Windows Vista Home is preinstalled on the notebook. Its Windows Media Center component is a shell for working with media files: viewing photos, watching movies, listening to music, controlling the radio and TV-tuner. The most interesting feature of Media Center is its support for the remote control included with the notebook.
Also installed on the notebook is the ASUS Instant Fun program that resembles Media Center but is inferior to the latter in functionality.
The screenshots below illustrate the quality of the notebook’s TV-tuner:
The ASUS LifeFrame program can be used together with the web-camera to conduct video conferences and capture videos.
This program offers a wide selection of special effects. For example, you can apply a bezel to the video from the camera in real-time mode.
If you’ve got an Internet connection, the Live Update utility will keep the preinstalled software up-to-date automatically.
The notebook comes with a 60-day trial version of the Microsoft Office suite. You’ll have to uninstall it or pay the money after the time is up.
We have often mentioned the Power4Gear eXtreme utility in our reviews of ASUS notebooks. This power management tool offers four modes for both types of power supply (mains and battery): High Performance, Entertainment, Quiet Office, and Battery Saving.
The level of gaming performance of the G70S is regulated with Direct Console 2.0.
This tool can also control the notebook’s highlighting. You can choose a specific mode of blinking or shining or even fine-tune each LED to shine just as you want it to.
The program can also assign functions to the hot buttons located to the left of the keyboard.
And finally, Direct Console 2.0 helps choose what the notebook’s small OLED screen will show. This function was blocked on our sample of the notebook, however, and the OLED screen reported the battery charge level by default.
And finally, the notebook’s preinstalled software includes Wireless Console that provides a set of icons you can click to turn the notebook’s wireless interfaces on and off.