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Windows 10 PC Shrunk Down To Smartphone Size By Kangaroo

The Kangaroo from InFocus puts the world's smallest Windows 10 PC in your pocket for an affordable $99.

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Electronics manufacturer InFocus this week launched Kangaroo, an ultra-portable PC that shrinks the Windows 10 desktop to a pocket-sized form factor. It retails for $99.

The aluminum device measures about 3 inches by 5 inches, with half an inch of thickness, and it weighs 8 ounces. Kangaroo is roughly the size of a large smartphone and smaller than some phablets currently on the market.

By connecting Kangaroo to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, users have full access to their Windows files and programs like Microsoft Office. InFocus claims Kangaroo will bring Windows 10 64-bit Home Edition to any screen, from PC monitors to big-screen TVs.

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"We really wanted to simplify computing by making it more mobile and versatile," said Lawrence Yen, director of Kangaroo product marketing, in an interview with InformationWeek. "You no longer need the desktop. You can use this."

Kangaroo's main computer module is powered by an Intel Cherrytrail Atom x5-Z8500 processor and contains 2GB RAM. It comes with 32GB storage, which can be increased with a large-capacity microSD card slot, and a fingerprint reader for secure access via Windows Hello.  

Its removable base component contains ports for USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and HDMI connections, in addition to a charger outlet. The Kangaroo battery lasts for up to four hours of "casual use," according to InFocus.

If you need to work on files but don't have a Wi-Fi connection, the device's Action Switch provides remote access to the desktop.

iOS users can connect Kangaroo to bring Windows 10 to the iPad in either desktop or tablet mode. This requires downloading OSLinx, which is available for free on Apple's App Store.

InFocus is marketing Kangaroo as a mobile PC that can bridge the gap between productivity and entertainment. It can be hooked up to a workstation for office use or connected via HDMI for streaming entertainment to a TV.

Going forward, InFocus is planning to launch improvements to Kangaroo and a range of accessories in 2016. Yen explained the team is in the process of gathering customer feedback on aspects like ports, hard drive, and speed.

Kangaroo arrives at a critical time for a dying PC market, which continues to decline amid the rise of more capable mobile devices. It could prove an appealing option to mobile professionals who want to carry documents on the go.

Would you use Kangaroo, or a similar device, as a mobile PC? Do you think this approach to mobile computing will take off? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

(All photos taken by Kelly Sheridan/InformationWeek)

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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mejiac
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mejiac,
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11/2/2015 | 12:39:33 PM
Re: Kangaroo Laptop
@shakeeb,

Good Question...I think all current providers are trying to answer that question.

I myself and trying to identify that Sweet Spot where I feel I have what I need. I have HTPCs, but I haven't been able to find a remote that fits right. I have a WD TV...love it, and the only draw back so far is I haven't been able to succesfully stream movies from my servers.

I think with Apple we might see a new way of entertainment, once developers get a changes to explore it's potential.
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 11:54:53 PM
Re: Kangaroo Laptop
There have been other small projects on Kickstarter which has a small module that you could connect your display, keyboard and mouse to use it as a PC. Though it doesn't have a good looking package it seems to be a good concept. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 11:53:09 PM
Re: Kangaroo Laptop
@mejiac – Specs will definitely increase in the upcoming versions hence we shouldn't bother much about it. I am just wondering what else they could include in this device for users to use this device at any environment. 
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shakeeb,
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10/31/2015 | 11:51:04 PM
Re: Kangaroo Laptop
@cycle pro- I am sure they could dump in some more memory with limited space. I wish they had a small display with an onscreen keyboard to access while you are on the move. 
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mejiac,
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10/30/2015 | 4:45:23 PM
Re: Kangaroo Laptop
This is the type of product portfolio that allows Microsoft to gain more ground in the consumer market.

Compared to other similar devices (ChromeCast, Apple TV, Roku) that offer entertainment up to an extend, this is a full blown PC to which you can customize to your needs.

THe specs are low, but as things progress I agree with your statement, "maybe they will offer one with more ram"

 

And probably with a better processor
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10/30/2015 | 9:19:55 AM
Kangaroo Laptop
It looks like a good compromise between a smart phone and a desktop/laptop. Nice is the fact that you can hookup a keyboard and mouse to it. Only issue is the memory.

if this takes off maybe they will offer one with more ram.

 
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