PRINT YOUR OWN PICS
HP SPROCKET PRINTER ★★★★
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, hpshop.co.za and selected iStores for R1 999. Packs of 20 sheets of HP Zink photo paper are available at R199 a pack.