Acer TravelMate Vero hands-on: a 15-inch laptop with an eco-friendly design

Acer TravelMate Vero: 15.6-inch IPS display, Core i5 or i7 processor, integrated Iris Xe graphics card, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The chassis contains significant amounts of recycled plastic. Photo: Cliff Joseph / ZDNet.

Technology companies have a mixed record when it comes to tackling climate change and sustainability issues. But with its newly launched Vero line of “green PCs”, Acer hopes to strengthen its credibility in this area. The Vero series includes a range of products, including laptops, desktops and monitors, but the main offering aimed at business users is the 15.6-inch TravelMate Vero running Windows 11 Pro.

In many ways this is a fairly conventional laptop, but Acer claims that Vero’s chassis is made of 30% PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic, which helps reduce CO2 emissions from the laptop’s manufacturing process by around 21%. The keyboard keys are also made of PCR, and the packaging materials are fully recyclable. And to let your customers know how cool your business is, Vero’s BIOS lets you customize the logo that appears at startup.

Acer TravelMate Vero: keyboard

The keyboard, which also uses recycled plastic, has a separate license plate. A fingerprint reader is integrated into the large touchpad. Photo: Cliff Joseph / ZDNet.

Design and features of TravelMate Vero

Apart from the recycled plastic, the TravelMate Vero has a fairly traditional mussel design. Its spotted black case is sleek enough, but the massive edge around the screen looks decidedly outdated. However, it is well-built, only 18 mm thick and weighs 1.8 kg, which is not bad for a 15.6-inch laptop. But Acer’s use of a pin-shaped power plug protruding from the side of the laptop can be a weak point.

The 15.6-inch screen means that the chassis has room for a full-size keyboard and a separate numeric keypad, plus a large touchpad with an integrated fingerprint reader. The keyboard panel is also firm and responsive when you type fast. The IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) screen is not going to win any awards, but it is bright and clear with good viewing angles if you need to give an impromptu presentation when you are away from the office. Acer carefully avoids mentioning the color standards supported by the screen, so it’s not a laptop designed for creative users, even though its 11-inch Core i7 processore generation will be perfect for basic photo or video editing for presentations.

Acer TravelMate Vero: profile

Although there are RJ-45 Ethernet and HDMI ports, there is only one USB-C port – the other three are USB-A (2x 3.2, 1x 2.0). Photo: Cliff Joseph / ZDNet.

Connection is another area where Vero seems a bit backwards. It offers only one USB-C port and three USB-A ports, including a USB 2.0 for some inexplicable reason. There is an HDMI port for an external monitor, an RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but no Thunderbolt, DisplayPort or SD card reader support.

The 720p webcam is not great either, with a slightly grainy image that will not be ideal for telecommuter video calls. Fortunately, Vero includes Wi-Fi 6, as well as Bluetooth 5.0, to ensure good wireless connectivity.

TravelMate Vero prices and options

TravelMate Vero does not offer a wealth of options. The Acer website clearly states that Vero has “processing power” like an i7 processor. The test device provided by Acer included a quad-core Core i7-1195G7 processor clocked at 2.9 GHz (up to 5 GHz with TurboBoost), as well as 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. This is not the first time the prices and sales information on Acer’s website have been somewhat blurred.

At the time of writing, the Core i7 configuration is available for $ 999.

TravelMate Vero performance and battery life

The Core i7 in our test unit is very good and delivers quite a respectable performance for a laptop in this price range.

The Geekbench 5 CPU benchmark gave scores of 1,645 (single core) and 5,525 (multi core), which is in line with more expensive Core i7 laptops like HP’s Elite Dragonfly G2.

Vero relies on the Iris Xe graphics card integrated with the Core i7 processor, which scores 85 frames per second for graphics performance with the Cinebench R15, which will be perfectly suited for simple photo or video editing work. But a modest 10 fps with the more demanding Unigine Valley benchmark clearly shows that Vero is better suited for general productivity software like Microsoft Office rather than heavy content creation work.

This impression is confirmed when running the PCMark 10 productivity test suite, where Vero records a decidedly average score of 5,174, placing it almost exactly halfway in PCMark’s overall performance ranking.

The same goes for battery life, which is respectable without being particularly excellent. Acer’s VeroSense app is useful here, as it provides a range of eco-friendly power plans in addition to those already built into Windows itself. The VeroSense app offers Eco and Eco + options, with the latter reducing fan speed and disabling features such as USB charging to conserve battery life.

Acer’s website – still unhelpful – lists battery life of “up to 9.5 hours” on one side and “max. 7 hours” on another. In fact, we were able to get 7.5 hours of streaming video from BBC iPlayer using the VeroSense Eco + power plan, with the brightness set to 40 percent perfectly visible. If you do not use Wi-Fi all day, you should be able to use TravelMate Vero for a full day between charges.

Conclusions about TravelMate Vero

If you or your company are particularly environmentally conscious, TravelMate Vero’s use of recycled plastic can be a crucial factor in your purchasing decision. However, the eco-friendly credentials of this laptop need to be weighed against its slightly outdated design and features. To be honest, the Core i7 model reviewed here offers respectable performance and battery life for a laptop in this price range, but – apart from its recycled plastic design – the TravelMate Vero has few features that make it stand out in a competitive market.

Technical properties

  • Operating system: Windows 11 Pro
  • Screen: 15.6-inch IPS LCD, FHD (1920 x 1080, 141.2 ppi)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-1155G7, Core i7-1195G7
  • GPUs: Intel Iris Xe Graphics (integrated)
  • RAM: 16 GB (DDR4)
  • Storage: 512 GB (PCIe SSD)
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5 Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) LAN Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ports: USB-C (3.2), 2x USB-A (3.2), USB-A (2.0), HDMI, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio output
  • Hall: backlit keyboard, multi-touch touchpad, 720p webcam
  • Fingerprint reader: Yes
  • Battery: 3-cell Li-ion
  • Battery support: 7 to 9.5 hours
  • Dimensions: 363.4 mm x 238.5 mm x 17.9 mm
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
  • In the box : TravelMate Vero (TMV15-51-71YY reviewed), battery, power adapter
  • Price: 999 euros for i7

Alternatives to consider

Acer’s consumer-oriented Aspire Vero is only available with Windows 11 Home, but it has similar green specifications as TravelMate Vero and offers Core i5 and i7 configurations. And of course, there are plenty of laptops that cost around the same price, available from competing manufacturers.

Source: ZDNet.com

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