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 can even be paired with an iOS app that'll let you use an iPad as a display.
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.