Acer Aspire Vero Review: Lasting Performance

Over the past decade, tech companies have tried various ways to reduce their carbon footprint, be it by using eco-friendly packaging and recycled metals in their products, or even powering their production and assembly lines with renewable energy. We have seen some drastic efforts to reduce e-waste in the smartphone segment as many manufacturers have stopped bundling accessories such as chargers with their products. Acer recently pushed itself to produce “greener” devices, and the result is the new Vero line of laptops. The Acer Aspire Vero was the first laptop to be announced in December 2021. This is what we’ll be discussing today, but the company has also recently expanded its Vero line to include more laptop models, mini PCs, a monitor, a wireless mouse, and some accessories.

The main appeal of the Vero line is that it uses Post-Consumer Recycled or PCR plastics for its construction. In the case of the Aspire Vero, the entire chassis and frame around the display is made of 30 percent PCR material, which should make it more environmentally friendly for recycling later on. Building materials aside, the Aspire Vero is essentially a mid-range laptop designed for casual productivity and multimedia tasks, and we’ll be testing its capabilities in this review.

Acer Aspire Vero price in India

Acer launched the Aspire Vero at a starting MRP of Rs. 79,999 in India, but it’s now available for a lot less. Acer’s own online store was listing two variants of the Aspire Vero at the time of this review. The variant with 8 GB of RAM (which I am testing) costs Rs. 57,999 and the one with 16 GB of RAM costs Rs. 62,999. Other than the difference in RAM, both variants have the same specs, including an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU and a 512GB SSD.

Acer Aspire Vero design

The look of the Acer Aspire Vero is distinctly different from the rest of Acer’s Aspire series. The base of the laptop has an interesting blocky design with no tapering edges to provide any illusion of slimness. The lid and main chassis are a light gray color with a hexagonal texture and fine details of yellow and gray. Acer says no paint was used over the chassis and that this finish is the result of using PCR plastics. The laptop feels very robust, with very little flex on the lid and keyboard. The Acer logo and all other labels on the laptop are embossed in the plastic, avoiding unwanted paint or stickers.

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The Acer Aspire Vero has quite a few ports, but lacks an SD card slot

The Acer Aspire Vero has a good selection of physical ports. The right side has a single USB 2.0 Type-A port, Kensington lock, headphone and microphone combo jack, and two status LEDs. The left side of the laptop has most of the ports, including the charging jack, a Gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports with power-off charging on one of them, and a USB Type-C port . The latter cannot be used to charge the laptop. The Aspire Vero lacks an SD card slot, which is disappointing.

The ventilation system in the Acer Aspire Vero seems pretty standard. There are ample intake slots on the underside of the chassis for air intake, which is then expelled through the gap between the two hinges. The Aspire Vero has bright yellow rubber feet on the bottom that provide a decent amount of height from whatever surface this laptop is placed on. The back of the lid also has some rubber padding as it pushes the base up at an angle when open.

The Acer Aspire Vero has a full keyboard with black chiclet-style keys and white backlighting. Acer says it has used 50 percent PCR plastics for the keycaps. The keys are generally comfortable to use, but I didn’t like that the up and down directional keys are too small and don’t have enough space between them. The Aspire Vero has a large palm rest and trackpad. The latter doesn’t offer the most accurate touch sensitivity, but it gets the job done. There’s even a fingerprint sensor in the top-left corner of the trackpad.

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The PCR plastics used for the Acer Aspire Vero give it a unique look and feel

The Acer Aspire Vero has a 15.6-inch IPS LCD display with a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. Brightness and contrast levels seem adequate for indoor use and the display’s matte finish helps reduce reflections quite a bit. This laptop comes in a brown box that is claimed to be 100 percent recyclable. Acer makes it a point to state that even the included laptop bag is made from recycled plastic.

Acer Aspire Vero Specifications and Software

At the time of this review, the Acer Aspire Vero is only available with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 quad-core CPU in India. You get an integrated Intel GPU. As mentioned before, you can buy this laptop with either 8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM. Acer states that the RAM in the 8GB model is expandable up to 12GB. After opening the bottom of the laptop, which is a simple process as it is held in place with standard Philips screws, I noticed only one accessible RAM slot with a Samsung 4GB DDR4-3200 (1600MHz) RAM stick in it that you can exchange. The other 4 GB of RAM is soldered to the motherboard and thus cannot be replaced by the user.

