InFocus, already known for its Kangaroo Mobile Desktop, expanded the family by launching a modular notebook. And for “modular,” it means a laptop composed of two components: the frame and a removable module that incorporates the hardware equipment of a common PC. So, when the two pieces are assembled, Kangaroo Notebook is a portable computer entry-level ready.
But what is special about this notebook is its versatility: you can remove the Kangaroo Mini PC module and replace it with a different one, allowing multiple users to have access to their data on the same laptop, maintaining completely separate computing environments. And, considering that the objective of InFocus is just that, the company offers Kangaroo Notebook for $ 299, but the package includes the chassis of the laptop and two Kangaroo Mini PC modules. Basically it is a bit ‘like having two computers, or nearly so, for the price of one.
The handset, which could be defined simply dock as it does not have its “brain”, integrates a 11.6-inch HD screen (1366 x 768 pixels), a full-size keyboard with Synaptics Clickpad, a 1MP webcam with microphone, speakers, a USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0, a microSD card reader, audio jacks and a 37 Wh battery, which should provide at least 5 hours of operation. The hardware components are “tight” in the module that plugs into the front of the chassis: chip Intel Atom x5-Z8350, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Windows 10 and still a microSD card reader, Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11ac.
The project is really interesting and – in our opinion – winning, even though some limitations should be torn down: the Kangaroo module only works when connected to the dock, so you can not use it as a stand-alone PC Mini since it is no HDMI ports and USB required to connect the monitor, keyboard and other accessories. The frame of Kangaroo Notebook, however, is not designed to be used with third-party PC as Raspberry Pi or Intel Compute Stick. It is clear that InFocus has not yet delivered all the capabilities of your device.
Besides being able to insert more modules in the same PC (one for work and one for personal use, one for parents and one for children), the modular design opens many possibilities of use such as that of an easy upgrade of the hardware platform or the design laptop. And it is this strength of Kangaroo Notebook.
Unfortunately, InFocus has not released any details about future updates. At the moment, therefore, there are no ideas on a new chassis with Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) for example, or on a Kangaroo Mini PC with Intel Core (Skylake / Kaby Lake) and we also know that the company is not among the fastest in the updates. So if you are interested in Kangaroo Notebook, our advice is to buy as much as now offering the device and not for what it could be in the future. Brad Liliputing has had a chance to look closely (live) and, if the notebook has intrigued you, you will find interesting without doubt his article.