If you thought that the PC-on-a-stick trend would force small-factor computers to disappear, think again. The affordable, portable mini-PC market is still a very lucrative one for the same reasons as before. Not everyone wants to make a lot of compromises just to have the tiniest PC possible and so companies like InFocus and its new “Kangaroo” PC offer decent alternatives that are slightly bigger.
The Kangaroo is a $99 PC equipped with the 64-bit version of Windows 10 and an Intel Atom Cherry Trail x5-z8500, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, Blueooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and an internal battery that is supposed to last for up to four hours. Furthermore, the device has a microSD card slot for extra storage and a removable base that holds an HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 slot and a DC-in charging port.
Those specs are nothing spectacular but the Kangaroo sets itself apart with two other features – a fingerprint scanner and an iOS app that lets you use an iPad as the mini-PC’s display. The fingerprint scanner obviously appeals to the ever-growing market of biometrics security as virtually every new smart device out there has some form of personal security recognition tech. The Kangaroo is the size of a small smartphone at 2 x 3 inches so you can pretty much fit it anywhere and still have a workable PC on the spot.