While the fastest and easiest way of storing memories through photos nowadays is by means of social media, the oldfashioned method of printing pictures never goes out of style. If you’re the type who wants to have physical copies of photos and paste them on a scrapbook and put them on photo albums, check out the Hp Sprocket.
Hp’s Sprocket is a portable instant photo printer that weighs only 178g, as light as a standard smartphone, and has dimensions of 116 x 75 x 23mm. It comes compatible with most Android smartphones and IOS devices, particularly those running on Android 4.4 and IOS 8.0 versions and above. It is important to note that the HP Sprocket is not the first and lone portable photo printer in the market as other brands also have their own. However, what sets the Hp Sprocket apart from other names in the competition is its seamless setup and usage. Aside from an established bluetooth connection, the Hp Sprocket requires an app of the same name to allow users to instantly print photos from their smartphones. the Hp Sprocket app which can be downloaded free from the Google play Store and Apple App Store allows you to add a little spice to your photos before printing them like adding stickers, frames, texts, filters, and even adjusting the brightness and contrast of your photos.
battery life was quite acceptable too, as the Hp Sprocket didn’t require us to repeatedly plug it to replenish its juices. the device can be charged using a typical microUSB connector.
One of main features of the Hp Sprocket is it uses the Zero Ink or ZINK technology which means that there’s no pyhsical ink, cartridge, ribbons, and toners found inside this small printer, explaining why it’s very light and compact. It only has a blue paper called the ZINK smartsheet with the same size as the 2 x 3” ZINK sticker photo papers, which are by the way, waterproof and tear-resistant. the ZINK Smartsheet does the job of calibrating the Hp Sprocket. remember to place the smartsheet first, facing down, before putting the ZINK photo papers on top.
Now on to the important part, the Hp Sprocket’s performance. Frankly, the quality of the photos the Hp Sprocket gave us were not that impressive as they look different from the original photos from our paired devices in terms of color accuracy and sharpness.
With its fair share of strong points and downfalls, the Hp Sprocket clearly delivers in reminding us of precious moments depicted through printed photos.