Acer Aspire Vero 15 review: The sustainable waste-laptop with a QHD webcam surpasses all expectations
Acer's current most sustainable laptop, the Aspire Vero 15, impressed us in our test with almost no compromises — not only thanks to its 1,440p QHD webcam but also with its performance, emissions, input devices, runtimes, robust case and its 373 cd/m²-bright FHD screen with 100 % sRGB coverage.
The laptop's case is made from 40 % PCR plastic (post-consumer recycled) and during production, it supposedly produces 30 % less CO² compared to other plastic cases of the same size. Furthermore, we liked its unique design in Cypress Green with organic-looking color flecks and a nice-feeling structure. Unfortunately, the device's wide bezels and 16:9 aspect ratio make the Vero 15 feel a little outdated.
50 % of its key caps are also made from PCR materials, its touchpad is made from Ocean-Bound plastic and the laptop's packaging is made from 90 - 100 % recycled paper and polyester. Despite the manufacturer's eco concept and goal of creating a sustainable product, the laptop suffers one major drawback: It doesn't feature a RAM slot, which, in our eyes, is an unnecessary mistake. Especially when you consider that the 15.6-inch office laptop's predecessor still had a memory bank.
We are happy to see its good connectivity options, which include Thunderbolt 4, true HDMI 2.1, 2x USB-A 3.2 as well as fast Intel Killer WiFi 6E. Further specs include its 16-GB LPDDR5 RAM, Intel Core i7-1355U and 512-GB PCIe 4.0 SSD (which unfortunately delivers PCIe-3.0 speeds and is throttled after a longer period of time). The amount of pre-installed bloatware is also rather annoying.
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