Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA

(1 customer review)

The best laptop under $500

Plenty of performance for everyday tasks, a comfortable backlit keyboard, and the build quality of laptops twice the price.

  • he flexible 360 Degree hinge and 12.5″ full-HD touchscreen lets you use the C302 in tablet or laptop mode
  • Intel Core Processor with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM for fast and efficient performance with a bright backlit illuminated keyboard
  • Extremely lightweight at 2.65 pounds with the protection of a sleek aluminum metal body
  • Starts up in seconds and lasts all day, thanks to a long battery life rated up to 10 hours

$429.99 $499.99

Chromebooks don’t run Windows, and most tasks require you to be online, but you can use Office apps in the browser (with a subscription) if you need to take occasional work home, and Chrome OS has viable replacements (including Android apps) for the software most people use. The Chromebook Flip’s 12.5-inch, 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen is crisp and vibrant, and its Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of flash storage are fast enough for most people. It’s small and lightweight, and its battery can last a full work day. The C302CA is also classier looking than its Windows counterparts in this price range—the aluminum case could be mistaken for that of a $1,000 ultrabook at a glance.

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I’ve spent more than 2years writing about technology and have spent a lifetime using, fixing, and toying with budget electronics. For this guide alone, I researched many  of laptops under $500, built spreadsheets to note every available configuration, and spent weeks working from a variety of budget laptops.

Who this is for

Districtshope picks are for anyone who doesn’t want to or cannot spend more than $500 on a laptop. These models are good for students who don’t need special software, anyone who just wants to browse the Web, and people who take work home only occasionally.

For less than $500, Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops because they’re faster at the things most people use a laptop for. In this price range, they also tend to have better build quality; superior screens, keyboards, and trackpads; and longer battery life than their Windows counterparts. Chromebooks don’t need antivirus software, don’t come with bloatware, and their system updates happen automatically.

Chromebooks run Chrome OS, an operating system that uses the Chrome Web browser as its primary interface. If you spend your computing time in a browser—checking email, using Google’s productivity suite, watching Netflix, or reading social media—then Chrome OS is all you need. But a Chromebook isn’t for everyone. For example, Chrome has limited options for photo, video, and audio editing software and programming text editors. Popular programs like Office 365 and Adobe Lightroom do have Web-based or Android versions, but if you need specialized software for work or school, you’re better off with Windows or macOS.

Technical Details

Other Technical Details

The ASUS Chromebook C302 is the ultimate Chromebook for the pros.

Flip and touch full HD screen, Intel Core processor, aluminum metal body, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash storage, and long battery life make this the ideal Chromebook for those who love the cloud and being on the go.

The unique 360 degree hinge and touchscreen lets you use the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 in an endless variety of ways, including laptop, tablet, stand and tent modes. The C302 lets you communicate, share, work and play the way you want.

Starts in seconds, lasts all day

The power-efficient Chromebook Flip C302 is designed to last for up to 10 hours* on a single charge. Just open your C302 and get right to work or play without the wait. It boots up with a lightening fast time of 3.5 seconds.

Work anywhere online or offline regardless of your internet connection. Enjoy your favorite games, entertainment, and keep up with work, wherever you go.

Starts up in seconds and lasts all day, thanks to a long battery life rated up to 10 hours*.

Whether you are at school, at work, or on travel, you can leave the charger at home and be good to go.

* Battery life may vary depending on usage type and environmental conditions. Actual battery life may be significantly less than benchmark testing. Battery life decreases over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Does the asus c302ca have hdmi out?

You don’t need it, you can just ‘cast’ to any compatible TV, or use a Chromecast and don’t need to be wired to a TV. Or, USB-C has many adapters – including USB-C to HDMI. 

How many hours of battery life do you get on a single charge?

