On Monday, ahead of the start of the 2022 International CES, Acer announced the arrival of several new computers, including a special eco-friendly edition of its Aspire Vero, and a new series of Chromebooks. Billed as “a laptop for a better future,” the Acer Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition represents a collaboration between Acer and the National Geographic Society, with each purchase going to support the NGS. The computer is made from 30 percent post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) in its chassis, along with 50 percent PCR in its keycaps. It’s part of the company’s Earthion line.
The laptop features an 11th Gen Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, and comes equipped with both Windows 11 and Wi-Fi 6 capability.
“Acer has been taking steps over the past several years to reduce its ecological footprint. The Vero product lineup, born from our Earthion platform, represents the latest of these efforts,” James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc, said in the announcement. “We’re pleased with the reception the Aspire Vero has received from users and media alike, and we hope our efforts will encourage partners and industry colleagues to take similar steps in their own capacity.”
The Acer Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition will arrive in China in January and France in March; there’s been no announcement yet of a North American release. The listed price for France is 899 Euros, which is the equivalent of about $1,015.77 in U.S. dollars.
Also Monday, Acer announced three new Chromebooks, which are geared towards families, students and professionals alike. All three feature Chrome OS, and Wi-Fi 6 capability.
The three computers are the 13.5-inch Acer Chromebook Spin 513, the 15.6-inch Acer Chromebook 315, and the 14-inch Acer Chromebook 314.
The Chromebook 314 is geared towards families with school-aged children, and “provides an excellent remote-learning experience,” Acer said. The Chromebook 315 features the largest screen of the three, featuring an OceanGlass touchpad. And The Spin 513’s screen boasts a unique 3:2 aspect ratio.
“This new trio of Acer Chromebooks offers the best of several worlds; they deliver solid performance capabilities, have great extra features, and give users the latest technology while staying within budget,” Lin said in the announcement. “Today’s users need a reliable, easy-to-use means to stay productive, connected and entertained when they’re at home—these three new Acer Chromebooks fit that bill.”
All three of the Chromebooks will be available in the U.S. this year. The Chromebook 315 will arrive in North America later in January at a starting price of $299.99. The other two are scheduled to arrive in June, with the Chromebook 314 priced at $299.99 and the Spin 513 priced at $599.99.