Infinix InBook X1 Slim Review: Will it work in daily use?

Shortly after Infinix reviewed India’s first laptop, we have arrived at the company’s next InBook X1 model, which has been dubbed the InBook X1 Slim. It can be called a product launched as a more affordable laptop, but it is similar to the company’s smartphones. That said, there are some design elements and features on the laptop that might catch your eye. Infinix is ​​trying to carve out a niche in the Indian laptop market and it feels right for the brand to focus on the value segment, as it does with smartphones. If you’re looking for a device for school, basic productivity, or simple home use, read on.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim Price in India

Infinix InBook X1 Slim price in India starts from Rs 29,990. Discounts and credit card offers are also available with selected banks. There are five variants of the laptop. In these, you can choose the best according to CPU, RAM and storage. For the base price, you get a 10th Gen Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. You can also install 512GB SSD on it by spending Rs 3,000 more. The version I have for review has a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Its price in India is Rs 39,990. If you double the RAM and get the 16GB variant, the price becomes Rs 44,990. Its top variant comes with Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, which costs Rs 49,990.

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The laptop is available on Flipkart and has been launched in 4 colors – Neutral Starfall Grey, Noble Red, Cosmic Blue and Aurora Green.

Design of the Infinix InBook X1

Although it is a basic budget laptop, the company has tried to add some design elements to it. The lid and bottom are made of aluminum. The top third of the InBook X1’s lid has a glossy brushed texture, while the rest is sandblasted and has a matte finish. A small Infinix logo has been given on the side.

My blue unit was given a dark interior which was not at all distracting while I was working. The bottom half is made of plastic and so is the frame around the screen. But nothing is cheap to see or hear. The hinge feels quite reliable and the screen is not affected even if the lid is deliberately tilted. The keyboard flexes are simple, but the trackpad feels very plasticky and the mechanism is quite stiff and noisy. You can’t compare it to laptops like the modern look and slim bezels, but you won’t be disappointed in terms of build quality at this price.

The weight of the device and the thickness of 14.8 mm do justice to its namesake InBook X1 Slim. It is very portable for daily use for students and office workers. Along with this, you also get a small 65W USB Type-C charger in the box, which is quite convenient.

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A unique feature that the company has given in this is Dual Star LED Flash Light. These are the two LEDs on the screen above the webcam. You can change them by pressing Win+Space. How these webcams work, we will know more in the review. But be aware that depending on the angle of the screen, its light can also be reflected directly into your eyes.

The power button looks like it has been given a fingerprint scanner, but it isn’t. You get a traditional keyboard without anything fancy. The arrow cluster is very compact, but dedicated paging keys are also given on the right side. I wasn’t expecting backlit keys at this price, but it’s a great feature and you can choose between two levels of brightness. The trackpad is quite large, but it’s placed in the center of the laptop’s body instead of the standard typing position. I also noticed that the palm rejection doesn’t work as well as I’m used to with other laptops.

On the left, you have an HDMI 1.4 video output, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a USB Type-C port that supports charging and video output. There’s a security lock slot on the right side, a second USB Type-A port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a data-only Type-C port, and a microSD card slot.

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Specifications of the Infinix InBook X1 Slim

Being a budget laptop, some compromises will have to be made. Interestingly, the company has installed Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake CPUs in all the variants. They are three years old but still good at work. After a few years, you may feel helpless in their case.

My review unit has a Core i5-1035G1 CPU with four cores and a nominal TDP rating of 15W. It runs between 1GHz and 3.6GHz. But the G1 designation indicates that the Intel UHD graphics capability is weak.

Its 14-inch screen has a FullHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and offers a non-reflective surface, which is very good for working. The company has said it has a maximum brightness of 300 nits and 100 percent sRGB color gamut coverage. The device has LPDDR4X RAM, which means that it is soldered and cannot be upgraded. The company says that PCIe 3.0 SSD has been used in the line.

