ASUS N43SL Notebook Launch (Taiwan)


Meet The N43SL

Of Music And Sonic Maestros

Now that we have covered the the glitzy event, let's get down to the notebook proper. First, its body art. The beautiful markings you see on the lid are crafted mostly by Chou himself. Look closer and you'll see hints of Chinese porcelain artwork, French-gambling card suits, treble clefs, and even a nunchaku as inspired by his song "Shuang Jie Kun" and his role as Kato in The Green Hornet. You might also notice a "J" initial brandished on the lid. While it is obviously a reference to the Taiwanese musician, Jay admitted he spent a considerable amount of time perfecting the brushed artwork. Peek under the notebook's lid, and you'll find a unique baroque style "J" key as well as his signature brandished on the wrist rest.

The inclusion of the "incredible" adjective may be a tad tacky but the singer's brushed initial does add a nice Oriental touch. Designs of piano keys adorn the inner concentric circle as testament to Chou's artistic and musical flair.

The N43SL will sport gold or red speaker grilles, depending on your choice of colors, as well as Chou's baroque "J" insignia which differentiates itself from the rest of the fonts on the keyboard.

Here's the red edition in the flesh, which also has our vote over the gold iteration. The N43SL's large acoustic chambers and thumping speakers should please audiophiles who frown on sub-standard audio delivery on conventional notebooks.

Hardware for the N43SL will vary across the Asia Pacific region. Singapore's edition will feature an Intel Core i5-2410M Sandy Bridge processor. As for its display and graphics options, the notebook will carry a 14-inch LED backlit screen and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M GPU module. Mostly, we were fairly surprised when ASUS revealed its S$1,298 shelf price for we estimated the swanky laptop would cost more given Jay Chou's endorsement and B&O's SonicMaster engineering. The N43SL will ship with a number of Chou's tracks and music videos handpicked by the singer himself. Finally, fans anticipating the singer's handiwork can expect the notebook to arrive on our shores in the first or second week of July 2011. Before we end of, grab a glimpse of the chrome-like N5 slated to be released during the latter half of the year. 

It's a shame the N43SL won't be shipping with this sweet and attractive model. Humor aside, the N43SL's almost Sanskrit-like artwork seems to grow on us the more we gawk at it. It's not hard to make a fashion statement with this machine.

Despite all of its artsy accents, the N43SL is no pushover in the performance department. A second-gen Core i5 processor powers this machine, aided by a discrete GeForce GT 540M GPU to crunch serious polygons for you. To top it all off, the N43SL is priced with an affordable S$1,298 shelf tag.

 The N5 is still in its prototype phase. However, it should share a similar framework as the N43SL such as larger audio chambers and a generously-sized keyboard. If ASUS isn't deviating from this design for the actual production unit, we'd expect the N5 to sport 30mm up-firing speakers within as well.