HP Sprout Pro All-in-One PC Built for Enterprise, Education Buyers

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-01-22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    HP Sprout Pro All-in-One PC Built for Enterprise, Education Buyers
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    HP Sprout Pro All-in-One PC Built for Enterprise, Education Buyers

    HP has unveiled a Pro version of its Sprout all-in-one PC for education and enterprise customers. Here's a look at what makes it a contender in that space.
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    HP Sprout Is an All-in-One PC at Its Core
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    HP Sprout Is an All-in-One PC at Its Core

    Although its design is somewhat different from similar PCs from other manufacturers, the Sprout Pro is an all-in-one PC similar to the iMac or the countless Windows-based all-in-ones on the market. It's important for companies to know that while it may some special features, it's still a capable PC for any personal of professional need.
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    Intel, Windows 10 Work Together
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    Intel, Windows 10 Work Together

    The Sprout Pro's secret sauce is the hardware-and-software integration between Microsoft and Intel. The HP machine runs on Windows 10, which accepts a wide range of apps and has been optimized for such technologies as augmented reality or what HP has called "blended reality." In addition, the Sprout Pro relies upon Intel's RealSense technology that allows camera to "see" a real-world item and render it in 3D on the PC.
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    Touch Mat Provides Dual Touch-Screen Capability
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    Touch Mat Provides Dual Touch-Screen Capability

    If it's productivity that enterprise users are after, the Sprout Pro can get the job done. Although its touch mat is best used as a way to render real-life items in 3D, it can also be used as a dual touch screen. So, users can use the downward-facing camera and project Windows on the touch mat. From there, they can interact with Windows as they would on the standard screen.
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    Skype Integration Supports Conferencing, Collaboration
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    Skype Integration Supports Conferencing, Collaboration

    The Sprout Pro features the Sprout Companion for Skype for Business. The app allows for remote screen sharing and collaboration, so users can share a Sprout camera capture during a Skype meeting. And since the Sprout Pro comes with a stylus, users can be in a Skype meeting and draw on the touch mat to write notes on the meeting's virtual whiteboard.
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    3D Scanning Can Be Used in Many Ways
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    3D Scanning Can Be Used in Many Ways

    The 3D scanning capability is one of the Sprout's most important features. The cameras built into the Sprout Pro will analyze an object placed on the touch mat and create a full 3D rendering of it on-screen. From there, special software allows it to be manipulated in any way a user desires. It could be especially useful in a manufacturing setting, where 3D renderings speed up the design and production process.
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    You'll Need Some Add-On Apps
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    You'll Need Some Add-On Apps

    To get the best experience out of the Sprout Pro, some apps will be required. For corporate users, 3D Capture is a must-have to produce 3D renderings of objects. In addition, two Sprout Pro users could collaborate with MyRoom and an app called Docscan that scans documents placed on the touch mat and automatically turns them into PDF files.
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    There's a New Way to Create Presentations
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    There's a New Way to Create Presentations

    HP has highlighted a feature called the External Display Mixer as a potentially appealing way for corporate users to create presentations. The feature allows users to share what's on the Sprout Pro screen, as well as video from a Webcam or whatever the downward-facing camera is capturing. Best of all, it can share all three at the same time.
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    Security Has Been Bolstered
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    Security Has Been Bolstered

    The HP Sprout Pro comes with some security enhancements that go beyond the features built into Windows 10 Pro. The Trusted Platform Module is among the security features baked in to make the Sprout Pro more appealing to the enterprise.
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    It Has High-End Hardware Specifications

    While the Sprout Pro may have several extra features, it's still a high-powered PC. It comes with a 23-inch full-HD display to complement its 20-inch touch mat. Inside the all-in-one is a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, a 1TB solid-state hybrid drive and 8GB of RAM. Users will also find dual USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, as well as support for media cards. The Sprout Pro can connect to networks both wirelessly and with a wired connection.
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    Here's the Pricing, Availability
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    Here's the Pricing, Availability

    If the Sprout Pro sounds like a compelling buy, customers won't need to wait long to get their hands on it. The computer will be available starting in February for $2,199. HP hasn't provided an exact release date, but the company did mention that add-ons, including the Sprout Companion for Skype for Business and scanning features, will come with the computer at no additional charge.
 

The HP Sprout has been available to consumers for months, but the company recently introduced a new Pro version for education and enterprise customers. While there are many similarities between the two models, which bring together a scanner, depth sensor, high-resolution camera and projector for high-quality image processing, HP has included some new features in the Sprout Pro that could turn it into a desirable option for enterprise users. Although at first glance, its dual-screen setup and 3D rendering may seem like a gimmick, in practice it's a great way for companies to engage in 3D modeling, run presentations and even allow for enhanced employee collaboration. The Sprout Pro may not suit every enterprise application. But for those who need these special features, such as its 3D rendering and 3D printing capabilities, it's well worth a closer look. This slide show explains why the Sprout Pro's top features make it a contender in the all-in-one PC market. Read on to learn more about the education- and corporate-focused Sprout Pro.

 
 
 
 
 
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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