August 12, 2022
Infinix InBook X1 Slim review: Everything you need at the right price


Soon after reviewing Infinix’s first laptop in India, the InBook X1, we have the company’s next model, called the InBook X1 Slim. It’s a somewhat more affordable laptop but like the company’s phones, it has some design touches and features that will grab attention. Infinix is ​​expanding its presence in the Indian laptop market, and it makes sense for this brand to focus on the same value segment as smartphones. If you’re looking for options for school, basic productivity or casual home use, read on.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim NDTV Side Open InBook

The InBook X1 Slim lives up to its name, and is also light enough to be convenient and portable

Infinix InBook X1 Slim price in India

The starting price of Infinix InBook X1 Slim is Rs. 29,990 and there are discount offers with some banks and credit cards. There are five variants in total, so you can choose the combination of CPU, RAM, and storage that works best for you. The base price will give you 10. Getth Gen Core i3 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. You only pay Rs. It can be expanded up to 512GB SSD. 3,000 more. The version I’m reviewing has a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, and costs ₹39,990 in India. Doubling the RAM to 16GB brings the price to Rs. 44,990. The top-end variant with Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD goes for Rs. 49,990.

The laptop is available on Flipkart and has been launched in four colors – the neutral Starfall Gray and the more attractive Noble Red, Cosmic Blue and Aurora Green.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim NDTV Lid InBook

The InBook X1 Slim has a metal lid and base but most of the body is made of plastic

Infinix InBook X1 Design

Although it is a basic budget laptop, Infinix has managed to give it some design flair. The lid and bottom are made of aluminum. Like the InBook X1, the top third of the lid has a glossy brushed texture, while the rest looks sandblasted and matte. On one side is the small, subtle Infinix logo.

The interior of my blue unit is quite dark and was not at all distracting to work with. The bottom half is mainly plastic, and so is the frame around the screen, but nothing feels cheap. The hinge is relatively reassuring, and the screen doesn’t warp even when the lid is intentionally twisted. Keyboard flex is also minimal, but the trackpad is a bit plastic and the mechanism is stiff and loud. Don’t expect a very sleek, modern look with an ultra-thin border, but you won’t have any major complaints about build quality for a laptop at this price.

Weighing 1.24 kg and 14.8 mm thick, the InBook X1 Slim lives up to its name. It is portable enough for students and office workers to carry every day. You get a relatively small 65W USB Type-C charger in the box, which comes in handy.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim NDTV Keyboard InBook

The keyboard layout is fairly standard, and typing is comfortable

One unique feature that Infinix is ​​boasting about is the “dual star” LED torch – two LEDs flanking the webcam above the screen. You can toggle them on with the Win + Space keyboard combo, and we’ll see what it does for webcam quality later in this review. Just be careful, as they can shine directly into your eyes depending on the angle of the screen.

The power button looks like it might have an integrated fingerprint sensor but sadly it doesn’t. You get a traditional keyboard layout with nothing at all. The Arrow cluster is a bit constricted but it’s nice to have dedicated paging keys in a column on the right. 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 focused on the body of the laptop rather than in the standard typing position and I noticed that the palm rejection isn’t as good as I do with other laptops. You find stereo speakers on the bottom, firing sideways.

On the left, you’ll find an HDMI 1.4 video output, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a USB 3.0 Type-C port that also supports charging and video output. On the right, there’s a security lock slot, another USB Type-A port (disappointingly mounted upside down), a 3.5mm audio socket, a data-only Type-C port, and a microSD card slot.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim NDTV LED InBook

The most unique feature of the InBook X1 Slim is its dual-LED webcam flash

Infinix InBook X1 Slim Specifications

Being a budget laptop, some compromises are to be expected. The interesting thing is that Infinix is ​​Intel’s 10 . gone withth Common to all types of ‘Ice Lake’ CPUs – these are about three years old now and while they are still good enough to work, after a few years of use you may feel a bit constrained.

My review unit has a Core i5-1035G1 CPU, with four cores and a 15W nominal TDP rating. It runs between 1GHz and 3.6GHz, but the ‘G1’ designation indicates that the integrated Intel UHD graphics capabilities are relatively weak.

The 14-inch display has a full-HD 1920×1080 resolution and a non-reflective surface, which is great for work. Infinix claims 300nits peak brightness and 100 percent sRGB color gamut coverage. The InBook X1 Slim uses LPDDR4X RAM, which means it’s soldered and not upgradeable. The company also says that it has used PCIe 3.0 SSD throughout the lineup.

You get a 50Wh battery, which Infinix says is good for “all-day” battery life, defined as 11 hours of web browsing or 9 hours of video playback. Infinix also promises a full charge in 90 minutes, which we will test soon.

