After a long delay and well after the Intel m3 and m5 variants were released, ASUS has finally put forth the m7 model of the Chromebook Flip C302. Identical in every way to the m3 and m5 models, this new model sports the Intel m7 6Y75 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 16GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage.
ASUS is aiming this variant of the Chromebook Flip at the power user, clearly, as 16GB of RAM is almost unheard of in a Chromebook. It is debatable if it is needed but it is there nevertheless. As far as price, this m7 variant is $929 and is available through Amazon.
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Chromebooks have come a long way these past six years both in overall design and function as well as Chrome OS itself. While there are still plenty of budget friendly, sub-$200 options out there, there are also more powerful devices out there aimed at being your daily driver of a laptop. The pinnacle of this is, of course, the Google Pixelbook. But at a base price of $999, it is out of the reach of some who still need something as powerful or close to it. That is where the ASUS Flip C302CA could prove to be a viable option.
The base model of the C302CA is price at $449 with the top-end, Intel m5 equipped model topping out at $609. While the mCore processors don’t have the same grunt as the iCore processors, for the majority of users it will get the job done. Is it also lightweight, has an excellent screen and solid, all day battery life.
I was recently sent an ASUS Flip C302CA to review and having used it as my primary laptop device for the past couple of weeks, I believe it is the second best option out there in the current lineup of high-end, power Chromebooks behind the Pixelbook. Yes it has some compromises but I do not think they are deal breakers for the majority of people reading this review.
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As part of Black Friday sales today, Amazon has lowered the price on the Asus Chromebook C302 today. Both the Intel m3 and m5 models are down by $50. The m3 powered model is down to $449 today while the m5 unit is down to $619. Aside from the processor, you are looking at the exact same specs for both variants.
The Asus Chromebook C302 has a 12.5″ display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has an Intel Core M processor clocked at 2.2 GHz so it has a lot of horsepower under the hood. Couple this with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of storage, you have a Chromebook that can handle being your every day computer needs.
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