Acer announces new laptops and a tablet with anti-bacterial technology


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In a nutshell: Acer has previously launched products that formed its 'antimicrobial' series of PCs that battle bacteria. It's now adding to that lineup with the announcement of new laptops, displays, and accessories that will feature the bacteria-resistant technology.

The antimicrobial solutions fight germs via two methods, silver ion technology, and antimicrobial Corning Gorilla Glass. The former is applied to multiple areas of the device, including the surface of the chassis, keyboard, display, touchpad, hinge, fingerprint reader, and more. Silver ions are "highly reactive particles that are able to dramatically reduce the growth rate of microbes upon contact."

Acer applies silver ions (Ag+) onto Corning Gorilla Glass for both displays and touchpads, allowing the glass surface to remain in a cleaner state for longer. It also makes it less vulnerable to stain or odor-causing bacteria.

"This is done via trace amounts of silver ions leaching to the glass surface to eliminate the surface bacteria while still offering other benefits such as improved durability and scratch resistance," Acer explained.

The latest PCs to utilize this germ-fighting technology are Acer's TravelMate Spin P4 convertible laptop, the Enduro Urban N3 laptop, and the Urban T3 tablet.