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Hands-on with the HP Sprout, an imaging powerhouse built into a touch-friendly PC

Melissa Riofrio | Feb. 4, 2015
The Sprout, HP's innovative new PC, towered above my desk. An array of cameras and a projector (collectively called the Illuminator) loomed over its 23-inch touch display.

Let's be honest: Some of my coworkers who've tried the Sprout don't see the point. I can see where they're coming from, but I think it's because they don't see where the Sprout and its ideas are going. Traditional computing applications will be with us for a while, sure, but advances in imaging technology point to new kinds of computing on the horizon.

HP's recent hardware history has been unremarkable: decent machines, nothing too daring. But now we have the Sprout. It stretches the capabilities of a PC. Priced at $1900, it may not sell like hotcakes (it's way too early to tell). But it's HP's bid to have at least one kind of computer that's ahead of the game, and that's a good place to be. 

 

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