Acer launches bacteria-resistant PCs | Ars Technica


Enlarge / Acer’s Enduro Urban N3 (above) also comes in blue.

Acer’s “antimicrobial” laptops have been around for a few years, but they got especially noticeable during the COVID-19 pandemic because the interest in them was particularly clean. During its next @ Acer event today, the company announced three new PCs – a laptop, a two-in-one PC, and a tablet – that will be added to its antimicrobial lineup.

What does “antimicrobial” actually mean?

Something is considered antimicrobial if it is able to “destroy microorganisms and particularly pathogenic microorganisms or to inhibit growth”. That means it combats disease-causing things that you can’t see.

Acer claims that since its 360 antimicrobial design identifies the function, it fights germs in two ways.

First of all, surfaces with intensive contact – such as the outside of the housing and the hinge, the keyboard, the touchpad and the fingerprint reader – are coated with a silver ion agent. For years, research has indicated the ability of silver ions to fight bacteria. As a recent report published in ACS Applied Bio Materials explains, “They can easily adsorb to most biomolecules (DNA, membrane protein, enzymes or intracellular cofactors) in bacteria to disable their functions.”

Acer’s silver ion agent complies with the Environmental Protection Agency and Biocidal Products Regulation; it can reduce the bacterial count after a 99.9 percent reduction to 1,000, based on the test protocol of the International Organization for Standardization 22196. The 22196 standard specifies methods for testing the “antibacterial activity of antibacterially treated plastics and other non-porous surfaces of products” fixed.


The products also use Corning Gorilla Glass which is coated with the silver ion product. “It does this through traces of silver ions that are leached to the glass surface to eliminate the surface bacteria while providing other benefits such as improved durability and improved scratch resistance,” said Acer.

Germ-resistant PCs

Acer added new antimicrobial PCs to its range in 2020 but is still adding to the list. The company plans to expand its antimicrobial coating “across multiple product lines,” an Acer spokesman told Ars.Acer TravelMate Spin P4.Enlarge / Acer TravelMate Spin P4.


The latest additions to Acer’s anti-cootie-fighting collection include the TravelMate Spin P4 (available in January and starting at $ 1,100), a business-oriented two-in-one device with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 vPro CPU 3rd generation and 1 TB SSD.

Acer is also launching two waterproof, rugged systems. The Enduro Urban N3 14-inch laptop (launch in the fourth quarter, from $ 850) is equipped with an 11th generation Intel Core i7 and has an Nvidia GeForce MX330 GPU. The Enduro Urban T3 (released early next year, starting at $ 300) is a 10-inch Android 11 tablet with an octa-core MediaTek MT8385, 65 GB of ROM for storage and 4 GB of RAM.Acer Enduro Urban T3 tablet.Enlarge / Acer Enduro Urban T3 tablet.


The Acer VE246Q stands out as the only PC monitor that was announced with the antimicrobial stamp. The housing and cover glass are made of recycled plastic coated with silver ions. However, the 23.6-inch VA screen is only sold in Taiwan.

Editor’s note: This article was updated on October 14th to clarify the relationship between antibacterial products and the COVID-19 pandemic.