its $500 price tag.

While praising the Chromebook Flip's more-than-decent speed, solid battery life, sharp display, and the more obvious design elements, Coppock also pointed out his observations on the device's spongy keyboard feel and low speaker volumes. In the end, Coppock believes that the Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA is a great choice for long-term use.

"The Asus Chromebook C302CA is the cream of the current Chrome OS crop," says Coppock.

Though it does have a lot of competition in the Chromebook market and the price tag alone puts a big question mark on laptop buyers' minds, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA is already making its mark as a sleek and superbly functioning device that could be worth shelling out the extra cash for.

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