The Acer Vero, which we reported in May, has had its lineup expanded – it’s a move that bodes well for the future (at least for now) about the adoption of recycled plastic laptops.
In its latest announcement, Acer has confirmed an updated Aspire Vero, and joining it will be the TravelMate Vero for the business segment, the Veriton Vero, a business-centric desktop, and the Vero BR277, an FHD monitor.
The design principles of the Vero line is as follows:
- uses post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic
- shipped in recyclable packaging
- easy to disassemble to simplify repair and upgrade (extend lifespan)
It has to be noted that PCR only makes up 30 per cent of the plastic composition in the Vero devices. Andrew Hou, President of the Pan Asia Pacific Operations for Acer, explained that Acer would like to use a higher percentage of recycled plastic in their builds, but due to the high cost of recycled plastic, their challenge lies in balancing the percentage of recycled plastic used with keeping the price of the laptops reasonable.
Acer Aspire Vero
You probably have to look back to the last of the old white and black Macbooks to find a cool plastic laptop – yeap, it’s been a while. The PCR plastic on the Aspire Vero (AV15-51) also adds a visible texture, which admittedly is a question of taste, but fits perfectly into the whole ‘green living’ aesthetic. The chassis is 30 per cent PCR plastic, which Acer says cuts CO2 emissions by 21 per cent during production. The keycaps contain 50 per cent PCR plastic, and the 100 per cent recyclable packaging can be repurposed into a DIY laptop stand.
That aside, it’s just like any other laptop. Other specs include a 15.6″ FHD IPS display (99 per cent recyclable), 11th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Xe Graphics. A new VeroSense software UI lets you choose between power modes, including one that’s optimised for energy efficiency and battery life.
Right now it’s available at Gain City for $1,399 (i7-1195G7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) and you get $100 off if you trade in your old laptop.
Acer TravelMate Vero
In the TravelMate Vero (TMV15-51), Acer has made a business laptop equivalent for companies that are looking to adopt sustainable practices. It supports up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of DDR4 memory and a 1 TB SSD. Security features include a discrete TPM for enterprise-level security management, the ubiquitous Kensington lock slot, and Acer ProShield Plus, an all-in-one security solution with built-in encryption and decryption, and also incorporates the biometric authentication measures built into Windows 11 Pro.
You can also customise the laptop’s startup logo to your own brand through the Acer Commercial BIOS. But more importantly, you can lock or roll back the BIOS, update it even on a non-Windows platform, and leverage CHIPSEC validation for improved security.
Acer Veriton Vero Mini
The Acer Veriton Vero Mini (VVN4690G) is a commercial-grade mini PC tower that offers customisation as well. It features Intel Core vPro processors that are perfect for remote management and still has the latest high-speed connectivity features like Wi-Fi 6 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports. The Vero Mini also comes equipped with management tools like Acer Office Manager and Acer Control Center for managing the organisation’s fleet of computers.
Unlike the other two, however, the Veriton Vero Mini’s ventilated chassis consists of only 25 per cent PCR plastic, but that’s still a quarter of the build.
Acer Vero BR277
The housing of the BR277 is made from more than 50% PCR plastic and meets certification standards of ENERGY STAR, TCO and EPEAT. Comfort features include the Ergostand, which lets you tilt, swivel, height-adjust and pivot the monitor. Acer’s VisionCare suite of technology also helps to reduce eye strain: the ComfyView display features a non-glare and flicker-less panel with blue light shielding, and can be dimmed down to 15 per cent brightness.
Users interested in going all-green can complete the full eco-friendly Vero set with the Macaron Vero Mouse (AMR020), Vero Mousepad (AMP120 / AMP121) and Vero Sleeve (ABG131 / ABG132).