At least one PC manufacturer is using the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 11 as an opportunity to launch new laptops that already ship with the new operating system. Acer has launched new laptops – three available starting today – that cover a range of portable computing needs – for both end users and the planet.
With the Aspire VeroAcer is making sustainability a key selling point with an EPEAT-certified Silver system that features a chassis made from 30 percent recycled plastic and uses no paint in its design. The packaging is 100 percent recyclable, with the materials in the box being reassembled into a Vero computer stand. While the industry’s commitment to the environment has been questioned over the years, Acer’s new laptop joins efforts by HP and Microsoft to present greener options for those interested in sustainable computing.
The Vero is currently available in two configurations: the $699.99 base unit comes with the latest Intel Core i5-1155G7 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state storage, while a version for $899.99 features a Core i7-1195G7 quad-core CPU and doubles the memory and storage capacity of the base model. Both rely on Intel’s integrated Iris Xe graphics to power a 15.6-inch Full HD display and feature a USB 3.2 Type-C port, Wi-Fi 6, Trusted Platform Module security and a keyboard where the “R” and “E” keys are swapped to emphasize terms like “recycle” and “reuse.”
Acer has added a new Windows 11 configuration, poetically named, to its ultra-portable, germ-hating Swift 5 range SF514-55TA-77WW. Although the new Swift 5 weighs over a pound less than the Vero at just 2.3 pounds, it’s more powerful with the Core i7-1165G7 processor, along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. It’s also more expensive at $1,099, though Acer claims twice the battery life (15 hours) and includes an antimicrobial coating over the Swift 5’s body and a 14-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass.
Rounding out the announcement of Acer’s Windows 11 laptops are two new configurations of its Nitro 5 gaming notebook, both expected in mid-October. The N515-57-536Q comes with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen coupled with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card and a 256GB SSD with a 15 .6-inch Full HD screen cheaper and costs $769.99. Gamers looking more for a desktop replacement might consider the AN515-54-79L1, which packs things into a 17.3-inch screen, doubles the RAM, bumps storage up to 1TB and up to a GeForce RTX 3050Ti GPU upgrade for a heftier price of $1,199.99.