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ASUS N43SL (Jay Chou Special Edition) review

ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition - A Bold Statement

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Overall rating 8/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
8.5
Performance:
7.5
Value:
7.5
Mobility:
6.5
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


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.

 

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.