The first Chromebook in the Vero lineup is unlikely to win any design competitions. On the other hand, this new laptop signed Acer wins the trophies of repairability and respect for the environment!
Acer has unveiled the first Chromebook model in its Vero line, a family of products that is all about the ease of repairing and replacing internal components. The Chromebook 514 comes in a simple, square design that’s reminiscent of Google’s Pixelbook. The gray chassis (military grade) contains no paint, it is made from recycled materials.
For environmentally conscious users
As in the rest of the Vero range, this model contains a significant amount of recycled plastic (30% in the main frame, 50% for the keyboard keys and speakers). The trackpad as well as the internal fan are produced with plastic coming from the ocean. The 14-inch screen (1,920 x 1,080) is 99% recyclable, says Acer.
The principle of recycling is also at work for packaging, which combines paper and plastic. The packaging inside can even be transformed into a support! The Chromebook 514 is easy to open and gives full access to its innards, again with an effort made to facilitate the replacement of various components.
The computer is offered in several configurations: Intel Pentium Gold 8505, 12th generation Core i3/i5/i7, an integrated Intel Xe GPU, up to 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, a battery with a capacity of 56 Wh (up to 10 hours of battery life). In terms of connectivity, the Chromebook comes with support for Wi-Fi 6E 2×2 MIMO. There is also a fingerprint reader, two USB-C ports, an HDMI output, among others.
And of course, this laptop works with ChromeOS, Google’s operating system that no longer has much to envy to Windows or macOS. Launch scheduled for November in Europe, priced at €599.