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Laptops contain dangerous levels of toxic chemicals

As if flaming and exploding batteries weren’t enough to worry about, it turns out that laptops are contaminated with deadly poisons. Of the five brands tested, HP and Apple came out with the highest levels of contamination.

The independent study was conducted by a Danish laboratory, and they tested for such dangerous substances as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC). It’s not even like these notebooks were old and withstood countless hours of abuse next to processing plants: The trials were conducted on brand new laptops from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP and Sony.

Getting a poison apple just got a whole new meaning, especially with the toxic electronic waste scrap yards found in China and India.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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