Infocus has been making Kangaroo mini PCs with separate docks, and now the company is introducing its Kangaroo Notebook which can be upgraded with a new CPU card, but sadly it’s completely incompatible with the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop models, and instead they designed Kangaroo Mini PC card that can be inserted in the left side of the laptop.
Kangaroo Notebook + Mini module specifications:
- Kangaroo Mini
- SoC – Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad core Cherry Trail processor with Intel HD graphics
- System memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + mini SD card reader
- Connectivity – 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2
- Dimensions – 9.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 cm
- Weight – 51 grams
- Kangaroo Notebook
- Display – 11.6″ touchscreen display with 1366×768 resolution
- QWERTY Keyboard & Synaptic Clickpad
- Storage – SD card reader
- Camera – 1MP webcam
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, and speakers
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port
- Battery – 37 Wh battery good for around 5 hours
- Dimensions – 29 x 19.6 x 2 cm
- Weight – ~1.2 kg
Kangaroo Mini is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home. Unfortunately it can’t be used as a mini PC since it lacks the necessary USB and HDMI port. The module design is also proprietary so you can’t rely on another company to come up with a card, and currently InFocus only has one laptop shell, and Mini card, so there’s no update possible. In theory, you’d think the company would provide various options in the future, but based on what they’ve done with their mini PCs and docks, I’m not too confident since AFAIK docks can not be purchased separately…
Kangaroo Notebook with actually come with 2 Kangaroo mini, so you can have several people sharing one laptop shell without having to share the same operating system. Maybe there’s a use case here, especially storage is limited to 32GB. Liliputing had a closer look at the laptop which should sell for $300.
It’s not the first modular laptop we’ve seen this year, and while it’s quite more powerful than the first EOMA68 CPU card for laptops, mini PCs, and whatever you may think of, which offers an open standard and an ecosystem of options, Kangaroo solution is fully proprietary, and currently it’s only modular by name since there’s only one laptop shell, and one PC module. We’ll have to see how it evolves.
Infocus Kangaroo Notebook also has a product page, but with only a few pictures, no information for now.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.