Buy it on Newegg – http://lon.tv/kangaroo (affiliate link) – The Kangaroo Mini PC is the absolute best value for a fully licensed Windows 10 desktop PC at only $99. It’s made by projector manufacturer InFocus.
00:02 – Hardware Overview
01:40 – Ports and dock
04:00 – Fingerprint reader demonstration
04:07 – Microsoft Word and web browsing demonstration
06:16 – iPad second screen demonstration
07:53 – Minecraft and Counterstrike GO / gaming discussion
09:40 – Kodi and hometheater performance
10:27 – Conclusion and final thoughts
The Kangaroo is powered by an Atom X5 Cherry Trail z8500 giving it faster burst speeds compared to the other slightly more expensive Cherry Trail PC’s we’ve looked at. It also has a battery built in that can power the device for about four hours or so. It has 2 gigs of RAM and 32 gigabytes of storage along with a fully licensed version of Windows 10 Home Edition.
The most interesting component is the included docking station. It currently supports most of the ports on the system, including HDMI, two USB ports (one 3.0 and one 2.0), as well as power. Kangaroo says they plan to make additional docks that will add other functionality. Interesting concept.
It also has a feature that allows an iPad to act as a second screen. The software is unique to the Kangaroo but there are other applications that work the same way, namely Duet that I use quite a bit.
Gaming performance is where other Cherry Trail devices are. Adequate for casual stuff and Minecraft, not so much on the more demanding titles.
I don’t recommend this for home theater users as it does not pass through the higher end audio formats. It will do Dolby Digital and DTS as other mini PCs too. It was able to play back Blu Ray MKVs via its built in AC wireless adapter without trouble.
You won’t find a better value for a mini desktop pc. If you’re looking for one this is currently the one to get.
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