Updated: Jan 14
This laptop is quite unique. It’s definitely different from many others out there. It’s the Acer Aspire Vero and if you see it in public, you will definitely notice it. Perhaps even more so when you know the story, the significance and the message behind it.
Vero is a powerful sustainability initiative that Acer is pushing forward with and we wholeheartedly support that. So we are going to talk more about that and show you the intricate stuff and some trivia that went behind making this laptop.
100% recyclable packaging
It first all starts with the packaging. The Vero uses packaging that’s 100% recyclable, of which 85% is made using recycled paper.
The laptop bag and keyboard and the sheet that the laptop comes covered in are also made from 100% recycled plastic. Instead of using plastic for the charger, like most other laptops, this makes use of a single paper sleeve. You can choose to reuse the packaging and create a mini laptop stand with just a few folds here and there. This might prove useful for video calls and such. With packaging probably being the first thing that most people would throw away, being 100% recyclable is definitely a plus. But of course, it goes without saying that it’s not just the packaging, the Vero itself plays a part as well.
Post Consumer Recycle
The chassis is pretty clean, simple, pain-free and more importantly, it is made of up to 30% PCR plastic in which PCR stands for Post-Consumer Recycled. It’s exactly as it sounds, PCR plastic is derived from everyday items which we consumers use. Not just plastics but also plastic PET bottles and bags from the supermarket. All of that is broken down and remade into things such as the chassis for the Vero. According to Acer, this reduces up to 21% of its Co2 emissions compared to a similarly sized, standard plastic laptop.
In addition, the keycaps are also made with up to 50% PCR plastic and yes, it still feels great to the touch and I could tap away on it for hours on end with no issues at all. The “R” and “E” keys are flipped to create a more unique aesthetic and to remind and reinforce the crucial message of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. All of that grants the Vero an EPEAT Silver Registration which certainly proves its worth. Even though it’s a green PC, you need not worry about performance.
Eco-friendly but powerful
We have the base model here with us today. It is rocking the Intel Core I5-11GGG7, 8GB RAM and 512GB NVME SSD storage, which is plenty for day-to-day tasks like browsing the web or consuming content on YouTube and even productivity tasks with multiple tabs open. Additionally, you can use Verosense, the smart battery management app, to squeeze even more performance out of it or perhaps be as frugal as possible so that the Vero will last you an entire working day. Plugged into the wall, go ahead and use performance mode to get the best out of the Vero but if you’re out and about, perhaps sticking to Eco or Eco+ mode would be much better suited.
At S$1,298, the Acer Aspire Vero is a solid value laptop, which happens to be a green PC as well.