The power went out while my husband and I dined at home the other night. Things happen. So, we opened up the curtains in the condo to get a little light, cracked the windows to get a little air, and whipped out our iPhones to get a little news.
The headline that caught my eye was so blatant that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a new Mac at a bargain price. BGR— the digital rag where everyone isn’t a boy, and the geniuses are few and far between– touted a new “USB-C Chromebook Is Basically A Half-Price MacBook.” Uh huh. Sure.
Blatantly Link Bait
Everyone knows that a Hyundai Elantra is basically a half-price Lexus, right? So, imagine my surprise with the new Asus USB-C Chromebook is not really like a half-price MacBook. Actually, it’s more like half a MacBook for half the price.
Actually, even that is half a truth since almost every new Windows PC notebook or Chromebook looks like a MacBook or MacBook Air. Who leads the PC industry in mindshare and profitshare?
Anyway, Chris Mills, perhaps one of the boys from BGR but definitely not one of the geniuses, unless major online rags give titles to Master Link Baiters, decided a Retina MacBook is the same as Asus’ new C302CA 1080p touchscreen notebook.
Let’s compare the $500 Hyundai Elantra with the $1,299 Lexus.
They look the same, right? The Asus comes in at 12.5-inches, an Intel m3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, but with a microSD card slot. Remember, this is a Chromebook, so no Windows 10 for you, Soup Nazi.
Provided you can get a version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (or at least add some more storage with a microSD), it should provide 99% of the functionality of the MacBook for half the price.
There’s the grabber. 99-percent of the functionality of the MacBook for half the price.
Insert Pause Here: Give me a minute. I spit up on my screen and keyboard and I think I wet myself. I’ll need a moment.
There is no way on God’s green earth that an Asus Chromebook– or any Chromebook– provides 99-percent of the functionality of a MacBook for any price, let alone half price. Not only does the Mac run all the known popular software for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs, it can run all three operating systems at the same time. And Adobe Creative Cloud. And Microsoft Office. Plus, I’m willing to step out on a limb here and say that any Chromebook ever made doesn’t do as much as a Windows PC, let alone a Mac. At. Any. Price.
Mills is just wrong.
But what can you get for double the price of the fully loaded Asus Chromebook? Well, first of all you can actually buy a Mac but not the ASUS C302CA Chromebook (no, the ones on NewEgg were pulled because ‘unavailable.’ Yet).
First up, you get a choice of colors. Aluminum colors, not plastic. Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, and Space Gray. For comparison, let’s use the base model which also has a dual-core Intel m3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage.
See? Not. The. Same.
The MacBook’s screen resolution is greater, too, at 2,304-by-1440 and 226 pixels per inch (other resolutions also supported), and it weighs half a pound less at just over 2-pounds, but has only a single USB-C port. Again, the Mac runs everything in the world that the Chromebook does not, and much of it at the same time. macOS Sierra, Windows 10, various flavors of Linux and Unix. And Photoshop and Office.
Both machines, the MacBook and the half-price MacBook, come with plenty of basic applications, but you won’t need to have an internet connection to use the best ones on the Mac.
So, allow me to say BGR engages in fake news.
false and sometimes sensationalist information presented as fact and published and spread on the internet
No, the ASUS C302CA is not just like a MacBook for half the price.