HP launched a Pro version of the weirdest desktop around,We see a lot of unusually shaped laptops and tablets, but HP’s Sprout – a computer with a 3D scanner, projector, and ‘touch-mat’ – definitely has things covered on the desktop front. While that device was originally marketed as a home computer creatives, now HP is focusing on the enterprise too.
The new Sprout Pro comes with a few extra features on hand. It gets a small spec bump thanks to Skylake processors, but keeps the same same 23-inch panel, downward-facing projector and Intel RealSense 3D camera.
The bigger difference comes by way of software, which includes apps aimed at business and classrooms. For example, you can use the top-mounted camera as a scanner, and then send documents using Skype for Business while in the middle of a conference call.
Its potential is still also fairly easy to see in education. You can use the scanner to help children learn the names of objects, for instance, or use the dual touch surface for creative projects.
It’s not going to be cheap though, starting at $2,199. That’s a $300 premium over the standard model, and it’s not clear HP has added enough hardware to justify the cost difference, especially considering the original was announced in late 2014.
It’s also hard to say how HP plans to maintain a solid niche for the Sprout, but it’s nice to see the company is still trying to breathe life into the weirdest desktop around.
Product specifications :
HP Data Sheet
Windows 10 Home 64
Intel® Core™ i7-4790S
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745A with 2GB DDR3 dedicated memory
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745A (2 GB DDR3 dedicated)
23″ diagonal FHD WVA 10-point touch-enabled WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
8 GB DDR3-1600 (2 x 4 GB)
Upgradeable to 16 GB
1 TB 5400 rpm SATA SSHD
8 GB SSD cache
Memory card device
3-in-1 memory card reader
Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
802.11a/b/g/n (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo
350 W AC power adapter
2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 RJ-45; 1 line out; 1 headphone/microphone combo
1 mini PCIe x1
ENERGY STAR® certified
HP High Definition 1 MP Webcam
DTS Sound+ Audio with integrated premium stereo speakers and dual digital MEMS microphones
HP Illuminator, including HP DLP Projector, HP High-Resolution Camera (up to 14.6 MP), Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera, and LED desk lamp
Wireless optical mouse; Adonit Jot Pro stylus; 20″ diagonal, 20-point touch-enabled touch mat with an ultra-resistant top coating
Wireless keyboard with volume control and hot keys
Dimensions (W X D X H)
23.4 x 22.7 x 23.8 in
1 year limited hardware warranty with 90-days complimentary technical support (from date of purchase); Access to world class support services through www.support.hp.com; Lifetime use of HP Support Assistant
What’s in the box
CyberLink PowerDirector; Snapfish; Microsoft Project Spark; Netflix; Piano Time; Skype; Adobe Reader; Bing Translator; Evernote Premium; The Weather Channel;