Let’s check out HP’s new tiny photo printers.
There was a time when portable photo printers were the necessary accessory for anyone looking to instantly print their photos. Sure, the Polaroid and other similar products were more popular, but a big percentage of photos are now shot on a smartphone – and that’s where the HP Sprocket Photo Printer comes in.
It’s light, compact and fits just in the palm of your hand. The HP Sprocket conveniently connects to any mobile device using Bluetooth. All you need to do is install the free app that’s available for Android and iOS devices.
The shiny exterior is made of glossy plastic with rounded corners which is available in colors of black and white. It has a rechargeable battery inside that charges through micro USB along with an indicator light for checking the printer’s status.
The HP Sprocket uses Zink (short for ‘zero ink’) paper, meaning that the printer uses heat to show colors that help create the image. The package comes with 10 pieces, but you can easily purchase a 50-piece set for 79 AED. The printer also prints in a 2-by-3 wallet size dimension.
Setting up the device was hassle-free. After fully charging the HP Sprocket, you can use the app to select a photo and connect to the printer. The photo editor lets you add frames, letters and other effects before you print your image. You can also connect your social media accounts so you can immediately print images from those services.
Printing took about 40 seconds to complete from the moment I pressed print. It’s a decent speed, considering that you won’t be using the HP Sprocket for bigger print jobs. Print quality however, could be better. Images looked washed out, but considering the limitations of the printer, the quality is acceptable. The printer can churn out 30 prints on a full battery.
Selling for 499 AED exclusively at Sharaf DG stores, the HP Sprocket is a winner in terms of portability. It’s a great solution if you want instant, fast and Polaroid-like prints. Quality could be better, but overall it’s a decent portable photo printer.