Acer Aspire Vero takes a different approach to many other laptops on the market, as it focuses on environmental credentials before other factors, such as price or performance.
Acer makes a big deal out of the recycled material from the Vero (AV15-51), for example, the company says that the box works like a standing laptop as soon as you remove the machine. Durability is an important topic that must be important, so we won’t be surprised if many laptops make noise in this area – but Acer is one of the first to take the lead.
The model we reviewed is the cheapest Core i5 spec, it costs £649 in the UK and $699 in the US – so it’s not too expensive. Is the Vero a good and environmentally friendly laptop, or is it a green machine that suffers from real world use?
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Design and build
- The green certificate is attractive
- Aesthetics are divided, without graphics
- The connection is good, but it is very heavy and heavy
Most of the Acer Aspire Vero’s body uses PCR, or continuous recycling, and Acer boasts about how much material is used in this laptop. The display chassis and bezel use 30% recycled materials, the display and keys use 99% and 50% recycled materials, respectively.
Finally, Acer claims that the chassis construction of the Vero produces 21% less CO2 than the 15.6-inch laptop. It’s not just for laptops, either: the box uses 85% recycled paper, and the plastic in the packaging is 100% recycled. The box also converts into a laptop stand. Acer Aspire Vero
It is attractive and good for the environment. Still, Vero isn’t a front-runner when it comes to many of these stats — even if other companies aren’t bragging about it. Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops have been made with 100% recycled aluminum since 2018, and most HP Elite Dragonfly laptops use more recycled material than the Vero.
Acer machines aren’t afraid of their green credentials. The PCR logo is printed on the palm of the hand, so it’s not even a sticker you can remove. Colorless is another thing designed to reduce dependence on potentially harmful substances. Instead, Vero is gray, with a yellow pattern reminiscent of cardboard or compacts. It attracts attention, but it will not be good for everyone. The Vero has two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and a USB 2.0 connector alongside the HDMI and audio outputs. Internal connectivity comes from 6-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a fingerprint reader and webcam. There’s a USB-C port, but it doesn’t work to charge the laptop, and the Vero doesn’t have a card reader or Thunderbolt.
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The bottom is fixed with common screws, so it is easy to replace and upgrade components. It’s useful, although not unusual for a mid-range mainstream laptop.
There’s a lot to like about this eco-friendly laptop, but the Vero weighs 1.8kg and is 20mm thick – and that figure rises to 23mm when the rubber feet are included. He is taller and heavier than his competitors. The Samsung Galaxy Book is a 15.6-inch laptop that weighs 1.55 kilograms and is 15.4 mm thick, and the 14-inch Huawei MateBook D 14 is also lighter. Both laptops are better than the Vero, and the Samsung has a microSD card slot to boot.
Vero’s build quality is also not impressive. There is a movement of wrists – Repos and the bottom of the face. The plastic is above the damaged keyboard and the shoe is easily distorted. If you want a laptop that will last for many years – to avoid e-waste – Acer does not make you sure.
Keyboard and touchpad
- Perfect for everyday typing
- The blank, touch screen won’t suit serious writers
- The R and E buttons turned out to be annoying
The Acer Aspire Vero keyboard is perfect for everyday use – it’s fast, bright and quiet. It has a lot of numbers, armed arms and keys to the top. For web browsers, emails and books, okay. More demanding users will not be satisfied. The buttons feel a little spacey and click a little, but they can be bulky, especially with the number pad and cursor keys. The backlight no longer has adjustable brightness.
The R and E keys can also distract slow typists: they are placed on the face and face in yellow to indicate regeneration.
The trackpad is fine if soft, so I have no complaints if it has a fingerprint scanner on display. But if you want a snappier, more robust keyboard, the Samsung is a better bet.
Screen and speaker
- 15.6-inch, 1080p IPS display
- Poor brightness and color reproduction
- Amazing audio
The 15.6-inch panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a matte finish. It is a non-touch IPS display, suitable for web browsing and working with Office applications.
