Like what we have seen at ASUS HQ in Taipei, Taiwan, in June, our review unit came in the standard retail box with a picture of the celebrity and the words "Incredible J" which denotes the special edition of the laptop. The bundled accessories include four Jay Chou postcards, cable tie, power adapter, USB optical mouse, quick installation guide, user manual and an update information slip.
The N43SL is fairly heavy at 2.4kg and comes with a 14-inch 16:9 wide high definition (1366×768 pixel resolution) display with LED backlight. Below the display, you can see a strip of maroon mesh which houses the laptop's internal speakers. Below the screen are the full-size keyboard and touchpad with buttons. We noticed that the ASUS has a unique Baroque “J” key which is unlike other laptop keyboards on the market. At the lower right of the palm rest, you can also see the signature imprint of the Taiwanese celebrity, as though he has put his autograph on the product.
Two USB, a HDMI output, LAN and audio (microphone and headphone) connectors can be found on the left of the laptop, which are also next to the air vent. You may want to be more cautious of the warm air coming out, especially after long hours of usage. On the opposite side, we can see a DVD multi-drive, two USB port (one is a USB3.0) and a wireless connectivity switch.
Moving to the rear, we see the words "Incredible J" and the circular artwork at the back of the screen which comprised of music notes, piano keys, nunchakus, poker cards and their suits (club, heart, spade and diamond), as well as a VGA output and power in connectors. Removing the base covers to check out the hardware, we uncovered a 640GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue SATA hard disk, 4GB Samsung DDR3 memory and +10.8V 5200mAh 56Wh Lithium-ion battery.