Acer Aspire Vero is the most environmentally friendly laptop we have tried

The Acer Vero laptop resting on a pile of recycled plastic
(Image credit: Acer)

It’s not often that you find a laptop or even any tech product that comes with a focus on being environmentally friendly, Even though global warming and other environmental matters have become more pressing than ever before, the reaction from tech companies has been underwhelming, to say the least.

Acer has decided to change that with the launch of its “Earthion” platform that focuses on tackling global environmental challenges and doubling down on the company’s efforts for sustainability, Acer has also translated these efforts into products that are environmentally conscious with the release of its Aspire Vero lineup of laptops.

We’ve had the chance to get our hands on one of these laptops and here’s what we think.

Aspire Vero environmentally friendly materials

While it’s not common to see laptops using recycled materials in their chassis, Acer’s Aspire Vero was one of the first laptops to do that with a chassis composed of 30% PCR (post-consumer recycled material) plastic which resulted in cutting down on CO2 emissions by 21% for the production. That doesn’t end there as Acer used 50% PCR plastic for the keyboard as well as using 100% recyclable packaging that can be used as a DIY laptop stand.

Acer Aspire Vero

Aspire Vero's keyboard comes with 50% PCR plastic and a yellow colour accent on the "E" and "R" letters (Image credit: Future)

The direction that Acer made with this laptop shows clearly in the colour accent and the overall look of the laptop, Acer has used yellow and volcanic gey colours on the laptop body and plumbers and on the keyboard you can see that the R and E keycaps have been inverted to symbolise the 3 Res: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.

No compromise in specs

While focusing on sustainability and using better materials for the environment, Acer hasn’t compromised on the specs of the Vero laptops, the sample we have comes with high-end specs like Intel Core i7-1195G7 11th Gen processor with Iris graphics card and paired with 16 GBs of DDR4 RAM as well as 512GB of PCIe SSD, the laptop comes equipped with numerous connection options ranging from Type-C port and two Type-A USB Ports and a WiFi 6 network adapter.

Acer has also focused on making this laptop as upgradable and repairable as possible by using regular screws on the back of the laptop to ensure that customers and repair shop workers can get to the internal components as easily as possible.

During our trial we found this laptop to be working exceptionally well in productivity and other business uses, the Acer Aspire Vero is also available in other variations with different specs to suit different budgets and usage scenarios.

It’s really promising to see companies shifting their focus toward sustainability efforts, kudos to Acer and we would love to see other companies create more initiatives for the environment.

Mostafa Eltaweel
Sub Editor at TechRadar Middle East

Mostafa has been working in the tech journalism industry since his teenage years following his childhood passion for PC hardware, tech and video games. Besides tech, his new interests are Esports scene and regional competitions.