Kangaroo The Amazing $99 Windows 10 Portable PC
Today a Company called InFocus rolled out the “Kangaroo”. Not the marsupial from Australia that we all know and love. But a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The phrase “mobile desktop” isn’t a new one and has been around for some time now. However unlike those bulky mobile PC’s this PC is a truly mobile PC. The Kangaroo is about the size of a smartphone and just like any old desktop you still need a keyboard, mouse, monitor as well as some additional ports.
The Kangaroo is available on Newegg now, and will go on sale at the Microsoft Store by mid-November.
Kangaroo is made up of a black satin aluminum case and is powered by an Intel Cherrytrail (Z8500) SOC,. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (only about 18GB is free when you first start it (because of Windows 10, but storage is expandable via a microSD card), and an on-board battery (up to four hours of “casual use”). I wonder what they consider casual use?
With the separate Kangaroo Dock you get an HDMI port as well as two USB ports. You can also change out for future docks.
Windows Hello (the finger print reader on the side) allows you to log in without the need for a pin or password. It is fast and simple to set up. With just a few taps your finger print is saved and no more passwords (yay). You can just press your finger on the reader and access your PC.
Due to the video connection using HDMI the sound requires no setup and will work right away. If you have used a modern TV you are probably familiar with how this works.
The built in Wifi works great as long as you have a strong signal.
“Kangaroo is the first product to allow you to use the same PC for all applications, in any environment,” Lawrence Yen, director of Kangaroo product marketing, said in a statement. “Unlike stick PCs and other pocket PCs, Kangaroo works with all of your existing devices and can be docked at home or tossed in your bag to use anywhere, powering and providing Windows 10 access on the go. You can access any file, any time without worrying about access to a network, upload and download times or file corruption. With its power, capacity and features, Kangaroo will change the definition of mobile computing.”
In short this is defiantly worth the $99 USD price tag.