Impressions of Acer Veriton Vero Mini: Initial Observations

Acer’s Veriton Vero Mini is a small form factor (SFF) PC that is eco-friendly and serves as an intriguing alternative for business-class users who are considering the Intel NUC. The package includes several items, such as a wired keyboard, wired mouse, power supply (divided into two pieces), a VESA mounting bracket, and a stand. These additional items highlight the versatility of the Veriton Vero Mini. While it can be placed on a desk like a mini desktop PC, it can also be mounted on the back of a display for optimal space-saving or positioned upright on a desk using the stand.

Personally, as a proponent of minimalism, the VESA mount caught my attention momentarily. However, my preference for easy access to PC ports led me to choose the stand, which attaches to the base of the PC with a single screw. Consequently, I stored the VESA mounting bracket with the keyboard and mouse since I have my own wireless and ergonomic solutions.

The Veriton Vero Mini itself boasts a small and adorable design, measuring only 1.4 x 7.3 x 7.3 inches and weighing a mere 2.87 pounds. However, it should be noted that the 135-watt power supply, which is larger than a regular laptop charger, is external. The front panel of the PC features gray or silver flecks, which initially appeared as dust to me. Yet, these flecks are likely a result of the PC’s use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. Acer’s Vero products exhibit similar visual niceties, showcasing their commitment to sustainability through their packaging made of 100 percent recycled plastic and 100 percent recyclable paper.

In terms of expandability, the Veriton Vero Mini provides a satisfactory range of ports, though it would be beneficial to include Thunderbolt 4/USB4 support. The front panel offers a combo headphone/microphone jack, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a USB 2 Type-A port, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port. At the rear, you’ll find a full-sized HDMI port with unspecified capabilities, a full-sized DisplayPort port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB 2 Type-A ports, and a gigabit Ethernet port. Additionally, the Acer Veriton Vero supports both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth.

The choice of processor for the Veriton Vero, the Intel Core i5-12700T chipset, is both intriguing and somewhat unusual to me. It is a 12-core chipset with 8 performance cores and 4 efficient cores, accompanied by integrated Intel UHD Graphics 770 (not Iris Xe). Prior to this, I had no knowledge of the T-series Intel Core processors, let alone this specific model. However, after conducting some research, I discovered that T-series processors have lower power limits compared to Intel’s other desktop chipsets. Consequently, they are specifically designed for SFF PCs like the Veriton Vero. On the other hand, mainstream Intel NUCs typically employ 15-watt U-series chipsets that are more focused on laptops.

Furthermore, the Acer Veriton Vero comes equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of PCIe SSD storage. While the internal components, as well as the external expansion options, may not be the most cutting-edge or high-end, this is not uncommon for a mainstream business-class PC like the Veriton Vero.

The Veriton Vero is available with either Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro, and Acer offers bundled managed business utilities and services. As for pricing, this configuration generally costs around $1200, while the entry-level model with a Core i5-12400T (6-core) processor and 512 GB of storage starts at approximately $850. Both configurations allow for RAM upgrades up to 64 GB and come with a 3-year warranty.

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