HP Sprout: Created For Creatives

HP Sprout: First Impressions
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The HP Sprout is a bold new take on the traditional desktop PC and attempts to be an all-in-one computer boasting a 23-inch touch-screen display with 1920x1080 resolution and 10-point touch tracking, an Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia graphics card, and a 1TD hard drive. It runs Windows 8.1, comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard, and had a ton of ports along with a big floppy 20-point muti-touch 20-inch "mat" that works as a huge touchpad. It also features a "Sprout Illuminator," which works as a second display, a projector, and also a scanner. The Illuminator has a 14.6-megapixel camera and also an Intel RealSense camera, which can capture 2D and 3D images. Pretty impressive.

This computer is a beautiful looking one-piece PC and its combination of dual display, touch input, projector, 3D scanning, and cameras create a new experience from the traditional desktop PC. The HP Sprout is super fun and enjoyable to play with.. if you approach it with an open mind.

My first impressions of the HP Sprout were pretty good: the computer is really easy and quick to set-up. The unit itself is heavy and takes up a fair bit of desk space. Yet the HP Sprout is incredibly neat in contrast to the traditional ugly tower unit, which this computer doesn't have, plus it looks beautiful. I have to say, I approached the HP Sprout with a very open mind. There was one aspect of the computer that intrigued me the most and two project ideas that instantly sprung to mind.

HP Sprout: First Impressions

The first project I wanted to challenge the HP Sprout to producing was creating flatlay images. With HP Create, you are able to scan objects, which are then photographed individually so you can manually move them about the page to create new compositions. I figured this would be pretty useful if I could get it to work well enough to produce flatlay blog graphics.

I composed a simple flatlay and scanned the objects using HP Create. The camera did a pretty good job although I couldn't find a way of adjusting the brightness and contrast, resulting in harsh shadows. Overall it's workable and there is plenty of potential for quickly producing flatlay compositions.

View the Final Image

The second project I challenged the HP Sprout to was producing product shots. Again, I used the HP Create software to scan and photograph six necklaces hoping the software would be smart enough to produce cut-out images I could then crop and use as individual product shots. Being able to place several items onto the large touchpad and photograph altogether yet save them as individual images, is very appealing and could potentially save a lot of time for designer-makers like myself.

I have to say, I'm pretty impressed. The camera picked up a lot of detail considering it was photographing very delicate chains and with a bit of tweaking to get the contrast just right and a higher resolution, I could see myself using this to product cut-out shots I would be very happy to use in my online shop.

View the Final Image

I chose to set the computer up in my studio, which has no internet access so I tested the HP Sprout "as is" right out of the box. I'm curious to see how it improves with the updates HP have released and look forward to challenging it to future projects and making the HP Sprout an integral part of running my business.