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Kangaroo Notebook uses mini PCs to separate work and play

Engadget Engadget 15/09/2016 Steve Dent
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InFocus has unveiled the Kangaroo Notebook, an inexpensive laptop computer with an interesting concept: interchangeable mini-PC modules. Each is a completely self-contained Windows 10 PC, so you can dedicate one to important business functions, and another to family games, movies and apps. It comes as a package with the laptop dock and two modules, each equipped with Windows 10, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable to 256GB), and an Intel "Cherry Trail" CPU.

You're not going to play Crysis on one, but they're surprisingly well equipped. The mini PCs have Bluetooth 4.2 LE and 802.11AC Wifi, but use custom connectors, so they can't be connected to separate monitors, keyboards or other peripherals. However, the laptop dock does have an 11.6-inch HD screen (1,366 x 768), full keyboard, Synaptics trackpad, battery, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, SD card reader, 3.5mm audio jack, microphone and speakers.

The disadvantage is that you can only use one module at a time because of the custom connectors. If Kangaroo could figure out how to stick a few ports on the modules themselves, like on its Kangaroo Pro mini PC, it would be a bit more useful. If that's not an issue, it's a clever way to keep your personal stuff firewalled from the kids' Flash games without the need to pay for two PCs. The whole package runs $300, including both modules, and will arrive at in mid-October.

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