InFocus launches Kangaroo Plus, its second pocket-sized PC that doubles up on RAM and storage

By Shawn Knight
Feb 3, 2016
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  1. InFocus garnered a lot of attention – and likely a lot of sales – when its Kangaroo mini PC debuted late last year. The system, which resembles a smartphone or 2.5-inch external storage drive, offered a bit more power than the average PC-on-a-stick and even included an integrated battery for operation away from a power source.

    InFocus has since followed up on the original Kangaroo PC with an improved version it's calling the Kangaroo Plus.

    This new pocket-sized PC packs a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 SoC that ticks along at 1.44GHz (Burst up to 2.24GHz), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of local eMMC storage. If you recall, the original utilized the same chip but had half as much RAM and flash storage.

    The rest of the hardware is pretty much the same as you get with the original and includes dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microUSB 2.0 port, a 3-in-1 card reader (microSDSC / microSDHC / microSDXC) and a dock connector. The included dock adds an HDMI port, USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port. It also uses the same internal battery that'll power the computer for up to four hours.

    Like the original, the Kangaroo Plus likely isn't stout enough to serve as a permanent desktop replacement but as Intel's Compute Stick and the slew of other PC-on-a-stick devices have proven, there is a market for this form factor.

    The InFocus Kangaroo Plus sells for $169.99 and is available as of writing from Newegg.

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  2. Tibeardius

    Tibeardius TS Booster Posts: 47   +10

    I really wanna get this but I'm not sure what I'd use it for. It just seems really cool. $70 more for double the ram and storage seems like a really good deal too.

    Also a benchmark test between the 2 would be cool to see.
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  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +270

    Looks interesting but I don't see how would I need this next to a laptop. You can't carry a separate monitor and peripherals with you.
  4. Neojt

    Neojt TS Booster Posts: 165   +22

    Might get me one of these to run a plex server
  5. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 633   +163

    Put this next to your giant TV, log into steam and stream the games from your monster desktop hidden in the mancave below.

    Family and gametime at the sametime = winwin.

    Or just remote desktop to your big mosnter pc for anything beyond web browsing and netflix.
  6. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +17

    Make a good movie player and internet browser. Play good, old games you may have missed in their time.

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