With the launch of the Flip C302 in early 2017, ASUSTek introduced an impressive 2-in-1 powerhouse. They continued to release iterations and finally released the C302 M7. With hardware upgrades that improve performance, the C302 M7 is a laptop that successfully competes with other premium devices.
How does the Flip C302 M7 compare to it’s predecessors? They may look very similar, but do not be fooled by its appearance. This device packs a serious punch under the hood with the Intel M7 6Y75 CPU. Capable of pushing 4K resolutions, the M7 guarantees some of the best performance that you cannot find in Chromebooks today. The CPU is both fast and has an impressive graphics processor. It supports 16GB of graphic memory and is capable of outputting 3840×2160 resolution at 60Hz for smooth video playback. ASUS has also taken the liberty of improving the RAM by increasing it up to 16 GB. This RAM is perfect for any future Android apps that require high memory such as photo and video editing apps.
Although the hardware may have had a considerable upgrade, the exterior remains mostly identical to the M3 and M5. However, this is not a bad thing with all things considered. The Flip C302 already has a well-designed exterior and continues to follow the 2-in-1 design. The backlit keyboard is great for low-light environments, and the aluminum body is already fantastic with little need for improvement.
Should You Buy It?
With all that said, we finally come to the question. Should you buy the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7? The answer entirely depends on your preferences and what exactly you are looking for in a Chromebook. We recommended this product to any consumer considering to enter the world of Chromebooks and also prioritize performance. However, if you are looking for an affordable and high-performance Chromebook, the Flip C302 M5 is a great alternative. The Google Pixelbook is also a direct competitor to the Flip C302 M7 as they both have comparable prices and performance benchmarks.
The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7 is currently going for slightly over $900 while the Flip C302 M5 is going for roughly $650 in US marketplaces. It is a bit of a hard-sell for such a drastic increase but comes at the price of the CPU performance upgrade. Specifically, the price comes from the cost of the Intel M7 6Y75 CPU which currently sits at a $393 RCP according to Intel. In comparison, the Google Pixelbooks Intel Core i5-7Y57 CPU sits at about $282 RCP; Over $100 cheaper than the Intel Core M7. It is debatable that the Pixelbooks CPU outperforms the Intel Core M7 considering that the Intel Core i5-7YN7 is a 7th generation CPU while the Intel Core M7 uses a 6th generation CPU. However, the primary selling point that the Flip C302 M7 has over the Pixelbook (at a comparable price point) is its 16GB of RAM, whereas the Pixelbook has only 8GB. The RAM size may or may not matter depending on your needs since Chrome OS is very light on memory usage. However, this may change with the support of Android apps on the operating system.
In conclusion, The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 M7 is a powerful device that competes with some of the best Chromebooks in the market. We recommend the product for consumers looking for a beast laptop running on Chrome OS. The Google Pixelbook does compete with it and is favorable in some situations, but the Flip C302 M7 does have its benefits if you consider the whole product and not just the CPU itself. The Flip C302 M5 is recommended over the Flip C302 M7 if you are looking for a more affordable Chromebook and do not need the premium performance that the Flip C302 M7 delivers. With that said though, every Flip C302 model is a great buy, and all comes down to your preference. We hope that the information provided here will give you a more clear idea of what this new Chromebook has to offer and if you think this product is the right choice for you!