Introducing the HP Sprout… A Device for the Modern Creative
HP is carefully targeting creatives with their new suite of offerings (more on that later). Case in point, the company recently released a new all-in-one computer. The HP Sprout is computer with loads of new technology aimed at people who want to create fun projects without the need of additional (and often expensive) software. It can work as a computer but its best use is in its ability to inspire users to create unique projects. Essentially the Sprout is frills free with sweet technology that makes using it easy.
This device is not your typical “computer.” The Sprout uses a 23-inch touch flat-screen monitor along with a touch-enabled mat. If you’re wondering about a keyboard, the Sprout doesn’t need one (though it does come with one). Everything is done via touch including typing, taking pictures and more. When needed the keyboard projects on to the screen.
Now about the monitor, a top sits a projector that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Seriously. The projector, which conveniently also functions as a night light because of its LED functionality, is loaded with a 4-camera system courtesy of Intel’s RealSense 3D camera, a 14.6-megapixel high-resolution camera and can scan documents and objects in 3D format. As a result taking high-resolutions pictures is easy as placing them on the Touch Mat (projects a 20-inch, 1,024×768-pixel display) and the quality is pretty stellar.
What’s more because of the advanced camera technology users can easily create 2D and 3D objects directly from the PC with the Sprout bundle software. With 3D technology becoming more accessible, the Sprout ability to easily create objects is a great add-on on the device. Think of all of the 3D printing possibilities?
In addition to the powerful touchscreen pad and monitor, the Sprout also includes a stylus. Users, can therefore, “play” with objects in a way that feels comfortable. Or, for those can draw the stylus can work as a brush. As for the specs, the Sprout has two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot located on the front side of the monitor. On the back, it has two additional USB 2.0 ports along with a slot for an Ethernet cable and HDMI output. It runs on Windows 8.1 with a a fourth-gen Core i7-4790S desktop PC, with Nvidia GeForce GT745A graphics. It has 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive with 8GB of cache. All of this makes for a powerful machine that is not like a typical computer. In fact, because it is so different than a computer, we are not sure whether calling it a computer is an appropriate term.
The HP Sprout retails for $1,899 and is at select retailers, including Best Buy and Microsoft Store and more.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Collectively on behalf of HP. While I was receive the Sprout by HP and will receive compensation all opinions expressed are my own.