As soon as I saw the Aspire Vero, I knew the laptop was different. It looks like the major tech players in the industry are finally making greener choices and that’s why this laptop is made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials. Whenever a technological product is produced with a clear conscience and respect for the environment, it excites me as a journalist. After using the new Aspire Vero for a few days, I can say that this laptop is definitely a refreshing and positive step towards a greener future. But is this the right laptop for you? I tried to find the answer in my review.
Acer Aspire Vero review: Design and aesthetics
The Acer Vero has a contemporary aesthetic that never goes out of style. It’s like the magic of the Alleppey backwaters and the old-world charm of the houseboat. You know Acer uses post-consumer recycled plastic, but the overall aesthetic is calm and relaxing. The laptop’s chassis is covered in a speckled gray colored plastic reminiscent of mesh paper greeting cards, with a speckled yellow pattern. Acer claims that the laptop’s body is made of 30% PCR materials, while the keys are made of 50% PCR. Even the panel is 99% recyclable and the laptop comes in a 100% recyclable cardboard box. Instead of throwing away the box, the company encourages you to use it as a mini laptop stand. The chassis is completely paintless, a step towards its promise of durability for the future.
The laptop feels solid and unique, although it’s not as sleek as the MacBook Air. At 1.8kg, it’s lightweight, which could make it a good choice for college students or someone looking for a laptop for occasional use. Although I liked the build quality of the laptop, I did notice a bit of flex on its deck. Also, it would have been great to see shrunken bezels around the screen. But I’m glad that Acer allows users, especially on a midrange laptop, to easily access the inside of the device and replace or upgrade components.
The laptop has two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one USB 2.0, one HDMI, and one headphone jack. Other connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as a fingerprint reader and webcam. However, it lacks an integrated SD card reader and Thunderbolt connectivity.
Acer Aspire Vero review: Display and speakers
The screen is large, spanning almost 15.6 inches. It is a non-touch IPS panel, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen is great for browsing the web, working on presentations and consuming media, but the large bezels on the sides now look a bit dated. I didn’t even expect the display to be sharp enough to Photoshop and support HDR video. My only complaint about the laptop screen is that it is a little dark and the flaw is clearly visible when you take the laptop out. Since the screen brightness level maxes out at 250 nits, it’s best to use the laptop indoors.
The 720p webcam is mediocre, although it is fine for video calls. The speakers are good enough for media consumption, but they lack bass. And since these are downward-firing speakers, as I noticed during testing, the output is often muffled. That said, the stereo speakers aren’t bad and can be used for casual music listening and watching YouTube videos.
Acer Aspire Vero review: Keyboard and trackpad
The backlit keyboard is surprisingly good. The keys are well spaced, stable, fairly quiet, with satisfying travel and good feedback when depressed. I also liked the inclusion of a number pad. The trackpad is large and responsive and includes a fingerprint scanner to let you log in without typing your password via Windows Hello.
Acer Aspire Vero review: Performance and battery
The version I tested had Intel’s 11th Gen Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and Iris Xe integrated graphics, and performed as you’d expect from a laptop from midrange. It handled general computing without any lag, even with 15 Chrome tabs open in the background, being able to edit images from Pixlr and listen to my music on Apple Music at the same time. Like I said, the laptop is capable of everything except high-end gaming. But the fans were considerably more noticeable on the Core i5 version. The notebook never got too hot to the touch. The Aspire Vero comes with Windows 11 Home.
Battery life was slightly disappointing, with the Core i5 version lasting between 4 and 5 hours between charges, which wasn’t long enough to finish my working day without reaching for the charger. I would also like to point out that even though the laptop has a USB-C port, it does not work to charge the laptop, which is weird. That means I’ll forever be stuck with a barrel type power outlet.
Acer Aspire Vero review: Should you buy it?
The Aspire Vero, while not a high-end laptop, shows that it’s possible to make a mid-range laptop that’s capable enough while being socially responsible, but without compromising on style and build quality. Priced at Rs 57,999, the Aspire Vero is a simple laptop that covers the basics. I see the Vero as a fantastic laptop held back by a few issues, most of which are traditionally associated with most mid-range Windows laptops.