Acer TravelMate Vero review: 15-inch workhorse laptop with an eco-friendly design | Techy Kings

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advantage

  • 30% recycled plastics
  • Good performance and all-day battery life
  • Full size keyboard with separate number pad

Cons

  • 720p web camera
  • Single USB-C port
  • Limited purchase time configurations and upgrade options

Technology companies have different reputations when it comes to issues related to climate change and sustainability, but with the recently launched Vero line of ‘green PCs’, Acer hopes to increase its credibility in this area. There are several products in the Vero range, including laptops, desktop PCs and monitors, but the flagship for business users is the 15.6-inch TravelMate Vero Windows 11 Pro.

Acer TravelMate Vero

Acer TravelMate Vero: 15.6-inch IPS screen, Core i5 or i7 (currently UK only) processor, integrated Iris Xe graphics, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. The chassis incorporates a large amount of recycled plastic.

Image: Cliff Joseph / ZDNet

In many ways this is a fairly conventional laptop, but Acer says the Vero’s chassis is made up of 30% PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) plastic, which helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the manufacturing process by 21%. The keys on the keyboard also use PCR, and the packaging materials are completely recyclable. And, to let your customers know your business is on trend, Vero Bios allows you to customize the logo that appears on startup.

Acer TravelMate Vero: Keyboard

The keyboard, which uses recycled plastic, has a separate number pad. A fingerprint reader is integrated into the larger touchpad.

Image: Cliff Joseph / ZDNet

Design and features

Recycled plastic aside, the TravelMate Vero has a fairly traditional clamshell design. The black, speckled case is very smart, but the thick border around the screen looks dated. Although it is well built, it is only 18 mm thick and weighs 1.8 kg, which is not a bad weight for a 15.6-inch laptop. However, as we have mentioned in previous reviews, Acer’s use of the spike-like power connector that comes out of the side of the laptop seems to be a weak point.

The 15.6-inch screen means the chassis has a full-sized keyboard and a separate numeric keypad and a large touchpad with an embedded fingerprint reader. The keyboard panel feels solid and responsive when typing fast. The FHD (1920×1080) IPS display isn’t going to win any awards, but it’s bright and clear, with good viewing angles if you’re out of the office needing to make presentations without distraction. Acer refrains from mentioning the color standards supported by the studio-view display, so this isn’t a laptop designed for creative users, although the 11th-generation Core i7 processor is more than enough for basic photo or video editing for presentations.

Acer TravelMate Vero: Profile

Although RJ-45 Ethernet and HDMI ports are provided, there’s only one USB-C port – the other three are USB-A (2x 3.2, 1x 2.0).

Image: Cliff Joseph / ZDNet

Connectivity is another area where the Vero looks a little behind the curve. It offers one USB-C port and three USB-A ports – and one of them is USB 2.0 for some unknown reason. There’s HDMI for an external display, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but no Thunderbolt support, DisplayPort or SD card reader.

The 720p webcam isn’t great either, with a slightly grainy image that isn’t ideal for remote workers’ video calls. Thankfully, the Vero includes Wi-Fi 6 along with Bluetooth 5.0 to provide excellent wireless connectivity.

Price and options

You’re not overloaded with options on the TravelMate Vero. Acer’s website clearly states that the Vero boasts the ‘powerful processing power’ of an i7 processor, and the review unit offered by Acer includes a quad-core i7-1195G7 processor clocked at 2.9GHz (up to 5.0GHz with TurboBoost). With 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. But, not for the first time, we found the pricing and sales information on Acer’s website somewhat vague.

At the time of writing, the Core i7 configuration was only available in the UK, priced at £899.99 (VAT) — that’s roughly $1,130. Acer’s US website currently offers the entry-level model with the Core i5-1155G7 processor for just $899.99, so US customers will have to wait a little longer for the TravelMate Vero i7 version to ship.

Performance and battery life

That’s a shame, given that the Core i7 in our review unit was the TravelMate Vero’s saving grace, as a laptop in this price range offers solid respectable performance.

The Geekbench 5 CPU benchmark reported a score of 1645 for (single core) and 5525 (multi core), which is on par with more expensive Core i7 laptops like HP’s Elite Dragonfly G2.

The Vero relies on a Core i7 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics, which results in a graphics performance of 85 fps on Cinebench R15, which is perfectly adequate for light photo or video editing work. However, a modest 10fps with the highly desirable Unigene Valley benchmark makes it clear that Vero is better suited for general productivity software like Microsoft Office than heavy content creation work.

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That feeling was confirmed when running the PCMark 10 suite of productivity tests, where the Vero scored a decidedly mediocre 5174, putting it exactly half a point on PCMark’s overall performance score.

It’s a similar story with battery life, which is respectable without being particularly exceptional. Acer’s VeroSense app is useful here, as it offers several eco-friendly power plans in addition to the ones built into Windows itself. The VeroSense app offers both Eco and Eco+ options, with the latter reducing fan speed and disabling charging like USB to preserve battery life.

Acer’s website — as useless as ever — claims battery life of ‘up to 9.5 hours’ on one page, ‘7 hours maximum’ on another. In fact, we managed to get 7.5 hours of streaming video from BBC iPlayer when using the VeroSense Eco+ power plan, with brightness set to a perfectly watchable 40%. If you’re not using Wi-Fi all day, you should be able to get a full day’s work out of the TravelMate Vero between charges.

Conclusions

If you or your business are particularly eco-conscious, the TravelMate Vero’s use of recycled plastics may be a deciding factor in your purchasing decision. However, this laptop’s eco credentials must be balanced against its slightly dated design and features. To be fair, the Core i7 model reviewed here offers respectable performance and battery life for a laptop in this price range, but — aside from the recycled plastics — the TravelMate Vero has a few features that help it stand out in a competitive market.


Acer TravelMate Vero specifications

Procedure Windows 11 Pro
Display 15.6 inch IPS LCD, FHD (1920 x 1080, 141.2ppi)
processor Intel Core i5-1155G7, Core i7-1195G7 (as reviewed)
GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics (integrated)
Random Access Memory 16 GB (DDR4)
Storage 512GB (PCIe SSD)
Bluetooth 5
WiFi 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, 3.5mm audio out
Entry Backlit keyboard, multi-touch touchpad
Web camera 720 p
Fingerprint reader yes
Battery 3-cell Li-ion
Battery life 7-9.5 hours
Sizes 363.4 mm x 238.5 mm x 17.9 mm
Weight 1.8 kg
in a box TravelMate Vero (reviewed TMV15-51-71YY), battery, AC adapter
Price $899.99 (US, Core i5) / £899.99 (UK, Core i7)

Options to consider

Acer’s consumer-focused Aspirin Vero is only available with Windows 11 Home, but it has the same green credentials as the TravelMate Vero, and offers both Core i5 and i7 configurations. And of course, there are plenty of laptops from competing manufacturers that cost $1100.

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