Date Joined: 11/13/09
Pros: I bought this on impulse fron Newegg about 2 hours after seeing the product announcement; we have 3 Macs and a gaming PC, so it's not like I needed another computer. It just looked too cool to pass up. Setup was very easy. It drives 2 megapixels on the monitor smoothly. I've used it to edit a doc in Word online, stream video, and browse online, and my son started up Minecraft and Binding of Isaac. Minecraft works surprisingly well on low settings, far better than an ancient MacBook we have, but obviously far less well than our high-end PC. Binding of Isaac was smooth, good gameplay. Son wants a Kangaroo of his own so he can play Binding on his iPad. This is amazingly high value for the price. It's a real Windows 10 PC with decent performance for simple tasks. I could see this used as a PC for people who mainly use phones and tablets, or in office settings, or in place of a Raspberry pi. Think of it as a Windows 10 phone without a screen, it's about the same size. Microsoft: You are on the right path with the dock for your new Windows phones; but Kangaroo is selling an entire computer for the price of your dock (or less?). I hope this product is successful, and wish I could see what a gen 3 version would look like!
Cons: These are more "notes" than cons. The device is amazing value for the price! I wish it had more RAM. 4 GB would have been better; heck, with more RAM this could almost be a very low-end Steam Machine. Making a restore flash drive took 3+ hours on a USB3 thumbdrive. You need to download a video server before you can use the Kangaroo with an iPad. IPad video seemed to have low frame rateand a bit of lag, and at 1024x768 was not a great experience, but perhaps improved software will come in the future. While Bluetooth allows use of wireless peripherals, you may want a USB hub for initial setup, but then it's wire madness. Once you pair things, it should be fine.