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The $300 Kangaroo Notebook lets you swap mini PCs

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InFocus, the makers of the miniature $99 Windows 10-running Kangaroo PC, announced the Kangaroo Notebook earlier this week, a laptop that takes the miniature computer idea of the original Kangaroo PC and expands it to laptops.

The Notebook itself — with a 11.6-inch screen and relatively weak specs built around an Intel Atom processor — strongly brings to mind the netbook aesthetic of years past. But unlike most laptops, which are closed systems, the Kangaroo Notebook is actually based around individual Kangaroo Mini modules that comprise the computer, with each separate module slotting into the Notebook hardware to run the specific system on that Kangaroo Mini.

the individual Kangaroo Mini modules can't be used independently of the chassis

InFocus imagines that families could share the Kangaroo chassis by swapping out each person’s Kangaroo Mini to allow separate work and personal computers to all use the same base hardware. Security aside, it's not entirely clear why you wouldn't just use separate user accounts to accomplish this sort of feature (especially since, unlike the Kangaroo PC, the individual Kangaroo Mini modules can't be used independently of the chassis).

The Kangaroo Notebook is expected to ship in October for $299, which will get you the notebook itself with two swappable modules.