Do you have a habit of inviting friends and showing them photos on your notebook or computer? Of course, not. In the past few years, smartphones completely replaced the digital cameras and physical photos have lost their significance in favor of digital. There are also a lot of various photo sharing apps that help you easily exchange photos with your family or friends. But, if you belong to older generations, there is nothing like holding the real, physical photo in your hands. You can find a lot of cameras on the market to make instant photos but HP Company gave us an interesting toy called HP Sprocket photo printer for that purpose. It’s a pocket printer with which you can print your selfies and other pictures from your mobile phone, in a really fun way. As it’s one of the most entertaining gadgets, we put it on the shortlist of the best gadget in 2016. Check out here how this gadget improved over the years.
Sprocket is HP’s answer to the competition of portable instant printers that prints photos from your mobile devices, tablets, laptops, etc. Although, it doesn’t give as much quality prints as other similar products, but using its iOS/Android applications, you can easily create a silly and wacky photos with the Sprocket printer. It can take a photo from the gallery of your phone, Instagram, Flickr or Facebook, and because it also has the access to your camera, you can print photos whatever you want.
One of the greatest advantages of Sprocket printer is its size. With dimensions 4.53 x 2.95 x 0.87 inches, you can carry this small printer in your pocket (not much larger than most smartphones). It’s also lightweight with only 170 grams. We’ve tested the black-sliver model but if you want more fashionable model, you should buy white-rose gold version.
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, X7N07A, Print Social Media Photos on 2x3 Sticky-Backed Paper - WhiteFree shipping
- Live it - Love it - Print it: Printing off social media photos has never been easier from your smartphone. Connect your social media accounts to the free-to-download HP Sprocket App and instantly turn those photos into colorful prints
- A Social on-the-go portable printer: Sprocket uses seamless Bluetooth connectivity, so you can set it up at parties and events, and everyone can print their favorite moments from their smartphones or tablets
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, print social media photos on 2x3 sticky-backed paper - black (X7N08A)Free shipping
- Live it - Love it - Print it: Printing off social media photos has never been easier from your smartphone. Connect your social media accounts to the free-to-download HP Sprocket App and instantly turn those photos into colorful prints.
- A Social on-the-go portable printer: Sprocket uses seamless Bluetooth connectivity, so you can set it up at parties and events, and everyone can print their favorite moments from their smartphones or tablets.
The principle of work is based on a special photo paper named as ZINK Zero Ink. It’s a composite material consisting of a substrate with the individual layers of crystals in blue, yellow and red colors, and also a protective polymer coating. In the basic state, the crystals are amorphous, so the paper retains the white color. The printing process is about to heating certain parts to necessary temperature for the activation of a particular color. The result is a bright and colorful picture with a sticky surface on the back. Paints in the final photo are water resistible and very stable.
The Sprocket printer includes 10 pieces of the printing paper. The replacement pack of 20 pieces costs 10 dollars. Each paper is a sticker. The Sprocket printer is rechargeable through a Micro USB and via Bluetooth you can establish the connection to your phone.
We’re really amazed by the Sprocket printer, mainly because it’s very easy to use. We didn’t find the instruction manual on the package and that explains everything.
First, you need to charge your Sprocket printer (the light turns from red to green, and it’s possible to use it while charging). The next thing you need to do is to remove the lid of the printer, insert the photo paper the way it says to and that’s all. Then, download “HP Sprocket” application and turn on the Sprocket printer. Enable Bluetooth on your phone, find HP Sprocket and connect to it. Then, open the app on your phone and from there you can edit you can edit your photos, use all available tools and finally choose the photos for printing. The photo size is 2×3 inches and the print resolution is 313×400 pixels.
The best part, definitely, is the image editing. We tried to make uglier photos as much as we can, with acceptable good quality and we’re delighted with the results. We aren’t sure whether the jokes were HP’s intentions, but whoever designed labels, frames, filters and fonts selections, obviously knows their customers’ needs. When you edit a photo, you can insert text bubbles on it, change the fonts and its color, background color of the text bubble, and add stickers and boxes. The font and frames are a very fun part. It will make your photos more “cool”, if your meaning of what is cool is the same as ours, but surely it isn’t. A real photo nerds probably want to make their photos look perfectly when they are printed out. We understand that, but this printer isn’t for them. We must mention that the printed photos are too warm and with a lot of orange color, but the sharpness and depth of field is very good for such a tiny, instant printer.
One of the favorite features is that you able to print photos directly from you Instagram and Facebook accounts.
- Small, lightweight, easy to carry
- Bluetooth connectivity
- A good app (ability to print photos from Instagram, Facebook, etc.) with a lot of editing tools (crop, turn, filters, stickers, etc.)
- The photo paper is expensive ($0.50/sheet)
- Photos are too warm
- The color is faded out in some areas
So, do you really want to buy HP Sprocket printer? We’re not sure. Although we’re thrilled, especially with app filters that allow you to make awesome photos! If you don’t have the money to throw, it’s better to buy an instant camera, so then you’ll have the camera and printer at almost the same price, as Sprocket costs $129.99 on Amazon and you must give the extra cash to order another paper packs if you want to print more photos.
HP Sprocket – Print instantly from your mobile phone
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At the end, Sprocket is a useful device targeted for a specific group of people who love to organize parties and entertain their guests in order to return home with the great memories. We think that Sprocket is a great toy for parties because everyone could take pictures with the mobile phone, connect to a Sprocket printer and instantly print photos which will be reminders of an unforgettable event.
The HP Sprocket instant printer is nothing more than a toy, but that’s exactly what we like about it. Just take the picture of your smile and print it.