Acer launches bacteria-resistant PCs
Source: ARS Techncia
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 be joining its antimicrobial lineup.
What does “antimicrobial” mean, anyway?
Something is considered antimicrobial if it's capable of "destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms, and especially pathogenic microorganisms." That means it fights disease-causing things you can't 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's exterior and hinge, the keyboard, the touchpad, and the fingerprint reader—are coated with a silver-ion agent. For years, research has pointed to silver ions' ability to fight bacteria. As a more recent report published in ACS Applied Bio Materials explains, "They can readily adsorb to most biomolecules (DNA, membrane protein, enzymes, or intracellular cofactors) in bacteria to inactivate their functions."