ASUS launches a Jay Chou Special Edition laptop
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At a glamorous event in Taipei, the Taiwanese PC manufacturer ASUS along with rapper Will.i.am and actor Jay Chou introduced a new notebook dubbed N43SL. According to Netbooknews.com, Mr. Chou is now the company’s Chief Designer; a role that PC Magazine claims ASUS has not officially confirmed. It is naturally possible that the “Green Hornet” star is merely “expressing himself”, which is reportedly what Lady Gaga is doing when she acts as “creative director” of Polaroid.
Apparently, the Jay Chou-inspired design includes a “unique” Baroque-style J key that replaces the regular J key and Chinese porcelain adornment on the exterior of the chassis. The N Series notebook is also pre-loaded with several songs hand-picked by the musician.
The Asus N43SL Jay Chou Special Edition is equipped with a 14-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has an HD 720p native resolution (1366-by-768 pixels). In addition, the device sports a second generation Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2630QM central processing unit with four cores (8 threads) clocked at 2.0GHz (up to 2.9GHz via Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology). This chip is ranked 3 in our CPU Benchmark List and offers an integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics controller, 6MB of Level 3 cache and 45W max. TDP (Thermal Design Power).
Furthermore, this laptop packs a discrete video card in form of a NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with up to 2GB of dedicated VRAM. It supports DirectX 11, Optimus Technology and Shader 5.0. According to the product page, the N43SL houses up to 8GB of internal memory (2xSO-DIMM) and a 750GB 2.5-in mechanical hard drive that rotates at 7200RPM. A Blu-Ray Combo drive is also installed.
In terms of networking, the new ASUS notebook will offer its owners built-in Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 adapters. Moreover, users can take advantage of four USB ports (1xUSB 3.0, 3xUSB 2.0), an HDMI interface for watching Full HD content on an external monitor or HDTV and a memory card reader slot (3-in-1).
For your video conferencing needs, there is an integrated 2.0MP web camera.
Other specs, Pricing and Availability
The ASUS N43SL Special Edition will supposedly ship with up to a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit operating system. Weight starts at 2.4kg with the built-in 6-cell battery.
Other features include Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, two integrated speakers, microphone and LoJack Security for remotely locating your system in case it gets stolen. Pricing and availability are still unknown.