Taiwanese PC maker Acer has launched three new ‘antimicrobial‘electronic products including a laptop, a 2-in-1 hybrid and a tablet. They are the TravelMate Spin P4 hybrid, the Acer Enduro Urban N3 laptop and Acer Enduro Urban T3 tablet.
The company unveiled them during its upcoming @ Acer event. This is not the first time that Acer has launched a product as “antimicrobial”; The company has only increased its range of such products with three new ones, a line it introduced in 2020.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes ‘antimicrobial’ as something that is capable of “destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms and especially pathogenic microorganisms.”
According to Acer, the ‘Antimicrobial 360’ design of the products can fight microorganisms with the help of the company. Silver ion antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass technology and Antimicrobial.
Silver ion antimicrobial technology
There is a silver ion agent coating on the outer high-touch surfaces of devices such as keyboard, touchpad, fingerprint reader, outside of chassis, hinge, etc. This coating, according to the company, will help fight the growth of bacteria.
According to the report, the silver ion plating “can reduce the bacterial count to 1,000 after a 99.9% reduction, according to the International Organization for Standardization test protocol 22196,” which details methods for testing the “Antibacterial activity of antibacterial-treated plastics and other non-porous product surfaces”.
Antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass
To improve the antimicrobial resistance of the devices, the company has worked on incorporating silver ions (Ag +) as an antimicrobial agent in Corning Gorilla Glass itself.
“This is done through traces of silver ions that filter to the surface of the glass to remove bacteria from the surface and at the same time offer other benefits such as increased durability and scratch resistance,” says Acer.
With this integration, customers can expect the glass surface to stay cleaner longer and be less susceptible to bacteria that cause stains or odors.