Aspire Vero review - A green & good normal work laptop
When shopping for a new laptop, all brands typically have models that look more or less the same. But recently, Acer thought outside of the box with the Aspire series. The Aspire Vero is a device that stands out from the rest, not because of the tech specs but because it uses recycled materials.
Before Acer's environmental business approach initiative, the Aspire series was kind of the "black sheep" in the family when compared with the Swift and Spin series (at least in my point of view). The Swift series is a good lightweight laptop for work on the go, while the Spin series offers some flexibility to your working style. With the Aspire series... well, nothing stands out. But the Aspire Vero may change that.
Now this is something you don't see every day
The fingerprint sensor is placed on the trackpad. You can also see the letter 'E' and 'R' stylised as a message to go green
The ports and the vents are still in the same places. Fun fact: The keycaps are 50% PCR!
Here's how the bottom looks like
The most prominent feature of the Aspire Vero is the build quality. According to Acer, the laptop is made from recycled plastic materials. It's not your typical plastic waste but a post-consumer resins (PCR) plastic that's more eco-friendly and sustainable. Even the keycaps use PCR.
But Acer didn't stop there! If you need to repair the Aspire Vero, you can pretty much do it yourself since the screw is standardised. And since the laptop's body is made out of plastic, it doesn't need coloured paint, which results in less volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For your info, VOCs are a type of gas that emits into the air from products and various processes.
Simplistic and eco-friendly design
A closer look at the PCR body
While the Aspire Vero feels solid and is probably durable enough to survive a few knocks and scratches, we didn't dare do a drop test. Acer's promo materials didn't mention if it can survive drops, so we recommend you handle it with care. That said, being plastic also means it would last longer and could look the same in many years to come without deteriorating.
There isn't much to talk about in terms of performance. If I could just stop here with a sentence, I'd say the Aspire Vero functions just like any laptop. But if you want to know, this PC uses a standard 11th Gen Intel Core processor, has Intel Iris Xe graphics, and supports Wi-Fi 6.
PCMark 10 score for the Intel Core i7-1195G7 variant
3DMark score. Do note that this laptop is not meant for gaming
CPU Profile score in the 3DMark program
Thanks to these specs, the Acer Aspire Vero is more than enough for your daily tasks and browsing social media. Video editors can even use this laptop for simple video editing. However, my Vegas Pro 15 program kept crashing even though it wasn't doing any heavy lifting. On the other hand, the battery life is awesome! Even after I binge-watch an anime show for an hour, the battery barely took a hit. And it can almost last an entire day with normal work usage.
As for display performance, the Aspire Vero features a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display that offers a nice viewing experience. The sound isn't too bad, thanks to the Acer TrueHarmony, but you might want to connect the laptop to a speaker for the best results. I'm also glad to report that video conferencing on this laptop was great.
Vegas Pro 15 kept crashing over a few minutes of video editing
The colours for the display are great
There are two variants of the Aspire Vero. The first one comes with an Intel Core i5-1155G7 and 8GB RAM, while the other has the Intel Core i7-1195G7 and 16GB of RAM. Both models come with a 512GB SSD. Honestly speaking, the lesser variant is a better deal at RM3399 (compared to the other one at RM4299). Since you can't play graphically intensive games or do heavy media work on it, the difference between the two variants is minimal for casual users.
The only real reason you might want to get this laptop is to support environmental efforts. Acer's movement of going green is a great idea so if you are on board with that, by all means, go for it since there isn't any other laptop like it.
Green but normal
Unfortunately, the Aspire Vero's performance is the equivalent of a Normal-Type Pokemon without any special attributes. So, here's to hoping that Acer can turn the rest of its product lines like the Predator gaming series to Vero mode one day. But what do you think of the Aspire Vero? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more tech gadget reviews at TechNave.com.
Tech specs and features of the Acer Aspire Vero:
- 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1155G7 or i7-1195G7
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics shared memory
- 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 SDRAM
- 512GB SSD storage
- 15.6-inch FHD IPS display
- Measures 363.4 x 238.5 x 17.9mm, weighs 1.8kg
- Features Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic build, Acer TrueHarmony, Acer PurifiedVoice, Acer Bio-Protection Fingerprint, 720p HD webcam
- Ports - USB Type-C x1, USB Type-A x 2, HDMI 2.0 x1, 3.5mm headphone audio jack, Ethernet x1, Kensington lock slot
- Supports Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX201, 802.11a/b/g/n/acR2+ax, 2x2 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1
- Battery - 48 Wh 3-cell Li-ion
- Windows 11 Home
Pros: The first laptop to go green with recycled materials, performs well enough with daily work and social tasks
Cons: Besides the recycled body, nothing else really stands out
Conclusion: If you want to go green, go Vero!