Infinix INBook X1 10th Generation Core i5-1035G1 (2021) Review: Furiously Average

Almost everyone prefers laptops that are small and light. Due to its ultra-portable form factor, prolonged battery life, and superior performance, such a laptop is appealing and practically ideal for our generation, which is always on the move but desires little to no performance degradation.

The Infinix INBook X1 looks to match that exact qualification as a small and light laptop intended exclusively for the general population…. And here are our impressions of the Infinix INBook X1 following a week of hands-on time with it.

The Infinix INBook X1’s specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G1 4-core, 8-thread processor with a base frequency of 1.00GHz and a turbo frequency of 3.60GHz, consuming a total of 15W.
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 memory (dual channel)
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  • SSD with a 512GB capacity
  • 1.48 kilogramme
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  • 55Wh Battery Capacity

Performance

The Infinix INBook X1 small and light is powered by an entry-level Intel 10th Generation Core i5-1035G1 processor produced utilising the 10nm technology. The laptop is available in three CPU configurations: Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7, with the model I tested being the mid-range option.

The Intel 10th Generation Core i5-1035G1 CPU is a four-core, eight-thread processor manufactured using the 10nm technology. The base frequency is 1.00GHz, while the boost frequency is 3.60GHz. It is a CPU with a single core.

The Intel processor’s low thermal design power (TDP) of 15W is critical to note. Additionally, it contributes to the laptop’s extended battery life, which we’ll examine in greater detail shortly.

The laptop’s performance on synthetic benchmarks is summarised below. On the PC Mark 10 extended test, the laptop earned a score of 2949, making it one of the lowest-scoring laptops we’ve ever assessed. The laptop scored an 8212 in the Essentials category, which is rather strong, but scored lower in the Digital Content Creation and Gaming areas.

Cinebench R20, which tests the CPU’s performance, gave the laptop a score of 1655, which is a reasonable result, as seen in the comparison chart below. The laptop scored 1086 in the Cinebench R23 single-core performance test and 4123 in the multi-core performance test.

This is because, for the majority of workloads, the CPU power hovers around 15W and only surges up to 35W for brief bursts before settling down to 15W for the remainder of the job. Due to the same reason, the CPU keeps cool under most settings, seldom topping 70°C when doing intense functions like as video or photo processing.

Along with the inbuilt Intel HD Graphics card, the laptop now has a camera. The laptop earned a score of 547 on 3d Mark’s Timespy, a GPU-related synthetic benchmark.

The laptop earned a 1549 rating in 3d Mark’s FireStrike test. These results are dismal even when compared to the Intel Iris XE graphics, which is a standard feature on the majority of 11th Generation CPUs. On the other hand, the laptop works brilliantly in real-world scenarios.

You can have many tabs open at the same time and stream HD movies, play online flash games, and execute a number of other tasks without encountering performance issues.

This laptop’s overall performance is adequate for the majority of tasks, including editing, video streaming, online browsing, and video conferencing. Although this is not a laptop meant for video or image editing, it is a good choice for business applications.

The laptop’s 8GB of RAM looks to be sufficient for this application, as does the PCIe Gen 3.0 Gen 512GB SSD.

Design, keyboard, and trackpad of the Infinix INBook X1.

Due to the laptop’s all-aluminum construction, it is both thin and light. The laptop weighs 1.48kg in total, making it a rather lightweight thing to tote on your daily commute.

The laptop’s base is somewhat heavy, which makes it quite easy to remove the lid with one hand. This is matched by the screen’s 180-degree hinge, which feels solid and does an excellent job of maintaining the desired position.

The laptop was constructed with long-term dependability in mind, and it shows. The laptop exhibits minimal to no flex and feels robust regardless of how it is held. Additionally, it looks to be sufficiently sturdy to sustain years of usage.

When we go on to the keyboard and trackpad, though, everything begins to come apart totally. Even though the key travel is sufficient for a comfortable typing experience on a laptop, the travel is not consistent.

While typing on the alphabetical keys appears to be robust, moving slightly south and pressing the spacebar significantly reduces key travel. When I was writing a document, I regularly found myself pressing the spacebar twice since I wasn’t sure whether I had pressed it correctly the first time.

Other keys in the vicinity of the alphanumeric keys feel identical to the alphanumeric keys; so, the space bar might be the root of the problem.

Despite its vast length, the track suffers from a similar issue. When you attempt to click with the right mouse button, nothing happens; nevertheless, clicking with the left mouse button works fine. Additionally, the trackpad has a lag issue, which means that the cursor moves somewhat slower in response to your gesture commands.

On the other hand, the speakers are rather loud, but lack clarity and definition. They are mostly located on each side of the laptop’s bottom, and they are enough for the majority of usage scenarios.

While the speakers lack bass, their incredible volume more than compensates. Additionally, the Infinix INBook X1 has a charging issue, which can be aggravating.

In general, the 65W charger works as planned, albeit it is conceivable that the laptop will refuse to receive input from the charger, especially when in power-saving mode. When I attempted to plug in the cable, the laptop failed to recognise it.

Once again, this may be a model-specific issue, but it has hampered my progress on several times and is thus worth addressing. For those concerned about their privacy, the laptop includes a physical camera and microphone turn-off switch, which is a good inclusion.

The laptop features two Type C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt Type-C), an HDMI port, three Type-A connections, a minuscule card slot, and an HDMI port. This type of laptop also includes a DCIN charging port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Infinix INBook X1 Display

The ultra-thin and light laptop features a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a 60 frames per second refresh rate. We determined that the laptop’s display had a maximum brightness of 319 nits and a colour gamut coverage of 96% of the sRGB standard during our testing.

Additionally, the display encompasses 76% of the DCI P3 colour space and 75% of the Adobe RGB colour space. While this is not a screen capable of professional-level colour correction, it is adequate for the majority of common use scenarios.

I observed that the laptop has an average DeltaE of 3.5 and a maximum DeltaE of 6.2, which is rather decent for a laptop in this price range but not extraordinary. Apart from that, the laptop features an anti-glare display that eliminates reflections even when the laptop is directly exposed to the sun.

Infinix INBook X1’s battery life

Additionally, the laptop has a fairly long battery life. After seven minutes of video editing, photo editing, and rendering, the battery charge dropped by three percentage points. This is quite amazing for a laptop with a 55Wh battery.

The laptop’s battery life is between 7 and 9 hours, depending on how you use it. According to our testing, the laptop’s battery life was 6h 50mins when the screen was set to 100% brightness and the battery was set to performance mode.

Verdict

In comparison to the competition, the Infinix INBook X1 is a capable entry-level thin and light laptop, but it falls short in terms of performance.

For around the same price as the Infinix INBook X1, one may get an Acer Aspire 5, which does not suffer from the same build quality issues as the Infinix INBook X1 and also features an Intel 11th Gen Core-i5 CPU and an Irix XE graphics card. If the build quality faults are model-specific, the Infinix INBook X1 makes sense as a secondary laptop or a basic laptop for children or students.

If the build quality faults are model-specific, I’d recommend going with the entry-level Intel 10th Gen Core i3 machine, which is Rs 10,000 cheaper but retains the same form type.

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