The laptop has a 50Wh battery, so the company has said it can last all day. It can see 11 hours of web browsing, 9 hours of video playback. Infinix has said that the battery can be fully charged in 90 minutes. The laptop comes with Windows 11 Home and does not have any third-party software preloaded. The best part is that it can be started without linking to a Microsoft account. In the start menu, I saw a Microsoft pop-up ad and shortcuts to Microsoft Store downloads.

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Performance of the Infinix InBook X1 Slim

Its processors may have aged with the times, but the InBook X1 Slim performs well in daily work. This responds to regular use, even if multiple tabs are open at the same time, which is very common in today’s normal use. You can communicate, work with productivity apps, play videos and even play light games. Long typing is possible on the keyboard, but the trackpad sometimes gets interrupted and you prefer to tap instead of click.

Its 14-inch screen isn’t too bright or vibrant, but you’ll only feel it while watching videos. It is good for writing papers. The company has given it a quad speaker system, with which there is support for DTS Audio. However, I found the sound quality quite weak. The music sounded thin and hollow, but the voice was easy to understand.

Heavy testing will reveal that you can’t expect much from it in serious content creation or modern gaming. It scored 3,621 and 2,847 in the standard and extended versions of PCMark 10. While the single and multi-core scores in Cinebench R20 stood at 393 and 1,171, respectively. These scores are decent for a laptop at this price point. If you compare it to the more expensive Mi Notebook 14, which arrived here in 2020, those scores are the same.

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One thing that seemed particularly weak on the InBook X1 Slim is its SSD. This made it very slow to transfer files averaging 32 MBps. Sequential reads and writes were 2,377.1 MBps and 1,953 MBps, respectively, as reported by CrystalDiskMark. At the same time, random reads and writes came in at 799.7 MBps and 950.4 MBps, respectively. The company says it has NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD but the model is not detected in the diagnostics. Handbrake took 1 minute 51 seconds to transcode the 1.3 GB AVI file to H.265. It took 7zip 4 minutes 25 seconds to compress a 3.24GB folder.

Graphics performance isn’t too bad, if you don’t expect too much. You can’t even play slightly older games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider on this laptop, with only 14fps at 1280×720 with the quality set to the lowest graphics. 3DMark’s Time Spy and Night Raid scene scores were 547 and 7,186, respectively. However, casual games were fine. Bloons TD 6 is a simple but interesting defense game that worked very well.

On a single charge, I was able to use this laptop for 8-9 hours for simple tasks and web browsing. It turned out to be lower than the company’s estimate, but still good. The laptop performed well in Battery Eater Pro’s grueling test, lasting 2 hours and 54 minutes. Using LED webcam flash and heavy graphics will drain your battery quickly. It charged from 0 to 45 percent in 30 minutes and charged to 78 percent in an hour. USB Type-C charging is convenient, but only works with the left port.

You might be wondering if the LED flash is just a gimmick. So I will tell you that the webcam is not that good. Images come out. Yes, but it definitely helped when my face was in a bit of a shadow, but there is no improvement in quality. If you want to look professional on video calls, you’ll need not only a proper ring light, but also a proper USB webcam.

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You will also hear the sound of its cooling fan when the laptop is charging and sometimes I could hear it even while doing simple tasks. The left side of the keyboard also got a bit warm while playing.

our decision

It is very difficult to avoid inflation nowadays and every rupee saved becomes significant. The company has given it all the basic features that a student, home user or professional needs. It’s quite affordable and doesn’t compromise on build quality, missing features, or poor performance for the user experience. It doesn’t even go below basic. It may not serve for a long time, but the price also matters a lot to users.

Its entry-level variant costs Rs 29,990, which is fine for the needs of the average user. The RAM is not upgradeable, but 8GB should be enough. The mid-range variant, which is reviewed here, offers good value for money at Rs 39,990. The top variant comes for Rs 49,999, which will only be bought by a certain class of people. If you don’t want a more powerful or entertainment device, you might like it as a balanced device.

I didn’t like the LEDs on its webcam, but its backlit keyboard, fast charging and two USB Type-C ports, non-reflective screen make it very special. If you want something cheaper than that, the company has also brought a very basic InBook X1 Neo that costs Rs 24,990. It has a slightly lighter Intel Celeron CPU, but the features are very similar.

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