So far this year, we’ve seen a number of ultraportable notebooks, but this one might be the craziest of all. The Kangaroo Notebook created by InFocus is a modular laptop launched as an entry-level device for mobile professions who may need to review some notes or send and email, on the go. The laptop actually comprises a shell and two Windows 10 Mini PC modules, so you’ll get plenty of hardware for $299. This also means that two people can utilize the same shell without having to worry about accessing each other’s private files.
Kangaroo Notebook – Design Features:
The laptop dock weighs 2.6 pounds and measures 11.4 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches. Design wise, this notebook is very simple with no flashy parts and conspicuous logo. Its HD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels is good enough for watching videos with decent clarity, but you cannot expect breathtaking sharpness or brightness at such a low price. Also, the 11.6-inch screen size will appeal to business users who need a lightweight laptop while traveling.
The Kangaroo notebook has all ports you can imagine in an 11-inch notebook. There’s an SD card reader, a microSD card reader, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port and a jack for inserting headphone/microphones. There’s also a big opening for inserting the module that itself weights 1. 8-ounce, with a 3.8 x 1.6 x 0.34-inch frame. The wireless technologies onboard include Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.
Kangaroo Notebook – Specification and Battery Life:
Under the hood, the new model has an Intel Atom CPU which may not produce impressive results in performance tests, but is sufficient for web browsing and opening few apps online. However, we felt that the 2GB of RAM is quite less, especially when some dirt cheap Chromebooks are arriving with 4GB RAM. Also, the 32GB of storage is a bit underwhelming, but you have the option to extend it to 256GB.
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit Home edition
- CPU: 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
- Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Storage: 32GB eMMC
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11AC + a/b/g/n Intel
- Expansion: microSD TF slot (256GB max)
- Battery: 37Whr/5,000mAh
- Power: 36W(12V~3A) AC Adapter
We didn’t test the modular Kangaroo battery, but InFocus claims that the machine’s 37 Whr battery easily lasts for up to five hours. We would’ve appreciated if the battery lasted a couple of hours more, but you can’t ask for more with this price.
Kangaroo Notebook – Mini Modules:
The manufacturer (InFocus) claims that the dual modules work like two separate laptops, so one can be used at home while the other can be used for work or business purposes. Sadly, these modules work only when they’re connected to the laptop shell and cannot be used as standalone computers since they lack USB and HDMI ports needed to connect them to a display, keyboard, and other accessories. Both the modules have a clean install of Windows 10 operating OS with no bloatware whatsoever.
Overall, we liked the innovative concept by InFocus, but it’s too early to comment on how well the Kangaroo Notebook will be received in the market. We think this laptop has a better chance to succeed if the manufacturer offered some upgrades such as a full-HD display, 4GB RAM, and a more powerful processor, for a premium price.