We typically uninstall security software to avoid interference with system benchmark. I uninstalled McAfee Internet Security without any hassle. If you prefer other security software, it’s nice to know that yanking McAfee and installing your own shouldn’t be a problem.
One program you can’t just pick up on your own is the CyberLink OneKey Rescue System software. This is actually a hardware/software combo: in the event that your laptop suffers a catastrophic crash and you can’t get Windows to boot, you can press this button (it’s a tiny button near the power port; you’ll need a pen or paperclip) and you can restore the operating system. If you haven’t already created any of your own, the software will use its original backup to restore your system. That’s a handy feature and one that adds to the laptop’s value. CyberLink PowerDVD is another handy app that comes with the laptop.
Lenovo also packs several of its own (well, branded) programs onto the Z400 Touch. Lenovo PowerDVD (related to CyberLink PowerDVD) handles DVD playback and can also play movies and music stored on the laptop. It has ads and encourages you to upgrade to a paid version.
Lenovo included (CyberLink) YouCam 4 video and photo capture software as well, which is easy to use. Adjusting capture quality and resolution is easy, and it has a countdown timer that gives you a chance to get ready before the recording light comes on. It also has an avatar creator that is mildly fun to use. The photo side of the software is a little more limited – the settings here are mostly related to shutter speed and image format – but the picture quality is good and the timer is particularly useful for the camera. Once the time starts, you see live video of the area to be shot and make quick adjustments to improve the photo. There are buttons for sharing to Facebook and YouTube too.
Although the Z400 touch comes with much more software than you would find on a boutique system, it’s generally useful software. You’re sure to see some apps that you don’t normally use, but I didn’t spot any that looked inappropriate for a typical user. The laptop’s complement of included apps doesn’t strike me as bloatware, but rather as an honest (and probably fairly successful) attempt to get you up and running faster.