This Mobile PC Lets You Use Your iPad as a Monitor


There's a radical new PC design that has a lot going for it. About the size of an iPhone 6 Plus, including its removable docking station, the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop and Dock ($99) packs a lot into a remarkably small form factor. Remember, this is the size of a smartphone but includes a fully functional PC, with everything except the display. The Kangaroo includes a fingerprint reader and a microSD card reader, and the compact docking station adds HDMI, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB 2.0 port. The unit does have a battery, but it can get hot and the fan is noisy at times.


So why is this important to iOS users? Kangaroo has a crafty solution that lets you use your iPad as an external monitor! Using the free OSLinx app, and a USB to Lightning cable. It is a clever way to repurpose your iPad screen and run a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows 10 if needed. You need to install the OSLinx Server app on Windows and then connect the devices using a standard USB to Lightning cable. It even works with multitouch gestures on the iPad!

There are definitely some advantages to this concept. The Kangaroo could be great for commuters as you can take your entire PC with you and plug it in to a spare docking station at home. Security conscious users could lock it up in a safe at night. However, it might be too radical for corporations to adopt. Plus, Touchscreen Windows Tablets are more affordable than ever,can be used on the go, can be locked up, and don't require a proprietary docking station. 



  • Compact form factor
  • Affordable
  • Modular, take-it-with-you design
  • Integrated HDMI, Fingerprint Reader, USB 3.0
  • microSD expansion


  • Might be too radical
  • Touchscreen Windows Tablets more affordable than ever

Final Verdict

If you are looking for an accessory, the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop and Dock from Kangaroo should be high on your list. the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop and Dock from Kangaroo is worth considering. 

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.