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A Great Chromebook... An Even More Amazing Linux-based Development Workhorse
April 23, 2017
I've been waiting for this Chromebook for some time now and having only had it for about two weeks, I can say that the device and purchase were well worth it. To start out, I'm a software engineer working in the realm of cloud DevOps, and multi-platform web and mobile application development. As much of my time is spent writing code as building cloud infrastructure in AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. As such, I can defer a lot of horse power to those cloud services and keep my actual computer fairly lean. After playing with a loaner Chromebook for a couple of months, I found the whole minimalist approach Google has taken with this platform to be totally refreshing, this Chromebook kits that up a notch and then some.
Going to break this down into three parts: Hardware/Design, Use as a Stock ChromeOS Device, and Advanced Usage... In each section, I'll summarize the pros/cons and then at the end will provide a final summary. Hope this helps you get a good idea of what this... read more
A Commentary on the Core M5 Version.
February 5, 2017
9-8-2017: A couple weeks back the Google Play Store/Android Apps arrived (and have remained) on the Stable Channel, so I would like to change the focus of my review. The long awaited Core m5 version of the C302CA has arrived for nothing short of a staggering price! To this I have to say that in no way is the Core m5 version worth the current asking price (649). I should also add that I was someone who was willing to shell out north of a grand for the original 2013 Chromebook Pixel, and then again for the 2015 Chromebook Pixel LS. Outside of my Pixel LS, the Core m3 C302 is the machine I use the most, and is has never left me wanting with the exception of the display (relative to the Pixel's). Yes, the Core m5 will make this machine even faster, but considering that some mostly unnecessary speed is ALL you will be getting for an additional 200 bucks over the m3 I don't think it's worth it. You still get the same 4GB of RAM as the m3, you still get the same 64GB SSD as the m3,... read more
THE Chromebook to get
January 9, 2017
My first Chromebook was my Acer C720P back in early 2014. It was an excellent machine for the money and it also got me spoiled with its touch screen. I was looking to upgrade and decided to go with the Acer R13. I was had become partial to Acer and also wanted another Chromebook with a touch screen. I was incredibly disappointed in the performance of the R13. It was slow to render web pages and the scrolling wasn't smooth at all. It felt slower than my almost 3 year old C720P. I ran Octane 2.0 benchmark and it confirmed my suspicions. The new R13 scored just under 10,000. My old C720P scored 13,000. I couldn't stand the noticeable drop in performance, so I returned it after less than a week.
This made me realize that ARM processors are not ready for desktop-class browsing.
I saw this C302 was announced at CES and was immediately drawn to it since it has the Intel Core m3 processor. I ordered it as soon as it was available online. Let me tell you, this... read more
Four Star Reviews:
Almost exactly what I've been waiting for...(although less so over time)
February 5, 2017
EDIT - March 11, 2017:
Sill no Stable access to play store. Most apps run pretty-OK in Beta - some problems I'm noticing in Beta are that Bluetooth is less than ideal (more problems connecting/holding bluetooth, with devices that my Pixel works perfectly with) and I believe battery life suffers greatly, now that I've been paying attention to it. I watched a 2 hour movie on a flight yesterday (no wifi, no bluetooth, screen 80% bright), and those 2 hours took the C302 down to about 30% battery (from full). The stock video player misses audio on a lot of movies, and using the VLC app (android) is super buggy (frequently freezes and shuts down). It's increasingly disappointing to see the much-hyped Play Access is still nonexistent. I'm still loving the *idea* of what the C302 is supposed to be, but the execution is feeling more and more of a miss. What the heck is going on, Asus/Google?
EDIT - February 24, 2017:
OK...looks like Play Store is back in Beta... read more
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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.
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January 14, 2017
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