We all love our tech, but we also know that our beloved personal devices don’t necessarily love the planet. All the landfill waste, energy use, and carbon emissions can be a real bummer as we try to find ways to tackle climate change and make choices that have a positive impact.
The good news is that we can do things to make our tech habits more eco-friendly, like adjusting our monitor brightness, for starters. But more importantly, maybe we need to start thinking about buying more sustainable tech in the first place. If you’re on board with this line of thinking, Acer’s new Vero laptop, PC tower, and monitor might be worth checking out.
Take your recycling chops to the next level
Out of the gate, every product in the Vero PC lineup is made from recycled plastics and ships in up to 100% recyclable packaging, which is refreshing. From there, the laptop build uses standard screws, which means you can use the Phillips screwdriver in your kitchen drawer to do your own upgrades and eliminate waste. Add in the fact that these machines are powerful enough to chew through just about anything you throw at them, and you might just find your new eco-friendly forever device in this mix.
The laptop is one lean, green machine
The star of Acer’s Vero lineup is almost certainly the upgradable Aspire Vero laptop. This machine has a chassis and screen bezel made from 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics, and the keycaps are a whopping 50% PCR. Acer claims the chassis production cuts carbon emissions by 21%, which is also impressive. And while the Aspire Vero might be made from recycled plastic, it has a surprisingly sturdy feel and a premium look, with a cool, raw-material vibe.
It also performs like a rock star. The Aspire Vero comes equipped with Windows 11 out of the box, and the 99% recyclable 15.6-inch FHD IPS display is powered by an 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics. You can easily play non-AAA games and run Zoom calls and CPU-intensive tasks on this machine. Acer also includes a VeroSense app that lets you adjust your battery life to help cut down on emissions.
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The Vero Mini PC and monitor are a planet-friendly power duo
If you’re thirsty for more power, the customizable Acer Veriton Vero Mini PC will feed your need for speed without bulking up your space. The chassis is made with 25% PCR plastics, so it definitely checks the eco-friendly box. It comes loaded with connectivity options with Wi-Fi 6, and it has the latest Intel® Core™ i9 processor under its recycled hood.
Marry the Mini with Acer’s Vero monitor, made from over 50% PCR plastic and fitted with features that reduce eyestrain — something we all could use right about now — and you have quite the green power setup.
Acer’s bigger green scheme
It’s also worth mentioning that Acer has a cool eco-friendly mouse, mousepad, and laptop sleeves, so the company is taking its green initiative seriously — it’s no marketing scheme. Acer has already reduced its carbon emissions worldwide by 60%, and, as a member of the RE100 global initiative, it’s committed to 100% renewable energy by 2035.
Perhaps this type of forward thinking — making tech part of the solution and not the problem — is exactly what we need to start making impactful choices. The future of tech is here, and it’s green, baby.