Thanks to its two headlining speakers, the Acer Aspire Vero is more than just a typical mid-range laptop. PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic is used in the construction of the Aspire Vero, making the production process more environmentally responsible and creating a notebook that is unique in the 15.6-inch laptop market. This is the first laptop we’ve tested with Windows 11 preloaded, and it’s a big deal.
MICROSOFT’S LATEST OPERATING SYSTEM IS powering a Core i7 processor from Intel’s newest generation, integrated Intel Xe graphics, and an abundant 16GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the laptop’s battery life is short-lived. A few minor issues with the display and keyboard exist, but they’re not enough to deter me from recommending it. Longer battery life would make the Aspire Vero a better choice for students or anybody searching for a large-screen, environmentally friendly laptop.
Acer will offer two variants of the Aspire Vero: one with a larger screen and one with a smaller one. Later this month, a lower-cost variant will be available with the Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for $699.99. Non-touch screens measuring 15.6 inches diagonally are standard across the board as a display with full HD quality.
Acer has announced a goal of utilizing 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, which many firms have vowed to achieve at some point in the future. In the here and now, it might be tough to feel as though you’re making a difference in the fight against climate change if you support firms that you think are doing their part.
Consumers may have a more significant effect on the world by purchasing goods and services. Because you’re buying a laptop from Acer, you’re also helping to keep landfills and the oceans cleaner. Recycling plastic results in lower CO2 emissions since it consumes fewer fossil fuels to produce recycled plastic than produce new plastic.
People would continue to purchase regular laptops if a sustainably built laptop’s design was unattractive or dull. The Aspire Vero’s design isn’t drab. The laptop’s design and feel appeal to me, even if it isn’t for everyone. The Aspire Vero, unlike other laptops, has a textured case instead of a smooth one. The surface has the appearance of a skinny canvas.
The laptop’s name badges and emblems are not painted, and there is no final coat of paint. Each is etched into the laptop’s chassis, giving it a one-of-a-kind appearance. There are specks of yellow and gray-blue on the laptop’s grey body. As I’ll explain in a moment, the bottom panel has yellow feet and two keys on the keyboard. The 15.6-inch laptop’s casing has squared sides and is only 0.7 inches thick. It weighs an average of four pounds for its size. I was surprised by how heavy it felt, given its slim design.
There is some sturdiness to the plastic chassis. The robust lid protects the display, and the keyboard seems solid save for a little bit of flex at the top of the keyboard. Rubber feet in yellow are used to hold the laptop in place and aid airflow via the vents on the bottom panel. Additionally, when you open the display, there are two little yellow feet on the display hinge that swing down to push up the laptop’s rear edge to enhance ventilation further and improve your typing experience.
Soft keys with springy, quick action make this keyboard easy to use. Backlighting on the keyboard is on just one level. To better match the brightness of the ambient light, multi-level keyboard backlighting would be handier, and it would be more environmentally friendly since you could keep it at a lesser setting to reduce the laptop’s energy use.
However, Acer’s right-hand side has a number pad, but the keys are too small to be helpful. To accommodate the Numpad, the four arrow keys on the keyboard are reduced in size. This is a significant trade-off. In exchange for a full-size set of arrow keys, I’d cheerfully ditch the small Numpad.
Full HD 19201280 resolution is available on the 15.6-inch, non-touch display. A clear picture may be produced with the current level of resolution. There is no pixelation or blurring of text or graphics. The display’s lack of brightness is its most significant flaw. Typical of inexpensive laptops, this one has a brightness rating of 250 nits. For notebooks that cost $1,000 or more, you can anticipate screens with 300- to 400 nits of brightness, such as the Acer Vero’s.
The Aspire Vero’s display reaches its highest brightness of 250 nits, according to our testing. However, if you take the laptop outdoors or into a room flooded with natural sunshine, you’ll have a difficult time seeing the display. For my time with the Aspire Vero, I kept the display brightness at its highest setting.
There is a 720p webcam that sits above the display, but it’s nothing special. Video conferencing in optimum lighting settings provides a relatively crisp picture, but when the illumination is too bright or too dark, it has trouble. As soon as you see your room becoming a little darker, the image becomes blown out and looks grainy.
Aspire Vero’s dual speakers, on the other hand, deliver mediocre laptop audio. Streaming YouTube videos and Zoom calls sound good, and however music playing suffers because of a lack of separation and bass response. The Aspire Vero has USB Type-A and Type-C connections, so you won’t have to carry a dongle in your laptop bag. Additionally, there is an HDMI port and an Ethernet connector but no media card slot.
The Aspire Vero performed well in our tests with a quad-core Intel processor, suggesting that an environmentally friendly laptop doesn’t have to be underpowered. Multitasking was a breeze because of its agile performance. Its battery life was the most disappointing aspect of the device. As there haven’t been many recent reviews of 15.6-inch computers, I added three 14-inch laptops to a pair of 15-inch models for comparative purposes. Gateway’s budget Core i3-1115G4-based notebook is at the lower end of the spectrum.
The HP Envy x360 15 is a 15.6-inch laptop powered by AMD. There are three 14-inch models: the Acer Swift 5, the Lenovo ThinkPad E14 Gen 2, and the MSI Prestige 14. There are 16GB of RAM, and integrated graphics in every machine save for the cheap Gateway. This is followed by Cinebench, a form of CPU sprint that strains the CPU rather than the GPU and utilizes all of the processor’s cores. The HP Envy x360 and the Aspire Vero were once again the best Intel-powered laptops.