In a tactile sense, the device feels kind of strange at first. Not necessarily in a bad way, but the “recycled material texture” on the frame of the Vero 514 is a little bit rougher than you might expect when you’re mostly used to more standard laptops.
Actually using the Vero 514 felt pretty good. Keep in mind we’re looking at an early pre-production unit, so things could be a little (or a lot) different once it hits mass retail, but the Chromebook was pretty quick to turn on, shut down, and wake up from sleep mode. Oddly what stuck out to me the most was the hinge, which feels a bit tighter than the average notebook.
I wasn’t able to install any Android games for my test run, but I did try a few out in Chrome and everything ran smoothly. The same goes for videos, which looked noticeably more crisp and vibrant than what I’m used to when comparing them side-by-side to my MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020). The Vero 514’s screen was also a little larger, and the model I looked at had touch screen functionality along with some much-appreciated glare reduction.
The only semi-disappointment I ran into was the speakers. Or rather, the direction of the speakers. The sound quality is just fine — great, even — but the sound would change significantly depending on where my head was in relation to the Vero 514. Some angles would make things sound muffled, others would be a bit tinny, but straight-on was perfect. It likely won’t be an issue if you’re using it on a desk or other stationary surface, but it could be a problem if you’re moving around or setting it up on a lower surface like your lap or on a couch.