Infinix INBook X1 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 (2021) Review: Furiously Average
Almost everyone likes slim and light laptops. The ultra-portable form factor, long battery life and high performance make such a laptop desirable and almost perfect for our generation, who are constantly on the move but do not want to make any sacrifices in terms of performance. The Infinix INBook X1 laptop seems to have met that exact requirement by becoming a slim and light laptop for the public. And after using the Infinix INBook X1 for a week, we wonder what it can do.
Infinix INBook X1 specs
CPU: Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 4-core 8-thread processor with 1.00GHz base clock and 3.60GHz boost clock, 15W TDP
GPU: Intel HD Graphics
Memory: 8GB DDR4
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.48 kg
Battery size: 55Wh
Infinix INBook X1 Performance Review
The Infinix INBook X1 packs thin and light in an entry-level Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 processor based on the 10nm process. The laptop is available in three CPU options – Core i3, i5 i7 and the model I tested is mid-range. In terms of specification, the Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 is a 4-core 8-thread processor based on the 10nm process. It has a base clock of 1.00Ghz and a boost clock of 3.60Ghz
Now the important thing about Intel chip is its low 15W TDP. It also helps to give the laptop a higher battery life, which we will talk about in a minute.
Here’s how the laptop works, in terms of synthetic benchmarks. In PC Mark 10 Extended, the laptop scored 2949, which is one of the lowest scoring laptops we tested. The laptop scored 8212, which is very high in the Essential category but low in digital content creation and gaming.
On the Cinebench R20, which tests CPU performance, the laptop scored 1655, which is a pretty decent score as you can see in the comparison below. In the Cinebench R23, the laptop scored 1086 in the single-core performance test and 4123 in the multi-score performance test. This is because, during most working pressures, the CPU power goes from about 15W and shoots up to a maximum of 35W in small blasts but for most working pressures it is again fixed at 15W. For the same reason, the CPU works cold in most situations, only exceeding the 70 ° C mark when performing heavy tasks such as video editing or photo editing.
Now the laptop comes with an Intel HD graphics card that acts as an integrated graphics unit. 3d Mark’s Timespy, a GPU related synthetic benchmark, the laptop scored 547. On 3d Mark’s FireStrike, the laptop scored 1549. These scores are significantly lower than the Intel Iris XE graphics, which is a standard for most 11th Gen CPUs. . Although in real-world use, the laptop is quite good.
You can open multiple tabs and easily stream HD movies, play Flash games online without any performance issues and much more. Overall for most tasks like editing, video streaming, web surfing and video conferencing, this laptop is good enough. It is not a suitable laptop for video or photo editing but it works great as an office device. The 8GB RAM of the laptop seems to be good enough for this use and the PCIe Gen 3.0 Gen 512GB SSD is fast enough.
Infinix INBook X1 Design, Keyboard, Trackpad Review
The laptop has an all-aluminum chassis in a slim and lightweight package. The total weight of the laptop is 1.48 kg, this device can be easily inserted during your daily grinding. The base of the laptop has a good amount of weight which allows you to open the lid very easily with one hand. The 180-degree hinge of the screen also feels tight and does a great job of holding it at any angle you like. Overall, the laptop is designed with durability in mind and it shows. The laptop has little or no flex, no matter how you hold it it feels stiff and hard enough to wear year after year.
When we move to the keyboard and trackpad, things start to fall apart. Original travel on a laptop is good enough for a smooth typing experience but it is not even. Alphabetical keys seem hard to type but when you move down a bit to the south and click on the spacebar, key travel is drastically reduced. Often when writing a document I end up pressing the spacebar twice because I wasn’t sure if I pressed it. This can only be a problem with the space bar, although other keys in the vicinity look similar to the alphanumeric keys.
The track, though large in size, suffers from the same problem. The right-click gets stuck whenever you try to press it, but the left-click works just fine. The trackpad also suffers from a lag problem where the cursor moves a bit at your gesture inputs. The speakers, on the other hand, are quite loud but not very sharp. They are located on the downside of the laptop on both sides and will suffice for most uses. There is no shortage of holes in the speakers but the high volume makes for it. The Infinix INBook X1 also suffers from charging issues.
In most cases, the 65W charger works as intended but sometimes stops taking input from the laptop charger, especially when the laptop goes into power-saving mode. I’ll plug in the cable and the laptop won’t recognize it. This may again be a model-specific issue but it has hindered my progress several times so it is worth mentioning. On the privacy front, the laptop has a physical turn off button for the camera and microphone, which is pretty good. In terms of I / O, the laptop has 2 X Type C ports, (1 X Thunderbolt Type-C), an HDMI port, 3 X Type-A ports, a small card slot and an HDMI port. The laptop also has a DCIN charging port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Infinix INBook X1 Display Review
The slim and light laptop has a 1920 X 1080p FHD display with a 60Hz refresh rate. In our experiments, we found that the laptop’s display has 319 net peak brightness and it covers 96% sRGB color spectrum. The display also covers 76% DCI P3 and 75% adobe RGB color space. This is not a screen on which you can adjust the professional-level color, but it is enough for general use.
While analyzing the Calman Color Checker, I noticed that the laptop has an average DeltaE 3.5 and a maximum DeltaE 6.2, which is quite decent in this price range. The laptop has an anti-glare display that prevents reflections, even when sitting under direct sunlight.
Infinix INBook X1 Battery Performance Review
Laptop battery life is also quite good. Within 7 minutes of video editing, photo editing and rendering, the battery is reduced by 3%. Which is pretty good for a laptop with a 55Wh battery. Laptop battery life is about 7 to 9 hours depending on your usage. In our experiments, we found that the laptop returned a battery life of 6 hours and 50 minutes with 100% screen brightness and set in battery performance mode.
Infinix INBook X1 Review: Judgment
The Infinix INBook X1 is a good entry-level slim and light laptop but it gets smaller when compared to the competition. At almost the same price, one can choose the Acer Aspire 5, which is not plagued with build quality issues like the Infinix INBook X1 and comes with an Intel 11th Gen Core-i5 CPU with Irix XE graphics card. The Infinix INBook X1 is perceived as your backup laptop or a normal laptop for kids or students if the build quality issues are model specific only and for that I recommend going for the entry-level Intel 10th Gen Core i3 version which is 10k cheaper but a uniform form The factor comes.