InFocus Kangaroo Hops Into Windows 10 Market With $99, Smartphone-Sized Desktop PC

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We’ve seen a little bit of movement in the pocket-sized computing space over the past year. Intel introduced us to the concept with its Compute Stick, while Lenovo and ASUS both delivered their own competition solutions with the ideacenter Stick 300 and VivoStick respectively.

Now there’s a newcomer to the market, and it comes from an unlikely company. InFocus, a company better known for its projectors, has announced the Kangaroo, which is a portable Windows 10 “desktop” PC. Like the aforementioned PC sticks, the Kangaroo features Intel power — in this case, an Intel Cherry Trail-based Atom Z8500 with 2GB of RAM — 32GB of internal storage, microSDXC slot (which supports up to 128GB), dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microUSB port for power.

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The black aluminum device measures just 124mm x 80.5mm x 12.9mm and weighs just 7 ounces.

But if that was all the Kangaroo had to offer, we’d have to give a yawntastic “meh” to the device, but InFocus has an ace up its sleeve. The Kangaroo incorporates a built-in battery, which allows it to function for up to four hours without plugging into a wall outlet. An included dock — which only adds a little bit of additional bulk to the device — adds full-size USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. And as an added bonus, the Kangaroo features a built-in fingerprint reader, which is compatible with Windows Hello biometric security.

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“Kangaroo is the first product to allow you to use the same PC for all applications, in any environment," said Kangaroo Product Marketing Director Lawrence Yen. "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."

The InFocus Kangaroo is priced at $99 and will be available from the Microsoft Store and Newegg in mid-November.