The Kangaroo Notebook sports two Windows 10 modules that hop into a laptop dock

infocus kangaroo notebook windows 10 mini modules
During the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular event in New York City on Thursday, InFocus Corporation introduced the Kangaroo Notebook, a bundle consisting of a laptop dock and two interchangeable Kangaroo Mini PCs running Windows 10. So instead of having one notebook with multiple user accounts, two individuals would insert their module into the laptop for work and play, and then remove it when done. Even more, each module comes packed with its own storage, allowing users to take their files with them when the module is removed.

Consider the laptop dock as an empty shell sporting a built-in 11.6-inch screen, a full keyboard, and a Synaptics Clickpad. It is the Kangaroo Mini module PC that’s the meat of the package, packing a quad-core Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor launched by Intel earlier this year. This chip has a base clock speed of 1.44GHz, a burst clock speed of 1.92GHz, and provides integrated HD 400 graphics with a base clock speed of 200MHz  with a 500MHz burst.

Related: InFocus Kangaroo review

The Kangaroo Mini also includes Bluetooth 4.2 LE and Wireless AC connectivity, 2GB of system memory, and 32GB of internal storage. That latter number is not a lot and users will likely get little breathing room for their files thanks to Windows 10 and its associated pre-installed programs hogging up most of that space. Luckily, there is an SD-card reader built into the laptop dock to expand the storage up to 256GB along with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The Kangaroo Notebook product page really does not offer much in regards to detail. However, the company confirmed that the dock aspect includes a webcam, a microphone, speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a battery, making it a certified modular notebook. The screen has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels.

“With Kangaroo Notebook, we put the power to create private, individualized computing experiences directly into the hands of our customers,” said Ben Chu, head of Kangaroo sales. “The modular design of this new mobile computing bundle gives our customers a different level of flexibility and control over how they want to manage personal computing, particularly in the home.”

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the Kangaroo Mini’s special connectors, customers can not use the module on its own, such as hooking up a keyboard, mouse, and display. Those wanting a stand-alone solution may best check out the company’s other products such as the Kangaroo pocket-sized PC. That device sports a fingerprint reader, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, and so on. It is powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor and includes 2GB of system memory along with 32GB of internal storage. There is a “Plus” model too with more memory and storage.

This Kangaroo modular notebook from InFocus will be sold on Newegg starting mid-October for $300 and will come with Windows 10 pre-installed on both modules. It sounds like a reasonable deal given that customers receive two pocket-sized Windows 10 PCs and a laptop dock sporting a built-in screen for one price.


Looking for a new laptop? These 5 notebooks are on sale through Presidents’ Day

If you're ready to ditch your aging notebook, you can score some fantastic Presidents' Day savings right now on Microsoft's Surface Pro 6, Dell's XPS 13, HP's Spectre x360, Lenovo's Yoga C930, and Dell's G5 15 Gaming laptops.

Having enough RAM is important, but stick to these guidelines to save some money

Although not quite as exciting as processors and graphics cards, RAM is one of the most important parts of your PC. Not having enough can hurt performance. So, how much RAM do you need?

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for February 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.

Is your PC slow? Here's how to restore Windows 10 to factory settings

Computers rarely work as well after they accumulate files and misconfigure settings. Thankfully, with this guide, you'll be able to restore your PC to its original state by learning how to factory reset Windows.

Microsoft’s Presidents Day Sale cuts price of some Surface laptops by up to $200

It is a great time to save on Windows 10 laptops. Microsoft's retail store is running a sale on some of the best tablets and laptops, cutting pricing by up to $200 on the Surface Laptop 2 and more.

Here’s how to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your Xbox One

Online privacy is more important now than it's ever been, and gaming is happening online more than ever before. Here's a quick guide on how to set up a VPN for your Xbox One so you game in safe anonymity.

New Chrome feature aimed at preventing websites from blocking Incognito Mode

A new Chrome feature will prevent websites from blocking Chrome users as they browse using Incognito Mode. The feature is supposed to fix a known loophole that allows websites to detect and block those using Incognito Mode.

What’s the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom CC has evolved into a capable photo editor, but is it enough to supplant Lightroom Classic? We took each program for a test drive to compare the two versions and see which is faster, more powerful, and better organized.

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for a service without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses via one of these handy services.

Chrome is a fantastic browser, but is is still the best among new competitors?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.

Don't use streaming apps? Try the best free media players for your local music

Rather than using music-streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.

Need speed? Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon X55, the world’s fastest 5G modem

Qualcomm is preparing for an even faster future: The silicon giant just unveiled a second generation 5G modem for smartphones, promising blistering download speeds as high as 7Gbps.

Barbie’s Corvette ain’t got nothing on Sphero’s fully programmable robot car

Sphero is known for devices like the Sphero Bolt and BB-8 Star Wars toy, but now the company is back with another addition to its lineup -- the Sphero RVR. The RVR is a fully programmable robot car that can be expanding with different…

Luminar’s libraries gain speed, drop need for you to manually import images

Luminar 3 just got a performance boost. Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 has improved speed over December's update, which added the long-promised libraries feature giving editors a Lightroom alternative.