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Infinix InBook X1 Slim Review: All the Essentials at the Right Price



 Just a few days after our review of Infinix's debut laptop in India, the InBook X1, we now got our hands on the InBook X1 Slim, the company's follow-up. Even though it's a more cheap laptop, it still has a few design cues and characteristics that make it stand out. When it comes to laptops, it makes sense for Infinix to concentrate on the lower end of the market as it does with smartphones. Read on if you're seeking for a laptop for education, basic productivity or just for fun at home usage.


INFINIX INBOOK SLIMM NDTV SIDE OPEN INBOOK





Slim as its name implies, the InBook X1 Slim may be carried about easily and comfortably.








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India's Infinix InBook X1 Slim cost


The Infinix InBook X1 Slim has a starting price of Rs. 29,990, however you may get a discount if you use specific credit cards or banks. In all, there are five options, so you may choose the CPU, RAM, and storage configuration that works best for you. You receive a 10th Gen Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for the basic pricing. Just Rs. 3,000 extra would get you a 512GB SSD. The model I'm testing includes a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive, and it costs Rs. 39,990 in India. The price rises to Rs. 44,990 if the RAM is increased to 16GB. Rs 49,990 gets you an i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage on the top-end model.




On Flipkart, it is available in four colors: Starfall Grey, Noble Red, Cosmic Blue, and Aurora Green, which are more eye-catching.





x1 thin ndtv lid inbook from infinix technology




Despite the metal lid and base, the InBook X1 Slim is mostly constructed of plastic.








This is the design of the Infinix InBook X1


As an entry-level computer, Infinix has given it a unique look. Stainless steel is used for both the lid and the base. A glossy brushed texture covers the top part of the lid while the remainder seems sandblasted and matte. This is similar to the InBook X1. The Infinix logo is tucked away on one side.




The inside of my blue device is pretty dark, making it easy to deal with. Plastic dominates the bottom half, as does the screen frame, yet there is no cheap feel about it. Even when the lid is purposely bent, the screen does not distort thanks to the sturdy hinge. In addition, the keyboard flex is minor, although the trackpad is a touch plasticky and the mechanism is stiff and noisy. If you're looking for a laptop at this budget point, don't expect a sleek, contemporary design with ultra-thin borders.




The InBook X1 Slim, which weighs 1.24kg and is only 14.8mm thick, lives true to its name. Portable enough for students and office employees to tote about every day. The included 65W USB Type-C charger is a welcome convenience.




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Typing is easy thanks to the normal keyboard layout.








An interesting feature of the Infinix phone is the "dual-star" LED flashlight, which has two LEDs on each side of the camera above the display. We'll examine how this affects camera quality later in this review if you use the Win+Space keyboard combination to turn them on or off. Just be careful, since the screen's tilt might cast a direct beam into your eyes.




Despite the fact that it seems to have a fingerprint sensor built in, there isn't one in the power button. A standard keyboard layout is provided with nothing odd. But having discrete page-up and page-down buttons in one column on the right is a wonderful touch. However, I was surprised to see illuminated keys at this pricing point. You can pick between two degrees of brightness, which is nice. While the laptop's trackpad is a decent size, I observed that palm rejection wasn't as excellent when compared to other laptops I've used in the past. Bottom-mounted stereo speakers fire sideways.




HDMI 1.4 video output, USB 3.0 Type-A and Type-C connectors, and a USB 3.0 Type-C port that can charge and output video are all found on the left. USB Type-A connector (placed upside down), 3.5mm audio socket, microSD card slot and security lock slot are all on the right side of the device.




Slim LED-backlit inbook of the infinix




The InBook X1 Slim's dual-LED webcam flash is its most distinctive feature.












Specifications of the Infinix InBook X1 Slim


As a cheap laptop, there will be certain sacrifices to be made in terms of performance. Even while Intel's 10th generation 'Ice Lake' CPUs are still excellent for most tasks, you may find yourself feeling confined after using them for a few of years. Infinix has decided to stick with Intel's 10th generation CPUs for all models.




A Core i5-1035G1 processor with four cores and a nominal TDP of 15W powers my review device. Between 1 and 3.6 GHz, it is capable of running, however the 'G1' label implies that the integrated Intel UHD graphics are poor.




This laptop has a 14-inch monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution and a non-reflective surface. A maximum brightness of 300 nits and a color gamut coverage of 100% are claimed by Infinix. The LPDDR4X RAM of the InBook X1 Slim is soldered and cannot be upgraded. PCIe 3.0 SSDs have also been employed, according to the manufacturer, throughout the whole product range.




Infinix promises "all day" battery life with the 50Wh battery, which is sufficient for 11 hours of Web surfing or 9 hours of video streaming, whichever comes first. You can get a full charge in 90 minutes with Infinix, which we'll be testing.




