As expected, this year’s Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show was full of Internet-based gadgets (aka Internet of Things) and mobile devices.
Not so PC-centric products; those few in evidence were ultra thin, ultra light, or ultra small.
Put a Windows 10 PC in your shirt pocket
Infocus is best known for its presentation projectors. But at CES, it jumped into the emerging tiny PC market with its new Kangaroo Mobile Desktop PC (info page), which fits easily in the palm of your hand or in a pocket.
About the size of a smartphone, the Kangaroo includes a full version of Windows 10 Home 64-bit, giving it most of the capabilities of traditional PCs. Priced at a mere U.S. $99, its specs include a low-power Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB flash drive.
You’re not going to do heavy-duty gaming or video editing, but for running common productivity applications, managing email, and Web browsing, this little gizmo gets the job done.
The Kangaroo’s ports are limited to MicroSD for more storage and micro USB. But a mini-docking station adds a single USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, and HDMI. There’s no audio-out, either on the Kangaroo or its dock, but you can connect to speakers and headphones via Bluetooth. And there is, of course, built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi, but you’ll need to bring your own keyboard, mouse, and monitor to the party.
This tiny PC is truly portable; it has a built-in lithium-ion battery that In Focus rates for up to hours of “casual” use (whatever that means).