The sustainability efforts of the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023) are commendable and beyond anything else I’ve reviewed. It also helps that this is a solid general-use computer. The design is a bit dated, and the keyboard and trackpad are serviceable at best. And, you’re paying a little extra for that eco-friendliness. However, if you need a new day-to-day laptop and care about the environment, it’s worth it.
Solid all-around performance
Decent port selection
Good battery life
A bit overpriced
Keyboard and trackpad are just okay
Design is slightly dated
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Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Two-minute review
The Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023) is a good computer. You can rest easy knowing that Acer has spared no expense in making this as eco-friendly as possible. In fact, this might be the first laptop I’ve come across to embrace the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” slogan. It reduces the amount of material used, reuses a lot of recycled material, and is made to be easy to recycle at the end of its life.
More importantly, unless you absolutely need one of the best Ultrabooks for maximum portability, you’ll probably be happy with it. However, it’s not going to be considered quite among the very best laptops.
It’s a bit dated and, while a solid all-around performer, is basically a $750 model with a $850 price tag. But, being cutting edge – at least in carbon footprint if not design – comes at a cost. If you’re willing to pay that price for the environment, you’ll find some issues here and there but no deal-breakers, as long as you don’t need a more specialized machine.
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Price & availability
- How much does it cost? $849.99 / AU$1,699 (about £672.72)
- When is it available? Available now
- Where can you get it? Only available in the US and Australia
The Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023), which just hit digital shelves in the summer of 2023, goes for a reasonable-sounding $849.99 / AU$1,699 (about £672.72). With its 13th-Gen Intel Core i7 and 16GB of RAM, it’s fairly robust for its price.
However, its 15-inch FHD display and slightly dated design feel a bit cheap. Considering that it’s a bit boxy, I would have expected a somewhat lower price tag. But, all the effort that Acer has put into making this laptop eco-friendly comes from pretty new techniques and technology so that's probably why it’s about $100 more than I think it should be.
While there’s no Aspire Vero 15 in the UK – residents only have access to a similar 14-inch model – Australians can choose between one with an Intel Core i5 and 8GB RAM (AU$1,399) or Intel Core i7 and 16GB RAM (AU$1,699), though the Crimson Green colorway reviewed here is only available in the US.
As much as I’ve said that I feel this laptop is overpriced, your other options for laptops where the reduced carbon footprint is a central focus are either older versions of the Acer Vero, some of which aren’t any cheaper, or the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED, which is a much more petite and elegant laptop but also costs $1,399.99 / £1,499.99 / AU$2,099.
- Price score: 3.5 / 5
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Specs
The Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023) comes in just one configuration in the US at the moment, though that might change.
|Price||$849.99 / AU$1,699 (about £672.72)|
|CPU||13th-Gen Intel Core i7-1355U|
|GPU||Intel UMA Graphics|
|Screen||15-inch FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) Display|
|Ports||1x HDMI, 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A, 1x 3.5mm audio|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.0|
|Weight||3.97 lb (1.8 kg)|
|Dimensions||0.70 x 14.2 x 9.3 inches (17.78 x 360.68 x 236.22 mm)|
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Design
- Very eco-friendly but somewhat boxy design
- Keyboard and trackpad are just okay
- Decent port selection
With the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023), the company has reduced the printed circuit board surface area by 52%. It has 50% post-consumer recycled material in the keycaps, 40% in the chassis (up from 30% in the previous generation), and 50% in the power adapter. The trackpad is composed of ocean-bound plastic. The chassis is completely paint-free. And, the packaging, made up of 90% recycled paper, is 100% recyclable. Plus, part of the inner packaging can be reused as a laptop stand, even if it is kind of meh.
As impressive as the eco-friendliness of this laptop is, the Acer Aspire 15’s aesthetic design is not quite as forward-thinking. In my personal opinion, it looks like a laptop from 2018. And, feels like one at almost 4 lbs. At least it feels very durable.
At least its interesting color choices set it apart. It’s now available in Crimson Green, along with the non-paint finishes Acer has used for its Vero line such as Cobblestone Gray, and Mariana Blue.
