Acer Chromebook 715 review: A great, big Chromebook for at-home school and work


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The Acer Chromebook 715 started life as a premium model targeted at a growing business market for Chrome OS devices. Along with its smaller sibling, the Chromebook 714, the 715 has a premium all-aluminum chassis built to survive drops from up to 48 inches (122 cm) and downward force up to 132 pounds (60 kg). You could also get the Chromebook 715 with a fingerprint reader, a backlit keyboard, an Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of memory for around $750. Or, you can get a much more affordable version that dials back on the specs and extras but keeps the premium build quality, making it a fantastic choice for a home office or student Chromebook. 

Like

  • Premium lightweight design with spacious 15.6-inch display
  • Battery life longer than a workday
  • Good everyday performance

Don’t Like

  • No backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader like higher-end versions
  • Memory, storage soldered on

By dropping things like the backlight on the keyboard and the fingerprint reader as well as going with a lower-end processor and less memory, Acer brought the price down to $330. The price is now higher with the increased demand for inexpensive Chromebooks for remote learning and working coming in

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Stimulus check money: Everything we know about how large your second payment may be

We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives.


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What are the chances you could get a second stimulus check before the Nov. 3 election, and if you did, how much money could you expect? There’s still a chance it could happen, now that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed to resume negotiations on another economic relief package 

Democrats in the House of Representatives are also preparing a new, $2.4 trillion relief proposal that could receive a vote in the House on Oct. 2. If it passes, the Senate would have the chance to vote — or not — and negotiations could potentially kick into high gear.

The first stimulus check maxed out at $1,200 per adult, but a second check could bring more or less, especially if rules about your dependents change. These new qualifications, among others, are critical in determining how much money you and your family could receive if a new bill passes. If your circumstances have also changed since March — for example, your income changed, you filed your 2019 taxes, or the number of dependents

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