Acer Vero 16 review: green laptop offers some creative potential

But Acer's greenest laptop is actually grey...

An Acer Vero 16 on a blue studio background
(Image: © Ian Evenden)

Our Verdict

The Acer Vero 16 is a bold and largely successful experiment in using the promise of recycled materials to sell a laptop. It’s a power-efficient model which will no doubt serve well as an office workhorse or portable pal for a photographer, but constantly having to explain why the keyboard looks the way it does will probably get tiresome.

For

  • Sharp IPS screen
  • Plenty of RAM and storage
  • Recycled materials

Against

  • Weak (but efficient) CPU
  • Unsubtle green branding

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When you get the Acer Vero 16 out of its box, a few things can immediately strike you as a little strange. Not only are the R and E keys the wrong way around, but the whole thing feels... different. In an age of glass-backed phones and laptops made from aluminium this unpainted, matte plastic laptop appears a little strange. 

It turns out to be a solid choice, however, and there are no problems with the laptop’s build quality, but what might turn potential users off is the laptop’s performance, which despite packing some of Intel’s latest technology can’t keep up with others when it comes to more demanding creative software. However, it could be a budget option for CAD/AutoCAD work, photo-editing, or for watching movies.

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CPU:Intel Core Ultra 7 155U
GPU: Integrated Arc (four cores)
RAM:16GB
Storage:1TB SSD
Screen:16in IPS, 1920 x 1200, 60Hz
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, HDMI, 2x Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB 3.2 Type-A
Dimensions:16.5 x 359.5 x 247mm
Weight:1.81kg
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Cinebench r23:Single-core: 1,695Multi-core: 5,491
Cinebench 2024:Single-core: 74Multi-core: 315
Geekbench 6:Single-core: 1,908Multi-core: 5,598
Row 3 - Cell 0 GPU: 13,215Row 3 - Cell 2
PCMark 10:Test: 5,940Battery: 10h 9m
Handbrake:9m 19sRow 5 - Cell 2
The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

Acer Vero 16

The Acer Vero 16 is a bold and largely successful experiment in using the promise of recycled materials to sell a laptop. It’s a power-efficient model which will no doubt serve well as an office workhorse or portable pal for a photographer, but constantly having to explain why the keyboard looks the way it does will probably get tiresome.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.