Mobile computing is a rapidly changing field and new players are not often seen. Companies that have access to smartphones and tablets can test their abilities as laptop manufacturers. Sometimes they succeed. Hong Kong-based Infinix is known specifically for mobile gadgets, but the company’s lineup also includes smart TVs, and more recently, laptops. Last year, Infinix introduced its first INBOOK X1 Pro series of mobile PCs, and now it has expanded its catalog with a more affordable, or rather “extremely affordable” X2 model. The X1 model, which is the first Infinix laptop on the Russian marketplace, has yet to reach us.
Specifications and prices
Infinix INBOOKX2 is clearly not a high-performance laptop. It is built on the 10th generation Intel Core platform. However, the vast majority of Intel laptops use the 11th generation chips and some have switched to the 12th. Infinix offers three types of CPU configurations: Quad-core Core Core i5 or Core i7, and dual-core Core I3. This last option should only be considered if the laptop is being used as a typewriter. It is better to use Linux as the operating system than the more resource-intensive Windows.
INBOOK X2 does not have a discrete graphics processor. The power of Ice Lake integrated in Intel chips is sufficient only for the most basic projects and sparingly played games. There are either 8 GB or 4 GB RAM. This is a rare option in our modern times, but it allows us to save money if we need the computer to perform at its best. According to the manufacturer’s website, the option with 16GB RAM is available, but it won’t be available in Russia. ManufacturerInfinix
|Display||14”, 1920×1080, IPS|
|CPU||Intel Core i3-1005G1 (2/4 Cores/Threads at 1.2-3.4 GHz); Intel Core i5-1035G1 (4/8 Cores/Threads at 1.0-3.6 GHz); Intel Core i7-1065G7 (3/8 Cores/Threads at 1.3-3.9 GHz); Intel Core i7-1065G7 (5/8 Cores/Threads, 1.3 -3.9 GHz).|
|RAM||LPDDR4 SDRAM 3200 MT/s (4/8/16 GB)|
|GPU||Intel UHD Graphics (system Memory); Intel Iris Plus Graphics.|
|Storage device||FORSEE SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4) 256/512 GB|
|Connectors for external I/O||1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C; 1 x USB 2.0 Type-C; 2 x USB 3.0 Type-A; 1 x HDMI; 1x microSD; 1×TRS 3.5mm|
|Net||IEEE 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Battery capacity, Wh||50|
|Weight in kg||1.24|
|Overall dimensions (L × W × H), mm||323.3×211.1×14.8|
|Retail price (Russia), rub.||42,990 (36.990) – Core i3-1005G1, 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD; 54,990 (49,000) – Core i5-1035G1, 8, GB RAM and 512 GB SSD; 62,990 (59,000) – Core i7-1065G7; 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD; 62,990 (59.990) Core i7-1065G7 – 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD|
The INBOOK X2 device is very affordable. The junior configuration, which includes a 256GB SSD and a 42,990 Ruble recommended price, was reduced to 36.900 rubles in the initial period following the release. At the beginning of sales, a more powerful version, with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM and a 512 GB hard drive, will be available for 59990, and later – 62990 rubles. In this context, the INBOOK X2 specs seem decent, especially in base configuration. This is comparable to computers based upon stripped-down Pentium and Celeron chips.
Ergonomics and appearance
The INBOOK X2 is immediately apparent from the first look. It was important to create a compact laptop with a professional appearance that could also fit within a very limited budget. The device costs 37 thousand rubles and isn’t very attractive. The laptop is very thin (14.8mm), light (1.24kg) and comes in an aluminum case. It can be ordered in bright colors (blue, gray or without color options). The screen cover features a brushed texture. The screen bezel is the only plastic element. The screen bezel, which is a natural part of this price range, is not laminated or touch-sensitive and is covered with a matte antireflective film. But it would not hurt to loosen the hinges so that the lid can be lifted with one hand – at least we didn’t manage to open the laptop this way, although the manufacturer provided a video that this is possible. Perhaps we were not lucky with the instance.
The INBOOK X2 keyboard suffered from a lack of rigidity in the base. The body flexes vigorously when pressed, and the keyboard drums while typing. It’s a shame, as the keys are very well-made. They have a long stroke, a clear trigger moment, and a quick return from neutral. The keyboard layout is typical for 14-inch ultrabooks: there is no numeric keypad, the “~” key has already been made for the rest of the character keys, but there was a place for an additional column Delete, Home, End, PgUp and PgDn.
The keyboard backlight has two stages. It turns on when the function key is pressed F3. There is also a backlight to illuminate the webcam. Engineers placed two LED flashlights at the sides of this lens are designed to allow for video calls in low light conditions. But, this solution has one drawback: the bright light directly hits the user’s eyes.
The INBOOK X2’s 16:9 screen size means that the touchpad is quite small. However, the touchpad is covered with glass, which is something you would not expect when purchasing a laptop at a bargain price. The majority of modern laptops have only one touchpad, but this model has two. They are located in each corner. These switches help stabilize the plane’s panel, but they can also cause an unpleasant click when pressed in its center.
The power button is located separate from the main key block. You might assume that it has a fingerprint scanner, but this is not the case. The INBOOK X2 biometric authentication system is deficient.
There are a few external interfaces that will suffice for most users: two USB Type C ports (3.1 Gen 1, 2.0 and 2.0 standards), two USB Type A ports, two USB 3.0 Type A, full-length HDMI and an acoustic micro-jack.
One of the USB Type-C ports also serves to charge the battery (it’s a pity that it’s the fast 3.1 Gen 1 port, and not the slow 2.0), and due to the modest power consumption, the laptop needs a 45-watt power supply no larger than tablets.
Upgrade options and internal arrangement
The INBOOK X2’s components are cooled according the standard scheme. This involves air entering through the bottom holes and being thrown out between the lower part of the case and screen.
The laptop is minimalistic. The CPU die is cooled using a small heatsink with 2 heat pipes. The SSD is not upgradeable. The motherboard is soldered with RAM, which is common for LPDDR4 chip.