Aspire Vero 16: Acer's First Eco-Conscious AI Laptop

edited May 8 in AI

Today we’re going to enter the eco-conscious, AI focused world of Acer’s Aspire Vero 16 laptop. When we discuss AI laptops, often the primary focus is performance and computing power. Let’s spare a thought for the planet, and think about how a state-of-the-art computer can also be an eco-conscious step forward, revolutionizing our perspective on technology. The Aspire Vero 16 is an AI laptop that’s 100% committed to sustainability and carbon neutrality throughout its lifecycle. Read on to learn about eco-conscious laptops and AI focused laptops, before we discover how the Vero 16 stylishly blends modern design, technology and eco-conscious innovation.

What is an eco-conscious laptop?

The computer or smartphone that you’re reading this article on is made of many components. These include a range of plastics, rare earth metals, glass, rubber, adhesives, and thermal pastes. These materials can pollute and damage the environment at various stages in their life cycles. Extraction from the earth, then refinement, processing and manufacture into a final product, followed by the disposal of the obsolete laptop (e-waste) all have the potential to pollute.

Eco-conscious laptops address these challenges in several ways. They typically feature a reduced carbon, or carbon neutral footprint, and are made of recyclable, or post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. Sustainable packaging and energy-efficient components, cooling systems, and manufacturing processes further contribute to the reduced impact of eco-conscious laptops.

What is an AI focused laptop?

When it comes to purchasing a new laptop, many of us will look for the best laptop for AI, or at the very least, seek out a computer that’s AI compatible and future proof for the next few years. An AI focused laptop like the Vero 16 is a computer designed to harness AI to enhance its overall performance and functionality. AI enhanced GPUs, such as Intel’s® Core™ Ultra 7 Processor, feature Intel® AI Boost, for premium, future-ready computing. This AI Boost is integrated into the Vero 16, optimizing and accelerating your computing experience.

We are still in the early days of AI PCs: Microsoft and Intel currently have different requirements for OEM built AI PCs. At time of writing, Intel considers any computer with an Ultra CPU an AI PC. Microsoft, however, requires an Ultra CPU, as well as Copilot and the new Copilot key. The Vero 16 features an Ultra CPU, Copilot and the designated Copilot key, so, whichever classification you choose to use, the Vero 16 is by all standards considered an AI PC. Simply hit the Copilot key to access a centralized generative AI assistant. AI programs such as Microsoft Copilot give you the flexibility to get much more done across multiple applications.

Other features in an AI focused laptop may include AI-enhanced video calls. Acer PurifiedView delivers automatic framing, advanced background blur, and gaze correction. AI algorithms can also cancel out the revving engine or neighbor’s dog barking from your video call. Acer PurifiedVoice identifies and suppresses undesirable background noise, for crystal-clear, distraction-free audio.

What is the Aspire Vero 16?

Debuting at the beginning of 2024, the Acer Aspire Vero 16 laptop is a carbon-neutral, eco-conscious laptop powered by the new Intel® Core™ Ultra processors with Intel AI Boost and Wi-Fi 7 compatibility. If you’re looking for an eco-conscious laptop, without making sacrifices on performance, the Acer Aspire Vero 16 (AV16-51P) is will be available in North America in April 2024, with a starting price of $749.99 and in EMEA in March, starting at €1,199. Let’s look at the tech specs of the Acer Aspire Vero 16 (AV16-51P):

  • Operating System: Windows 11 Home 64-bit 
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor 
  • Graphics: Intel® ARC™ Graphics 
  • Display: 16” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) 16:10, WUXGA touchscreen option 
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR5X (Onboard) 
  • Storage:  Up to 2 TB dual PCIe Gen 4 SSD of upgradable storage 
  • Wireless: Killer Wireless Wi-Fi 6E 1675i, Bluetooth 5.3 
  • Built in Devices: Microphone, speaker 
  • Webcam: 1440p QHD webcam with AI-assisted Acer PurifiedVoice 
  • Interfaces/Ports: 2 x USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4), 1 x HDMI 2.1 port 
  • USB Type-C Detail: DC-in 20 V; 65 W 
  • Input: Backlit keyboard, Multi-touch Gesture TouchPad 
  • Battery: Li-Ion 65 Wh 
  • Battery Life: Up to 10.5 hours per charge 
  • Dimensions: 14.15 x 9.72 x 0.65inches 
  • Weight (Approx): 3.97 lb

Eco-chic by design

Open up the Vero 16, and behold the stunning 16” display in a 16:10 aspect ratio, covering 100% of the sRGB color space. Thin bezels, an increased screen-to-body ratio, and the option of touch and non-touch display will help push your creativity to new levels.

Giving a second life to waste, the OceanGlass™ touchpad is made with ocean-bound plastic, further contributing to the eco-innovation of the Vero 16. Other eco-conscious features of the Vero 16 include 100% FSC-certified recycled packaging, as well as EPEAT Gold registration making it the perfect choice for users who want to do their part for the environment.

Components and power 

In addition to the materials and low-key simplicity of the chassis, the inner workings of the laptop are also a key factor in achieving eco-conscious sustainability. The latest Intel Core Ultra 7 processors are more power efficient than previous generations. Intel AI Boost, the new integrated neural processing unit (NPU) delivers fresh, AI-powered capabilities with extreme power efficiency. These features further contribute to decreased power consumption, and lower carbon emissions.

 Lower emissions doesn’t mean slower performance, the Vero 16 features Intel Evo Edition, delivering superior performance responsiveness, and the freedom of 10.5 hours of battery life, all with the convenience of lightning-fast USB-C charging. Once you’ve juiced up the Vero 16, AcerSense™ battery management software ensures energy efficiency via four performance modes: Eco+, Eco, Balanced and Performance.

Eco-aware, AI enhanced

Combining eco-conscious design and manufacture with AI enhanced supercharged productivity, the Aspire Vero 16 comes with Copilot in Windows. This AI boost uses the Copilot’s centralized generative AI to intelligently help users to navigate across their devices. This means that it is easier to do more, in less time whether you’re working, creating, browsing, or playing. The 1440p QHD webcam with privacy shutter further enhances meetings and collaboration. AI Boost also delivers improved video calls thanks to Acer Purified View, and Acer PurifiedVoice AI Noise Reduction.

Finally, as the Vero 16 gracefully ages, you can further minimize your environmental impact with a future-forward upgrade, by simply opening up the chassis with a regular screwdriver. When the sad day comes that your Aspire Vero 16 reaches the end of its lifecycle, it can be recycled through Acer’s local partners, while high-quality carbon credits will be applied to maintain carbon neutrality.

The takeaway

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our exploration of Acer’s Aspire Vero 16. The perfect choice for individuals committed to carbon neutrality, the Aspire Vero 16 delivers eco-conscious, powerful, and portable computing. All of this is possible without sacrificing one iota of performance thanks to the newest Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 processor with Intel AI Boost. This AI integrated CPU, along with Copilot and the Copilot key classify this laptop as an AI PC, by both Intel and Microsoft standards. Whatever tasks you use your computer for, you will always be supported by Copilot, the centralized generative AI assistant. Do your part for the environment: rethink, reimagine, and revolutionize the way you use technology with Acer’s Aspire Vero 16.

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Edmund is an English copywriter based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He is a widely published writer and translator with two decades of experience in the field of bridging linguistic and cultural gaps between Chinese and English.



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