There is no preinstalled third-party software on the InBook X1 Slim. A Microsoft account wasn't required to begin. In the Start menu, I saw at least one Microsoft commercial, as well as a link to the Microsoft Store.




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The InBook X1 Slim's display isn't ideal for watching movies or playing games, but it's adequate for work.








Perfomance of the Infinix INBOOK S1 Slim


The InBook X1 Slim, despite concerns about its somewhat outdated CPU, worked pretty well in day-to-day applications. Even with numerous browser tabs open, it's responsive, and that's truly what today's popular use cases portray. In addition to texting, you'll also be able to use productivity applications, stream movies, and play light games. The keyboard is comfortable enough to write on for lengthy periods of time, but the trackpad may get in the way and you'd be better off tapping rather than clicking it at times.




It's only while viewing films that the 14-inch screen's lack of brightness and color saturation becomes apparent. It's fine for text editing and the majority of other common tasks. Infinix claims to have a DTS-enhanced quad-speaker sound system, however I was disappointed by the sound quality. Voices were clearly audible, despite the music's lack of depth.




This laptop isn't up to the task of creating high-quality material or playing the most current video games. Using PCMark 10's regular and extended tests, it scored 3621 points, while Cinebench R20 scored 393 points and 1,171 points, respectively. These stats are fine for a laptop at this price point, given that they are equivalent to the more costly Mi Notebook 14's performance at the time of its evaluation in 2020.




The SSD of the InBook X1 Slim proved to be the weakest point of the device. We were only able to transfer 32MBps of large files at a time from an external SSD. There were sequential reads and writes of 2,377.1MBps and 1,953MBps, and random reads and writes of 799.7MBps and 950.4MBps, respectively, according to the results of CrystalDiskMark. Infinix states the NVMe PCIe 3.0 unit is an NVMe PCIe 3.0 unit, however diagnostics were unable to identify the manufacturer or model of the SSD. Handbrake took 1 minute, 51 seconds to encode a 1.3GB AVI file to H.265 video. 7zip took 4 minutes, 25 seconds to compress a 3.24GB folder containing a diverse assortment of documents.




mobile phone with ndtv and hdmi inputs




However, there is one USB port that is located upside down, which is really inconvenient.








If you have moderate expectations, the graphics performance isn't awful at all. Even somewhat older games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider cannot be played — it averaged just 14 frames per second at a resolution of 1280x720, even with the lowest quality setting. This scene's 3DMark score was 547 while the Night Raid sequence was rated at 7,186 points. Casual games, on the other hand, worked just well. Even with battery power, Bloons TD 6, a basic but enjoyable tower defense game, performed flawlessly.




Using the InBook X1 Slim for 8-9 hours of light work and web browsing was no problem at all. Although it falls short of the company's expectations, this is still a respectable showing. The InBook X1 Slim performed well in the demanding Battery Eater Pro test, lasting for a total of 2 hours, 54 minutes of continuous use. The battery will be depleted faster if you use the LED camera flash or engage in graphically intensive activities. It took 30 minutes to go to 45 percent, then an hour to reach to 78 percent, after starting with a dead battery. USB Type-C charging is easy, but only works with the connector on the left.




If you're like most people, you're skeptical of the LED flash. There is a problem with the camera, which produces drab, hazy photographs. When my face was partly in darkness, the LEDs did assist a bit, but the quality remained the same. When making video calls, you'll require a good USB webcam as well as a good ring light.




When the InBook X1 Slim is under load, you'll hear the cooling fan operating, and I could even detect it when doing routine chores. If you're playing games, you could notice a little heat buildup on the left side of the keyboard.




an example of an NDTV-enabled inbook with an infinix compact webcam




Webcam samples from the Infinix InBook X1 Slim, both with and without LED illuminators.








Verdict


It's impossible to prevent inflation nowadays, therefore every rupee saved might be crucial. A typical home or student user, as well as a professional, will find all they need in an Infinix device. However, despite its modest price tag, the InBook X1 Slim does not disappoint when it comes to the user experience, build quality, or functionality. A few years down the road, it may not be as flexible as you'd want, but pricing is the most important consideration for laptop consumers in this sector.




For the ordinary user, the entry-level model, which costs Rs. 29,990 (before discounts), is just about enough. 8GB of RAM should be adequate for most users. The Rs. 39,990 price tag for the medium model is also a terrific deal. There will be a smaller audience for the top-of-the-line model, which will cost Rs. 49,999. For those who require a lot of computing power but aren't too concerned with aesthetics or entertainment, this computer is a good choice.




The camera LEDs were of little use to me, but other features like the backlit keyboard, quick charging, two USB Type-C ports, and a non-reflective screen made using the InBook X1 Slim a pleasure. An even cheaper option is the new InBook X1 Neo, which costs Rs. 24,990 and has a somewhat inferior Intel Celeron processor but many of the same capabilities.

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