ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Edition review: Not perfect, but almost Incredible

In late June, ASUS and Taiwanese celebrity Jay Chou announced the new N-series laptop, N43SL, which claims to incorporate the latest second generation Intel processor as well as SonicMaster audio technology to offer superb multimedia performance for the users. VR-Zone managed to get our hands on the special edition notebook PC and see how "incredible" it is.

 ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Edition review: Not perfect, but almost Incredible

Celebrity-endorsed products aren't new; like the Monster Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones, Korean girl group SSND (also known as Girls' Generation) for Intel processor, and Ken Watanabe for Canon cameras etc. And it isn't surprising when ASUS and popular Taiwanese celebrity, Jay Chou, jointly launched the ASUS N43SL Jay Chou special edition laptop in late June this year. Well, the interesting thing about the collaboration is that it is unlike other celebrity-endorsed products whereby (we assumed) you just need to have the celebrity put his or her name on the product and pose with it in the advertisements. In fact, Chou was actually "employed" as a chief designer since beginning this year and was involved in the design of the laptop with the ASUS design team. So one cannot say that this ASUS N43SL is just like any other celebrity-endorsed product.

So how good is the ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition laptop? Before we proceed, let's take a look at its hardware specifications:-

  ASUS N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition
CPU 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M
Chipset Intel HM65 Express Chipset
Memory 4GB DDR3 RAM (Up to 8192MB)
Hard disk 640GB SATA
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GT540M
Screen 14-inch 16:9 HD LED backlight
Display resolution 1366×768
Camera 2-megapixel fixed web camera
Audio Built-in speakers and microphone
  Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
Connectivity Integrated 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, 
  3x USB2.0, 1x USB3.0, HDMI out, VGA out
  LAN, mic-in, headphone out
Card Reader 3-in-1 card reader (SD/MS/MMC)
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Battery 6-cell : 5200mAh 56Whrs
Dimension 35.0 x 24.3 x 3.3 ~3.7 cm
Weight 2.4kg (with 6-cell battery)