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Saturday, January 28, 2017

2 PCs in 1 in the Kangaroo Notebook

If you are looking for a new pc notebook that you can just throw into your purse and go, then The Kangaroo Notebook may just be the right one for you. That sounded a little “infomercial” like, didn’t it? Well, that’s not where I was going with it, but it’s still true. It’s an odd name for a computer, but it’s super cool, small and very portable. I even put it in my purse to check it out.



The Kangaroo Notebook is a 2 in 1 and not like you are used to. This has 2 PC’s in 1. Meaning, that there are 2 modules (called Kangaroo Mini) that come with it. The modules are what make the computer work. The shell (or Notebook Dock) is the screen, and keyboard. My first thought, is why would you need multiple modules, why can’t they just put more memory onto one and make it like what we are used to? Then I thought about it, and thought it’s pretty genius really. Having them separate allows you to separate your things. Say you do homework, or work stuff but also use it for personal or let your kids use it. This way, one module is only for your work/homework etc and the other for the kids or whoever else. Then, nobody can get things mixed together, docs don’t get deleted by mistake.



The modules weigh only 0.11 lbs, with the dimensions being: 3.75”x 1.61”x 0.8, so they are very thin and light. I used my label maker to put “A” and “B” on them, so I know which is which. They are easy to put in and take out. Taking them out is only pulling them some. They stick out from the base a little, so that makes it easier.

Much like most notebooks/laptops you get multiple USB ports, and an SD card reader that can support up to 512GB). Here are some other specs for the doc and for the modules.

Kangaroo Dock specs:
  • Display: 11.6-inch HD Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
  • Max Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Webcam: 1MP 720p HD CMOS Camera (30fps@1280×800)
  • Audio: Integrated 1W Speaker and Microphone
  • Weight: 2.64lbs / 1.2kg
  • Dimensions: (inches): 11.41” x 7.71” x 0.39”   /   (mm):  289.9 x 196 x 19.9
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Adapter: 36W (12V~3A) AC Adapter
  • Battery: 37Whr/5000mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • USB 2.0: 1x USB 2.0 (Type-A): Supports 500mA power
  • USB 3.0: 1x USB 2.0 (Type-A): Supports 500mA power
  • Audio Out: 1x 3.5mm (⅛ inch) Audio Jack
  • SD Media: 1x SD Card Reader(supports SDSC, SDHC, and SDXC formats, 512GB max)
  • Proprietary: 1x Slot for Kangaroo Mini PC  (required for operation)
  • And more




Kangaroo Mini (modules):
  • Chipset: Cherry Trail
  • Processor:1.44 GHz Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8350
  • Cache: 2MB
  • Instruction Set: x64
  • Base Frequency: 1.44 GHz
  • Burst Frequency: 1.92 GHz
  • CPU Cores: 4
  • Processor Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics
  • Graphics Memory: Shared
  • Operating System:
  • Architecture: x64
  • Operating System2: Windows 10 64-Bit Home edition

Overall I really like the system. It does have its flaws, as most do. The biggest thing is if you want a program like office on both modules, you need to have 2. We buy multiple when we got my daughter’s laptop a few months ago, so it wasn’t a big deal then, but you can always only use one for all word. Otherwise there are other ways around it like using google docs (which I LOVE).  I think the only other thing I didn’t really like is that the keyboard is a bit loud when you type, but again, that’s nothing major.



I think this is a great option for on the go people as it’s small, but you can still do what you need to do on it. The lack of storage isn’t really a big deal for me on the modules as you can use a SD card much like any other computer or device. Price wise, it’s comparable to other laptops it’s size, running at $299. You can buy it from Newegg and accessories from Amazon. If you are looking for a gift for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, this may be a great option.

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73 comments:

  1. I love that it's as small as a tablet but with most of the computing power of a regular laptop. I learned that you need to buy 2 licenses for software if you want to use them on both modules.

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  2. I learned it has 2 modules. What I really like is the size--small enough to store in a purse. Easy to transport.

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  3. I love the size and that's a great price. Thanks for posting!

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  4. I love the size and the fact that it has two separate modules - great to keep personal and work separate.

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  5. I like most that it is a 2 in 1 and that it is lightweight, so it is very portable

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  6. I love that this comes with 2 modules, Because I know for myself , i'll be heading back to school so this would work out great, a side for me for homework and blogging and a side for my grandchildren to do
    their work and reading on.
    @tisonlyme143

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  7. I love that it's as small as a tablet but with most of the computing power of a regular laptop. I learned that you need to buy 2 licenses for software if you want to use them on both modules.I love the size and that's a great price. Thanks for posting!

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  8. So amazing that there are so many features given how compact it is and having dual modules is definitely a plus.

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  9. I like most that it is a 2 in 1 and that it is lightweight

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  10. I really like that it's lightweight and is like having two PC's in one so I can share it with my husband.

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  11. I would love the lightweight size for travel and the security of having personal business seperate from everything else.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  13. This looks really nice. My old laptop is showing its age, so I'm going to be in the market for one soon. This is good contender!

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  14. I really like that information and content can be kept private and safe from My kids and they can also play on it

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  15. I love the size and it is light weight. Easy to take along

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  16. I LIKE that its has separate modules and it is lightweight the size is so nice

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  17. i love the storage..looks just the right size to take anywhere i can find a hot spot..thanks

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  18. I learned it has 2 modules and it has a relatively small size.

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  19. I love that it is a 2 in 1! I learned it is under 3 pounds in weight :)

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  20. I love that it's lightweight--not huge so it fits in purses, backpacks, and small totes. Love the battery life too.

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  21. I love the weight of this and that you can seperate the kids info from mine.

