HP Introduces Sprout Pro All-inOne, EliteBook x360 at CES 2017

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2017-01-06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    HP Introduces Sprout Pro All-inOne, EliteBook x360 at CES 2017
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    HP Introduces Sprout Pro All-inOne, EliteBook x360 at CES 2017

    The Sprout Pro all-in-one computer and the EliteBook x360 laptop headlined the lineup of technologies HP introduced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
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    HP Sprout Pro: A Different Kind of Desktop
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    HP Sprout Pro: A Different Kind of Desktop

    The HP Sprout Pro is an all-in-one PC running Windows 10. It also comes with a secondary screen called the Touch Mat, which lies flat on the desk and displays images from the included projector. With the Touch Mat’s help, users can interact with software to perform several productivity-related tasks.
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    HP EliteBook x360: A Nice Hybrid
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    HP EliteBook x360: A Nice Hybrid

    The HP EliteBook x360 is a two-in-one hybrid that allows it to be used as both a notebook and a tablet, thanks to its 13.3-inch touch-screen. The EliteBook can be used in three modes in addition to the tablet and notebook modes—in tent style for presentations, flat with its screen propped up for video viewing and flat on the table for multiuser conferences.
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    HP Sprout Pro: The 2D-3D Crossover
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    HP Sprout Pro: The 2D-3D Crossover

    Using the high-res cameras built into the Sprout Pro, users can snap photos of an object and convert it digitally using built-in software. The result is a fully scanned image of the object that then can be modified, edited and incorporated into design software and other tools. HP believes the feature could be useful manufacturing, education and other industries.
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    HP EliteBook x360: A Look at Security Features
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    HP EliteBook x360: A Look at Security Features

    HP’s EliteBook comes with several security features, including the ability to sign on to the machine through its infrared camera, fingerprint sensor or smart card reader. It also includes a feature called HP Sure Start Gen3 that handles BIOS problems and a privacy mode called Sure View. The EliteBook x360 works with HP’s WorkWise office-intelligence smartphone app to deliver additional security and performance information.
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    HP Sprout Pro: Take a Look Inside
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    HP Sprout Pro: Take a Look Inside

    The HP Sprout Pro comes with a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor featuring a 2.9GHz clock speed. On the graphics side, users will find the Intel HD 630. The Sprout Pro offers up to 1TB of storage, and those who want better graphics performance can opt for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M.
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    HP EliteBook x360: Take a Look Inside
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    HP EliteBook x360: Take a Look Inside

    Like the Sprout Pro, the HP EliteBook x360 comes with Intel’s seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor. The hybrid runs on Windows 10 Pro and has up to 16GB of built-in memory. The EliteBook comes with Intel HD Graphics 620 for its GPU and a 720p HD webcam, and its battery charges through one of its USB 3.1 ports.
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    HP Sprout Pro: The Active Pen Matters
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    HP Sprout Pro: The Active Pen Matters

    The HP Sprout Pro is compatible with HP’s Active Pen, a digital stylus that can be used to digitally write on the device’s Touch Mat. The Active Pen can manipulate objects on-screen and be used to take notes and perform other tasks. HP says it’s an important component in the broader Sprout Pro experience.
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    HP EliteBook x360 Delivers 16.5 Hours of Battery Life
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    HP EliteBook x360 Delivers 16.5 Hours of Battery Life

    Battery life is arguably one of the EliteBook x360’s most impressive features. The hybrid delivers up to 16.5 hours of battery life on a single charge during normal use, making it a fine companion for business trips. HP also offers fast-charging in the device, allowing users to restore up to half of their battery life in just 30 minutes.
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    HP Sprout Pro: WorkTools Software Is Important
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    HP Sprout Pro: WorkTools Software Is Important

    The HP Sprout Pro ships with WorkTools software built in. According to HP, WorkTools is a platform that allows for much of the functionality users would find in the Sprout Pro, including the ability to manipulate real-world objects that were scanned into the computer. WorkTools is the platform through which the Sprout Pro derives much of its functionality.
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    EliteBook x360 Provides Plenty of Ports
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    EliteBook x360 Provides Plenty of Ports

    The EliteBook x360 might be a lightweight device, but it comes with several ports. The machine ships with one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt, two USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI 1.4 and a microSD card slot. Considering some of its competitors—including Apple’s latest MacBook Pro—come with so few ports, it’s refreshing to see so many ports in the EliteBook x360.
 

HP made a splash at this year’s Computer Electronic Show 2017 with help from a bevy of new computers. The vendor unveiled desktops, notebooks and hybrids that should hold appeal for both consumers and corporate users. But the EliteBook x360 hybrid laptop and the Sprout Pro all-in-one computer look to be the most interesting of HP’s announcements. Both devices come with novel designs that offer corporate customers in particular new ways to work productively. The Sprout Pro also has features that will be valuable in corporate offices—for example, HP designed the Sprout with a projector and two screens to help users with creative work, business presentations and application development work. The EliteBook x360 also offers strong performance and outstanding battery life—a particularly important feature for business road warriors. This slide show will cover the finer points of the EliteBook x360 and Sprout Pro and how they could appeal to corporate users. Take a look at the following slides to learn more about these two corporate-focused computer models.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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