EVER wished you could print all the candid snaps you have on your phone with­out the has­sle of hav­ing to trans­fer them to a com­puter? That’s ex­actly what HP’s lat­est lit­tle gad­get aims to do: take out the mid­dle man. The su­per-nifty HP Sprocket con­nects straight to your smart­phone (or any Blue­tooth-en­abled de­vice) through a cor­re­spond­ing app, al­low­ing you to print adorable 5 x 7,6cm snaps.

The printer it­self isn’t much big­ger or heav­ier than a phone it­self, so you can pop it in your hand­bag or take it along on your next fam­ily hol­i­day and print your pics on the go.

The easy-to-use app (free on both iOS and An­droid) even of­fers a rather thor­ough photo-edit­ing tool, so you can cus­tomise your pics with fil­ters, frames and stick­ers. HP’s special photo pa­per is smudge-proof, wa­ter-re­sis­tant and tear-re­sis­tant. A film on the back peels off to re­veal a sticky sur­face, so you can use it to dec­o­rate di­aries, books, back­packs and the like.

The down­side is that the Sprocket can print pics only in the 5 x 7,6cm size, and the photo qual­ity it­self isn’t stel­lar. Still, the prints are clear and bright – im­pres­sive for a gad­get that’s not much big­ger than the palm of your hand.

Sprocket is avail­able in white with rose gold ac­cents, or black with sil­ver ac­cents, and comes with a 10-pack of HP Zink photo pa­per. Find the printer and pa­per at HP stores, hp­ and se­lected iS­tores for R1 999. Packs of 20 sheets of HP Zink photo pa­per are avail­able at R199 a pack.

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