Software and Accessories
On the software front, our test unit was loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium, CyberLink's Power2Go disc burning software, a suite of Asus utilities, the previously mentioned Express Gate Instant-On OS, Norton Internet Security, Adobe Reader 9, a 30-day Microsoft Office trial and...well, that's about it. Nothing too earth-shattering here, and we'd actually prefer if Norton came only on a disc so it wouldn't pester those who didn't want it every time they booted up (until they uninstalled it, of course).
We should mention that we can't wait for Windows 7 to start shipping in October, as the CULV platform (along with netbooks) stands a great chance of benefiting from Win7's improved speed and usability. But since we're still a month away from the new operating system's official ship date, the machines on the market today still use Vista.