Kangaroo is a Pocket-Sized Battery-Powered Windows 10 PC

Subject: Systems | October 31, 2015 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged: x5-Z8500, windows 10, PC, mini-pc, Kangaroo, intel atom, InFocus, computer, Cherry Trail

InFocus has created what they are calling “the world’s smallest personal, powerful, portable PC”, and the Kangaroo is certainly an impressive-looking device that looks even better when you consider the $99 price tag.

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The Kangaroo is looks like a 2.5-inch external hard drive, and inside the sleek housing it offers a quad-core Intel Atom (Cherry Trail) x5-z8500 processor with a nominal speed of 1.44 GHz (turbo up to 2.24 GHz), along with the usual 2 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC storage. Add dual-band 802.11ac wireless and a built-in fingerprint reader, and this becomes a quite the full-featured mini-PC. And the best part might just be the battery, as the Kangaroo can operate for up to 4 hours of “casual use” without wall power, according to InFocus.

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Here are the full specifications from InFocus:

  • OS: Windows 10 - Home edition
  • CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.24 GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel Processor Graphics Gen8
  • Video Memory: Sharing System Memory
  • Memory: 2GB LPDDR3
  • Hard Drive: 32GB eMMC
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 A/C (Dual Band) / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Expansion Slot microSD
  • Security: Fingerprint reader
  • Battery Life: 4 hours (casual use)
  • Dimensions: Computing module : 80.5 x 124 x 12.9mm / Base : 80.5 x 46.9 x 12.9mm
  • Weight: 200g (without adapter & power cord) / 470g (including adapter & power cord)
  • Ports: (Computing module) microSD, Micro USB (charge only); (Base) USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, HDMI x 1, DC-IN
  • Audio: Supported through HDMI
  • Cloud: OneDrive
  • Power Adapter: Input: 100V-220V ~ 1A, 50-60Hz / Output: 12V/3A
  • Accessories included: Software - OS Link (requires USB cable), dock, power supply, cables

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There’s even more versatility available for the Kangaroo user when you add the OSLinx iOS app to the mix, essentially allowing you to use the tablet as a monitor:

“Your iPad is all you need to have to enjoy the benefits of your Kangaroo PC on the go. OSLinx Windows Monitor turns your iOS device into a primary display of your Kangaroo PC. It connects to a PC through a Lightning-to-USB cable and works with OSLinx Server installed on the Kangaroo PC. OSLinx Windows Monitor supports mouse as well as multitouch gestures.”

The Kangaroo is available now, and currently being sold on Newegg.com for that $99 MSRP.

Source: InFocus

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October 31, 2015 | 05:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

When defining this as the world's first, what is their definition of the word "powerful"?

October 31, 2015 | 05:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

World's smallest*

October 31, 2015 | 06:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

* With built-in Key logger, and Adware/Spyware!

October 31, 2015 | 11:49 PM - Posted by Michael Maxwell (not verified)

So uninstall windows and install a lightweight linux distro like arch :)

November 1, 2015 | 11:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Can this happen, or does the OEM have no windows Secure Boot ->OFF<- switch in the UEFI/BIOS! The OFF switch for windows secure boot in the UEFI/BIOS is optional for OEM devices that ship with windows 10 factory installed! Could you post your experiences with this device and any Linux distro, including user made Linux builds. The windows Secure Boot Key signing powers for the big M$ PC/Laptop OS monopoly with such power over third party OEM hardware/firmware(UEFI), and by default third party OEM made PC/Laptop hardware purchased by end users, should not be allowed!

December 11, 2015 | 09:55 AM - Posted by jph (not verified)

I just opened the Bios and you can in fact set Secure Boot ->OFF<-
there is some BitLocker stuff on the OS drive (not even sure what that is) and I did not mess with it as I know little about Linux and do not want to mess up the windows install,. I just went back into the Bios and turned Secure Boot back on,. not sure that info helps but there you go.

November 1, 2015 | 08:13 AM - Posted by rocket-dog (not verified)

The sad thing is it will cost £99 here in the UK and not £60....... :)

November 1, 2015 | 09:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So it's a much larger version of the Intel compute stick... with a battery.

November 2, 2015 | 01:37 AM - Posted by biohazard918

yeah totally the same except for the bit where it has usb 3.0 and ac wifi oh and its cheaper so yeah I can't see any reason for this to exist at all.

November 2, 2015 | 09:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Two features no one will ever use with this device? LOL

November 1, 2015 | 10:07 AM - Posted by PCPerFan (not verified)

Why isn't this powered by MicroUSB?

November 1, 2015 | 01:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think it's pretty sweet. I would like a core m and 4gb ram version though.

November 1, 2015 | 08:44 PM - Posted by Cyclops

Damn it, it's not available in Canada!! I want one right now!

December 11, 2015 | 09:36 AM - Posted by jph (not verified)

Got mine from NewEgg in a bout 3 days,. in Canada.

Great little PC! I run it on my TV with just a Mouse as a mediaplayer/web browser,. and I have been creating music in SunVox on it there as well. Plan to bring it on a long trip as portable desktop for photo sorting and some codeing as well.

November 2, 2015 | 02:21 AM - Posted by ytazbddj

Video review PLZzzzzz

November 2, 2015 | 10:31 AM - Posted by nevzim (not verified)


December 7, 2015 | 08:18 AM - Posted by dawntrespass (not verified)

Can this be used with a us-uk converter plug or do I need to step down the power with a transformer I am in the UK

December 20, 2015 | 01:11 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The power supply is 100V-240VAC in, and 12VDC out.

December 17, 2015 | 04:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

A neat little PC, but it runs HOT enough playing live TV video that the CPU hits its thermal max (~82C) and it throttle down the CPU speed causing video & audio to get choppy.

Nice device, inadequate cooling.

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