The HP Sprout Pro is an updated version of the innovative PC that HP launched last year, this time aimed at artists, designers and modellers – professional and at school. (The first edition was aimed at home users).
We got some hands-on time at the Sprout Pro launch at the Saatchi Gallery in London – so here's what we thought (beyond that the name is a bit of clunker for is, as while it's might have connotations of growth and new life for its US-based creators, we associate it more with the veg you try to avoid eating at Christmas).
If you've not seen the Sprout before, it's an iMac-like all-in-one PC with a 23-inch touchscreen. Below the screen sits a 20-inch 'Touch Mat' that you can draw on with the bundled Adonit Jot Pro stylus or touch with your fingers. This mat is projected onto by the 'Illuminator' that sticks out over the top of the screen, essentially turning the mat into a Cintiq-style tablet/display. The Illuminator also includes a 3D camera to capture flat objects like sketches and essentially 3D scan anything you put underneath it.
Images: All photos taken using a DxO One camera attached to an iPhone 5s. Read our DxO One review.