A new brand has appeared on the Russian laptop market — Infinix, which we already know for affordable and high-quality smartphones. In the summer of 2022, the manufacturer introduced its line of laptops, which included models based on 10th generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. On our test — the average model on the Core i5. In our opinion, it has the best value for money and will suit the largest number of users.
Design and interfaces
The first thing I want to note is that the laptop is very light. You notice it immediately when you take it in your hands. The model weighs a little over a kilogram — 1.24 kg. At the same time, the case is made of metal, not plastic: it is durable, pleasant to the touch and looks cool, inspiring confidence in the reliability of the entire structure.
Also, the laptop is quite compact — its thickness is only 14.8, and its dimensions are 211.1 x 323.4 mm. Simply put, in size it resembles an A4 sheet and will fit in any backpack, not even designed for laptops.
All this makes the device as mobile and convenient as possible when transporting: you can take it with you to study, to the office or a business trip, work in a cafe or even on the road, placing your laptop on a table on a train or plane.
Opening the laptop with one hand will only work halfway, then you need to hold the base a little. The lid does not open all 180 degrees, but in many cases this is not useful. The maximum opening angle is shown in the photo below.
The display has the thinnest bezels on the sides, as far as possible in modern laptops — 4.7 mm. On the top is a webcam with two microphones and two LEDs — they serve to illuminate the user during video conferences.
Considering the laptop’s compact size, it was a pleasant surprise to find a wide range of ports in it. On the left are HDMI 1.4, USB-A 3.0 and USB-C, which can be used to charge and connect peripherals, including DisplayPort monitors.
On the right side there is a card reader (useful for photographers and designers), another USB-A 3.0, USB-C (only for peripherals) and a 3.5 mm audio jack for connecting a headset. There is also a Kensington lock for attaching a security cable. Under the keyboard, on the sides, there are also speakers. There is support for DTS, and in general the sound is quite voluminous, as it comes from both sides.
In Russia, the Infinix INBOOK X2 model is presented in two colors: blue and silver. Both versions have a matte finish on the body, due to which it does not collect fingerprints.
As we said, the laptop has a 14-inch display. The standard resolution for this diagonal is Full HD (1920 x 1080). The pixel density is high, individual dots are not visible even in the thin font of the system interface.
The display displays 100% sRGB color space, has 178-degree viewing angles, anti-reflective coating and 300 nits of brightness. In general, this is more than enough for using the device indoors or even outdoors, if you turn the brightness to the maximum.
Also the model supports the mode of protection of sight «Night light». You can adjust its intensity and set up a schedule to automatically turn on at a selected time period — for example, in the evening.
Keyboard and touchpad
The laptop’s keyboard is comfortable, with large keys and a separate column of Home, End, PgUp and PgDn buttons — there is rarely enough space for them in 14-inch models. The buttons click loudly when pressed, and during intensive typing, the central part of the keyboard is slightly pressed through. This does not interfere with typing, but we were still surprised — the frame is metal, but still soft.
The touchpad is large, responds well to touches and clicks, and also supports multi-touch. This is great because it can use standard gestures to control Windows.
Memory and processor
As we already mentioned, the test modification works on the 10th generation Intel Core i5 (Ice Lake-U architecture). Also, the laptop is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory on SSD. The older version on Core i7 has the same amount of memory, and the younger one (on i3) is half as much, 4/256 GB. 256 gigs, in our opinion, is still not enough. But 512 is just right. There is enough space to store a large number of photos and videos, and to install heavy programs like Photoshop, video conferencing and study applications.
The Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor is based on a 10nm process technology, has 8 threads and 4 cores with a maximum clock speed of 3600 MHz. This solution is intended primarily for office and domestic tasks: working with documents, surfing the Internet, communicating via video. In general, you can play on a laptop — though not at the maximum graphics settings and not in the newest titles. And, for example, in Sims or Portal.
The model uses a proprietary cooling system ICE STORM 1.0. The coolers work efficiently, even with long use the keyboard remains barely warm and does not overheat. The only problem we encountered during testing was noticeable fan noise when charging and working for a long time without interruption. However, they have become much quieter after installing the latest system updates.
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Separately, we note that on the test we had a model without a preinstalled OS. On the one hand, this causes certain inconveniences — after all, the user will need to install the operating system himself. On the other hand, installing an OS is not so difficult, and a computer without it costs much less. In addition, you can choose the version of Linux or Windows that you like. The laptop is equipped with a TPM module, so even the latest Windows 11 can be installed on it.
In August 2022, models with Windows 11 pre-installed will also appear on the market, so if you want, you can buy a laptop that is immediately ready for work.
Another feature of the model is the support of proprietary AirLink technology. It will be useful to users who have a smartphone of the «native» brand Infinix. AirLink will help you transfer files between devices, including large images and videos.
Infinix INBOOK X2 received a battery with a capacity of 50 Wh. The manufacturer promises that a full charge will last at least 11 hours of work in the browser — and we have no reason not to believe him. When working with documents, web surfing and a photo editor, the laptop is quite capable of lasting 8-9 hours. And it charges quickly: it comes with a powerful 45W charging adapter that replenishes the battery from 0 to 60% in just an hour.
Should I buy Infinix INBOOK X2
In August 2022, Infinix INBOOK X2 based on Core i5 with Windows 11 preinstalled can be purchased for 490$. This is an adequate and even affordable price for a device with similar characteristics. Separately, we note a large amount of memory on the SSD, a good screen and an excellent set of interfaces for connecting peripherals. We can safely recommend a laptop to people who work a lot with documents, use the device for study and video communication.