In a few words
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We’ve put this Chromebook C302CA-GU005 through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Chromebook C302CA-GU005 adapted to surf the internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this Chromebook C302CA-GU005, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by ASUS; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 13 inches size. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Chromebook C302CA-GU005 on your lap. The overall design is of quality and is made to last. A product made to last a long time. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by ASUS with a lot of care.
With a processor Intel Pentium 4405Y, ASUS offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Chromebook C302CA-GU005, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 64 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Chromebook C302CA-GU005 can work 12 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this Chromebook C302CA-GU005 most of the time connected to the power cable.
The Chromebook C302CA-GU005- the right model for streaming and videos ?
ASUS presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Chromebook C302CA-GU005 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 13 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.2 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Chromebook C302CA-GU005. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Pentium 4405Y is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not ASUS installed by default. Only the operating system is installed. As a standard, you have some Chrome OS on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
With Intel HD Graphics, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
ASUS didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the Chromebook C302CA-GU005 has only ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Chromebook C302CA-GU005 may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 12 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
The Chromebook C302CA-GU005 to use while travelling.
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Chromebook C302CA-GU005 to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the ASUS didn’t really take into account in the design of this Chromebook C302CA-GU005. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
With a weight of 1.2 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. With a 13 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The touch screen is present on the Chromebook C302CA-GU005, which gives you the possibility to avoid using the mouse. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
The processor Intel Pentium 4405Y is inferior to other competitive products.
Note that like all manufacturers, ASUS is optimistic about the autonomy of this Chromebook C302CA-GU005. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With 12 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 64 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 13 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Chromebook C302CA-GU005 really made for travelling.
Chromebook C302CA-GU005 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of ASUS have thought of for this Chromebook C302CA-GU005. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Pentium 4405Y. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 64 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Chromebook C302CA-GU005 has only got one, with total 64 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (12 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Chromebook C302CA-GU005has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
Clearly, it’s not Chromebook C302CA-GU005 designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
The Chromebook C302CA-GU005- the right model to play with?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this Chromebook C302CA-GU005, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, ASUS has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Since ASUS has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.64 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.2 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 12 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Chromebook C302CA-GU005 a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
Chromebook C302CA-GU005 the right choice for office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
A laptop that won’t match the users who have been won over to Windows. The operating system is indeed Chrome OS.
It’s not Chromebook C302CA-GU005 equipped with all the applications you’ll need. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.2 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
With only 64 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Simply put, it’s not Chromebook C302CA-GU005 the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The Chromebook C302CA-GU005 – in summary
This Chromebook C302CA-GU005 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks