Acer Aspire Vero laptop computer evaluate: Recycled plastic by no means appeared so good

The 15.6-inch Aspire Vero is one in every of Acer’s first laptops to ship with Home windows 11 alongside up to date variations of its ultraportable Swift 5 and entry-level Nitro 5 gaming laptops. The Vero is solely new, although. Nicely, not solely new, because it’s Acer’s first laptop computer produced from post-consumer recycled plastics, and it ships in packaging produced from recycled supplies which might be additionally 100% recyclable. 

HP and Dell have elevated their use of recycled supplies in addition to making it simpler to recycle previous laptops. Microsoft even has a brand new mouse produced from ocean-bound plastics. The Aspire Vero takes issues additional, nonetheless, with its chassis and display bezel produced from 30% PCR plastic, whereas the keycaps on the keyboard are 50% PCR plastic. And whereas it is perhaps produced from recycled supplies, it is one of many best-looking plastic laptops I’ve seen in a very long time.


  • Will be simply upgraded by consumer
  • Good port assortment
  • Engaging, sturdy construct from recycled plastic

Do not Like

  • Mediocre battery life
  • No USB-C charging

A unique sort of unboxing expertise

The kind of packaging a Home windows laptop computer is available in is usually a sign of the value of the laptop computer — the extra you pay, the higher-quality packaging you get. For the Aspire Vero, Acer saved packaging so simple as potential but in addition used recycled supplies and removed plastic the place it might. The result’s an unboxing expertise that is half premium and half no frills. 

The field is produced from 85% recycled paper, and Acer used molded pulp produced from 100% recycled paper to guard the laptop computer from shifting within the field. The keyboard sheet that sits between the keyboard and show in addition to the protecting bag the laptop computer ships in are produced from 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, plastic. 

As a substitute of placing the laptop computer energy provide in a plastic bag, Acer simply slipped a cardboard sleeve round it. Additionally, the piece of cardboard used to separate the facility provide from the laptop computer within the field may be folded right into a triangle and used to help the rear of the laptop computer for video chats. Most significantly, all the packaging may be recycled. 

Acer Aspire Vero

You — and everybody else — will know what the Vero is produced from.

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Excellent in plastic

When producers wish to make a laptop computer feel and look premium, they sometimes use metallic for the chassis. With the Vero, Acer managed to make plastic feel and look greater finish. No paints or floor therapies had been used to paint the physique. As a substitute, it seems extra like grey recycled paper. with tiny flecks of shiny yellow pigment giving it kind of a raw-materials look. The chassis can be stiff and durable, which Acer says is internally strengthened with honeycomb columns. 

Rather than stickers or extra plastic items for branding, Acer merely engraved its identify within the lid and the mannequin identify on the front-right edge. Nonetheless, it additionally carved “Intel Core” into the left nook of the palm relaxation, which I might do with out, particularly since there are additionally Intel stickers on the underside. 

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Acer mirrored the R and E markings on the keycaps and coloured them yellow to bolster the eco theme.

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Acer Aspire Vero

Worth as reviewed $900
Show dimension/decision 15.6-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel show
CPU 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-1195G7
Reminiscence 16GB 3,200MHz (8GB onboard)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512GB SSD
Networking 802.11ax wi-fi, Bluetooth 5.1
Connections USB-C (3.2 Gen 1), USB-A (x2, 3.2 Gen 1), USB-A 2.0, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, Ethernet
Working system Home windows 11 Dwelling 64-bit (21H2)

Nonetheless an Aspire

Except for the eco-friendly design and packaging, the Vero is not too totally different from different Aspire fashions in parts, efficiency and options. The configuration I examined is maxed out for $900. It has an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of reminiscence, built-in graphics and a 512GB solid-state drive. Pricing for the UK and Australia wasn’t instantly accessible, however this converts to roughly £660 and AU$1,235. 

A $700 model is predicted later this month with a Core i5, 8GB of reminiscence and 256GB of storage. Nonetheless, like lots of Acer’s previous Aspire laptops, you may simply unscrew and pry open the underside of the laptop computer to extend your storage and add one other stick of reminiscence. You’d additionally have the ability to swap out the battery down the highway. 

Acer Aspire Vero

There’s extra inexperienced messaging on the underside of the Vero. 

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Home windows 11 from the get-go

Acer is working with Microsoft to verify nearly all of its present laptops in addition to these introduced within the final three years, are eligible for the free improve to Home windows 11. The Aspire Vero ships with Home windows 11 prepared to make use of out of the field. However with no touchscreen on this mannequin, you will be lacking out on a few of the options coming with the brand new working system

Learn extra: Home windows 11 evaluate: Acquainted however contemporary

Total, the expertise is nice with no lag or slowdowns to talk of. Issues like the brand new Begin menu, utilizing digital desktops and Snap Teams and Snap Layouts for multitasking and launching the brand new widgets panel will all work properly. 

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Home windows 11 is entrance and heart on the Vero.

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Efficiency typically is sweet for the cash, too. The Aspire fashions are designed for on a regular basis use with a deal with productiveness duties — e-mail, phrase processing, creating displays, net looking, and so on. — and leisure. It will probably deal with fundamental picture and video modifying, too, and a few informal gaming, however not far more actually. Plus, the show is not properly fitted to color-critical work. The show brightness reaches 267 nits which, even with the matte end, is not fairly shiny sufficient to make use of outdoor in shiny situations. The colour gamut covers 65% sRGB, 48% AdobeRGB and 45% NTSC. 

Once more, for on a regular basis work, college and leisure it will not allow you to down. Battery life, however, is a little bit of a letdown because it solely reached 5 hours, 51 minutes on our streaming video check with show brightness and audio set to 50%. Acer does embody a VeroSense app that lets you rapidly modify efficiency and cooling to spice up the laptop computer’s velocity or battery life. (You may discover comparable apps on different Eleventh-gen Intel Core laptops, too.) However even by Acer’s personal testing, you doubtless will not break the eight-hour mark with the Vero. 

Acer Aspire Vero

Like different Aspire laptops, the Vero has a full port assortment, though it is lacking Thunderbolt 4 and a reminiscence card slot.

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What’s additionally a bit odd to me, for a laptop computer with an environmental message, the Vero would not help charging by way of its one USB-C port. As a substitute, Acer used a 65-watt energy adapter with a barrel connector. Had Acer used a USB-C charger not less than you’d have the ability to use its adapter to cost different units in addition to use different USB-C adapters to energy the Vero. 

A very good eco-friendly entry to Home windows 11

Total, I just like the Acer Aspire Vero. Acer managed to make a plastic laptop computer appear to be a premium machine, and it has an awesome sturdy really feel to it as properly. Battery life is not incredible, however that is additionally a 4-pound, 15.6-inch laptop computer, so we’re not speaking about one thing constructed to be travel-friendly. 

Like its different Aspire laptops, the Vero performs properly for the value, and I like which you can improve it and doubtlessly restore it your self. You additionally get a good quantity of ports, so the Vero can simply be a desktop alternative with out the necessity for an extra hub or dock (though there is no microSD or SD card reader). And if it might assist cut back the quantities of plastic and cardboard ending up in landfills, that is good, too.

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