This Acer laptop goes big on recycled materials

Acer Aspire Vero 15 laptop

Acer announced a whole bunch of new computers overnight, with plenty of gear for everyone, including some seriously powerful gaming tech. One of the standout reveals was the new eco-friendly Aspire Vero 15 laptop made from a decent chunk of recycled materials.

Aimed at everyday business and general users, the Aspire Vero 15 (AV15-53P) is a reasonably-priced laptop that runs on the 13th Gen Intel Core i7 platform. Available in May, it starts at $1,399 depending on the configuration. One of the Vero’s biggest drawcards is its increased use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics.

Also announced overnight was Acer’s range of TravelMate business laptops for getting things done while on the move.

Aspire Vero goes even more eco-friendly

Acer increased the level of recycled materials with its latest all-around laptop. This time around, the chassis comprises 40% PCR plastic, up from the previous model’s 30%. Additionally, the adapter and keycaps are made from 50% PCR materials to further reduce carbon produced throughout production. Acer claims that the greater proportion of recycled materials used in the chassis contributes towards 30% fewer carbon emissions than laptops made completely from virgin plastics.

There’s also another way the company intends for the Aspire Vero to have a smaller carbon footprint. The device uses regular screws as part of its build, which means it easier to repair and recycle, instead of ending up in landfill. Like many other brands are doing, Acer also uses recyclable packaging made from recycled paper and cardboard.

Of course, you still want the end product to be a highly functional laptop. Accompanying the i7 processor is an Intel Iris Xe GPU, up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 1TB of onboard storage via two M.2 SSDs. On the outside is a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, a 1440p camera powered by AI enhancements, and plenty of connectivity options. It has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A 3.2 ports, HDMI 2.1 support, plus DC in and an audio jack.

Travel light with TravelMate

If you need a more powerful laptop for work, the TravelMate is what Acer has to offer. Led by the premium-positioned TravelMate P6 14, this year’s TravelMate laptops provide versatility across speed and visual processing, also running on the 13th Gen i7 CPUs. The P6 14 has a 2880×1800 OLED 16:10 display , 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, along with Wi-Fi 6E and 5G support.

Acer TravelMate P6 14
Unfortunately, the dog does not come included with the TravelMate P6.

Interestingly, there was no mention of the P6’s graphics, so it would be fair to assume it runs an Iris Xe. Meanwhile, the other TravelMates use RTX 2050 GPUs, making them suitable for bits of photo and video editing work alongside general work tasks. These new models include the TravelMate P4 14 plus the hybrid P4 Spin 14, and the P2 in 14 and 16-inch versions.

Acer TravelMate P4 Spin 14
You can tilt and use a stylus with the TravelMate P4 Spin.

Acer hasn’t locked in exact Australian release dates and pricing yet. All TravelMate models are due out in the second half of 2023, with US pricing available for now:

  • Acer TravelMate P6 14 (TMP614-53) – from US$1,249.99.
  • Acer TravelMate P4 16 (TMP416-52) from US$1,049.99
  • Acer TravelMate P4 Spin 14 (TMP414RN-53) – from US$1,149.99.
  • Acer TravelMate P4 14 (TMP414-53) – from USD $1,049.99.
  • Acer TravelMate P2 16 (TMP216-51) – from US$849.99.
  • Acer TravelMate P2 14 (TMP214-55) – from US$849.99.

There’s a decent range on offer from Acer, and it’s great to see the level of PCR materials used increase. However, I’m still salivating over the ultra-powerful gaming range.

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