25 March 2022
Acer's sustainability-focused lineup Vero has just received its first-ever Chromebook release. The Vero Chromebook 514 is meant to deliver the expected performance while reducing the impact on the environment as much as possible. It is made up of recycled plastics and is also easy to repair and upgrade. This is what makes it stand apart from the competition.
The Vero Chromebook 514 has its chassis and screen bezels made up of 30% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic. Its usage in speakers and key caps is about 50%. The team has utilized recycled ocean-bound plastic for the internal fan housing and the OceanGlass touchpad. The notebook itself will come in retail packaging which is 90% made of recycled paper. In fact, its internal packaging can also be repurposed as a laptop stand.
In terms of technical specifications, the Vero Chromebook 514 sports a 14-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with a 100% sRGB color gamut and optional touch input. There are four Intel processor options to choose from: Pentium Gold 8505, Core i3-1215U, Core i5-1235U, and Core i7-1255U. It has Iris Xe GPU, up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and up to 256GB PCIe Gen 3 NVMe SSD storage options.
It comes with a 56Wh Li-on battery claimed to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge. There is a USB Type-C port which can also be used for charging purposes. Other features include MIL-STD-810H certification, fingerprint scanner, dual speakers with DTS Audio, dual microphones, WiFi 6E, and Google Assistant Lab certification. The Vero Chromebook 514 will go on sale in the United States for $499 starting in October. The global model will cost EUR 599 and will be on sale from November.