Acer’s “antimicrobial” laptops have been around for a few years, but they became particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. During its next @Acer event today, the company announced three new PCs—a laptop, a two-in-one, and a tablet—that will join its antimicrobial lineup.
What does “antimicrobial” mean anyway?
something is considered antimicrobial If it is capable of “destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, and especially pathogenic microorganisms.” This means that it fights disease-causing things that you cannot see.
Acer claims its Antimicrobial 360 design, as it brands the feature, fights germs in two ways.
First, high-touch surfaces—such as the chassis’ exterior and hinge, keyboard, touchpad, and fingerprint reader—are coated with a silver-ion agent. For yearshandjob Research pointed to the ability of silver ions to fight bacteria. As a more recent report published in ACS Applied Bio Materials “They can readily absorb most of the biomolecules (DNA, membrane proteins, enzymes, or intracellular cofactors) in bacteria to inactivate their functions,” explains.
Acer’s Silver-Ion Agent complies with Environmental Protection Agency regulations and Biocidal Product Regulation; This standardization could reduce the number of bacteria by up to 1,000 after a 99.9 percent reduction based on the International Organization for Standardization 22196 testing protocol. The 22196 standard specifies methods for testing “the antibacterial activity of antibacterial-treated plastics and other non-porous surfaces of products”.
The products also use Corning Gorilla Glass coated with a Silver-Ion product. “This is done through trace amounts of silver ions leaching onto the surface of the glass to eliminate surface bacteria, while still providing other benefits such as improved durability and improved scratch resistance,” acer said.
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Acer introduced new antimicrobial PCs to its lineup in 2020 but is still adding to the roster. An Acer spokesperson told Ars that the company sees its antimicrobial coating “going even further across multiple product lines.”
The latest additions to Acer’s cutie-fighting collection include: TravelMate Spin P4 (Available in January and starting at $1,100), a business-focused two-in-one with an 11th-Gen Intel Core i7 vPro CPU and up to 1TB SSD.
Acer is also releasing two waterproof, rugged systems. NS Enduro Urban N3 The 14-inch laptop (launched in Q4, starting at $850) runs up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 and has an Nvidia GeForce MX330 GPU. NS Enduro Urban T3 (early next year, starting at $300) is a 10-inch Android 11 tablet with an octa-core MediaTek MT8385, 65GB of ROM for storage, and 4GB of RAM.
NS Acer VE246Q Stands out as the only PC monitor declared with an antimicrobial stamp. Its housing and cover glass use recycled plastic coated with silver ions. However, the 23.6-inch VA screen will only be sold in Taiwan.