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Acer Aspire Vero Review Rating

Summary

This will commonly be actually a universal yet excellent 15-inch laptop. However, thanks to the environmental and serviceable design, the Acer Aspire Vero stands out from the crowd. The main advantage for me would be the easy to replace components I inevitably break something.

Pros

  • Brand new Intel CPUs
  • Eco-friendly design
  • Easily serviceable and upgradable

Cons

  • No USB-C PD charging
  • It is quite a bit laptop, even for 15-inch.

Acer has been experimenting with improving its environmental credentials for a while now. Most recent laptops have used environmentally friendly packaging. Even the inks used are specially selected.

The new Apire Vero, which would likely be part of the  Aspire 5 lineup, takes things a step further, taking an environmentally friendly approach to the whole laptop. This includes:

This includes:

  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • Extensive use of PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastics for the chassis, keyboard
  • A serviceable design using standard screws and easy to access components

Specification

  • 15.6-inch IPS display, 1920 x 1080, LED-backlit TFT LCD
  • Intel Core i7-1195G7, 12MB smart cache, 2.9GHz with Turbo Boost Max up to 5.0GHz, Iris Xe Graphics
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB PCIe Gen 3, 8GB/s, NVMe
  • One USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1 up to 5GBPS), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 (one with power-off USB charging), one USB 2.0, one HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, one 3.5 mm headphone / speaker jack, one DC-in, one Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Windows Hello fingerprint reader
  • 1.8 kg, 363.4 x 238.5 x 17.9 mm

Design / Environmentally Friendly Materials

For the packaging, they have used 85% Recycled Paper for the box, 100% recycled plastic for the laptop bag and keyboard sheet and paper sleeves for the cables.

They have taken the environmental approach to the laptop construction, too. Obviously, the components used within the laptop won’t conform to these standards, but Acer has done the best it can.

The body of the laptop is made partly from recycled plastic, or specifically, it is 30% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic in the chassis saving around 21% in CO2 emissions.

The chassis of the laptop is paint free, so you have this raw recycled plastic aesthetic to it. It looks impressive with a grainy/speckled matt finish to it, and it also feels durable.

It is worth noting that many other brands use recycled materials in their laptops. The Vero seems to be better than most, but it is not entirely unique with the use of recycled materials.  

Serviceability – How easy is it to upgrade or repair?

While many laptops have become increasingly thin and light, this adopts a bit more of an old fashioned 15-inch form factor

Initial, I thought this felt significantly larger than other 15-inch laptops, but it isn’t too bad. Many competing products are about 100g lighter and shave off 10mm for both the width and depth.

There are a couple of reasons for this, partly because this is quite affordable, but also Acer has designed it to be serviceable.

Most laptops have some sort of reparability and upgradability, but this uses standard screws providing easier access.

It is quite common for some laptops to be quite difficult to upgrade, I was unable to upgrade my Huawei Matebook 13 WiFi module unless I wanted to remove the entire motherboard.

Opening this laptop up required me to remove 11 screws, and the back panel is also clipped into place, so I wouldn’t say it was the easiest of laptops to open up.

However, once inside, you are greeted with a highly serviceable laptop. Every single component I can think of is easily accessible. From what I can tell, for most parts, it is just a case of disconnecting, unscrewing and replacing,

The motherboard itself will be your hardest job, but this would be true for any laptop.

Upgrading RAM, WiFi and storage should be quite easy to do for anyone with basic skills. The battery also looks like it would be a quick swap, though in this case, you’d probably be reliant on Acer supplying you the parts. Looking online, you can pick up the Acer AP20A7N battery for about £50.

Display

The 15.6-inch runs at 1920 x 1080 and 60Hz with moderately thick bezels and a webcam located in the standard top bezel. Colour accuracy is reasonably excellent, yet the overall brightness is perhaps a little on the low end.

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