Microsoft is about to officially launch Windows 11At the same time, Acer will launch three new notebook computers equipped with a new operating system. They are Aspire Vero, which uses post-consumer recycled plastic in the keyboard and case; Swift 5, an update to the company’s thin and light design; and Nitro 5, a budget gaming laptop.
The Aspire Vero starts at $699.99 and is partially made of post-consumer recycled plastic. Specifically, 30% of the plastic in the chassis and 50% of the post-consumer plastic on the keycaps. Acer claims that the materials in the case will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 21% compared to similar-sized laptops made of 100% virgin plastic.
Vero has a…let’s call it a somewhat unique design, a gray lid with yellow spots. I don’t mind the photos provided by Acer, but the company calls it an “eco-mark”, which is a bit too much. The R and E keys on the keyboard are highlighted in yellow and inverted, which should highlight recycling and waste reduction. But in most cases, it looks like a six-year-old hand wrote on a sign on a lemonade stand.
Vero will be equipped with up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage space, and a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display, as well as USB Type-C and Type-A, HDMI 2.0 and Intel Wi-Fi 6. This model is priced at $899.99, while a cheaper version with Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD will be launched later this month, priced at $699.99.
Acer also added a new Swift 5, (model SF514-55TA), which will be its first to run Windows 11. Thanks to the magnesium-lithium and magnesium-aluminum chassis, it weighs 2.29 pounds and can run the Intel Core i7 processor. It is also equipped with a 14-inch 1920 x 1080 display with a narrow bezel that can achieve a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Pricing starts at US$1,099.99.
Finally, Acer’s Nitro 5 game lineup will have two models with Windows 11 when released. There will be a 15.6-inch option with 144 Hz, 1920 x 1080p display, 11th-generation Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a trivial 256GB for $769.99, while the 17.3-inch, 144 Hz version will be equipped with the 11th-generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, priced at $1,199.99. Both should be available in mid-October.
Don’t want to buy new things yet?If you want to upgrade from an existing Acer laptop to Windows 11 and are not sure whether it is compatible, the company has put together a list of laptops that have been tested and confirmed to work with Microsoft’s latest operating system, and you can find these laptops here.