Infinix InBook X2 Review – Almost identical vs InBook X1 but in a lighter chassis

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Infinix InBook X2 Review Rating

Summary

The Infinix InBook X2 is an ultra-lightweight and affordable laptop with plenty of performance for day to day tasks, and it should appeal to students or professionals that carry their laptops around all day.

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Pros

  • Ultra-lightweight design with a decent specification at an affordable price point
  • Plenty of ports
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Poor Wi-Fi
  • Barely any difference from the InBook X1

I have previously reviewed the Infinix Hot 10S NFC, which offered incredible value for money but only launched in Indonesia, Russia and Latin America.

In May 2021, Infinix Mobile ventured into laptops, unveiling the INbook X1 series.

Specification

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1065G7
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe
  • Display: 14” 1920*1080 300 nits brightness 100% sRGB
  • Ports: USB-C x2 (one support data, charging and DisplayPort), USB 3.0 × 2, HDMI 1.4 × 1, SD card slot x 1, 3.5 mm Headset and Microphone Jack x 1
  • Battery: 50Wh with 45W USB-C charging
  • Dimensions: 323.3 mm (w) x 211.1mm (d) x 14.8mm (h)
  • Weight: 1.24kg

InBook X2 vs X1

The InBook X2 uses a 10th gen Intel chip, which I thought was a little off for a laptop launching in 2022. Looking back at the X1, there is very little difference between the two laptops.

It looks like the InBook X2 tops out with the i5-1035G1 CPU, whereas my sample is the i7. You'd need to choose the InBook X1Pro for the i7-1065G7 model.

The X2 then has Windows 11, but you can upgrade to that free anyway.

The main difference seems to be the weight and dimensions:

  • Infinix InBook X2
    • Dimensions: 323.3 mm (w) x 211.1mm (d) x 14.8mm (h)
    • Weight: 1.24kg
  • Infinix InBook X1
    • Dimensions: 323.5 mm (w) x 219.5mm (d) x 16.3mm (h)
    • Weight: 1.48kg

The smaller size also means a fractionally smaller battery with 50Wh vs 55Wh and a slower charger of 45W vs 65W.

All in all, it is barely any difference. However, if you commute with your laptop frequently, then every little bit of weight saving helps.

Design &  Display

The Infinix InBook X2 is a relatively attractive laptop, my sample came in turquoise, which is a refreshing change from all the blacks and greys I am normally used to.

The stand out feature is the overall weight. This is incredibly light. There are, of course, many laptops that have a similar weight and are lighter. The LG Gram 16-inch is 1.2kg, and £1500 or the Acer Swift 5 is just 1kg but costs £900 and the overall specification isn't much better than this.

Amazingly, Infinix has also crammed in a good selection of ports, unlike most ultraportables. Two USB-A and two USB-C ports plus an HDMI port makes life so much easier, rather than messing around and losing USB hubs.

The display is also surprisingly good for such a cheap laptop (much better than the Samsung Go). It is bright enough with good colour accuracy. Moving outside and the 300nits brightness does start to struggle, but overall it is better than I'd expect for a laptop at this price.

The overall build and design are excellent when factoring in the cost.

Opening up the laptop reveals a predictably compact design with limited upgrade options. It is just the storage that you could replace easily.

Keyboard & Trackpad

Both the keyboard and trackpad or good, or at least standard for thin and light laptops.

There is not much travel in the keys, and they are a little spongy. There is also no backlighting. While that may not sound amazing, you aren't going to get anything spectacular on a laptop at this price.

The touchpad is nice and large, with a decent level of feedback from the left and mouse click.

Performance & Fan Noise

Performance is decent enough, this is a two-year-old CPU which may seem disappointing, but it is an Intel Core i7-1065G7 that has plenty of performance for day to day tasks.

Benchmarks show this as a capable productivity machine and you should be able to do some light gaming as long as you keep your expectations reasonable.

  • Time Spy: 931 (Graphics: 831, CPU: 2948)
  • PCMark 10: 3666 (Essentials:7138, Productivity: 4762, Digital Content Creation: 3935)
  • CystalDisk: 2501 MB/s Read, 1722 MB/s Write

During my time with it, I predominantly used it for browsing with Chrome, MS Office and Outlook, plus basic photo editing. It worked flawlessly for all these tasks.

This has a fan that is easily audible. I wouldn't say it is loud, but due to its thin and light nature, it is very high pitched, and I found it quite audible when running the PC Mark benchmark even though I had music playing in the background.

The fan kicks in at a relatively light load, but it was normally quiet enough that it wasn't audible over the TV, and I'd have to put my ear to it to check if it was spinning.

Wi-Fi

I don't normally highlight the Wi-Fi on laptops as they typically offer the performance you'd expect. This does not. The performance is very poor.

In the same room as the Netgear AXE11000 Wi-Fi Mesh System (RBKE963) I am currently reviewing, the laptop achieved Internet speeds of 100Mbps to 200Mbps. My Matebook 13, using Wi-Fi 5, managed 490Mbps, and my Matebook 14, using Wi-Fi 6E maxed out the internet connection at 535Mbps.

The signal drops off quickly too, in my office, I am lucky to get 20Mbps.

Opening up the laptop reveals that the WLAN card is integrated directly onto the motherboard and it uses a single antenna design, which is likely the culprit for the poor signal.

Battery

The Infinix InBook X2 has a 50Wh battery and claims to provide up to 11 hours worth of battery life.

This is actually less than the 55W and 13 hours you get from the X1. This is a sacrifice you make for the new lighter design.

In terms of real-world usage, I haven't pushed it that far, but I'd say you can easily get 8 hours of general use out of it without stressing too much about charging it.

Price and Alternative Options

The INBOOK X2 series will be available for $399 (i3), $549 (i5) & $649 (i7) in Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, and other countries starting January 22.

I was informed it would move onto wider audiences in the future, but there is no word on the west market. Currently, no Infinix are sold in the UK, so I am not hopeful this will launch here.

The i7 model I was sent works out at £472, which is a great price for a portable i7 laptop. However, UK/US/EU prices are higher than Indonesia and Thailand, so it is impossible to make an accurate comparison with any competing devices in the UK.

The X1 is for sale on Flipkart for ₹49,999 or $675. This is for the i5 8GB/512GB model, so the X2 looks like it will be cheaper.

Looking at competing laptops on there, there is only the Avita Liber V14 for ₹46,990, which is the same weight and dimensions as the X2 and uses the Intel Core i5-10210U.

The ASUS Vivobook14 has the 11th gen i5-1135G7 costs ₹50,490 but weighs more at 1.5kg and has less storage.

Overall

The main selling point of the Infinix InBook X2 seems to be its ultra-lightweight design. Beyond that, it is basically the same as the X1. You can also get laptops from Flipkart with a better CPU for a similar price but weigh a bit more. However, there is not much else out there at this price point that offers the same specification and ultra-lightweight design.

My review sample had quite poor WiFI, it is possible that the laptop didn't particularly like my Wi-Fi set up, or that there was an issue with the sample itself. However, the signal band WLAN will naturally have poor Wi-Fi compared to 2×2 designs.

Overall, the Infinix InBook X2 is an ultra-lightweight and affordable laptop with plenty of performance for day to day tasks, and it should appeal to students or professionals that carry their laptops around all day.

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