While we have see HDMI sticks that run versions of Windows in the past, the team at InFocus have just announced a new portable desktop PC that has a few extra features. The InFocus Kangaroo can run a full version of Windows 10 Home, yet still fit in the palm of your hand, and costs just $99.
VentureBeat got a chance to go hands-on with the Kangaroo, which goes on sale later today at NewEgg.com and will be sold via the Microsoft Store site in November:
The pitch is simple: Kangaroo offers the power of a cheap full-sized computer with the convenience and mobility of a cell phone. The black satin aluminum device is powered by an Intel Cherrytrail (Z8500) SOC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (though only about 18GB is free when you first start it, but storage is expandable via a microSD card), and an on-board battery (up to four hours of "casual use"). The standalone Kangaroo Dock, which you can swap out for other future docks, includes an HDMI port and two USB ports."
Besides the on-board battery, another difference between the Kangaroo and a Windows-based HDMI dongle is that the Kangaroo can be connected even to an iPad. It includes a dock that can connect to other monitors and it even has a fingerprint reader that supports Windows 10's Windows Hello security feature. InFocus plans to release more add-ons for the Kangaroo, including a monitor and more dock adaptors.
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