With the release of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7 comes a direct competitor to the Google Pixelbook. Both advertise high performance designed to achieve any task. We will compare everything these devices have to offer and see which one stands on top.
Shoppers looking for a premium Chromebook will most likely favor the device with the highest performance. The Flip C302 and the Pixelbook tackle performance is varying ways so let’s break down exactly what they can do.
Performance – CPU Power
When looking at performance, the first thing you want to see is the CPU. The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7 uses the Intel M7-6Y75 processor while the Google Pixelbook uses the Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor. Both of them are Quad Core processors and have a 1.2 GHz base frequency. However, the i5 CPU can reach a maximum frequency of 3.3 GHz while the M7 caps out at 3.1 GHz. The 0.2 GHz difference is only a minor difference as maximum frequencies matters when the device is handling heavy tasks. Chrome OS is already a light operating system so the maximum CPU speed is very rarely utilized. The CPU speed will matter more to users that need to push the device to its limits.
Both CPUs have similar graphics processing power. The M7 uses Intel HD Graphics 515 while the i5 uses Intel HD Graphics 615. They have a 300 MHz base frequency, but the M7 has a maximum dynamic frequency of 1 GHz; 50 MHz more than the i5s 950 MHz max dynamic frequency. The speed may be necessary for consumers that are interested in gaming, but despite that fact, both chips have 4K support and can deliver 3840×2160 resolutions at 60Hz.
Performance – CPU Prices
Having a high-performance Chromebook is never a bad thing. When it comes at a high price, it may defeat the purpose of purchasing a Chromebook. The Intel M7 is listed by Intel at a $393 RCP while the i5 is at a $281 RCP. This led to the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7 being more expensive than if it used an affordable CPU model.
Putting costs aside, both CPUs have similar performance capabilities. Ultimately, we believe the Google Pixelbook beats the ASUS Flip C302 M7 in this category. The Pixelbook CPU is of a newer generation with a higher max CPU frequency. It is better to have a more recent generation processor, but ultimately this is not a deal breaker as they both performance roughly the same.
It is worth noting that the Google Pixelbook has an Intel Core i7 CPU upgrade option, but this will make the cost of the device uncomparable to the Flip C302. The choice is there if you need the performance. We don’t think it is worth the price tag for the whole purpose of a Chromebook which we will get into further detail later. If you are looking for an affordable Chromebook, look at budget-friendly ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M3.
Performance – RAM
The Chrome OS is highly optimal on RAM usage which leaves the system free to use a majority of it on other software. Most Chromebooks today operate smoothly on even just 4 GB of RAM. However, as Chrome OS starts to expand and release new features such as Android app support, the need for more RAM increases. That is where the Flip C302 and Pixelbook come in.
The Flip C302 M7 comes with 16GB of RAM which gives the device a lot of room to run any Android app imaginable with no issues. The Pixelbook has 8GB of RAM but can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM as well.
Because the operating system is light on RAM, it may not be necessary to invest in more RAM if you do not need to use Android apps on the device. Both the ASUS Flip C302 and the Google Pixelbook have comparable RAM, but the Flip C302s 16GB RAM at its base price makes it a better choice.
Body and Material
Both the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 and the Google Pixelbook use aluminum material making them light and easy to carry around. The Google Pixelbook is slightly thinner and lighter than the Flip C302 but has a slightly smaller display size. The Flip C302 has a screen size of 12.5 inches while the Pixelbook sits at 12.3 inches.
They both have a backlit keyboard and a smooth trackpad, however, the Pixelbook has a trackpad that reaches from edge-to-edge. The overall design of both cases are great and don’t necessarily stand out from each other making them somewhat similar in general.
Performance is the key feature for these Chromebooks, but we think this steers away from the purpose of the Chromebook. With the price tags sitting close to a $1000, we feel these products start to lose their charm. Although these machines are capable of high performance, the Chrome OS will rarely ever need to utilize it fully.
If you are looking for a Chromebook that will last for a long time with a 2-in-1 design, then we recommend the Google Pixelbook as a premium high-performance product over the Flip C302 M7. Although, we feel as though it makes more sense to consider getting the Flip C302 M5 as that is drastically more affordable than both the Pixelbook and the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7. The M5 does not fall short on performance and will do most tasks effortlessly.
We are looking forward to bringing more ASUS Chromebook news in the future. Hopefully, ASUS will improve upon the Flip C302 M7 and release a device that is both affordable and highly competitive with other premium Chromebooks.