Infinix has recently entered the laptop category, as are its competitors in the smartphone space, Xiaomi and Realme. Prices start from less than Rs. 35,999, the company maintains its value position and the bright colors are perfect in Infinix’s smartphones aimed at young buyers. The company also boasts some features like quick charging that people are looking for today. Let’s see if Infinix has found a place for itself and whether it can compete not only with well-established PC OEMs, but also with a new crop of upstarts already making waves in India. Here’s our full review of the Core i5-based version of the new Infinix InBook X1.
Infinix InBook X1 Price in India
Although Infinix has launched two different models, the InBook X1 and InBook X1 Pro, they are very similar. There are two variants of the InBook X1; At the time of launch, introductory prices started from Rs. 35,999 for 10 base variantsTh Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, while Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD with other options Rs. 45,999. Infinix’s own website claims that the actual MRP of the Core i5 version is Rs. 59,999, which is a significant difference. However, it is only available through Flipkart which makes it Rs. 49,999, so we have used this money as the basis for valuing our money for the purpose of review.
The InBook X1 Pro is only available with Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD and has an initial price tag of Rs. 55,999. There are a few more subtle differences between the models. First, the Pro version has a fingerprint sensor, but two low-cost features are missing. Second, ships with earlier Wi-Fi 6 modules, while the latter two only support Wi-Fi 5.
All three options are available in bright, bold colors called Noble Red and Aurora Green, as well as more subtle and professional Starfall Gray. It is said to be available through Flipkart, although availability seems to be limited.
Infinix InBook X1 design
The first thing that struck me about my review unit was its color, and of course the purpose of the Infinix. Most people like laptops which is eye-catching, because really many other people don’t like it. The bold red and green options will look different wherever you take them and if you like them, either will brighten your day. Most people will probably stick to the gray color.
The Infinix has gone with a dual-texture cover; Most of it is a standard sandblasted metal but the top has a thicker, more polished finish with a brushed texture in a separate band. The Infinix logo is fairly small and unobtrusive. After using this laptop for a week, I noticed a few fingerprint stains but it was easy to wipe.
When using this laptop the color runs completely on the lid and a small portion of the rim appears around the screen, which can be a little distracting. The lower half has a sandblasted texture similar to most of the lid, and the surface of the trackpad also matches the color. You’ll see slender black plastic borders around the screen, and a fairly thick chin – unlike many other manufacturers these days, Infinix hasn’t gone out of its way to fill that space. There’s a very slight bump on the top, which makes room for a webcam and also acts as a lip to open the lid.
The keyboard has a column of dedicated paging keys, which is nice. However the arrow cluster is slightly compressed and the print screen has been downgraded to Fn key combo. Specifically, the Fn Row keys are set to their own functions by default, and you’ll need to use the Fn Modifier to do things like adjust the brightness and volume. This also does not seem to be the way to exchange. Their layout is decent overall and the typing is quite convenient. It is good to see the backlighting in this segment and you can choose from two levels of brightness.
The trackpad, on the other hand, is just awful. The system feels extremely cheap and makes a very large, awkward click sound – so much so that I started tapping consciously instead of using physical clicks. It’s also not very well balanced and I inadvertently turned off both right and left-clicks while pressing many parts of it without putting too much pressure. The size, placement and texture of this trackpad is decent enough, but it’s still hard to use.
The InBook X1 weighs 1.48kg which is a bit heavier than some of its competitors. However, it is only 16.3mm thick and overall, it is still very portable. The metal body feels quite solid. The screen shakes slightly but the hinge feels strong and you can push the screen completely back so that it is flat. The lid does not bend at all when pressed, and the keyboard tray also holds the typing forcefully without bending.
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