Acer Aspire Vero Review: Sustainable Performance


Tech companies have been trying different ways to reduce their carbon footprints over the past decade or so, whether they’re using eco-friendly packaging and recycled metals in their products, or even subsidizing their manufacturing and assembly lines with renewable energy. We have seen some drastic attempts to reduce e-waste in the smartphone sector, as many manufacturers have stopped bundling accessories like chargers with their products. Acer recently pushed itself to produce “greener” devices, and the result is its new line of Vero laptops. The Acer Aspire Vero was the first laptop to be announced in December 2021. That’s what we’ll be reviewing today, but the company recently expanded the Vero line to include more laptop models, mini PCs, a monitor, a wireless mouse and some accessories.

The main attraction of the Vero line is that it uses post-consumer recycled or PCR plastic for construction. In the case of the Aspire Vero, the entire chassis and bezel surrounding the display is made from 30 percent PCR materials, making it more environmentally friendly for later recycling. Building materials aside, the Aspire Vero is essentially a mid-range laptop designed to handle casual productivity and multimedia tasks, and we’ll test its capabilities in this review.

Acer Aspire Vero Price in India

Acer launched the Aspire Vero at the start of an MRP of Rs. 79,999 in India, but it is now available at a much lower price. Acer’s online store has listed two variants of the Aspire Vero at the time of this review. The 8GB RAM variant (which is what I’m testing) is priced at Rs. 57,999 and the other with 16GB of RAM priced at Rs. 62999. Aside from the difference in RAM, both variants have the same specs which include an 11th generation Intel Core i5 CPU and a 512GB SSD.

Designed by Acer Aspire Vero

The look of the Acer Aspire Vero is definitely different from the rest of the Acer Aspire series. The laptop base features an interesting block-like design with absolutely no tapers to provide any illusion of thinness. The cover and main body are a dull gray with a hexagonal feel and a cool yellow and gray spec. Acer says it has not used any paint on the chassis and that this finish is due to the use of PCR plastic. The laptop feels very sturdy, with very little flex for the lid and keyboard area. The Acer logo and all other stickers on the laptop are embossed onto the plastic, thus avoiding any unwanted paint or stickers.

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Acer Aspire Vero has a good number of ports but is missing an SD card slot

The Acer Aspire Vero has a good selection of physical ports. The right side has a single USB 2.0 Type A port, a Kensington lock slot, a headphone and microphone combo jack, and two status LEDs. The left side of the laptop contains the bulk of the ports, which include the charging jack, Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, two USB 3.2 Type A ports with stop charging function in one and a USB Type C port. The latter cannot be used to charge a laptop. The Aspire Vero is missing an SD card slot, which is disappointing.

The ventilation system on the Acer Aspire Vero looks very standard. There are plenty of inlet holes at the bottom of the chassis to draw in air, which is then expelled through the opening between the two hinges. The Aspire Vero has bright yellow rubber feet on the bottom that provide just the right amount of height from any surface this laptop is placed on. The back of the cover also features some rubber padding because it pushes the base up at an angle when it’s open.

The Acer Aspire Vero has a full-size keyboard with chiclet-style black keys and white backlighting. Acer says it used 50 percent PCR plastic for the keycaps. The switches are generally comfortable to use but I didn’t like how the up and down directional switches are so small and don’t have enough space between them. The Aspire Vero has a large palm rest and trackpad. The latter doesn’t offer the most accurate touch sensitivity but it gets the job done. There is also a fingerprint sensor in the upper left corner of the trackpad.

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The PCR plastics used in the Acer Aspire Vero give it a unique look and feel

The Acer Aspire Vero has a 15.6-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). Brightness and contrast levels seem suitable for indoor use and the screen’s matte color helps reduce reflections a bit. This laptop is shipped in a brown box that is claimed to be 100 percent recyclable. Acer makes it clear that even the included laptop bag is made from recycled plastic.

