Asus includes a small bundle to get things started. Included with the G51VX, we find documentation, a lint-free LCD cleaning cloth, power cable, AC/DC adapter, 6-cell battery, and software recovery disks. The good news is the notebook is ready to roll once powered on so only the power cables and battery are required right from the start. But we were disappointed in the user manual as it obviously was made to cover just the basic features of the laptop, in order to be used with several different models. Along with the drivers disk, there were several software utilities included. Among them were NB Probe, Net4Switch, ExpressGate, and Norton Internet Security 2008 trial.
The model we tested has Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit with SP1 preinstalled, allowing it to make full use of the 4GB of RAM. It also qualifies for the Windows 7 upgrade program which provides consumers with a comparable version of Windows 7. In this case, Windows 7 Home Premium will be offered. We also find that it comes with other software such as LoJack, Microsoft Office trial, Microsoft Works,Power 4 Gear, Life Frame 3, CyberLink Power 2 Go, myPhotoMovie, Asus Camera Screensaver, Data Security Manager, Fancy Start, Splendid Video Enhancement Utility, and Adobe Reader.
As a notebook, we liked the fact that the bundle included LoJack software. Some might enjoy the CyberLink multimedia burning software or the Splendid video enhancing program as well. But the majority of the preloaded programs will likely see little use.