As far as the components used here, the 15.6-inch IPS display is just 1080p, more than enough for basic computing but certainly not particularly eye-catching. The keyboard and trackpad are similarly utilitarian.
The keyboard has a fair bit of travel with keycaps that feel sturdy but not that ergonomic. At least it has a full-sized layout with a somewhat squished numpad on the right side. There’s also backlighting on hand as well.
The trackpad is nice and large with a fingerprint reader embedded in the top right corner. However, that size means it can register accidental presses or near presses from any part of the hand resting near it. Plus, there’s a little more give than I would like. I’ve seen much worse on trackpads. But, I’ve seen better as well.
The port selection is pretty decent for a laptop. Instead of just sporting two USB-C ports and calling it a day as you’ll see on many machines these days, the Acer Aspire Vero 15 also has two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a Kensington lock and an audio jack to go along with those two USB-C, which are unfortunately situated on the same side.
- Design score: 4 / 5
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Performance
- Solid all-around performance
- Speakers are decent if unexceptional
- 1440p at 30 fps webcam
Here's how the Acer Aspire Vero 15 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
3DMark: Night Raid: 17,319; Fire Strike: 4,922; Time Spy: 1,789
GeekBench 6: 2404 (single-core); 9026 (multi-core)
25GB File Copy: 47.0
Handbrake 1.6: 8:56
CrossMark: Overall: 1461 Productivity: 1474 Creativity: 1435 Responsiveness: 1498
Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm: 34.299 fps
Web Surfing (Battery Informant): 11:23:30
PCMark 10 Battery Life: 6 hours 8 minutes
When I first booted up the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023), I wasn’t expecting a powerhouse of a computer. And, though this is not capable of any super demanding tasks – you’re not running Cyberpunk 2077 on this or rendering 3D projects – it’s quite capable of everyday computing.
With a 13th-Gen Intel Core i7 and 16GB RAM, it can handle multiple tabs open at once, streaming, and even light gaming. Just out of curiosity, I tried a couple different games at 1080p including CS:GO, Civilization VI (which was also used for benchmarking purposes), and GTA IV. I was able to run the first two games without any issues while the latter experienced enough stuttering that I could play it but didn’t really want to. At the very least, even when pushed, it doesn’t get too hot.
This laptop’s performance is somewhat helped by the fact that it doesn’t need to power a demanding display. The screen has a 1080p resolution so it’s not going to impress next to the new laptops coming out with OLED screens with HDR support. And, its color coverage is, like a lot of aspects of this laptop, good but not great as it has 112.5% sRGB and only 79.7% DCI-P3.
As far as the speakers go, they get decently loud and are okay compared to a lot of other computer speakers I’ve heard. They’re a little boxy, but I could hear all the elements when streaming or listening to music.
If you do video conference calls, you’ll be pleased to know that it comes with a 1440p webcam, though I wish it wasn’t capped at 30 fps. However, Acer did include some software for features like auto-framing and background blur to make the most of its camera.
- Performance score: 4 / 5
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Battery
- Very good battery life
- Four different performance modes to save on battery
In our Battery Informant benchmark, the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023) achieved an 11-hour-and-23-minute result. Though that’s not bleeding edge or going to reach the heights of something like the MacBook Air 15-inch, it’s very respectable and more than enough to get you through the day.
Plus, via the VeroSense app, there are four different performance modes to use when on battery mode including one that disables USB charging to get the most juice out of this laptop as possible.
- Battery score: 4.5 / 5
Should you buy the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023)?
|Price||This is a solid computer that’s slightly overpriced for its sustainability efforts. It also has limited configurations and availability outside of the US.||3.5 / 5|
|Design||It looks a little dated, but its efforts for sustainability are cutting edge. The keyboard and trackpad could be a little better.||4 / 5|
|Performance||There’s enough power for any day-to-day productivity. Just don’t expect to do any heavy lifting with this laptop.||5 / 5|
|Battery||Though not amazing, its battery life is very good and more than enough for most people.||4.5 / 5|
|Average rating||Solid performance in a very eco-friendly package is slightly hurt by its dated design and middling keyboard and trackpad.||4 / 5|
Buy it if...