Acer Aspire Vero Specifications and Software

At the time of this review, the Acer Aspire Vero is only available with an 11th generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core CPU in India. You get an integrated Intel GPU. As mentioned earlier, you can buy this laptop with 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Acer states that the 8GB RAM model is expandable up to 12GB. After opening the base of the laptop, a simple process of holding it in place with standard Philips screws, I noticed that there was one accessible RAM slot, which held 4GB DDR4-3200 (1600MHz) RAM ) Inside it you can swap out. The other 4GB of RAM is soldered to the motherboard and therefore cannot be replaced by the user.

There’s also a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, which is easily accessible. While these components are easy to access, you will void the warranty if you try to unlock the laptop yourself, so I think it would be best to let an Acer service representative perform any upgrades you might want under the warranty.

The Acer Aspire Vero has stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, and a 48Whr battery. Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

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My review unit was running Microsoft Windows 11 when I set it up. The Acer Aspire Vero also comes with a free license for Microsoft Office 2021 Home and Student, which includes only Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also get a trial version of Norton Security Ultra and some first-party apps from Acer like Care Center and Pure Voice Console. Acer also bundles Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector and PowerDirector editing apps with the Aspire Vero. There’s a new battery management app called Vero Sense, which lets you choose between different battery profile presets and also lets you limit charging to 80 percent (versus 100 percent) to extend battery life.

Acer Aspire Vero Performance and Battery Life

For general productivity, the Acer Aspire Vero handles MS Office applications and browser-based tasks very well. Thanks to the SSD, Windows 11 was quick to boot and apps were generally quick to load. The laptop was adept at multitasking too, and switching between running apps was quick and painless. The Aspire Vero played great when I wasn’t stressing about it and only got a little warm when charging or gaming. Recent activity caused the exhaust fans to intensify, which were audible at the time, but this never rose in a distracting fashion.

Speaking of games, the Acer Aspire Vero can run unofficial games from platforms like Steam, Epic Games or Microsoft Store just fine, but heavy titles have had a hard time getting them to work properly. For example, Portal 2 and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham ran smoothly with high graphics quality but Fortnite was not playable even after lowering the graphics settings. The laptop performed well in synthetic benchmarks, considering its specs. The Aspire Vero scored 3,972 points in the PCMark 10 and 12,519 points in the 3DMark Night Raid graphics test. For real-world tests, the Aspire Vero was able to compress a 3.24GB folder of various files in 3 minutes 16 seconds, while converting a 1.3GB AVI file to H.265 took 1 minute 17 seconds.

The screen of the Acer Aspire Vero is sharp and bright, making it well suited for work and entertainment. It has relatively insignificant borders on the left and right, compared to the upper and lower borders. Streaming videos on YouTube and in apps like Netflix looked fine. The brightness was more than enough and the colors were well saturated with enough punch. The quality of the video recorded by the webcam was good, and even in low light conditions, there was not much noise in the shots. I found the keyboard to be quite comfortable to use even for extended typing sessions, but the trackpad felt a little unresponsive at times when trying to perform quick multitouch gestures.

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Vero Sense allows you to choose between different battery profiles

Acer claims that the Aspire Vero can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, but I found the actual number to be much lower. Even with conservative use, with screen brightness set to less than 50 percent, when I’ve been using in-browser apps and watching videos, I usually get about five hours of playback time before turning on power saving mode at 20 percent of the battery level. Below the battery level of 15 percent, the laptop switches to Vero+ battery mode which provides about an additional 20 minutes of runtime before you need to charge it. Overall, you should expect around six hours of playtime on a single charge with light to medium use, 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 2 hours before it drained the battery.

Rule

The Acer Aspire Vero is a mid-range laptop that performs well and doesn’t really have major flaws as such. It should attract environmentally conscious buyers looking to reduce their carbon footprint. This laptop is powerful and well-designed, offering decent performance, a good selection of ports, a bright screen, and a comfortable keyboard. Battery life is also good, although it could have been better. My only real problem is that it is a bit heavy which can be cumbersome if you plan to travel with it often.

Market price of Rs. 57,999 for the 8GB version is decent, although for a similar price you can find options with competitive specs and 12th-generation Intel CPUs, such as the Asus VivoBook 15.

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