Acer’s first Chromebook Vero is built to be repaired and recycled

We wouldn’t call Chromebooks disposable, but it’s no secret that many of them prioritize price over sustainability. However, Acer claims they should be just as kind to the planet as some of their higher-end counterparts. The company has introduced the first laptop running Chrome OS in its eco-friendly Vero line, the Chromebook Vero 514. Like its Windows counterparts, the portable 14-inch laptop is designed from the ground up to be repairable and recyclable, with a relatively small weight ecological footprint.

About 30 percent of the Vero 514’s body is made from post-consumer recycled plastic, and it’s 50 percent for the keycaps and speakers. The touchpad surface is made entirely of “ocean-bound” plastic, according to Acer, and the military-grade drop resistance (up to 4 feet) should help the Chromebook survive a tumble to the floor. The bottom cover is relatively easy to remove using standard screws, making it easy to repair or upgrade the PC.

Gallery: Acer Chromebook Vero 514 | 11 photos

The specs suggest you’ll want to keep this laptop for longer too. The Chromebook Vero 514 uses 12th Gen Intel Core processors, and the 1080p display is accurate with 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space (albeit a bit dim at 300 nits of brightness). It’s not yet clear if the computer can reach the estimated 10 hours of battery life, but the fast charge support can get you to 50 percent capacity in 30 minutes. Two USB-C ports, one USB-A port, and HDMI also reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to purchase dongles.

The Chromebook Vero 514 will ship to the US this October starting at $500 and to Europe a month later for €599. It’s certainly more expensive than the cheapest Chromebooks, but Acer is clearly betting that the greener design will be worth the premium. Ideally, the laptop’s repair-ready case saves you money – you can fix it instead of looking for a far more expensive replacement.

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