Infinix InBook X1 Review


It’s understandable that some people are concerned that prominent smartphone makers are launching laptops. But I’m pleasantly surprised with the InBook X1, Infinix’s first laptop in India. At Rs 45,999, the InBook X1 is not a low-end or budget laptop. It has almost everything you’d expect from an everyday laptop, minus the price tag that’s typically associated with high-end thin and light offerings from mainstream PC makers these days. So what do you get with the InBook X1 and what do you forgo? I spent the last week with a green colored Infinix InBook X1 and here is what I found.

Infinix InBook X1 (10th Gen Intel Core i5 8GB RAM & 512GB SSD) price in India: Rs 45,999

Infinix InBook X1 review: Design and aesthetics

The first thing I noticed when I unpacked and installed the InBook X1 on my desk was how different this laptop was. This is not your ordinary notebook available in a boring, cheap plastic silver color palette. My review unit came in Elves Green (you can also go for the InBook X1 in Noble Red, Starfall Gray, and Elegant Black). It’s so cool! The laptop is all aluminum; there is no flex on the screen or keyboard. Infinix applied a two-tone design to the cover, also seen on the Google PixelBook, and I think it works.

Its size and design grew on me. At 1.48 kg, it’s light and I had no trouble carrying the notebook in my old Samsonite backpack. I also liked the sharper angles and edges of the InBook X1.

Infinix applied a two-tone design to the cover, also seen on the Google PixelBook, and I think it works. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia / Indian Express)

The InBook X1 has a backlit keyboard (we’ll get to that later), but no fingerprint reader so you don’t have to type in passwords. It does, however, have a physical privacy shutter for its webcam, which sits on the left side of the laptop. The bezels on the sides of the screen have been toned down except for the lower bezel which is an eyesore. As for the lower bezel, I think it’s been a staple of the InBook X1’s design language from the very beginning.

There are plenty of ports. You will find two USB-C ports, one of which supports a DisplayPort dongle to connect an external monitor, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, two USB A 3.0 ports and a USB A 2.0 port.

Infinix InBook X1 review: screen and speakers

The screen is 14 inches in 16: 9 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p. It looks great, the contrast is sharp with clear detail, and I was able to read an electronic version of The Indian Express without any issues. The screen isn’t very bright, but shows like Emily in Paris 2 look very natural and wonderfully crisp. The 720p webcam isn’t the best, but it gets the job done. The front speakers, to my surprise, are loud and crisp. The stereo separation is immersive and there is even a lot of bass in the mix, which is rare to see in a laptop under 50,000 rupees. I’ve never had to use an external bluetooth speaker, watch a movie, listen to casual music, or participate in a video call.

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Infinix InBook X1 review: Keyboard and touchpad

The best part about using the Infinix InBook X1 is the keyboard. The backlit keyboard has a vivid feel and comfortable typing feeling. The glass trackpad is fast and precise. It’s also spacious.

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Infinix InBook X1 review: Performance and battery

As for the specs, my review unit comes with the 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. Infinix doesn’t sell the InBook X1 with the latest 11th generation Core i3 or i5 processor options, but that’s no disappointment. These specifications are perfect for basic computing tasks. I have frequently used this notebook to write reports and long articles. Editing images was not a problem either. Because the InBook X1 has a Core i5 processor, I can edit and publish my stories directly in WordPress. The processor is fast, the RAM lets you open multiple Chrome tabs, and there is enough storage for stories, documents, and movies. It’s more than fast for average consumers, and because it runs Windows 11, Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system, you can run whatever programs you want to use.
Infinix promises 13 hours of battery life, which is ambitious considering this is a Windows laptop. It lasted around 9½ hours of light web browsing and video playback. With Chrome, I didn’t have to plug in the InBook X1 before the end of the working day.

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Infinix InBook X1 review: should you buy it?

The Infinix InBook X1 isn’t made for demanding professionals, but it’s a great option for beginners and average users, including writers and students. With an Intel Core i5 processor, 14-inch FHD display, and awesome keyboard and speakers, this laptop is perfect. If you mainly write, attend video calls, and stream movies, I find the InBook X1 to be a good laptop that balances price and performance perfectly. It’s not designed for gaming or heavy-duty tasks, but it will be a huge game-changer for someone coming from a laptop running Windows 7 and older Intel Celeron processors. It’s a do-it-all laptop that doesn’t disappoint.


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