Enter the logo, however, and Vero breaks it down. The panel’s brightness level of 270 nits is sufficient for indoor use. Delta E of 5.16 is average and the display only offers 58.1% of the sRGB color gamut. The 1,350:1 contrast ratio is better, but that doesn’t save this screen.
Frankly, this panel is depressingly dark. It looks washed out and can’t produce enough color for the content to be at its best. Although you can use this screen for daily tasks and watching media, there is no power or nuance. It’s not just the Aspire Vero that produces yellow images, however – Huawei has suffered in the same way. Samsung has a slightly better gamut capability and a brightness level of 325 nits, so that’s even better. The speakers are good enough for multimedia use thanks to the high volume and smooth midrange, but they don’t have much bass. They also tear down, so that the bed or bed can be found in the locked area. However, they are very good.
Specifications and performance
- Available on Core i5 and i7 processors
- Some were offended in more difficult situations
- Battery life is good
The Acer Aspire Vero I reviewed uses Intel’s Core i5-1155G7. It’s a Tiger Lake chip with four Hyper-threaded cores, and it has a single-core Turbo speed of 4.5 GHz.
Most mid-range computers use the i5-1135G7, which is slower. The Acer machine uses Intel’s integrated Iris Xe graphics, which means you can only play casual games. There is 8 GB of dual-channel memory. In the UK you get a 512GB SSD, but that capacity is reduced in the US. The single and multi-core Geekbench scores of 1,446 and 4,821 open a better path than the more popular i5-1135G7.
That’s enough pace for everyday work, whether you want to open all your Office apps, multiple browser tabs, or photo editing apps. SSD read and write speeds of 2,347MB/s and 1,173MB/s are only average, but they make for a responsive laptop.
It is also a good thermal performer. It’s never loud – most of the noise you’ll hear is a slight hum from the fan if you’re really pushing the internals – and the exterior is quiet, even in stress tests .
The Vero’s performance might be enough for everyday work, but the Core i5 processor isn’t enough. Acer scored 4,544 points on PC Mark 10, about 1,000 points shy of this chip’s best score.
In intensive multi-threaded operation, the chip managed a maximum speed of 3.5 GHz. That’s 800 MHz below the multi-threaded boost rate, and it explains the low PC Mark 10 results. It also means that this laptop is not suitable for heavy creative work.
Price and availability
The Core i5 version of the Acer Aspire Vero we reviewed costs £649 in the UK (via Currys) and $699 in the US (via Acer). If you want to upgrade to the Core i7 model, expect to pay £849 or $899. If you step up, you don’t just get a better processor – this machine also has 16GB of memory and a 1TB SSD.
You can also buy the laptop from Amazon UK and Amazon US. These prices compare favorably with competing machines. The Samsung Galaxy Book with a Core i5 processor costs £699 and $749, and its Core i7 version sits at £899 and $999. Huawei isn’t available in the US, but in the UK its Core i5 and Core i7 models cost £699 and £849 respectively.
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There is nothing else to choose between Acer and its rivals at the checkout, but in other departments it is easy to separate the laptop. The Acer Aspire Vero impresses with its environmental credentials, and it has reasonable battery life, good day-to-day performance and strong connectivity. It is good to use the first computer. However, unfortunately, Vero is heavier and heavier than its rivals, its keyboard is loud, the display is weak, and the things are not good for heavy work.
Its appearance will divide opinion, but it is not the only eco-friendly laptop on the shelves. This price makes it a useful laptop if you need a machine every day, focusing on the environment. But if you want a great performance, a spectacular show, or something important and hot, look elsewhere.
Acer Aspire Vero (2021): Specifications
- Screen: 15.6 inches 1920 x 1080 IPS
- Processor: 1GHz-2.5GHz Intel Core i5-1155G7
- Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
- Memory: 8 GB DDR4
- Storage: 512GB SSD
- Ports: 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x audio, 1 x HDMI
- Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5, Gigabit Ethernet
- Dimensions: 363 x 239 x 20mm (WxDxH)
- Weight: 1.8kg
- Warranty: 1 year RTB