Sproutby HP

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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
81%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The built-in projector/scanner offers both document and 3D scanning. The optional 3D stage makes full 3D scanning possible.
  • The touch pad offers both 20-point touch input and doubles as a second display in addition to the 23-inch touch screen on the computer.
  • The Sprout comes standard with stylus and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

CONS

  • Few apps currently take advantage of the Sprout's full capabilities.
  • The touch mat requires a lot of desk space, and it has no angle or height adjustment
  • 3D scanning is flaky and unreliable unless you use the optional 3D stage, which adds about $300 to the cost.
The HP Sprout is an all-in-one computer with a 10-point touch-enabled 23-inch screen, a 20-point touch-enabled mat, and a camera to capture 3D and 2D objects. The optional 3D stage makes 3D scanning easier. Running Windows 8, the 8GB base model--expandable to 16GB--includes a 1TB SSHD drive, an Intel I7 processor, and a GeForce GT 745 GPU. Connect to the network with Gigabit Ethernet or dual-band Wi-Fi. Add peripherals using two USB 3.0 or two USB 2.0 ports, or Bluetooth 4.0. The SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader adds convenient photo and data imports.
NameSproutiMac (21.5-inch with Retina 4K display, 2015)B50 All-in-OneC560 Touch All-in-OneC40
ManufacturerHPAppleLenovoLenovoLenovo
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The Sprout has features that no other PC does, and even if you don’t use its scanning and rendering capabilities, it still is a powerful all…

The Sprout has features that no other PC does, and even if you don’t use its scanning and rendering capabilities, it still is a powerful all-in-one computer that you can use and interact with normally

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The Sprout by HP is a high end Windows 8 computer that has a novel two-screen configuration and advanced cameras, all of which can make a nu…

The Sprout by HP is a high end Windows 8 computer that has a novel two-screen configuration and advanced cameras, all of which can make a number of creative activities easier and more enjoyable. The second display, on a desktop touch sensitive mat, is a major advance in the physical user interface for computers.

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The Sprout is undoubtedly one of the more unusual desktops we've seen in the PC Labs, but the design isn't too complicated.

The Sprout is undoubtedly one of the more unusual desktops we've seen in the PC Labs, but the design isn't too complicated.

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The HP Sprout is an innovative, quirky and exciting all-in-one PC aimed at content creators, designers and anyone looking for an excuse to d…

The HP Sprout is an innovative, quirky and exciting all-in-one PC aimed at content creators, designers and anyone looking for an excuse to ditch their mouse and keyboard.

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The resulting 3D models can be shared with others through an online viewer with rotation and resizing options, or you can print your object …

The resulting 3D models can be shared with others through an online viewer with rotation and resizing options, or you can print your object with a connected 3D printer.

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Back when HP first introduced Sprout, an ambitious all-in-one desktop, the company came up with lots of reasons why you might want such an u…

Back when HP first introduced Sprout, an ambitious all-in-one desktop, the company came up with lots of reasons why you might want such an unusual PC -- one with an overheard projector/camera, and a touch mat that could act as a second screen.

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Here’s the most intriguing part: The Sprout can also create 3D images of scanned objects

Here’s the most intriguing part: The Sprout can also create 3D images of scanned objects

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The HP Sprout was arguably the most innovative computer released in 2014.

The HP Sprout was arguably the most innovative computer released in 2014.

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Every so often, even desktop computers get an innovative twist. That was the case with the HP Sprout

Every so often, even desktop computers get an innovative twist. That was the case with the HP Sprout

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Seriously, if you have a creative bone in your body, you'll be able to see applications for Sprout within seconds of picking it up.

Seriously, if you have a creative bone in your body, you'll be able to see applications for Sprout within seconds of picking it up.

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The real feather in the Sprout’s cap, however, is its 2D and 3D scanning capabilities. With a touch of a button the Sprout can scan an objec…

The real feather in the Sprout’s cap, however, is its 2D and 3D scanning capabilities. With a touch of a button the Sprout can scan an object placed on the mat and immediately bring up a virtual version for users to manipulate and share.

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The benefit of having dual touchscreens positioned this way is that you can have interfaces that either work independently of each other or …

The benefit of having dual touchscreens positioned this way is that you can have interfaces that either work independently of each other or extend a piece of software in a more comfortable way.

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HP declined to share sales figures — but it's a compelling look at how easy it's becoming for the average person to start working with 3D mo…

HP declined to share sales figures — but it's a compelling look at how easy it's becoming for the average person to start working with 3D models.

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