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    A report on the web says "30 Million Kids Will Be Heading Back To School With A Chromebook."

    Acer has been building a wide variety of Chromebooks for years. Their newest line that come into the marketplace July 2019 are the Acer 514 Chromebooks. The thing I really love about Chromebook is the "instant startup. Open the cover, and in seconds you're ready to work. The Chromebook 514 line has many upscale features like all aluminum chassis and Full HD 14-inch IPS screen. The lowest price Chromebook in the 514 line has a MSRP of $349.99. On World News I showed their top-of-line model which has a MSRP of $499.99. This is a sleek looking machine) with a Touchscreen display and a great backlit keyboard. Do your assignments in a dark room without waking others. It features an Intel Premium processor, 8 GB ram, 64GB of internal storage, micro SD card slot, Webcam/Mic, stereo speakers and USB 3.1 Ports. It offers up to a 12 hour battery life. Great looking thin case which weights  touch over 3lbs according to my postage scale. (Don't forget, although you can do many things with a Chromebook offline, It really functions best connected to the web. If you've never used a Chromebook before there is a small learning curve. Google "difference between laptops & Chromebooks" to learn more about those differences.

    Here are the details of the top-of-the-line Acer 514, the one I had in the studio, Model: CB514-1HT-P2D1:


    And here’s an overview of the new 514 line:


    I see it here on CDW for $505, but there's a 5% discount when you sign up for account, which drops the price like $25 if my math is right. https://www.cdw.com/product/acer-chromebook-514-cb514-1ht-p2d1-14-pentium-n4200-8-gb-ram-64-gb/5363320  (I've bought stuff here, but have no affiliation with the company. Price was as of 8/13/19)

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