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Tuesday, 04 January 2022 20:30

Acer announces the Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition laptop for a better future

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Acer today announced the new Acer Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition laptop, a special edition of the Acer Aspire Vero, incorporating design elements evocative of planet earth and with each purchase supporting the National Geographic Society.

Acer's new laptop (model AV15-51R) is a manifestation of the company's commitment to a more sustainable future, and each purchase provides support to the global non-profit National Geographic Society in its work to protect the world through exploration, research, and education.

The sustainably-minded laptop features 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic throughout its chassis, 50% PCR in its keycaps, and has been designed to be easily upgraded/repaired.

The Aspire Vero product range is part of Acer’s “Earthion” mission, a platform created to help tackle environmental challenges and push the industry in a greener direction.

“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,” said James Lin, general manager of Acer’s notebooks and IT products business. “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 new Aspire Vero National Geographic Edition builds on the design of the original Aspire Vero; that look is defined by the 30% PCR plastic material blend used in its chassis, carefully selected for its balance of durability, rigidity, and aesthetics. Yellow pigment dots contrast with this textured grey surface to give the laptop character without the need for any paint. The new edition adds to this with diagonal lines running across approximately half of the top cover, being a small extract from a topographic map dividing the laptop’s surface into land and sea. This also alludes to the impact of global warming on rising sea levels. Opening the laptop reveals the iconic National Geographic yellow border, and in yellow print on the spacebar is the message “For Planet Earth.”

The packaging has also been designed to be a multipurpose box that can be repurposed entirely once the laptop has been set up. The innovative packaging protects the device without the need for anything but 85% recycled paper, plus a 100% industrial recycled plastic (PIR) laptop sleeve and an additional sheet of 100% PIR plastic that sits between the laptop’s display and keys.

The laptop's use of 30% PCR plastic through the chassis and screen bezel and 50% in its keycaps reduces the computer’s carbon footprint in production. Further, Acer has looked to the other end of the laptop’s life and ensured it is easily upgradeable. The bottom cover is secured with nothing more complex than eleven standard Phillips-head screws, and the internals are well-organised so users can easily replace the RAM and SSD.

The Acer Aspire National Geographic Edition laptop is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics, has Windows 11 out-of-the-box, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C and two USB 3.2 Type-A ports. One of these can be used to charge mobile devices even when the computer is turned off.

Acer Earthion is a platform to combine the strengths of the company, its supply chain partners, customers, and employees to help tackle environmental challenges with innovative solutions. Primary focus areas include Acer’s RE100 commitment to reach 100% renewable energy usage by 2035, the pursuit of greener product design, and efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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