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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air Disassembling Experience

I believe that many people would have heard of the product before Mi Notebook Air being released. Put aside the product itself, we saw once again the Xiaomi Company setting foot on a new product category of the technology industry. As a consumer like everyone else, I personally prefer the products which are good enough themselves rather than their famous brands. And today, I’d like to share the disassembling process of the two versions of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air.

12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air

Firstly, let’s look at some details of the 12.5-inch version. On the whole, the internal structure of this notebook is very compact. It is based on the Intel Core M3 processor, which make the passive cooling system save a lot of space.

In addition, we can see that the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air adopts the irregular shaped battery design. And the speakers are on the sides. On the center of the motherboard, there is Intel Core M3 processor. It is worth mentioning that there is a prepared self-increased M.2 SSD interface within this laptop.

Compared to 13.3-inches version, the 12.5-inch one is a little smaller, and the whole weight is about 1.07kg. This device is very easy to carry and place, which is relatively good for those office users and business travelers.

13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air

There is no doubt that the 13.3-inch version is relatively stronger than the 12.5-inch one on performance. This notebook uses a single brass and dual-fan cooling configuration, and the air outlet is located in the hinge. In fact, for such a slim laptop, although the location of the outlet may not be conducive to the heat dissipation, this might be only and relatively a good solution.

What’s more, the 13.3-inch version is equipped with Samsung 256G SSD. And it also provides users with an additional reserved M.2 SSD SATA interface for upgrading on their own if needed.

As for the gaming experience of 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air, I have found that the frames performances are pretty decent after trying some mainstream gunfight and MOBA games. In fact, the performance of the graphics card, GeForce 940MX, is relatively enough for playing most games, and the 1G of memory is not good for nothing.

In addition, I tried the bracelet unlocking by putting the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 close to the lock screen standby interface of the laptop. This sounds maybe full of technology. However, there are three conditions to achieve this function, the upgraded Win10 RS1 System, the appropriate Xiaomi software, and finally, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2.

Eventually, the 13.3-inch version features “a device with three screens” by outputting two screen interfaces with 4K resolution separately because of the HDMI interface.

Things in Common

Both versions adopt the keyboard with a key way of 1.3mm. From a short-term view, it feels better than my MacBook Pro. But for longtime typing, the keyboard of most notebooks would be more tiring than any independent type keyboard. So the small gap on the keyboard feel may not be so important for selecting.

Summary

Dota 2 Vs Heroes of the Storm Vs League of Legends

This is not something new, you can Google and find a great deal of same topics such as; Dota 2 vs LoL, Dota 2 vs Heroes of the Storm, HoS vs LoL… etc.

But most of the people don’t like reading long paragraphs just to learn a small amount of information… I am among them! I don’t like word salads about such topics so I will cut to the chase and I will try to make it as short and useful as possible.

First, you need to understand that these 3 games are very different from each other despite being in the same genre: MOBA. And these 3 MOBA games are perfectly fun and they are the most popular ones of their genre. And thus, it is so very normal that you love 1 of them much more than other 2. However, it’s not normal to trash talk about other 2 you don’t like as much as your favorite. Don’t do it! You seem like a moron when you do that so stop it for your own good!

Don’t even read paragraphs starting like: “This is the best, that is the worst… “, “Not even worth comparing the answer is clear… “, “This is just a copy of that… “… etc. Just run away from stupid content, your brain deserves it!

Now here, I will try to share my and only my own thoughts with you.

Features of Dota 2:

*All heroes are unlocked

Thank you for this Valve! This is really good, I hate the way other companies sell heroes. Yes, we don’t have to spend our real money but, in this case, we have to spend hours of hours gameplay and spend a great deal of in-game currency to unlock a hero to play. Dota 2 lets us play all the available heroes at no cost, that is a big plus. Don’t forget, you can still support buying awesome skins.

*Rewarding/Punishing

When compared to LoL and HoS, Dota 2 is more punishing when you feed your enemies or vice versa; it is more rewarding for your kills. So you can count this however you like; rewarding or punishing. Feeding and getting fed really matter in Dota 2, more than in LoL and HoS. Don’t do stupid mistakes, your enemies may (and probably will) make the most of your stupid mistakes!

*Items are very important

In Dota 2 you have to choose your items really carefully, some items are really hard to get, you have to save a good amount of gold without dying, you also have to deal with courier micro controls when you have enough of gold. Most of the usable items almost change your hero’s mechanics and the match! Also, your enemies will do their best to avoid getting killed and you have to farm carefully, it is not easy to buy items, so be sure that you buy the best item according to your budget. Be sure to buy the item you can make the most of.

