Kangaroo, a $99 portable Windows 10 desktop, is the PC-on-a-stick's worst nightmare

By Shawn Knight
Oct 26, 2015
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  1. Stick PCs like Intel’s Compute Stick have really picked up steam this year as a portable alternative to notebooks, a complement to your smartphone and so on. Regardless of purpose, the hurdle that virtually all PC-on-a-stick systems face is real estate.

    The form factor only affords so much room meaning compromises – like fewer expansion slots and the fact that it requires a constant power source – are aplenty.

    Projector manufacturer InFocus believes it has a more viable solution which it’s calling Kangaroo.

    InFocus’ new product does away with the stick form factor in favor or something with a bit more room. Kangaroo is perhaps best described as looking like a modern smartphone at two inches x three inches with a thickness of just 14mm. It tips the scale at 200 grams.

    Kangaroo is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 (Cherry Trail) chip alongside 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of local eMMC storage and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0. Best yet, its internal battery provides up to four hours of use between charges and ships with a 64-bit copy of Windows 10 pre-installed.

    The device features a microSD card slot for additional expansion, a fingerprint scanner for security and a microUSB port for charging. There’s also a removable base that adds an HDMI port, USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port and a DC-in charging port.

    Kangaroo is available as of writing for $99 over at Newegg. The Kangaroo Dock will set you back an extra $39 although it is currently out of stock. InFocus said it plans to showcase more accessories that build out the Kangaroo ecosystem at CES.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    Why havent people been throwing these inside keyboards instead of rectangular boxes? that seems WAY more ideal. Or should I delete this post and patent it?
    wontolla, EEatGDL, Lionvibez and 2 others like this.
  3. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 798   +217

    Commodore VIC-20 and many old computers beat you to it by almost 40 years. As for these portable computers, they are not new I have been eyeing a few of these for over a year now. Microsoft making Windows 8.1 with Bing free made it cheaper to make these mini computers, Minix has had one out for a while now as has many other vendors and the prices are around the same place as well (around $100).
    ikesmasher likes this.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    And thats another thing. many windows TABLETS are around for less than $100. the winbook and HP stream comes to mind...why are these more expensive without a screen and the like?
  5. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 304   +105

    It's sad that manufacturers feel that it's okay to ship devices with 2GB in 2015. The only reason these device specs exist is so they can advertise a lower "Starting at..." price.
    wastedkill likes this.
  6. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Addict Posts: 331   +99

    If it could be reformatted to win 7 I'd be all over it.
    wastedkill and trgz like this.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Can it play Crysis? If not I'll ignore it from here on out.
    coolazeem, wastedkill and trgz like this.
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 808   +273

    All of these devices are pointless next to a laptop. They are smaller but you need peripherals.
  9. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Addict Posts: 290   +55

    windows 10 is not a memory hog (unlike OSX ) a quick presentation or a bit of browsing should be fine don't open 20 tabs (like I do) and it should be gravy.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    What's sad is people ridiculing this device, as if it should be a full blown gaming desktop.
  11. Ultraman1966

    Ultraman1966 TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +8


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