Chromebooks are getting more powerful — why? — who knows, but Acer wants to be more environmentally conscious about its products, so that’s where the Acer Chromebook Vero 514 comes in.
Despite its ugly design and dim display, the Vero 514 has a lot to offer. For $599, you get strong performance, a comfortable keyboard, long battery life, and a good webcam wrapped in a rugged chassis. It sounded like a great deal until we got to the touchpad, which made navigating through the web a bit frustrating. It’s usable, but not how I want to experience a laptop for eight hours a day.