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ASUS C302CA Unboxing

Well folks, it is here! The long-awaited arrival of the ASUS C302CA has come, and with it, a new and premium entry into the Chromebook market.

With sleek lines, a thin build, Skylake processor and bright touchscreen, can this device perform as well as it looks?

And, more importantly, with CES and the Samsung Chromebook Pro looming, can this offering from ASUS give it the presence in the Chromebook market to take on the marketing beast that is Samsung?

I’ll say this: initial impressions are pretty stellar. I’ve not felt this impressed by a Chromebook since I first unboxed a Pixel.

We’ll cover everything in the full review, but for now, feast your eyes on the ASUS C302 and know that, at least initially, this thing impresses in every way!


Robby Payne

Tech junkie. Musician. Web Developer. Coffee Snob. Huge fan of the Google things. Founded Chrome Unboxed because so many of my passions collide in this space. I like that. I want to share that. I hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Very nice! Is there anything that documents the screen contrast. I have been searching for a Chromebook with high end screen.

    • Agreed. I trust Robby when he says a screen is bright or dim, but I'd love to see some tools used to show us exactly what their peak luminance is and contrast ratio.

  • **** i dont want this atom based ****. how about a skylake i3 model that doesnt choke when you open multiple web pages? i dont even want core m3, that thing is almost as ****** as atom. any who ever asked for all this aluminum casing **** that they charge $500 for. hows about core i3 and quality plastic casing (like on hp streams) for around 300? they have windows with those specs

  • If I understand correctly, at the time of this review, you believed the device had a Pentium processor (something like a 4405Y).

    My impression is that the base model for the C302 has an i3.

    The octane score you got seems good for a Pentium but low for an i3.

    Am I misunderstanding something?


    • Yeah, this device I am using right now is the Pentium version. The ~15K is normal for the Pentium and was the same for the HP 13 G1. Looks like I may have gotten the shaft a bit, though, as more retailers are listing the m3 model with 64GB of storage for the same $499 price. I can confirm it is the Pentium, though, via COG and System. We'll see how it plays out.

      • thanks for checking on this. I bought one from the best buy listing that is pentium too. The startup time and standby resume time are completely unacceptable from my machine and viewing your video, I would say its a defect specific to my device.

  • Quick question: does it look like the RAM can be upgraded? The 6Y30 m3 processor chipset supports up to 16GB.

    Additionally, does it look like the SSD is upgradeable?


  • Robby, Have you had a chance to do any more testing? I am especially interested in screen brightness and how much of a finger print magnet the glossy screen is. I had a Flip for a while, and it was nearly as bad as a Pixel. Slashgear claims 300 nits brightness, which I can live with in light of all the other features, especially the size, weight, and performance.

    How close is battery life to the rated 10 hours?

  • I just received my C302C and love it, but I can't get the back light to work which I saw as an advantage before buying.

    • The two "Sun" function keys (roughly above numbers 7 and 8) control keyboard backlighting when used with the Alt key. Have you tried Alt+☼ and Alt+☀ ?

  • Loving it. I use it for web development by logging into Linode servers. The one minus is the eMMC storage. It's about 10-20 times slower than a normal SSD and you will notice it (and hear it) while browsing a picture-heavy website. If I were to shop for a Chromebook again, I would be careful to choose one that has a read SSD.

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