InFocus' Kangaroo turns iPads into Windows 10 PCs


— 12:23 PM on October 26, 2015

InFocus has announced the Kangaroo, a pocket-sized PC that promotes portability thanks to its docking system The Kangaroo can work with standard monitors, keyboards, and mice, as we would expect from any PC. In a twist, though, it can also plug into an iPad by way of a Lightning cable, which converts the tablet into a Windows display and input device using InFocus' OS Linx app.

A quad-core Atom X5-Z8500 drives the Kangaroo, and that SoC is fed by 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB of solid-state storage. microSD cards can be used to augment that onboard storage, as well. 802.11ac Wi-Fi lets the Kangaroo hop onto wireless networks, and Bluetooth 4.0 lets owners add wireless peripherals. The base system measures only 6.2" by 3.2" and 0.55" thick (158 by 81 by 14 mm) and weighs just 0.44 pounds. 

InFocus includes Windows 10 Home out of the box, and the Kangaroo supports Microsoft's Windows Hello biometric features with a built-in fingerprint reader. The little desktop can also run without AC power thanks to a built-in battery, which the company says is good for up to four hours of "casual use."

The Kangaroo's dock, which connects by a proprietary 40-pin plug, includes single USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and full-sized HDMI ports, plus a DC charging port. The dock adds another 1.9" (48 mm) to the system's length, and it doesn't appear to be possible to use the Kangaroo without one.

The Kangaroo is available with one dock in the box for $99 on Newegg, and spare docks are available for $39 each

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