One of the biggest current trends in computing is portable devices that can play the role of a desktop when they’re given access to a mouse, a keyboard, and a compatible display. Microsoft is leading the charge with its Continuum functionality, but there are other compelling options — like the newly announced Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro.
Building on the success of previous releases from manufacturer InFocus, such as the Kangaroo Plus, the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro adds new features and extra connectivity options. Using the new Dock Pro, the device can easily make a connection to your desired display via its VGA and HDMI ports. Micro USB and MicroSD ports are also present on the dock, while the system itself can accept an Ethernet cable.
Alternatively, there’s one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports on the main body of the device to cater to other display options. For instance, by utilizing the tailored OSLinx app and a Lightning-to-USB cable, your iPhone or iPad can quickly become your PC monitor, retaining its touch input capabilities.
Of course, all these ways of connecting to the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro would be rather useless if the device wasn’t capable of delivering the desktop experience that users expect. To that end, the system is outfitted with a 1.44GHz Intel Atom processor, and runs the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home Edition.
It’s also been given 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, Intel HD graphics and a battery capable of lasting four hours of casual usage. All in all, it’s comparable to a basic laptop — but it weighs just 688 grams even with its adapter and power cord included, and it’s small enough to fit in your pocket.
Despite the fact that its specs aren’t the most impressive, the sheer convenience of the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro will make it a compelling prospect for some, especially at the attractive price point of $199.99. The device launches today, and can be purchased directly from InFocus here.