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The add/remove programs list reveals the following additions: Google Chrome Toolbar, Lenovo Screensaver, a trial version of McAfee AntiVirus Plus, Microsoft Office 2010 (including Starter) and ThemeWallpaper. Unlike other systems I have recently worked with that include antivirus offerings, Lenovo has bundled McAfee on the system. Most recent systems simply include installation files for the trial version of said software and leave it up to the end users to decide if they want to install it.
In addition to the programs mentioned above, Lenovo also includes some of their own branded software on the K330. Lenovo Vantage Technology is a toolbar that docks at the top of your desktop. Under the Application Experience Center tab are four programs: Eye Distance System, Dynamic Brightness System, Power Dial and Power2Go.
Eye Distance System can automatically detect the distance between you and the display and it will alert you when you're sitting too close. You can also set viewing distance as well as the time interval beyond which some warning will pop up. Dynamic Brightness System can automatically detect the ambient brightness around and will adjust display brightness accordingly. You can set the screen brightness in different environments to a comfortable level. When you are away, the software can automatically turn off your display. Both of these programs require a compatible Lenovo monitor so I wasn't able to test them.
Power Dial works in conjunction with the performance switch found on the front bezel of the system, serving as an on-screen visual representation of the currently selected mode.
The last piece of software under the Application tab is Power2Go, an optical disc burning suite by CyberLink that lets you create audio, video or data discs as well as rip music and convert audio types.
The second tab is called System Maintenance Center and features two submenus: OneKey Recovery and Driver & Application Installation. OneKey Recovery restores your computer to the system default or to a previously backed up state. I'm not sure why Lenovo included a link to it here as it actually doesn't do anything in Windows and it's not something your average user would need "one key" away. When you select this option, it simply prompts you to press F2 during system boot to activate OneKey Recovery.
In the event that you use OneKey Recovery, the Drive & Application Installation function provides a way to conveniently reinstall all of the Lenovo applications and drivers that were shipped with the computer. There are automatic and manual installation procedures to choose from when running this program.
Below we've included some reference benchmark results from the several tests we ran on the K330 to give you an idea of how its processor, graphics card, and hard drive perform under load. The system was tested in Turbo (performance) mode.
|Synthetic Tests||IdeaCentre K330||Titan 17||Maingear F131|
|3DMark Score||21840 3DMarks||23543 3DMarks||23592 3DMarks|
|PCMark Suite||10904 PCMarks||19195 PCMarks||10353 PCMarks|
|Application Tests||IdeaCentre K330||Titan 17||Maingear F131|
|iTunes Encoding Test||01 min 2 sec||01 min 7 sec||01 min 00 sec|
|File Transfer Test|
|Small files||1 min 4 sec||24 sec||56 sec|
|Large file||38 sec||22 sec||55 sec|
The iTunes encoding tests consist of converting 14 MP3s (119MB) to 128Kbps ACC files and measuring the operation's duration in seconds. For the file transfer test, we measure how long it takes to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the same hard drive. On the small files test we transfer 557 MP3s, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, these same MP3s were zipped into a single file measuring 2.52GB.
|Gaming Performance||IdeaCentre K330||Titan 17||Maingear F131|
|Far Cry 2|
|1920 x 1080, High Quality||58.9 fps||156.4 fps||88.9 fps|
|1920 x 1080, High Quality||60.8 fps||59.9 fps||--|
|1920x1080, Very High 16x AA||19.8 fps||37.6 fps||38.5 fps|
|1920x1080 Max Quality, 8x AA||56.7 fps||101.0 fps||64.0 fps|
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