Equipment manufacturers are increasingly protecting the environment. So Acer doesn’t stand aside. The company has brought the Aspire Vero as a Green PC. It is made from recycled unpainted plastic with no synthetic ingredients. This approach minimizes the number of harmful emissions and reduces the user’s carbon footprint. In addition, the Acer Aspire laptop PC received an 11th generation Intel Core processor, 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD. Let’s see how this eco-friendly gadget works in this Acer Aspire Vero review.
The Aspire Vero has gone to great lengths to reduce the number of polymers ending up in landfills or the ocean when creating this laptop. Acer says the use of recycled materials in the model results in a 21% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional laptops, as recycling plastics consumes less fuel than making new ones.
The chassis and front of the laptop are made from 30% recycled plastic, and the keyboard is 50% recycled. The screen is 99% recyclable, and you can make a stand out of a cardboard box in a couple of minutes. To facilitate the repair and upgrade are the most common screws are installed – the bottom cover can be removed with a regular screwdriver.
The plastic panels were not stained, which is another solution to reduce the amount of potentially harmful VOCs released into the air. The laptop color resembles gray recycled paper with small splashes of bright yellow specks – it looks unusual and beautiful. The case texture is solid and a little rough to the touch, but you get used to it in a few days. The design of the Acer Aspire Vero will be remembered for a long time.
The use of recycled materials has not affected the reliability in any way. The body does not lose or bend, everything is firmly attached. The Acer PC laptop weighs 1.8 kg, and the thickness is 18 mm – quite standard dimensions for a 15.6-inch device. It can be opened easily with one hand without holding it from the bottom.
Convenient to use
The Aspire Vero’s keyboard is comfortable – with large buttons, mid-travel, and a number pad on the right side. There is a backlight with one brightness level. The R and E buttons are reflected and highlighted in yellow. Thus, the manufacturer wants to remind users about recycling – constant reuse to reduce unnecessary waste. The trackpad is very large and comfortable, it responds correctly to pressing. The trackpad houses a fingerprint reader for logging in via Windows Hello, a handy solution not found in every mid-range laptop.
The case has a place for Ethernet, HDMI, one USB Type-C, and two USB Type-A ports. On the right side, we have the Kensington lock, another USB Type-A, and a combo headphone jack.
The 15.6-inch laptop has an IPS panel with Full HD resolution and an aspect ratio of 16: 9. The display has a matte surface with an anti-reflective coating that successfully resists sunlight. The backlight brightness is about 250 nits – not too much by modern standards, but sufficient for home and office use. The screen is well calibrated and has an even backlight throughout the entire area. It’s nice to work with documents, spreadsheets, watch videos and photos.
Built-in stereo speakers are responsible for the sound. They have a decent volume headroom and do not distort the sound even at maximum values. There are a pair of noise-canceling microphones that help you comfortably transmit speech during online business meetings.
Our Acer Aspire Vero review unit is powered by the latest Intel Core i7-1195G7 quad-core processor with a maximum frequency of up to 5 GHz, integrated Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 memory, and a fast 512 GB SSD. The laptop runs Windows 11 out of the box, so you don’t have to waste time updating the system.
Acer Aspire Vero specifications
- Operating System: Windows 11 Home
- Processor: Intel Core i7-1195G7 2.90 GHz / Intel Core i5-1155G7 2.50 GHz Quad-core (4 Core)
- Display: 15.6-inch ComfyView IPS Panel
- Graphics: Intel® iris® xᵉ graphics
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Memory: 1x 16 GB/8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
- Storage: 1 x 512GB/256GB PCIe NVMe SSD; Read speed – 2376 MB/s, and Write speed – 1287 MB/s
- Connectivity: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.0
- Features: built-in Microphone, Finger Print Reader, 2x Stereo speakers, backlight keyboard, Kensington lock
- Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, Network (RJ-45)
- Battery: Li-Pol battery, 48 Wh, 65 W mains adapter
- Dimensions: 0.70 x 14.3 x 9.4 inches
- Weight: 3.97 lb
This OS and processor have the power that it can easily handle everyday tasks. We can easily keep 20 tabs open in google chrome, Skype video conferencing loads quickly, FHD videos play smoothly without any stutter. There are no questions about the performance of the system – the suppression response is immediate, the software opens almost immediately. Overall performance is similar to that of top Ultrabooks. Built-in graphics handle demanding games. You will be able to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at HD resolution or Genshine Impact on medium graphics settings.
Cooling effectively copes with heating, and the fan noise is noticeable only under significant loads. The case stays cool when editing documents or surfing the web, and the coolers are nearly inaudible.
Acer Aspire Vero review results
- PCMark 10: Overall result is 3671
- Geekbench 5: Single-core – 1563 / Multi-core – 4811
- 3D MARK: Time Spy – 1585
- Battery life: About 6 hours in mixed mode / Up to 8 hours of video playback at medium brightness
The Acer Aspire Vero comes with a 48 Wh battery. The battery will last up to 6 hours in a normal office scenario if you set the screen brightness to a medium value. In this mode, FHD-videos can be played for a little over 8 hours. There are no big records, but with the Aspire Vero, you can feel comfortable away from the power outlet.
A 65 W adapter with a proprietary connector is used for recharging. From an environmental point of view, it would be more appropriate to use USB Type-C. On the other hand, many users do not have a power supply unit of suitable capacity at home.
The Acer Aspire Vero is an interesting mid-range notebook. The use of recycled and unprocessed plastics has helped reduce the environmental impact of laptop manufacturing. The environmental friendliness of the model did not affect the reliability of the design and performance. The Green PC is fast, has a wider range of ports and louder speakers. And the unusual design will be appreciated by users who are far from the “Green” theme.
Price and availability
The Acer Aspire Vero (AV15-51) is finally available to purchase via the Amazon.com, Newegg.com, Adorama.com, and Amazon.co.uk online stores for a recommended retail price of $799 for the i5 version and $899 for the high-end model with an i7 processor.