There’s also a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, which is easily accessible. While it’s easy to access these components, trying to open the laptop yourself will void the warranty, so I think it’s best to let an Acer service representative do any upgrades you want under warranty. .

The Acer Aspire Vero has stereo speakers, a 720p webcam and a 48Wh battery. Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.

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The Acer Aspire Vero offers easy access to its RAM and SSD, but opening the base may void your warranty

My review unit was running Microsoft Windows 11 when I set it up. The Acer Aspire Vero also comes with a free Microsoft Office 2021 Home and Student license, which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint only. You also get a trial version of Norton Security Ultra and some first-party apps from Acer such as Care Center and Pure Voice Console. Acer also bundles Cyberlink’s PhotoDirector and PowerDirector editing apps with the Aspire Vero. There’s a new battery management app called Vero Sense that lets you choose between several battery profile presets and limit charging to 80 percent (versus 100 percent) to extend battery life.

Acer Aspire Vero performance and battery life

For general productivity, the Acer Aspire Vero handled MS Office apps and browser-based tasks very well. Thanks to the SSD, Windows 11 started up quickly and apps were generally quick to load. The laptop was also adept at multitasking, and switching between running apps was quick and painless. The Aspire Vero ran cool when I wasn’t using it and only got a little warm when charging or gaming. The latter activity did cause the exhaust fans to spin faster, which was audible at the time, but never became disturbingly loud.

Speaking of gaming, the Acer Aspire Vero can run casual games from platforms like Steam, Epic Games or the Microsoft Store just fine, but heavier titles really struggled to run well. For example, Portal 2 and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham ran smoothly with high graphics quality, but Fortnite wasn’t very playable even after lowering the graphics settings. The laptop did well in synthetic benchmarks, given its specs. The Aspire Vero scored 3,972 points in PCMark 10 and 12,519 points in the 3DMark Night Raid graphics test. As for real-world testing, the Aspire Vero managed to compress a 3.24 GB folder of various files in 3 minutes and 16 seconds, while transcoding a 1.3 GB AVI file to H .265 lasted 1 minute and 17 seconds.

The display of the Acer Aspire Vero is sharp and bright, making it very suitable for work and leisure. It has relatively thin bezels on the left and right sides, compared to those on the top and bottom. Streaming videos on YouTube and in apps like Netflix looked good. The brightness was more than adequate and the colors were well saturated with enough punch. The quality of the video recorded by the webcam was decent, and even in poorly lit situations there was not too much noise in the images. I found the keyboard quite comfortable to use, even for extended typing sessions, but the trackpad was a little unresponsive at times when performing quick multitouch gestures.

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With the Vero Sense app you can choose between different battery profiles

Acer claims the Aspire Vero lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge, but I found the actual number to be a lot lower. Even in conservative use, with the screen brightness set to less than 50 percent, when I was mainly using apps in a browser and watching videos, I would usually get about five hours of runtime before power-saving mode kicked in at the 20 percent battery level. Below the 15 percent battery level, the laptop switches to Vero+ battery mode, which provides approximately 20 additional minutes of run time before you need to charge it. All in all, you should expect close to six hours of runtime on a single charge with light to moderate use, which is decent, but could have been better. I’ve also used Battery Eater Pro, which is usually a good indicator of a laptop’s actual battery life under heavy load, and this program ran for two hours before it ran out of battery.

verdict

The Acer Aspire Vero is a mid-range laptop that performs well and has no major flaws in itself. It should appeal to environmentally conscious buyers who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Sturdy and well built, this laptop offers decent performance, a good selection of ports, a bright screen and a comfortable keyboard. The battery life is also decent, although it could have been better. My only real issue with it is that it is a bit heavy which can be cumbersome if you plan on traveling with it a lot.

The market price of Rs. 57,999 for the 8GB version is decent, although for a similar price you can find options with equally competitive specs and Intel’s 12th-generation CPUs, such as the Asus VivoBook 15.

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