Acer Chromebook Vero 514 practical: a welcome change from the norm

I’ve regretted the boring design with which many Chromebooks have been released over the past few years. It’s not that these designs aren’t bad, they obviously work well or companies wouldn’t be using them. But when a Chromebook (or any other device) comes out that defies the trend and offers something different, I usually get very excited.

The Vero 514 Chromebook is exciting

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As soon as I opened the box with the Vero 514 Chromebook, I was immediately impressed with the unique design and color selection. The dark gray metal cover has disappeared in favor of a light gray one, flecked with a multitude of different colors. And since Acer has chosen to use PCR materials for construction, this basically means no two Vero 514s will look the same. If you put two of them side by side, the differences may be more pronounced, but the speckled patterns will likely be different. It’s not a big deal from an overall design point of view, but it’s just something I thought was pretty cool to think about.

Embossed Acer Chromebook Vero 514 logo

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Moreover, the little touches you’ll find around the casing further set this Chromebook apart from the competition. For example, the “E + R” keys on a keyboard have the same yellowish color as the feet on the bottom of the case. The trackpad has a small “recycled” logo in the lower right corner that matches the embossed “Post Consumer Recycled” logo in the lower right corner of the keyboard. On the front edge you will find another embossed logo, this time with the very name “Chromebook Vero”. We really like to see these little touches when a completely new type of Chromebook hits the market.

Acer Chromebook Vero 514 with illuminated E and R keys

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Acer has also gone so far as to integrate a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard, just below the arrow keys on the right. We can only assume it uses the same OceanGlass material as the trackpad, but it was an excellent addition to the time we spent with it. We are also excited to see that it seems Acer will include this in the final retail editions, regardless of the configuration chosen.

The fingerprint scanner on the Acer Chromebook Vero 514

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When you look at the Chromebook’s “features” and see a few plastic letters everywhere, you may be turned off because it is not look as premium as others. That seems to be the point because it’s meant to stand out from the crowd. Acer’s use of PCR materials around the world also brings something unexpected: the military strength rating MIL-STD-810H. This immediately puts the Vero 514 in the competition for the best Chromebook for students, especially with a starting price of around $ 500.

Strange “nits” flex, but okay

Acer Chromebook Vero 514 in direct sunlight

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During the official announcement of Acer, the company highlighted the 300 nits of brightness offered by the Vero 514 Chromebook. Maybe it wasn’t something you noticed or noticed, but we scratched our heads a bit. It’s not that 300 nits brightness is bright enough to be used in a well-lit room, but it’s not really something to write home about.

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