ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition - A Bold Statement

Launch SRP: S$1298

Body Language

Body Talk

Jay Chou has left his mark on almost every facade of the JCSE. For starters, the glossy lid itself is emblazoned with a beautiful red ring filled with Baroque-inspired patterns. Look closer, and you'd find motifs such as French playing card suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades), piano keys on the inner ring, as well as a Nunchaku camouflaged by the busy artwork. According to Chou, the Nunchaku is a representation of his song "Shuang Jie Kun". Not surprisingly, the man is an ardent fan of the late Bruce Lee too, having starred as Kato himself in the recent remake of The Green Hornet. The "Incredible J" insignia might not seem much, but it took Chou repeated tries to get the calligraphy right.

Without a doubt, the intricate red ring emblazoned on the lid is the most eye-catching artwork on the JCSE. Look closer, and you should spot a mishmash of playing suits, musical designs and the Nunchaku.   

See that brushed initial "J"? It took Jay Chou numerous attempts to get the brushwork right, being the perfectionist that he is. Fans of his can now claim to own an integral part of the singer's efforts at beautifying the JCSE.

Geared as a multimedia notebook, the JCSE sports a thickness of 37mm at its thickest point, and weighs in at 2.4kg. On its right flank, sits two USB ports - a USB 3.0 slot marked in blue, and a conventional USB 2.0 next to it. Other occupants include a DVD drive and Wi-Fi switch. Over to the left are where most of the usual ports reside, apart from sharing the space with the heat vent. ASUS' inclusion of a HDMI slot will be appreciated by those who prefer to watch their video clips on the big screen. A VGA port is included, although it has been relegated to the rear of the notebook. The four LED indicators are seated at the edge of the front lip. In other words, you can still peek at their statuses even with the lid closed.

Two USB ports (including a USB 3.0 slot in blue) and a DVD drive flank the notebook's right facade. The JCSE is also relatively thick, measuring approximately 37mm at its thickest point.

We prefer a hardware Wi-Fi switch over hotkeys on any given day, and it is nice of ASUS to include one on the JCSE. It resides right next to the optical drive. The Kensington security slot sits just behind the hinge.

The left side of the JCSE is where most of the I/O armaments are. Included in the mix are a Gigabit LAN port, two USB slots, a HDMI outlet and the usual microphone and headphone jacks.

The DC power inlet and VGA port have been relegated to the rear. As you can tell from the picture, a portion of the speakers' housing remain exposed even with the lid closed. It's that bold red strip, in case you didn't realize.   

The Good
Clean and rich audio
Decent performance
Unique design
The Bad
Tight vertical viewing angle
Glossy chassis
High power consumption and average battery life