Acer Aspire Vero Green laptop review: Eco-friendly and functional

Acer Aspire Vero Green laptop review: Eco-friendly and functional
02
Jan-2023

Most users do not consider sustainability when shopping for a new laptop. When we talk about sustainability, especially in the consumer-tech sector, we usually see brands bragging about how their packaging is made from recycled materials, while others discuss the use of recycled metals such as aluminium. If you want a new laptop for everyday use that is also environmentally friendly, the Acer Aspire Vero is one of the few laptops that does it all.

I've been reviewing the Acer Aspire Vero Green (AV14-51-73LM) laptop with the 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1255U CPU, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage.

Design
The Acer Aspire Vero Green's entire body is made of recycled material, with 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic in the chassis and screen bezels and 50% PCR plastic in the keycaps. As evidence, the "E and R" keys are oriented in the opposite direction, indicating that this is a recycled-material laptop.

This 14-inch laptop is lightweight and easy to transport. Despite its small size, it has a wide range of I/O ports, including a full-sized HDMI port, two USB-A ports, a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 4 support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The entire laptop has a matte finish, making it fingerprint resistant, and the company is not trying to hide the fact that it is made of post-consumer recycled plastic material. Acer has even incorporated it into the chassis.

An Intel Evo logo is also embossed into the laptop as part of the design. It also has an easily accessible back panel that allows users to access the PCB and storage device. It's worth noting that the Acer Aspire Vero Green has soldered RAM and only one SSD slot. If the company had included an extra SSD slot and removable SODIMM RAM support, this laptop would have been even more repairable.

Display
The 14-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen on the Acer Aspire Vero Green has a refresh rate of 60Hz. The display is reasonably bright and sharp, especially when compared to laptops with 15-inch screens. The Vero Green lacks touch support, which is unfortunate. In terms of peak brightness and colour accuracy, the laptop is on par with devices costing between Rs 70,000 and Rs 80,000 in India. From watching movies to working on spreadsheets, the display provides excellent colour and contrast.

Sound, keyboard, and trackpad
The Acer Aspire Vero Green has a large but compact keyboard with backlighting. The trackpad is slightly smaller in size, especially when compared to laptops such as the Dell XPS. The company has also embedded a fingerprint sensor with support for Windows Hello biometric authentication in the top left corner of the trackpad, and the fingerprint sensor works flawlessly. The Vero Green's built-in speakers are adequate. However, when compared to a notebook like the MacBook Air, they are nowhere near as loud or clear. This has been the case with the majority of Windows laptops.

Intel Evo certification is included with the Acer Aspire Vero Green.
The new Vero Green simply excels in most day-to-day tasks thanks to Intel Evo certification. It boots quickly, takes less time to load apps and software, has an almost all-day battery life, and even has a 1080p web camera that works and provides better video quality than laptops with 720p web cameras.

In terms of connectivity, the Acer Aspire Vero Green includes Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth. Overall, the laptop provides everything that most users would expect from an upper mid-range 14-inch compact notebook, and with moderate usage, the device can deliver more than 7 hours of battery life despite having a small 56Whr battery.

Performance
The Acer Aspire Vero Green, with its 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1255U processor, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and 1TB of PCIe Gen4 storage, has more than enough power for day-to-day tasks like web browsing, spreadsheet work, and light photo/video editing.

Because the Intel Core i7-1255U has a 10-core CPU with two P or performance cores and eight E or efficient cores, the Vero Green can provide best-in-class single-core and multi-core performance.

It can even play games, at least in 720p resolution. I played the recently released video game High On Life on an Acer Aspire Vero green laptop with an Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU. While I wouldn't say this laptop's gaming performance was as good as a laptop with a dedicated GPU, it was capable of delivering around 30fps at 720p resolution on low graphics settings. The laptop runs almost silently in most situations, but the fans kick in when you play games or perform compute-intensive tasks such as video rendering. Overall, the Acer Aspire Vero Green is an excellent laptop for general use.

Verdict
The Acer Aspire Vero Green's design asserts that it is possible to create a sustainable laptop that does not sacrifice features or performance. During my testing, I enjoyed the Acer Aspire Vero Green's appearance and feel. If you want a small laptop that can handle everyday tasks, has a long battery life, and is environmentally friendly, the Acer Aspire Vero Green is a good choice.

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