Acer Chromebook Vero 514 has an Intel Alder Lake processor and incorporates recycled materials

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New Acer Chromebook Vero 514 is a Chrome OS laptop with a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen, durable design and up to an Intel Core i7-1255U processor.

It’s also the first Chromebook to join Acer’s Vero line of products, which are designed to be a bit more eco-friendly than a typical computer. In this case, that means incorporating recycled (and recyclable) materials into the design.

Acer claims that 30% of the material used to make the laptop’s chassis and screen bezel is post-consumer recycled plastic. Keycaps use 50% post-consumer recycled plastic. The glass-like surface of the laptop’s touchpad is made entirely from ocean-bound plastic. And the Acer Chromebook Vero 514 comes in packaging made from 90% recycled paper.

The company says the laptop is also built to last: it’s built to meet MIL-STD-810H ruggedness tests and you should be able to drop it from a height of around four feet without causing damage. If and when it’s time to retire the laptop, Acer claims the display panel is 99% recyclable.

Acer announced the Chromebook Vero 514 during a Acer Green Day Eventwhere the company also noted that it was working with manufacturing partners, including Compal and Quanta, to reduce the use of plastic bags and security tape in pallet wraps to reduce unnecessary waste.

Acer says it also plans to transition its own operations to 100% renewable energy by 2035. The company notes that Acer’s offices in 30 countries are already running entirely on renewable energy, but that doesn’t represents only about 45% of the company’s total energy consumption.

A PC manufacturer’s efforts to use recycled materials and reduce materials used in the production process is just a small drop in the ocean when it comes to the environmental impact of manufacturing and the distribution of personal computers. But I guess Acer is hoping that, given the choice between buying a computer that’s a little more environmentally friendly than the competition, some customers might choose a Vero-branded model over another PC with similar specs?

Speaking of specs, here’s a rundown:

Acer Chromebook Vero 514 Specifications
Display 14 inches, 1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS-LCD screen
100% sRGB color gamut
Touch and non-touch options
Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor Intel Core i7-1255U
Intel Core i5-1235U
Intel Core i3-1215U
Intel Pentium Gold 8505
RAM Up to 16 GB
LPDDR4X
Storage Up to 256 GB
PCIe Gen 3 NVMe SSD
Battery charging 56Wh
65W USB Type-C power adapter
Wireless WiFi 6E
Ports 2 USB Type-C ports
1 USB 3.2 Type-A port
1 HDMI
Audio Video Upward-firing stereo speakers
Two microphones
HD web cam
Security fingerprint reader
Dimensions 313 x 224 x 21mm
12.3″ x 8.8″ x 0.8″
lester 1.4kg
3.1 pounds

The Acer Chromebook Vero 514 will be available in the US from October when Best Buy is expected to start selling a $500 model featuring an Intel Core i3-1215U processor, 8GB of RAM and an SSD 128 GB. Additional configurations should be available later.

Acer says the Chromebook Vero 514 will arrive in other markets including Europe, the Middle East and Africa in November with prices starting at 599 euros.

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