Infinix, known for its smartphones, ventured into the laptop market a while ago. I had earlier reviewed the Infinix InBook Y1 Plus (review), and found it to be a pocket-friendly laptop optimal for college and office goers alike who don’t want to shell out a premium. Today I have the Infinix ZERO BOOK that caters to a slightly more premium audience. With a similar price-to-performance ratio, in this review let’s determine if the ZERO BOOK is the best laptop choice under Rs 60,000.
- The ZERO BOOK has a sturdy build quality reminiscent of some other laptops at a similar price range. There is a metallic finish to the chassis but its construction remains unibody plastic. As far as the hinge goes, opening the lid with just one finger is quite easy and doesn’t lift the base along with it. The laptop weighs 1.8kg and has a thickness of about 17cm at its deepest point, which is not bad at all for portability purposes.
- Talking a bit about the port selection, the ZERO BOOK has two USB Type-C and two USB 3.0 slots. There’s also an HDMI 1.4 port and microSD Card reader alongside which sits a 3.5mm headphone jack. Wireless connectivity options include a tri-band Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and Bluetooth 5.2. Overall I think the laptop offers a decent scope to connect peripherals and utilise high-speed wireless internet.
- Display-wise the ZERO BOOK has a 15.6-inch IPS panel that has a 60Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution. Infinix claims up to 400nits of peak brightness levels which can be sufficient for a bit of outdoor usage. Viewing angles on the screen are decent at 178 degrees and the company states that the panel supports 100 percent of the sRGB colour gamut.
- As for the keyboard and trackpad, Infinix has done a relatively good job with the spacing out of the keys. The typing experience is breezy and does not take too long to get accustomed to. There’s backlighting available, up to two levels and the travel for each key is shallow. Material-wise the trackpad has an AG Glass covering which makes it easier to glide my finger across. Response and latency are both acceptable although my preference always remains an external mouse, especially with the availability of sufficient I/O options on the laptop.
- Performance is also one of the key factors for the ZERO BOOK and my particular variant has an Intel 12th-gen i5 12500H CPU housed underneath. During my usage, I faced no issues at all. The most I saw the laptop struggle was when I played a bit of Valorant on it at medium settings. Intel’s integrated Iris Xe graphics is not conducive to gaming that is too GPU-intensive in nature. Apart from that, all regular tasks were accomplished with ease. The laptop also has satisfactory benchmark scores on Cinebench R23, Geekbench 5, and more, which provide a testimony to the ZERO BOOK’s processing capabilities.
- The audio apparatus on the device is actually quite good for the price. Infinix has implemented a quad-speaker array with two front-firing tweeters and two bottom-firing ones. Overall the sound quality is better than laptops in the segment and while there is a lack of depth in the vocals, I think the target audience will be impressed. Apart from that the laptop also has a fingerprint sensor for authentication purposes. The quality of the webcam is not great but it is serviceable for conducting video calls.
- A 70Whr battery is present on the laptop and it can be charged at 90W speeds that can top up the battery in about two hours. During my time with the ZERO BOOK, I got somewhere in the range of six-seven hours of screen-on time, which I think is pretty good all things considered.
After having used the ZERO BOOK as my primary laptop for daily work, I have found very little to complain about, especially at the price at which the laptop is currently selling. At Rs 56,990, the device can be considered a fairly value-for-money offering thanks to its performance levels, sturdy build quality, and decent audio setup.
Editor’s rating: 4 / 5
- Well built
- Nice display
- Good performance
- Decent speakers
- Webcam is average