Technically, the Kangaroo Notebook isn’t by InFocus – Kangaroo is a subsidiary of InFocus. Now that that’s out of the way, lets’ get to the latest innovation cooked out of the labs of InFocus beside the 8000$ touchscreen PC.
The Kangaroo Notebook is also technically not a notebook – the folks at Kangaroo have done something unique with this product. While it does look like a notebook/laptop – what you see is merely a dock.
Kangaroo has split the components of a laptop into two pieces – the first being the dock. It has the display, keyboard, speakers, ports and all the usual notebook stuff including a battery. The dock, however, does not have the actual internals to drive a computer. That has been separated into a “module” that can be swapped at any point.
The module has a CPU, some RAM, and the storage. An idea such as this has been attempted before, albeit with quite a few different implementations. But Kangaroo’s attempt seems to focus more on letting multiple users use the same device rather than providing extensibility.
For the price of 299$, Kangaroo gives you two ‘modules’ and one dock – the module packs an Intel Atom Z8350 Cherrytail CPU, with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage. Since you get two of these modules – you can have two separate “computers,” one in each module.
The dock, on the other hand, comes with an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, 1 MP webcam and of course the keyboard and mousepad. For the ports, there’s a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm jack. The battery – as said earlier – is packed into the dock as well. The 37Wh battery can last up to 5 hours according to Kangaroo.
The modules come running Windows 10 Home – it is not clear how the Windows licensing works since you are technically getting two computers here. The choice of Windows 10 Home is also odd – but for that price, nobody’s complaining.
Obviously, a product like this isn’t for everyone – but those who need something like this now have the option. It is also theoretically possible to simply sell an upgraded module in the future – so you can upgrade the laptop internals without spending much money. It’s just a theory, though.