Asus installs Antibacterial Guard in laptops

Isolation during lockdown has made us all more vulnerable to pathogens. While we may no longer wipe our groceries with soapy water, we wash our hands more frequently. Many of us still habitually grab a mask as we walk out the door. Unfortunately, when it comes to preventing the growth and spread of bacteria, many of us forget about the devices we touch throughout the day.

This is where the Asus Antibacterial Guard comes into play. It inhibits the growth of potentially harmful bacteria on laptop surfaces.

You may be surprised to learn where the highest concentrations of bacteria lurk in a typical home. We’re so used to seeing a laptop as our portal to the outside world of work and friends that we sometimes forget how much time we spend with our hands on it. But how often do we think about cleaning it? The Asus Antibacterial Guard eliminates this concern with special treatment of all notebook parts that users touch most often, including the keyboard, touchpad, palm rest and fingerprint sensor. For 2022 users will find Antibacterial Guard in a wide range of Zenbook and Vivobook laptops.

Local news used to regularly warn viewers about everyday threats. One of her favorites was the shared kitchen sponge used to wash dishes and wipe countertops. These sponges contained the most bacteria of any household item — more than refrigerator doors, toothbrushes, or even toilet bowls. Today, however, the kitchen sponge’s reputation as a hidden danger has a potential challenger: the laptop.

Consider a surprising data point. A typical notebook keyboard contains 20,000 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.** If this surprises you, remember that surface bacteria picked up by our hands naturally accumulate in the places we touch most. Remember that the hours we spend musing over keyboards are simultaneously spent breathing, coughing or even sneezing. Even a single droplet in the air can pose health risks, but most laptops lack basic protection against bacteria.

The Antibacterial Guard prevents the growth of microbial pests with a silver ion coating. The positive charge on the silver ions attracts the negative charge on the microbes, much like a kitchen magnet sticks to a fridge. On contact, the silver ions penetrate the surface of the bacterial cells, destroying their structure and preventing them from multiplying. Scientific tests show that Antibacterial Guard inhibits the growth of bacteria on plastics and other non-porous surfaces by more than 99%.

Antibacterial Guard meets laboratory standards

To ensure the effectiveness of the treatment, it has been tested by an independent laboratory to strict ISO 22196 standards. Laboratory scientists used Antibacterial Guard against two of the most common household bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus, or “staph”. These bacteria are responsible for several common ailments that disrupt daily life.

Scientists tested the growth potential of these common household bacteria with and without Asus Antibacterial Guard. After a 24-hour incubation period in a warm environment, the number of bacteria on untreated surfaces has almost tripled from 10,000 to 28,000. During the same period, treated surfaces limited bacterial growth to less than sixteen. This difference in bacterial growth exceeds 99%. More importantly, the two bacteria tested behave the same as thousands of other bacteria. In other words, Antibacterial Guard can be expected to have its 99% inhibitory effect on almost all known bacterial threats.

Antibacterial Guard not only resists harmful bacteria. It also resists everyday household cleaning products, which don’t easily wear away the silver ion surface treatment. The Antibacterial Guard is designed for at least three years of normal use.

Asus has treated its entire range of Zenbook and Vivobook laptops in 2022 with Antibacterial Guard to provide protection that lasts at least three full years.

See Asus Antibacterial Guard for more information

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