Asus N43JF Laptop, Prelaunch Review

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The N43JF is one of the three new Asus models that were showcased at Computex , early this year. Today, we have with us the N43JF, which is the 14-inch version of the new Nseries laptops. All three models look similar and are quite stunning in terms of aesthetics.

With the combination of; rock-solid build quality, a metallic brushed finish wrist rest and a black glossy screen frame, this laptop looks truly stunning and classy. Even the N53 model boasts the same business-like look and feel, as this one does. The interior, as in, the chassis, hinges, keyboard, the speaker grill and the screen frame are of a black-grey tone. Another thing that truly adds to the classy look is the brushed finished touchpad with a gunmetal glossy bar for mouse buttons. The lid is metallic with an aluminum brushed finish with the Chrome Asus logo in the center. Overall, the laptop looks very impressive.

Ergonomically, this 14-incher has large and well spaced keys, so typing is quite comfortable, even if you’re looking to type out lengthy emails or documents. It’s often seen on other laptop keyboards that arrow keys and the other keys on the side are quite crammed and smaller, which is not the case with this keyboard.

The N43JF is a mainstream laptop, built around an Intel HM 55 chipset and powered by a dual-core (4 threads) Intel Core i5-520M CPU, clocked at 2.4 GHz. There’s 4 GB RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and, our test unit is equipped with onboard Intel HD graphics. So looking at the hardware and performance, we’d say it’s more of a SOHO laptop. Also, the solid build quality and the use of metal in construction had made this machine slightly heavy for a 14-incher, nevertheless, you can actually use it as a desktop replacement.

The laptop features a 14-inch screen with a standard native resolution of 1366x 768. On the left-hand side, you’ll find an Ethernet port, a USB-eSATA combo, a USB port and two audio jacks. On the right-hand side is a DVD writer, two USB ports and a hardware switch for wireless. Even the webcam has a physical shutter, where you can slide the button horizontally to hide the lens. The memory card is in front, which won’t be a problem because it’s quite accessible being on the extreme right-hand side.

Finally, the unit comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate and features the common connectivity options, gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth.

We ran the standard benchmarks like SiSoft Sandra 2010, PC Mark Vantage, video encoding and such, and for a mainstream laptop, the performance is quite impressive. We’d say that it’s an ideal machine for an office or a SOHO environment, where office applications are handled seamlessly and even music and movie-watching is enjoyable.

Although touted as an entertainment laptop, as far as the multimedia experience goes, this is not a full-fledged multimedia laptop, mainly because gaming is not an asset. The onboard Intel graphics and the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio are good for listening to music and watching movies, but that’s about it. We played a few tracks and couple of movies using VLC, Foobar, and Winamp, the sound is good, but the bass isn’t as impressive as you’d find on the higher-end multimedia or gaming machines.

Also, despite the absence of a discrete GPU, we tried a couple of gaming benchmarks and the onboard graphics couldn’t churn even 20 fps, let alone the playable 30 fps mark. It’s not like this is a gaming machine anyway, but online games and the overall multimedia experience is pretty good, just don’t expect gaming.

Personal take
This is prelaunch model and we’re assuming that this one and others in the N series will be available with discrete graphics. If I were to buy a ‘multimedia laptop’, I’d either go with the discrete GPU variant or another laptop. Yes, if I need a standard mainstream office laptop with stunning looks and build, I’d consider this one.

The Asus N43JF is priced at Rs 61,999, which is quite a bit for a mainstream laptop without discrete graphics. However if you think of it as a scaled-down version of the Asus NX90J , then you might even like the price. By the end of September, the N53JG will be available with discrete graphics and should be priced at around Rs 63,000. We’d say, more than anything else, you’d be paying slightly extra for the Bang & Olufsen ICE Power Audio and the superb aesthetics. There are laptops that don’t look as good as these, but offer better multimedia functionality and power for a lower price.

Weight: 2.3 kg
Chipset: Intel HM 55
Processor: Intel Core i5-520M, 2.4 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache
Graphics: Intel HD
Network: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth
HDD: 500 GB
Optical Drive: DVD Writer
Screen: 14-inch glossy (1366x768)
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Price:Rs. 61,999


Processor Description

Processor Intel Core i5-520M

Hard Drive

Inbuilt HDD 500
Speed (RPM) No Information
Optical Drive DVD Writer

Display Features

Screen Size 14
Maximum Display Resolution 1366 x 768


GPU Model Intel HD
HDMI Port Yes


Audio Solution No Information
Channels No Information


eSATA Port Yes
Fire Wire Port Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Built-in Camera Yes
Microphone Yes
Fingerprint Reader No
Digital Media Reader 5


Battery (Type) Li Ion
Battery Life No Information

Operating System

OS Windows 7 Ultimate


Dimensions (W x D x H) 35.0 x 24.0 x 3.70 cm
Weight 2.4

After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1


Warranty Period 1

Published Date: Sep 02, 2010 01:38 pm | Updated Date: Sep 02, 2010 01:38 pm