*Hero selection and meta

I know that you are thinking it is important for LoL and HoS too. Well… Not all of us attend tournaments, not most of us are “Challenger”. I am myself diamond 3 in LoL, 2.5K MMR in Dota 2 and 25 in HoS. I can say that I have never picked calculating “counter-picks” in LoL or HoS, In fact, most of the time I picked what I wanted! But in Dota 2 this situation is crucial even for 2K MMR. If you want to make your winning chance higher, you need to take your enemy team into consideration and have a good pick. There are even times that picking the right role is not enough, you need to pick a specific hero for certain reasons.

Features of League of Legends:

*Clean graphics and animations

You really wouldn’t want to argue this topic with a Dota 2 fan (not a fan but a nerd), but I don’t support any sides here! I am a fan of all 3 games. And yes graphics and animations of LoL is cleaner than Dota 2. If you are a LoL player please try Dota 2 and you will see that cast animations are slow. You will miss lots of last hits until you figure it out! This is same for skills.

*Community problem

No need to hide it from ourselves, we all know that juvenile kids are the majority in the LoL community until you get your way to diamond and get rid of the most of them at last. Although Riot works a lot to make this community better I don’t think it will be as good as Dota 2’s mature community in a near future.

*Not so punishing

As mentioned, we don’t assume we are in a tournament! We assume that we are just average players. So from this point of view LoL is not very punishing. 2 or 3 early game kills doesn’t change anything, it is not that hard to fix it especially with your teammates’ help. It is an advantage for the killer, of course, but not as crucial as it is in Dota 2. And even if you are better than your enemy, you can’t get a huge advantage with early kills like in Dota 2, you just have to keep it.

*Lots of heroes

Riot used to create more heroes/champions once, then they slowed us a bit, but still there are many champions in LoL compared to Dota 2 and HoS. And it will always be like this unless 3 games change their strategy about this. I accept, you can’t play some of them at higher rankings because there are better options, but I think Riot will fix this balance problem in future and hopefully there will be more champions to play in higher rankings

Features of Heroes of the Storm:

*Lots of maps for ranked matches

You know there are several kinds of maps and different game plays in both Dota 2 and LoL. However, HoS is separated from them because there are many maps for RANKED matches. You queue for a match and you get a random map no matter it is a ranked or a normal match, I think this is great and this makes the game very dynamic. Sticking to only one map can be boring, don’t you agree?

*Events are important

While playing HoS, you need to dominate the event area, you don’t have any other chance to win. This is another beautiful feature because believe it or not, that means more team fights than Dota 2 or LoL, even for low ranking matches.

*One for all, all for one

Another feature I love. Like in Dota 2 and LoL, there is not something like “feeding” or “getting fed”, as an individual at least. In Heroes of the Storm, you don’t level up as an individual; everything team members do is a contribution to the team’s experience pot. When it reaches to enough of experience points, all team members level up. Just avoid being far behind of enemy team about levelling, especially getting ultimate. Because, in a team fight, it is a huge difference to have 1 more talent point.

*There are no gold farming, no items and no last hits

Shocking, isn’t it? Blizzard tried something new and it is working quite fine in my opinion. You don’t need to chase last hits. Some of you think this is bad while some of you think this is perfect. Well… I am not a fan of last hit system.

*Hero selection and meta

As long as your team has all needed roles, it will be OK. Don’t forget to consider that some heroes are clearly better than others.

*Different skills and talents

I almost forgot it! In HoS, you are not limited with 4-5 skills given to your champion. You start with all your active and passive skills and this makes the game very fun even at the beginning. Then you choose one of the several upgrades when you level up. All heroes have 2 ultimates and you choose one of you want when you reach required level. This way, you can combine different skills and play the same hero in a several different styles.

League of Legends Account

Here is a quick guide to League of Legends (LoL) account creation. League of Legends is an awesome MOBA game available online. It is free to play and I guarantee that you will be hooked the moment you try it.

In LoL players are split into teams of 3-5 and get to choose a champion. They then play a match which takes between 20-40 minutes. The goal is to push past your opponents defenses and destroy their HQ (Nexus). There are currently 83 champions available in LoL but there is a new one released about every 3-4 weeks so the game never gets stale. Every single champion also has a unique set of abilities and base statistics which set them apart from all other champions and makes them unique. You also have the ability to purchase items during the match which boost your champions stats further and make them uniquely yours.

For those of you who like being able to level up your character and customize them outside of the match, LoL has you covered as well. As you play matches you will gain experience and IP. Experience increases your summoners level and IP allows you to buy new champions and runes. The max level in this game is 30. As you make your way towards level 30 you will unlock new mastery points and rune slots. You can then buy runes using your IP and assign mastery points to strengthen your character in certain areas of your choice like attack, defense, magic damage, etc.

Ready to get started?

Follow the link at the bottom of this page. It will take you to the League of Legends account creation page where you will get to choose a unique username that will identify you. This is similar to most other video games. Be aware however that the account name you sign up with is not the name you will appear under in the game. You will use this name to log into the game but that is it. After you have downloaded the game client and logged in for the first time you will get to choose your summoner’s name which is the name you will appear under to all the other people playing LoL.