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  22. I love that it has a 2 for 1 feature. My daughter uses her computer for work but she has a 3 year old that loves to play with it too. Would be great to safeguard her work.

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  23. I like the small size, but that also makes for a small screen too. With the processor, memory & storage in the little modules, then later on maybe they will come out with a more powerful processor and/or more memory which would make it very easy to upgrade the system.

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  24. I like these two things the most about this great notebook; Processor:1.44 GHz Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8350
    Cache: 2MB

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  25. This is such a great affordable little computer. I love that you can separate how you want to use it so nothing gets mixed up. That way you can share it with someone else. I also love that it is so small and weighs only 2.64 pounds.

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  26. What a brilliant design! I love that it has different modules. I can use it for my nursing program and for personal stuff. And the fact that it's so lightweight and portable means I can bring it everywhere!

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  27. I love that it is lighweight and that it has modules for your work/homework etc and one for the kids.

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  28. I like that it is light weight and that it is small to take anywhere.

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  29. I like the size of it. Love the idea of sticking it in my handbag.

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  30. love the size of it The modules weigh only 0.11 lbs, with the dimensions being: 3.75”x 1.61”x 0.8, so they are very thin and light.

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  31. I like and learned that the Kangaroo has multiple USB ports.

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  32. I simply love this tech. It's Compaq, lightweight and easy to carry with. Great for daily use at work and school.

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  33. I learned that it is small enough to carry it in a purse and about the separate modules that can be dedicated for different members of the family or friends!! I love that!! At least you can have a little privacy!

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  34. I like that it is light weight. I like the versatility of two PC's in one.

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  35. I was amazed by the 2 modules and the power that it i\has....

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  36. I learned how it has 2 modules and that for software like office you would have to install 2.

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  37. I love the portability and usefulness of this laptop!

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  38. I love that it has a dual purpose. I can do my financial stuff with privacy and the rest of the family can watch movies, play games, etc.

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  39. I love that it is smaller and lighter than my laptop which would enable me to take it with to my doctor appts so I could keep busy while in the waiting room.

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  40. I absolutely LOVE the size of the laptop! I want to start a blog, but I worry that I won't be able to take my laptop with me. This would definitely work for me! I also LOVE that you can separate things. Like you said, my son could use it for his stuff, and I could keep my things safe! I'm really glad that I learned about this! God bless!

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  41. I like it is lightweight, portable and compact. Laptops today are so heavy and bulky.

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  42. I love there's separate modules - one for grown-ups for work, one for kiddos for play. It would be very stress reliving knowing that our kids couldn't accidentally delete any really important files.

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  43. I absolutely love how lightweight it it. This would be perfect for traveling!

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  44. I love that it's 2 PC's in 1. My awesome husband would love this notebook because he could do completely different things on each side separately. I would love to win this for him. He needs a new one badly.

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  45. I love that I can have this with me everywhere because it's portable and light weight

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  46. I learned that it has separate modules and great for two people to use separately.

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  47. Well I like theweight of it. I have a dinosaur laptop now, kind of heavy. This is good for me and my things I do online and when my son can use it separately for his games. Great :o)

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  48. I like most how lightweight it is. I learned that it has 2 modules.

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  49. I love the size of this notebook, definitely on my wish list.

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  50. I really love the size of this The 2 in 1 feature is really good This sounds like a very good product at a great price

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  51. Thank you for giving such a complete review. I especially appreciate the information on having to buy buy Word twice and using Google Docs. I really need to look into something like this for use with my volunteer activities.

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  52. I like that it has one docking station and I learned that the modules are swabable

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  53. Love the idea of the modules, was surprised to read about them each needing a copy of a program. I would have thought they'd have some 'central' memory for big programs like office.

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  54. I love the idea of this! It's super sleek and would be great for gaming and shopping.

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  55. I like that it is small and compact and learned there are 2 PC's in 1.

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  56. Sheila M. The separate modules would be great for me because then I could have one designated for my son to use for school. The other I would use myself without fear of an accident causing me to lose something.

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  57. The fact that it weights 0.11 lbs and is thin are my favorite features. This would be easy to take anywhere I go.

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  58. I like the 2 modules. One for me and my programs/documents and one for my sister who's always borrowing my stuff.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  59. I love that this has 2 modules. That feature is genius. And I like that it is lightweight and portable.

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  60. I love that it's small, has a webcam and is affordable!

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  61. I love that the mini even has Windows 10 on it! This really does sound like a great deal.

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  62. The modules is what makes it so incredibly awesome!! This would come in handy in so many ways such as work and then blogging. The modules are my favorite feature.

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  63. I like that it can do so much, yet small enough that I can take it with me almost anywhere.

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  64. I love the two in one feature so you can keep the kids' stuff separate from the rest of the family stuff. My oldest daughter gets delete happy, so keeping my stuff separate from hers avoids accidents.

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  65. So, the notebook itself is just a shell and the operating system & memory is in the Kangaroo Minis. Genius idea!

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  66. I like the modules and docking station the most of all of the fine features on the Kangaroo 2 PCs in 1 Notebook.

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  67. i like that it is light weight and easy to carry

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  68. I love that you could fit it into your purse and it's lightweight.

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  69. I love that this is 2 pc's in 1 which I could also have my daughter and granddaughter use. What a great idea!

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  70. I really like how it has two modules. I think that is convenient, you wouldnt get things confused. One for work one for play! I also am impressed with the size so small for such power.

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  71. What I like about the Kangaroo Notebook is that I can have two independent Kangaroo mini PCs, and I can separate one PC from my personal PC using the same screen. The size is great as well!

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  72. Being a 2 in 1 is a plus for me. I love that it is portable, small and so functional.

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