Measuring about the size of a modern smartphone, it’s easy to mistake the Kangaroo PC as a power bank when you pull it out of your pocket. I mean, what else do people carry in their pocket that looks like that and has no screen? It is, however, a full-fledged Windows 10 machine that can plug into any display for use as a standard computer.
Made by InFocus, it’s a compact PC that comes with an accompanying dock, which plugs into any monitor or TV to enable a proper desktop computing experience. Like most portable computing solutions, it’s not particularly powerful, but it does pack some tricks that might make it some people’s pocket-sized computer of choice.
The Kangaroo PC consists of two components: the actual computer and a dock. The former comes with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage that you can expand via a microSD card slot, while the latter holds all the necessary ports (one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, an HDMI out, and a charging port). The idea is to leave a dock connected to any display you plan to use (e.g. a monitor in the office, the living room TV) and just snap the computer in as needed, so you only need to transport a smartphone-sized device at any time.
It comes with a built-in fingerprint reader to take advantage of Windows Hello and a battery rated for four hours of use (it automatically recharges if the dock is plugged to an outlet). For an added trick, the dock can be hooked up to an iPad via a USB-to-Lighting cable, which then allows you to use the tablet as a monitor with the help of an app called OSLinx.
Available now, the Kangaroo PC is priced at $99.