After the Super Wiggy launch, bloggers were given the option to take home P1′s Super Wiggy device for a trial run. The new P1 Wiggy portable modem (UH235) has gone through an image surgery.
New Wiggy Image
Now colored in white, sporting a smooth curved finished on the top with a simple P1 logo stamped onto it. Besides the aesthetics, most notable change to me was its size. It’s not smaller, but bigger now!
Other notable product design changes to P1′s new Wiggy were:
- The modem has a stand attached to the back.
- Includes a hook to put it at the top of your laptop, facing outwards.
- Includes a suction to stick it to your outer laptop cover or, toilet tiles?
- The modem connects to your machine via a wired USB cable.
I suppose the size has been upscaled because the new Wiggy is suppose to deliver a stronger signal strength. However, I can’t confirm this because I’ve yet to test this device on the 15th floor of a building.
Is Wimax and 4G the same?
Technically, yes and no. When I posed the question to Jeck during the event launch, he briefly explained that P1 is calling it 4G to not confuse consumers with more jargon. At the same time, it’s believed there isn’t a 4G standard right now.
But in simpler terms, 3G is suppose to handle voice and 4G is suppose to handle data. Get it?
Speed and Coverage
P1 has been aggressively and consistently extending their coverage since they started. During the Wiggy launch event, it was mentioned they’d have covered nearly 80% of Malaysia; if memory serves me right, by next year.
In terms of speed, I’ve not been sponsored by P1 to travel from Kedah to Johor. So I can only share with you the speeds I’ve gotten at common places I’ve visited.
It’s great having a strong signal and being connected. But I did experience a blind spot at Plaza Kelana Jaya. When I contacted P1 about it, it was my luck it seems that the signal wasn’t fully covered in that area. Therefore, coverage is growing but still not a blanket just yet.
Cost of my Wiggy
P1 is now promoting a savings of 50% on new Wiggy sign-ups. Reading the fine print, the 50% only applies on the 2nd and 3rd month of your bill. Boo.
I suppose for the price you can expect to pay for the starter plan of the new wiggy (UH235) is equivalent to your Streamyx home connection. In less words, sudah potong?
To be honest, I won’t be cutting mine soon. However, I personally feel the new Wiggy would be an awesome challenger or replacement to other mobile broadband solutions.
Now, if only the new Wiggy had a lower monthly rate for 1.5Mbps and a 5GB quota for say, RM50 a month?
Yesterday I lugged both my Macbook Pro and Lenovo Ideapad V360 to a business network meeting. I seriously thought it was insane and unnecessary to weigh myself down. However, the weight increased wasn’t back breaking. Thank goodness.
Lenovo Ideapad V360 General Battery Life
If you’re constantly browsing the web, the battery will last you a good 3-4 hours. The standby is pretty impressive as well. On standby, it can last up to 6-hours or more. Thanks to its power saving mode either in the operating system or the machine.
From my observation, the standby has 2 phases. The first is to turn off the monitor and the second is to put the computer on sleep mode. But the standby test was done by leaving the computer alone. Meaning, I left it there and didn’t touch it at all.
On the daily basis of opening the notebook, browsing and closing without powering down, you can expect the battery life to last probably 3 hours.
I’ve to personally say this battery life review isn’t complete yet. I’d still like to see how long can the battery withstand constant movie viewing and music listening. So, I’ll get back to you on that later.
Lenovo Ideapad V360 Benchmarks
The tool I used to generate these results were from Futuremark. Using both their PCMark and 3Dmark software. And no, it wasn’t a pirated neither an original version.
Generally, the Lenovo Ideapad V360 performed well in the video and spreadsheet segment of the benchmark.
A note of caution if you use this software, beware the insane browser simulation flicker. It totally reminded me of those TV programs which warn you it contains fast moving images. Lol.
When it came to gaming, the Lenovo Ideapad V360 couldn’t handle heavy graphics. The frames per second (FPS) was either 0 (zero) or less than 10. However, this is highly dependent on any game settings.
And what would interest me more, how will the Lenovo perform with Starcraft 2 installed?
Ooh ooh. I forgot to mention I can only share the 3DMark scores with you because for some odd reason, PCMark didn’t display the machine scores.
There’s 1 other test I’d like to try but I’ll need to get the approval from Intel Malaysia, P1 and Lenovo Malaysia first.
The drop test.