Is the Acer Aspire Vero a missed opportunity? Available since the end of 2021 and being part of the first batch of laptops natively embedding the latest Microsoft Windows 11 operating system, this mid-range laptop had a few differentiating elements on paper. First of which is that of being made with PCR (Post Consumer Recycled) type plastic, namely 30% in its chassis and 50% in the keys. While for the latter, its presence does not affect the user experience – the keys and their travel are rather pleasant – the same cannot be said for the chassis. Endowed with rounded edges, it has marked levels on its entire perimeter. Initially trivial, this detail nevertheless turns out to be a recurring weakness that we think of almost every time we use this laptop.
Indeed, the wrists and forearms suffer from this design that is both hard, almost grating, far from the classic classic chassis and 1,000 light years from the pleasant – but less green – magnesium or aluminum. However, we must not forget the mid-range positioning of this product sold for €919 excluding tax (€1,149 including tax), which is still a significant sum for a PC of this type. For this price, we are entitled to the av15-51-7555 NX.AYCEE.001 model (which is the subject of this test) armed with a valiant Intel Core i7 1195G7 processor clocked at 2.9 Ghz, 16 GB of RAM , 1 TB of flash storage and an integrated Intel IrisXe graphics chip that does the job no more. Of course, you should not expect this configuration to run the most demanding applications and games, but office use and web browsing with many open tabs will not pose any problem. Well almost: on several occasions when opening the browser (Chrome) very large slowdowns were felt, resolved by closing the process followed by reopening.
The 250 nit screen, which is not anti-reflective, does not guarantee comfortable use in an environment that is too bright and is rather suitable for darker environments. (credit: DF)
The display of videos is also not a problem, although the 15.6-inch screen (full HD 1920*1280 resolution) does not work miracles, especially since the 250 nits display does not provide not a use without reflections and in bright environment without hindrance. The mention of the screen and its edges are far from being an example of finesse. In addition to the frame of the abrasive chassis, other details annoy in everyday life. The Enter key, for example, which is strangely cut in two and naturally leads to typing errors by involuntarily displaying asterisks. Similarly, the arrow keys (up, down, left and right) are badly arranged, those up and down being too narrow and too close together: fat fingers refrain. The presence of the numeric keypad is good news. While curiously on some larger models – like the 16-inch Specter at HP for example – the latter has disappeared, it is welcome here. Small downside: the inversion of 0 with the point which, once again, tarnishes the user experience a little more.
We will pass over the anecdotal inversion of the E and R keys adorned for the occasion in a flamboyant yellow, supposed to be a marker of Acer’s commitment in terms of green IT (RE for REcycling) to review other faults, this time more serious. Battery life is an important one: in office and web use, the PC does not last more than 6 hours, which is really little (WiFi access to Google Apps and Microsoft Teams) without doing a lot of videos and videoconferencing. . On the other hand, the computer is silent and the ventilation very discreet in this use.
What an idea to have cut the Enter key in half, the finger keeps sliding on the upper key which displays an asterisk by default. (credit: DF)
Weighing 1.9 kg, this laptop is not particularly thin but can be easily transported although we are not here in the category of ultrabooks which is however not its positioning. A word about the fingerprint sensor: practical in theory, it was unable to recognize the finger several times, which makes it very dispensable. To see if we were dealing with a defect or a real weakness. Also be careful not to copy and paste the MAC address too quickly in the context of a recognition on a WiFi network, it uses – and not: which inevitably leads to an error in taking into account. The backlighting of the keys is a good idea but we regret the lack of backlighting settings (level, permanent on mode, etc.). The devil really is in the details.
The four small studs ensure stability of the notebook on a smooth surface but are strangely less thick than the lower surface of the hinge which absorbs all the vibrations each time the notebook is placed on a table. What about durability over time? (credit: DF)
Benchmark results under GeekBench 5
To date, laptops with a similar configuration in terms of processor (Intel Core i7 1195G7) and graphics unit (Intel IrisXe) do not run the streets, especially at this price. If this Aspire Acer Vero has a lot of faults, the Taiwanese manufacturer has the merit of offering a muscular configuration that is well positioned in terms of price. It is therefore difficult to compare this PC with other equivalent configurations. Among the handful of models available on the market with this pair of chips is the MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11MO-026US but at a price (excluding promotion) of more than €1,429 excluding tax (€1,799 including tax) which is not referenced in the GeekBench database.
The HP Specter x360 Convertible 14-ea1xxx (not yet available in France) displays on GeekBench 5 a single core score of 1227 against 1394 for the Vero which has the advantage. But in multi-core, the HP laptop regains the advantage with a score of 4752 versus 3198 for the Acer laptop. But its price in the United States is just over $1,500, or €1,307 excluding tax. Again more expensive than the Vero, as with MSI’s PC.
CPU benchmark between the Acer Aspire AC15-51 and the HP Specter x360 14ea1 (credit: Geek Bench)
However, the Acer Vero does not sometimes take the advantage in single core either, as this benchmark shows with the Dell Inspiron 14 5410 2-in-1 model with which it is neck and neck. Except, once again, as soon as the multi-cores are called upon with a performance of just over 20% for the Dell 2-in-1 laptop PC compared to the Taiwanese eco-friendly laptop. And this, while the price difference is very small: nearly 833€ HT (1050€ TTC) against a little more than 80€ additional for that of Acer which however has a larger screen (15.6 inches) , a num pad and 1 TB of storage versus 512 MB.
CPU benchmark between the Acer Aspire AC15-51 and the Dell Inspiron 14 5410. (credit: Geek Bench)
As the chart below shows, the GPU performance scores between the Acer Vero and the Dell Inspiron are closer. (credit: DR)
GPU benchmark between the Acer Aspire AC15-51 and the Dell Inspiron 14 5410. (credit: Geek Bench)