Software and Accessories
As for accessories, Lenovo provides the bare minimum. Within the G530's simple packaging, you'll find an AC adapter cable, a power brick, a few setup guides and a 6-cell battery. That's it. Thankfully, things are a bit more robust over on the software front, but we're not so sure everything that Lenovo tosses in is beneficial.
Obviously, the machine comes loaded with Windows Vista, but you'll also receive Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Lenovo ReadyComm, Norton Internet Security (90 days of free protection), Adobe Reader, Windows Live Toolbar, Easy Capture, VeriFace Facial Recognition software, Energy Management applications and Cyberlink Power2Go burning software.
Call us old fashioned, but we prefer selecting our own antivirus software. The Norton screen that intrudes upon you as you boot up your machine for the first time is remarkably annoying, and the only way to nix it is to either succumb to its request to scan your perfectly clean hard drive or to force it to quit via the Task Manager. Here's a tip, Lenovo: this type of immediate intrusion is not consumer-friendly. We understand you're trying to help, but don't be so forthright with it.
Also, we have a serious bone to pick with Lenovo's own ReadyComm software. Honestly, we question why it is even included when Vista handles similar functions perfectly fine by itself. Just so you know, ReadyComm is basically a Wi-Fi management tool, but it's leaps and bounds more confusing than Vista's built-in network manager. We spent a solid half hour attempting to get ReadyComm or Vista to connect to our own router, and finally we simply removed ReadyComm altogether. The result? Vista picked up the connection perfectly.