The InBook X1 Slim comes with Windows 11 Home and does not have any preloaded third party software. Thankfully, it was possible to get started without the need to add a Microsoft account. I saw at least one popup ad from Microsoft and shortcuts to Microsoft Store downloads in the start menu.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim NDTV Display InBook

The InBook X1 Slim’s performance isn’t great for videos or games, but it’s fine for productivity

Infinix InBook X1 Slim Performance

Despite concerns about its slightly outdated processor, the InBook X1 Slim performed fairly well in day-to-day tasks. It’s responsive in regular use, even with multiple browser tabs open, and that’s exactly what characterizes today’s typical use cases. You’ll be able to communicate, work with productivity apps, stream videos, and even play some lightweight games. The keyboard is comfortable enough to type for long periods of time but the trackpad sometimes gets in the way and you’re better off tapping it than trying to click.

The 14-inch screen isn’t very bright or vibrant, but you’ll only notice it when watching videos. It’s fine for working with text and most common use cases. The Infinix has a quad-speaker sound system with DTS audio enhancements, but I found the sound quality to be quite weak. The music was hollow and thin but the voices were easy to follow.

Heavy testing will show that you can’t expect great performance with this laptop in serious content creation work or modern games. It scored scores of 3,621 and 2,847 in PCMark 10’s standard and extended runs, while the Cinebench R20’s single-core and multi-core scores were 393 and 1,171 respectively. These numbers are fine for a laptop at this price level, considering they are comparing with the more expensive Mi Notebook 14 at the time of reviewing it in 2020 for reference.

One aspect of the InBook X1 Slim that seemed particularly weak was its SSD. Large continuous file transfers from an external SSD were disappointingly slow, averaging 32MBps. CrystalDiskMark reported sequential reads and writes of 2,377.1 Mbps and 1,953 Mbps, respectively, and random reads and writes came in at 799.7 Mbps and 950.4 Mbps, respectively. It’s also interesting that Diagnostics couldn’t identify the manufacturer or model of the SSD used – Infinix says it’s an NVMe PCIe 3.0 unit. It took 1 minute, 51 seconds to transcode a 1.3GB AVI file to H.265 in Handbrake. It took 4 minutes, 25 seconds to compress a 3.24GB folder of mixed files using 7zip.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim NDTV Ports InBook

You get a variety of useful ports, though an upside-down USB port is annoying

If you set reasonable expectations, the graphics performance isn’t too bad. You also can’t play slightly dated games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider – it only managed 14fps on average at 1280×720, even on the lowest graphics quality preset. 3DMark’s Time Spy and Night Red Scene scores were 547 and 7,186, respectively. However, casual games went well. Bloons TD 6, a simple yet fun tower defense game, runs very smoothly even on battery power.

I was able to use the InBook X1 Slim for 8-9 hours on a single charge for casual productivity and web surfing. This is less than the company’s estimate but still good enough. The InBook X1 Slim performed well in the intensive Battery Eater Pro test lasting 2 hours, 54 minutes. Using the LED webcam flash and doing anything graphics-heavy definitely drains the battery quickly. Starting with a dead battery, it took 30 minutes to reach 45 percent, and the battery level was at 78 percent after an hour of charging. USB Type-C charging is convenient but only works with the port on the left.

Of course you’re probably wondering if the LED flash is just a gimmick. To start with, the webcam isn’t really that great, producing dull, fuzzy images. The LEDs helped a bit, especially when my face was partially in shadow, but there was no dramatic improvement in quality. If you need to look professional on a video call, you need not only a proper ring light but also a proper USB webcam.

You’ll be able to hear the InBook X1 Slim’s cooling fan when the laptop is under pressure, and I could even feel it at times while running normal tasks. The left side of the keyboard got a bit hot while playing the game.

Infinix InBook X1 Slim Webcam Sample NDTV InBook

Infinix InBook X1 Slim Webcam Samples Without (Left) and With (Right) LED Illuminator

Decision

Inflation is inevitable these days and every rupee left counts. Infinix has managed to cover all the basics that the average home user, student or professional might need. The InBook X1 Slim is relatively affordable and the usage experience is not compromised in terms of build quality, missing features or weak performance. It doesn’t go above or beyond the basics and may not be as versatile as you’d want a few years down the line, but cost is a big factor for laptop buyers in this segment.

The entry-level variant, priced at Rs. 29,990 (before offers) is perfect in terms of meeting the needs of the average user. RAM is not upgradeable but 8GB should be enough. The mid version, as reviewed here, is a great value even at Rs. 39,990. The top-end variant, priced at Rs. 49,999, will have a more exclusive audience. If you’re in need of some serious number-crunching power and don’t care much for entertainment or looks, it strikes an interesting balance.

I didn’t find the webcam LED useful at all, but small touches like the backlit keyboard, fast charging, two USB Type-C ports, and non-reflective screen were quite pleasant using the InBook X1 Slim. If you need something less expensive, the company has launched the very similar InBook X1 Neo for Rs. 24,990, with a weaker Intel Celeron CPU but many similar features.


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