Lenovo include a lot of software as standard and its recovery suite is excellent for doing regular backups or restoring to factory defaults. Personally, I go straight to add/remove and get rid of most of it. The system tray is absolutely a chocker with icons and it's hard to find what's important. Although it's nice to Norton Internet Security included, I'd sooner be using AVG Anti-Virus.
There is no office application provided, but since my move to Linux recently, I've been getting to grips with OpenOffice instead and it's absolutely superb, and naturally free.
Performance on this system was fine, almost keeping up with the previously reviewed and similarly specced Zepto Znote 6214W. What let it down was slightly slower hard drive performance, that is more than likely the cause for it's slightly lower SYSmark score.
Battery life was a little better at 162 minutes, which is more than enough considering its weight. If you need longer and if you were expecting to be using a notebook on the go for more than three hours a day, you'd consider getting an ultra portable.
This notebook is a good performer in a decent chassis. Although £537.98 is for the version with integrated graphics and only 512MB of memory, this can't be far off and that's amazing value for money. Unless you are intending on being on the move a lot, this is well worth considering.