As a part of its ‘Earthion’ initiative, the Acer Aspire Vero, an eco-friendly laptop, was launched on May 27, 2021. Following its sustainability mission, Acer has committed to using 100% renewable energy by the year 2035. Until 2020, Acer has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 60%. This is both an achievement and an example for other manufacturers. Keep reading this article to find out more about the Aspire Vero’s specifications and price.
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The ‘Eco-Friendly laptop’ by Acer
The most unique aspect of this eco-friendly laptop is its use of post-consumer recycled plastic. The main appeal of the Vero line is that it uses post-consumer recycled or PCR plastics for construction. The chassis and the keyboard on this laptop are made using PCR. Other than that, up to 85% of the packaging material used is made from paper, eliminating plastic. In places where the paper does not provide the structural integrity required, 100% recycled plastic has been used. However, this does not make the Acer Aspire Vero any less of a performance machine.
The main appeal of the Vero line is that it uses post-consumer recycled or PCR plastics for construction. In Aspire Vero, the entire chassis and the frame around the display are made from 30 percent PCR materials. This makes it more eco-friendly for recycling later on. Building materials aside, it is, in essence, a mid-range laptop that’s perfect to handle casual productivity and multimedia tasks.
Acer Aspire Vero design
The look of the Acer Aspire Vero is distinct from the rest of Acer’s Aspire series. The base of the laptop has an interesting block-like design with no tapering edges to offer an illusion of slimness. The lid and main chassis are a pale grey color with a hexagonal texture and fine specs of yellow and grey. Acer says it has not used any paint over the chassis and that this finish is the result of using PCR plastics. The laptop feels very rugged, with very little flex in the lid and the keyboard area. The Acer logo and all other labels on the laptop are present on the plastic. This avoids any unwanted paint or stickers.
The ventilation system in the Acer Aspire Vero seems pretty standard. There are plenty of inlet slits on the bottom of the chassis for air intake. It is then expelled via the opening between the two hinges. It has bright yellow rubber feet on the bottom that provide a decent amount of elevation from the surface. The back of the lid also features some rubber padding. It pushes the base upwards at an angle when it’s open.
The Acer Aspire Vero has a full-sized keyboard with black, chiclet-style keys and white backlighting. Acer says it has used 50 percent PCR plastics for the keycaps. The keys in general are comfortable to use. However, I didn’t like how the Up and Down direction keys are too small. They don’t even have enough space between them. The Aspire Vero has a large palm rest and a trackpad. The latter doesn’t offer the most precise touch sensitivity, but it works fine. There’s even a fingerprint sensor in the upper left corner of the trackpad.
Display and Performance
Right out of the box, the Acer Aspire Vero comes with a 15.6″ FHD display. The screen has a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, making it a decent laptop for both multimedia and professional work. At its core, the eco-friendly laptop has the latest 11th Generation processors. Depending upon the price and model, one can select up to four Core i7 processors, accompanied by Intel Iris X graphics. Similarly, the laptop ships with up to 1TB of M.2 SSD.
Port and Connectivity
The very little information revealed by Acer states that Vero would be decently occupied in terms of connectivity and ports. The eco-friendly laptop would feature Wi-Fi 6, the better and faster version of wireless data transfer technology. Additionally, the chassis has an HDMI 2.0 port, 1 USB Type-C port, and 2 USB 3.2 ports. This offers a connection with a variety of peripherals and accessories.
Acer claims that the Aspire Vero can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge, but I found the actual number to be a lot lower. Even with conservative use, with the screen brightness set to less than 50 percent, when I was mostly using apps within a browser and watching videos, I would typically get about five hours of runtime before the power saver mode kicked in at the 20 percent battery level. At 15 percent, the laptop switches to Vero+ battery mode, which offers around 20 additional minutes of runtime before you need to charge it.
All in all, you should expect close to six hours of runtime on one charge with light to medium usage, which is decent but could have been better. I also ran Battery Eater Pro which is usually a good indicator of a laptop’s actual battery life under heavy load, and this program ran for two hours before it exhausted the battery.
The Acer Aspire Vero is easy to upgrade and repair. Unlike other manufacturers, Acer has used standard screws, which are easily available in assembling the laptop. This makes its handling easy in case of repair or degradation. The memory and storage placements offer a long life to the laptop. Many other mainstream laptops do not come with this feature and are difficult to repair and upgrade.
Designed to be easily repaired, upgraded, and recycled, the eco-smart Aspire Vero is a testament to our commitment to more sustainable operations. The light yellow and neutral grey pigments of PCR produce an unpolished surface while mirrored ‘R’ and ‘E’ keys draw further attention to the core message of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’– Acer on their official website about the new eco-friendly laptop.
Acer Aspire Vero price in India
The variant with 8GB of RAM (which is what I’m testing) is for Rs. 57,999 and the one with 16GB of RAM is for Rs. 62,999. Apart from the difference in RAM, both variants have the same specifications, which include an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU and a 512GB SSD. For more details, click here.
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