You care about the environment
From the recycled materials used to the reduction in materials needed, this is the most sustainable laptop I’ve seen. If you want to limit your carbon footprint while shopping for a new computer, the Acer Aspire Vero 15 might be the way to go.
You need solid all-around performance
This laptop is powerful enough to quickly handle day-to-day computing, whether that’s streaming, writing an article, or doing a bunch of online research.
You need a good variety of ports
A lot of contemporary laptops are pretty minimal when it comes to ports. The Acer Aspire Vero 15 comes with a good variety including even an HDMI port.
Don't buy it if...
You need a powerhouse
As solid as the Acer Aspire Vero 15 is, it won’t keep up with gamers or content creators. For those purposes, you’ll want a laptop with discrete graphics.
You’re unwilling to pay for sustainability efforts
Though this is a solid computer, you’re paying extra for all of Acer’s eco-friendly efforts. If you don’t care about that (shame on you!), your money can go a little further with other laptops.
Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023): Also consider
|Header Cell - Column 0||Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023)||Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (2023)||Dell XPS 13 (2022)|
|Price||$849.99 / AU$1,699 (about £672.72)||$1,399.99 / £1,499.99 / AU$2,099.00||Starting at $899 / £854 / AU$1,898|
|CPU||13th-Gen Intel Core i7-1355U||13th-Gen Intel Core i7-1355U||Intel Core i5-1230U - Intel Core i7-12700H|
|GPU||Intel UMA Graphics||Intel Iris Xe Graphics||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|RAM||16GB LPDDR5||32GB LPDDR5||8 – 32GB|
|Storage||512TB SSD||1TB M.2 NVMe SSD||512 GB – 1 TB SSD|
|Screen||15-inch FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) Display||13.3-inch, 16:10, 2.8K (2880 x 1800) aspect ratio ASUS Lumina OLED display||13.4-inch, FHD+ (1920 x 1200p) display|
|Ports||1x HDMI, 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A, 1x 3.5mm audio||2x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x 3.5mm||2x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi 6e (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Camera||QHD webcam||1080p FHD webcam with IR function||720p at 30fps, no privacy shutter|
|Weight||3.97 lb (1.8 kg)||2.2 lbs (1kg)||2.59 lb (1.17 kg)|
|Dimensions||0.70 x 14.2 x 9.3 inches (17.78 x 360.68 x 236.22 mm)||11.66 x 8.52 x 0.46 inches (296.2 x 216.3 x 10.9mm)||11.63 x 7.85 x 0.55 inches (295.4 x 199.4 x 13.99 mm)|
If the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023) has you considering other options, here are two more laptops to consider...
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (2023)
The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED is a striking Ultrabook with a beautiful display and plenty of power for everyday use. Plus, it uses recycled and recyclable parts, making this an eco-friendly option for those wanting a very portable laptop.
Read our full Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED (2023) review
Dell XPS 13 (2022)
The Dell XPS 13 (2022) comes with plenty of power for day-to-day productivity. And, it has a decent starting price for its entry-level configuration, though we do wish it came with more ports.
Read our full Dell XPS 13 (2022) review
How I tested the Acer Aspire Vero 15 (2023)
- I tested for a couple weeks
- I used it for productivity, media consumption, and some light gaming
- I tested the various aspects and features
Having used the Acer Aspire Vero 15 for a few weeks, I did plenty of work on it including writing up articles (including this one). I downloaded and played some games that I thought might be within its capabilities, namely CS:GO, Civilization VI and GTA IV. I also played some streaming videos to get a better sense of the screen.
After a few weeks of using this laptop, it’s clear that it’s a solid all-around Windows laptop that’s good for most general users, especially those who care about the environment.
I’ve spent the last few years reviewing tech gear for gaming and otherwise, where I’ve gotten a feel for what to look for and how to put a piece of kit through its paces to see whether it’s worth the recommendation.
First reviewed July 2023
James Holland loves audio gear! So much so that he covers all the ins and outs, good and bad for Tech Radar and T3. Where does that so-called expertise come from? Not only is he a lifelong music-lover but he also works in the music industry and is a musician. When not testing headphones or listening to music, he loves to travel, rage at the latest PC games, and eat off-the-beaten-path but not too off-the-beaten-path food.