 Yesterday, I had the opportunity to perform an approximate assessment of the battery life and run time of this new ASUS C302CA Chromebook Flip model with the Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor. I achieved slightly more than eight hours of battery life and run time, while engaging in a combination of routine productivity endeavors, along with the viewing of several video evaluations of the latest Chromebook computers, which were launched at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The official ASUS estimate of ten hours of battery life and run time is optimistic, but could probably be achieved with pure productivity work, which generally does not consume as much battery power as video streaming. Best regards, KRMD.

With regards of the size of microsd card, what is the max (largest) size the system can accept?

This 12.5-Inch ASUS C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook Flip model supports the utilization of up to a 256GB Micro-SD Card, for the transfer of files and data into the device, as well as the transfer of files and data from the device, for storage in the 256GB Micro-SD Card. Thus far, I have successfully transferred a number of PDF journal articles, slide presentations, and spreadsheets from the 256GB Micro-SD Card to the Downloads Folder of this second-generation Chromebook Flip, and recently-published PDF journal articles from the Downloads Folder to the 256GB Micro-SD Card. Best regards, KRMD.

Can this Chromebook function well offline? Will Drive apps function when not connected to the internet?

Yes, You can make Google Drive files available offline, please see the link below. Also you can use external sd card to store all your personal files.

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  1. Sonali

    Workhorse Chromebook with Backlit Keys!
    I’ll compare this ASUS Chromebook Flip with 12.5″ touchscreen (and Intel m3 processor) to the smaller and more portable ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 with 10.0″ touchscreen in just a moment, but first let’s look at its specs.

    This Chromebook weighs just under 2.7 pounds and has dimensions of about 12″ x 8.25″ x .6″ thick. The chassis is aluminum (feels sturdy!), and the computer has a 12.5″ 1920×1080 touchscreen.

    What I like about this Chromebook is that the touchscreen’s hinge allows you to rotate the screen 360 degrees — you can use it of course as a normal laptop, but you can also stand it up like a tent in case, for example, you want to make a presentation or share a video with a group of people, and you can rotate the backlit keyboard completely under the screen to use the Chromebook as a tablet.

    The Chromebook’s battery lasts about 10 hours of mixed use, and it comes with a USB-C charging brick and cable. One benefit is that this model comes with a USB-C port on each side, so that you can charge on either side. One gripe is that the prongs for the charging brick do not swivel into the brick body like more travel-friendly chargers.

    This model comes with a peppy Intel Core m3 processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The keyboard and touch interface seemed responsive and the apps I used were very responsive, so these technical specifications seem more than adequate for many office or home use cases, such as word processing, email, browsing, and watching videos. I used it to connect to my work’s virtual desktop infrastructure (Citrix VDI) and this was a great use-case due to the good keyboard and screen. Other technical specs include 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.0 (Dual band), Webcam, 1 Micro SD slot (took my 64GB card I use in my GoPro just fine), 2 USB-C ports, and 1 headphone out and audio in combo jack.

    Being a Chromebook, it runs Chrome OS and you have access to apps on the Google Play Store. Since I already had another Chromebook, all my apps were automatically downloaded, my toolbar was setup correctly, and my Chrome browser homepage was even configured correctly, though I had already agreed to backup my apps to Google.

    Setup was easy:

    1. Enter your WiFi connection information
    2. Enter your Google login/password
    3. Uncheck (or leave checked) the checkbox to opt out of automated error messages sent to google (defaults checked)

    And then the OS updated itself. Once the first download finished, I restarted it, then there was another round of OS updates, then there was a second restart.

    This all sounds perfectly fine, but before you make your decision, you might want to compare it to the smaller ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 with 10.1-Inch Touchscreen. While the smaller version is obviously more portable, with the larger one you get a slightly more spacious and backlit keyboard as well as a larger and higher resolution (full HD!) touchscreen. Check the included pics in this review for direct physical comparisons.

    All in all, I found this to be a workhorse Chromebook — with backlit keys!

    Thanks for reading and I hope you found this review helpful.