Sustainability and approaches that seek to reduce our carbon footprint are slowly taking their place in the mass consumer space. Take the laptop arena, and we occasionally come across laptop lines made from recycled aluminum or which integrate recycled parts, more the exception than the rule.
With the Aspire Vero, Acer decided to go the full distance with a desktop replacement laptop partly made up of post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials that blends peppy performance with an environmentally sustainable build.
Think of the Aspire Vero as a mix of all good things, with the promise of solid performance, upgradable components, Windows 11 out the box and an undeniably standout Volcano Gray tone.
Before we get into the details on the 15-inch Aspire Vero, signs that Acer have gone all out are there in the packaging itself. The Aspire Vero packaging uses 85% recycled paper, and the plastic in the packaging is 100% recycled. Not just that, the box also converts into a laptop stand.
Take the laptop out, and we have a very distinctive Volcano Gray tone, a light speckled gray with a flecked yellow pattern. This reflects the fact that chassis is totally paint-free, another environmentally-friendly measure meant to lower the amount of potentially harmful volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, released into the air.
A PCR logo is even stamped into the wrist-rest reiterating the materials used, while the laptop’s chassis is made up of 30% PCR materials, with the keycaps made up of 50% PCR. Acer says the Vero’s chassis construction produces 21% less CO2 than a conventional 15.6” laptop. Not just that, Acer have marked the R and E buttons on the Aspire Vero in yellow and to reinforce the brand’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle mantra. That’s right, this is one machine that is not shy about its eco-friendly credentials.
So there you have it, the commitment to the environment that the Aspire Vero wears so proudly. So is there an element of compromise somewhere when it comes to features or performance? Thing is, Acer have reached high with the Aspire Vero, envisaging a powerful tool for the hybrid multitasking lifestyle of today.
Consider that the Aspire Vero is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Xe graphics, to ensure just the right amount of power for a collaborative tool. In terms of models, the device comes in two versions: an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and a one with a Core i7-1195G7 chip, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.
After a week plus of time on the device, I realized I was very comfortable with the keyboard with its standard chicklet keys aside, and the very roomy trackpad. The fact that it even included a fingerprint scanner on the top left to let you log in was a big point there.
Come to the display, and the Aspire Vero’s 15.6” FHD IPS display is easily competent for everyday surfing. Acer ComfyView enables an anti-glare matte display, and the reduced light reflection makes the device much prescribed for long term work and the odd gaming session. Although touch capability would have been a plus.
To their credit, Acer have put a lot of emphasis on the sound output, with aspects like Acer TrueHarmony and Acer PurifiedVoice with AI noise reduction. The Aspire Vero’s speakers are located under the laptop, and Acer’s TrueHarmony technology plays a key part in the end result here. High-quality magnets in its speakers produce a high magnetic flux, which is then divided between speakers, resulting in more realistic sound reproduction even at louder volumes. For Teams chats that are a part of the everyday, Acer PurifiedVoice has dual microphones and beam-forming technology following you around a room ensuring you’re heard loud and clear, despite any background noise. Plus, you have a bunch of modes to ensure better control of battery life, right from Performance mode to Eco+ mode.
Which brings us to two aspects I absolutely love. For one, the ability to upgrade and reuse – the Aspire Vero uses standardized screws to hold its undercarriage in place, meaning removal is easy, letting you upgrade, repair, and eventually recycle your machine without hassle, bravo!
Plus, the Aspire Vero really stood out with its massive connectivity. On the right side, you have a Kensington lock notch, a USB 2.0 port, and a headphone jack, with two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, HDMI and Ethernet ports, and a USB 3.2 Type-C port on the other. Being greedy, an SD Card holder would have sealed the deal, even more.
So great specs, a very decent display, Acer’s all-out take on a sustainably created laptop also boasts a very unique design aesthetic and shade, even a texture. Let’s face it, the Acer Aspire Vero gets a lot of things right. And more. Most recommended!