In the year 2014, HP announces the original Sprout – an inimitable all-in-one that boasts both a camera and projector. It is designed for hobbyists and professionals, while the later version, which was released in 2016, is intended for a classroom. This 2017, HP is coming back with an all-new version of Sprout, which they called, the Pro G2.
According to HP, Pro G2 is an utterly redesigned device. Unlike the previous model, it now features an advanced 3D scanning and a more useful active pen for drawing. It feels faster, precise, and more accurate than before. The Pro G2 is not just an overhaul of the previous version, but a cumulative upgrade.
The most noticeable difference between the new and old Sprout is its display that now has a black paint job, a projector, and base, which makes it look more innovative than the previous version. The Pro G2 possessed a 23.8-inch display, which is bigger than the 23-inch display of the older model. It also boasts a 21.3-inch Touchpad and comes with a very accurate software for palm rejection.
Similar to the original Sprout, the Pro G2 also has the Touch Mat feature. It is a touchscreen that can hold up to 20 touch points simultaneously; so working with your friends for drawing digital projects was made easy. The Sprout can also scan 3D objects that you put on or on top of the Touch Mat, which allows you to manipulate the object on any of the displays. Scanning a piece of paper of up to size A3 is also possible.
The camera of the Pro G2 has the same resolution as its predecessor, but it now offers a quick 3D Capture Capability. This means, the camera can read the object that you hold and swivel in front of it.
Other significant updates of the Pro G2 include a Nvidia GTX 960M graphics card, Core i7 Processor, an SSHD storage of 1TB, 8GB of DD4 memory, an upgrade to the old motionless stylus, and it is now powered by Windows 10 Pro. Previously, the Sprout library is moderately limited, but HP is expanding the library of compatible software. The tech giant also produces a set of apps, which they called, the WorkTools. It allows the user to scan and manipulate 2D and 3D objects in an interactive clipboard.
HP also releases a Professional SDK that will urge the developers (hopefully) to use the remarkable interface of Sprout in more convenient ways. After HP proposed an SDK in the year 2014, we haven’t seen a horde of 3rd-party creators made a leap on the platform.
HP Sprout Pro G2 made its debut in the recent global Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Since January of this year, there has been no information about the cost of the Pro G2, and according to the news, the pricing details will be available this March. Considering that the price of last year’s Sprout model is $2,199, we can guess the price of HP’s latest invention will be more expensive as the previous one, but it’s certainly a worthy investment!
Watch how Sprout Pro G2 works: